Trentatre Rosso

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am going to be taking it slow these days. In other words, I won’t be tasting as many wines as I might otherwise. Luckily, I do have some notes left from prior experiences, so I think I’ll go ahead and publish those now as well. While the particular vintage may no longer be available, the wine producers will surely have something on store shelves currently for our consumption.  Here is one of those notes.

Winemaker: Trentatre
Varietal: Rosso (Red Blend)
Appellation: Salento IGT, Italy
Price: $6.99 @ Trader Joe’s

Notes: This lovely Italian reminded me of a Bordeaux. A blend of 33.3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33.3% Merlot, and 33.4% Montepulciano, this wine had a distinct purplish hue in the glass with a very present bouquet of forest floor (sous bois). It was on the cusp of medium-bodied with good acidity and gentle tannins. Alcohol was at 14%. Flavors I detected included brambly blackberry, leather and tea leaf. I think I see another bottle of the Trentatre in my future.

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Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find my photo of the bottle.  So instead the photo above is of a town (or more precisely a portion thereof) called Castro in the Apulia region – the area in southern Italy where this wine comes from.

Frassina Rosso 2012

Sign, signs, everywhere are signs ….  You know that song by the Canadian group, Five Man Electrical Band?

Well … although I purchased this wine because it was identified as 100% Sangiovese by the store, I found that it is actually a Tuscan blend.  Guess I should have done the same quick mobile internet check that I did when I bought the Ruffino Aziano.  And, indeed, a quick online look tells us that this Rosso is made from 35% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Syrah, and 10% Ancellotta.  But the sign said it was just Sangiovese!  D’oh!

Winemaker:  Frassina
Wine: Rosso
Vintage: 2012
Varietal:  Red Blend
Appellation:  Toscana, Italy IGT
Price: $21.99 at The Grateful Red

Notes:  The color of this Tuscan red was a deep ruby.  On the nose I found pepper and spice, tangy berries and musty sod.  The body was medium and acidity was high.  Alcohol came in at 14%, and tannins were medium with an aggressive attack.  On the tongue I got flavors of cherry, tea leaf, oak/wood, and lots of pepper.

Coppola Rosso 2012

As I sit here writing this post, I can hear the recycling truck collecting the bottles I have put outside in the bin.  It’s a cacophany of high-pitched tinkles and crashes (with an idling diesel engine thrumming out bass in the background) that would normally be unsettling.  But knowing that those bottles – including the empty Coppola Rosso – may one day return to me as a container for yet another adventure in wine, I choose to hear those sounds as music celebrating the cycle of a wine’s life rather than the hubbub of a busy urban landscape.

Winemaker:  Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Wine: Coppola Rosso
Vintage: 2012
Varietal:  Red Blend
Appellation:  California
Price: $7.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  The color of this California blend was a dark garnet.  On the nose I detected sweet berries, some spice and a touch of earth.  It was a medium-bodied red with fine acidity and very light tannins.  Alcohol was at 13.5%.  On the palate I tasted dark cherry and berries, a tad of spice, some pepper, and ash along with a distinctively floral finish.  As the wine oxidized, I thought the fruit flavors settled a bit in favor of a solid core of black cherry.  It was definitely enjoyable and would probably serve well as a house wine for casual sipping and lighter meat dishes.