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Cantine Valpane Canone Inverso Monferrato Freisa 2013

Recommendation: Unusually dry Italian red that’s very food friendly and a real bargain.

Winery/Producer: Azienda Agricola Arditi Pietro Ozzano; Monferrato, Italy.

Grape Variety: Blend: Freisa and Barbera del Monferrato.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Monferrato; Piedmont, Italy.

Vintage: 2013

Price: $14.40 with a 10% mixed case discount.

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Home-made pizza with toppings of fennel, chicken, basil pesto, tomato and mozzarella cheese; garden salad with Bulgarian feta and dressing of white truffle oil and balsamic vinegar.

Tasting:

    He said: Opened 45-minutes before drinking. Clear, dark garnet color with a brown tint and a lighter rim. Lots of damp basement aromas with hints of dark fruit. Quite intense cherry taste, than just before mid-palate it gets VERY dry and continues through a long smooth finish that has nice grippy tannins. Light to medium body, bright acidity and a spicy note in the finish. GREAT with the pesto on the pizza. This easily gets into our Quality wine at a Bargain price category. Unusually dry Italian red that’s very food friendly and a real bargain.

    She said: Dark purple red with brownish rim; thin irregularly spaced, racy legs. Distinct musty-sort of aroma leads to a relatively light bodied, very dry, smooth mouth-feel with light flavors; but nice tannins. The finish is long and continues the tannins. The wine was delicious with both the pizza and salad and I recommend it as a Bargain wine at $14.40

    Valpane vineyard in Monferrato

    Comments: Learn more about the Valpane wines.

Alcohol: 12.5%

UPC Code: 7 61503 72414 4

Imported by: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant; Berkeley, California.

Photo from Cantine Valpane.