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Saccoletto Cornalasca Vino Rosso 2011

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A five-star Italian wine that we really enjoyed.

Producer/Winery: Azienda Agricola Daniele Saccoletto; San Giorgio Monferrato , Italy.

Grape Variety: Grignolino.

Geographic Appellation: Piedmont, Italy.

Vintage: 2011

Price: $17.10

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

Paired With: Homemade potato gnocchi with roasted tomato sauce; Caesar style salad with heavy garlic and dark chocolate with sea salt for dessert.

Tasting:

    He said: Opened and decanted one hour before drinking. Clear, unusual reddish brown color with a lighter rim. Red fruit and damp earth aromas with hints of fresh rain on conifer leaves. Light body with a slightly spicy mouth-feel; smooth cherry, plum and current flavors with just a touch of peppery spice in the taste. A long dry finish that’s filled with fruit flavors and ends on a tart mineral note. Packed with fruit flavors, light and lively mouth-feel, abundant, perfectly balanced tannins and acidity, and a delicious finish that just goes on and on. We’ve had Daniele Saccoletto wines before and really liked them, but this unique Grignolino has raised his reputation to a higher level. A five-star Italian wine that we really enjoyed.

    She said: Almost opaque, reddish-brown color with lots of irregularly spaced rapidly moving legs. The fruit aroma was mild and on the first pour had a touch of alcohol, which at 14% was not surprising. The body was light and the mouth-feel smooth and peppery with delicious fruit flavors and lively acidity. The finish was long and blossomed toward the end with pleasant tannins. The wine complemented the roasted tomato sauce and was good with the salad because of the garlic. The main role of the chocolate was to clear the palate of the garlic so the wine ended quite tasty alone after the dinner. It was a superb wine that’s an excellent value.

Daniele Saccoletto

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Alcohol Content: 14%

Closure: Screw cap.

UPC Code: 8 58162 00456 1

Imported by: Piedmont Wine Imports; Durham, North carolina.

Photo from Fer Muniz.