Varvaglione Moi 2017

The other night I went on our monthly girly night out to check out a new Italian restaurant in the barrio. My body had already informed me that it was in the mood for ‘mafia Italian’. I.e plates piled high with steaming hot pasta in spicy tomato sauce washed down by copious quantities of red wine. Subtle olive oil, garlic and parsley sauces with chilled white wine just weren’t going to suffice that night.

Trouble is I have yet to find an Italian red wine that I like. They tend to be high in tannins, which as those who read my blog will know, I struggle with. ‘Not to worry! This is a restaurant in Spain so it’s bound to have some Spanish wines’ I thought. This was not the case. The owner, an Italian from the Puglia region, stocked only Italian wines. My little face fell as I explained to him the dilemma. He puffed his Italian chest out and told me not to worry as he strutted to the wine fridge. He had personally selected wines to appeal to drinkers used to Rioja & Ribera del Duero. I would be fine in his hands.

He then opened a new bottle of wine, poured me a taster and said it was fine if I didn’t like it.­čś▒ Talk about pressure! It would have been rude not to try, so I gritted my teeth and took a gulp ……Hoorah! There is hope for Italian red wines yet! I’ve finally found one I like.

The Moi wine is made from primitivo grapes, which are apparently almost the same as Zinfandel. However nobody knew this until scientists did DNA fingerprinting on them to discover that they’re both clones of a Croatian grape called Crljenak. You all still following this? Grape varieties can get a bit confusing.

Regardless of what you choose to call the grape it produced a rather nice fruit led wine. My favourite type. I was out with four other women and the conversation was in full flow so the taste notes are a bit patchy. I didn’t really do the whole checking of colour and sniffing, just defaulted straight to the drinking.

Having said that this was a purple red wine and I definitely caught the berry scent. It is a dry wine with medium acidity and medium tannins. It had a nice fruit of the forest berry flavour, with some sourness from the acidity and tannins. Think of fresh just ripening berries with a fruity but slightly sharper taste. it also had some earthy tones and every so often I got hints of coco. It had a lingering finish and I would say medium bodied. The flavour filled the mouth but it came across as quite a light refreshing wine for a red.

It certainly went down well with the parmigiana and spaghetti bolognese. I’m going to have to go back some time and give it a proper tasting. ­čśü­čśü

Photo by honestwinedrinker
Photo by honestwinedrinker

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<tr> <td>Name:</td> <td>Moi</td>

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<td>Red</td> </tr>

<tr> <td>Year:</td> <td>2017</td>

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<td>Primitivo (Zinfandel)</td> </tr>



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rel=”noopener”>Varvaglione</a></td> </tr>

<tr> <td>Country:</td> <td>Italy</td>

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<td>Puglia</td> </tr>


<td>Quality Classification:</td> <td>Indicazione Geografica Protetta</td>

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<td>13%</td> </tr>

<tr> <td>Price:</td> <td>2,50ÔéČ a glass</td>



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