Assorted Italian Reds

Yet another of the catch-up-on-tasting-notes posts (see intro HERE if that doesn’t make sense)

Frappato-001Nicosia Frappato di Sicilia 2014, Italy (£7.95 The Wine Society)
Lovely light, perfumed style, with its earthy raspberry and cherry flavours and fresh finish, think of it as a southern Italian take on Beaujolais. B+


Dolcetto-001Renato Fenocchio Dolcetto d’Alba 2013, Piedmont, Italy (£13.30 Tanners)
Manages to capture the cool freshness of freshly tilled earth, then adds in crunchy blackcurrant and juicy plum flavours and a hint of vanilla. S(-)


Cagnulari-001Cherchi Cagnulari Isole dei Nuraghi 2011, Sardinia, Italy (£13.10 Mondial Wine)
Ripe, rich and plump, with pudding-like cherry flavours (think clafoutis), but just a little too much volatility for real class. B


Bel Colle-001Bel Colle Verduno Pelaverga 2012, Piedmont, Italy (£9.95 Mondial Wine)
Pale in colour, but there’s a warm generous herby edge to the gentle ripe strawberry and cherry fruit, and a slight bitter twist to the finish – good, interesting stuff, a bit like Pinot meets Valpolicella. S(-)


Barolo-001Beni di Batasiolo Barolo Vigneto Boscareto 2005, Piedmont, Italy (£40.26 Mondial Wine)
Still has some of the red and black berry fruit of its youth, but now showing some maturity with leathery truffle and forest floor characters alongside the floral, herby notes aromas. Intense but always elegant, tannins now fading leaving a spicy, velvety finish. S+

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