This final wine was not in fact part of the Nebbiolo Wine Tasting held by the Club de Vinos Madrid at the DOC Enoteca Italiana Wine Bar . However we were all having such a good time and DOC Enoteca is a great wine bar, so we decided to buy some more wine and carry on.
Having checked out one of Italy’s great red wine grape varieties, Nebbolio, it was felt only fair that we should compare it against Italy’s best known red wine grape variety Sangiovese. This is the grape used in all the famous Tuscany wines, including Chianti. To be honest it is not a grape I get on with very well as the red wines it produces are too heavy and tannic for my liking. But what the heck I’ll give it a go, just in case this time is different, especially as this is from one of Tuscany’s prized wine regions DOCG Brunello di Montalcino.
Unfortunately it wasn’t different. This is exactly the type of red wine I associate with Tuscany and which my tast buds seem unable to appreciate. It is a full bodied, dry red wine with a good finish. It has a dark intense ruby purple colour with a medium strong scent of dark mature fruit and wood. Unfortunately the tannins and acidity were just over my tolerance level despite the wine being matured in oak for 24 months and at least a further 12 months in the bottle, so I got my usual mouth of sour.
Don’t get me wrong I am sure this is a great wine, but after the lovely raisin flavour of the last wine it was a bit of a shock to go back to the sour astringency of these wines. Still those of you into your heavy bodied red wines would probably love it and it certainly scores highly with the professional wine tasters.
|Region:||Brunello di Montalcino|
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