One of the delights of our tasting blind – apart from the fun – is the shock element, especially on revealing the wine. Well, the shock came earlier this time, when I actually tasted it. I’d looked and noted colours of red with a tinge of brown (aged – wrong), smelt rich plummy to dark fruits (New World – wrong) and then put lips to glass. It had a fizz – and was deliciously savoury, sweet mid palate, dry finish, slightly tannic and very gluggable. Okay, Lambrusco – wrong.
This was Belloti Rosso Semplicemente red 2015 from Tassarolo, south of Turin, in Piedmont. It’s a blend of Barbera and Dolcetto grapes and has an ABV of 13.5%. It’s another wine from the Buon Vino natural wine suppliers and has that purity that I noticed in the rioja blogged recently (auto-suggestion, perhaps?). Anyway, I am a lover of good Lambrusco, such a great match with pizza and antipasto, so this was right up my strada.
Oh, I nearly forgot the other surprise – it had a beer bottle top!
[Richard: three wines from the Buon Vino selection now tried (one not blogged) and they have all been good. This one was very low sulphur – none added – and our first ever crown cap as well, something rarely seen on wine but there was a slight frizzante effect to justify it. This soon dissipated in the glass and the wine is not as lively as a Lambrusco. Lots going on in the glass, very drinkable and a wine I’d buy again.]