Tenuta la Marchesa Monferrato Rosso 2007
Other Red Blends from Piedmont, Italy
Deep ruby red in color with aromas of spice, blackberry, dried cherry and violets. The wine is soft and round, yet is well structured with a persistent finish. The lower levels of sulfites allow the aromas and flavors of this wine to shine.
Pair with fennel-spiced sausages, duck confit or aged cheeses.
Blend: 50% Albarossa, 30% Barbera and 20% Merlot
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Monferrato Rosso is a hugely delicious, value-priced wine bursting with fruit. Crushed flowers, licorice and spices add considerable complexity to the dark fruit. I especially like the juiciness here. This is another uncomplicated wine that convinces for the sheer pleasure it provides. It is equally soothing on the bank account. The Rosso is 50% Albarossa, 30% Barbera and 20% Merlot."
Tenuta la Marchesa Winery
The estate, located in the most important area of Gavi, covers 190 acres, of which 145 are planted with Cortese, Chardonnay, Merlot, Barbera and Albarossa vines. A new winery equipped with the latest in modern winemaking equipment blends perfectly with the architecture of the old villa. The old villa cellar has also been maintained in the historic home, preserving a history of winemaking tradition. The La Marchesa wines are greatly influenced by two important elements: the nature of the soil (a clay-limestone mix) and the Mediterranean climate, tempered by breezes that pass the Apennine mountains. View all Tenuta la Marchesa Wines
Notable FactsNot just regulated to red wine, Piedmont also produces some notable whites, particularly those near the district of Gavi and Asti. Gavi produces still white wine from the Cortese grape. The wine is dry with a crisp, citrus-like acidity – fairly neutral but pleasant. Arneis is another grape/wine made in the area, creating a fuller wine that displays some nuttiness in the aroma and taste. Asti is well known for its sparkling wine – in particular Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti. Asti Spumante is typically higher in alcohol, sweetness & fizziness, while its higher-class cousin, Mostcato d'Asti, contains lower alcohol levels, a few less bubbles, and a more restrained and delicate representation of Moscato fruit.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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