December 5, 2012

Review: 2008 Rivetto Langhe Nebbiolo

My next wine review on this blog is going to be another international wine--and an under-$20 pick!  I found this guy at BevMo for about $15.

I not always-but often-try to pair Italian food with Italian wines.  I had ravioli in a marinara sauce last night, and so decided to break open an Italian red that I recently picked up.  And it did NOT disappoint.

The placard at BevMo described this wine as a "Baby Barolo" which I thought was exciting because Barolo is NOT CHEAP, you guys.

My first reaction was: CHERRIES.  Lots of lovely cherries--it reminded me, in a lot of ways, of the dried sour cherries you can get from Michigan.  So--the wine itself had a great deal of acidity, but was really balanced by the fruit flavor.  This was also a  smooooth wine--I'm glad I didn't pair this one with lots of beef because the tannins were so mild.

The aroma is where a lot of the complexity comes in:  sticking my nose in the glass, it's not just fruit aromas that jump out.  (Aromas--for me--are where complexity generally shines.  I usually can only taste recognizable food flavors in my wine, but the aroma is where I get essences of non-edible ingredients: grass, leather, tobacco, smoke, florals, etc.)

In this case, the aroma (because I refuse to use the word bouquet) is really, really reminiscent of roses. The whiff of perfume-y florals plus the flavor of cherries and an aftertaste of coffee add up to a great wine.

BevMo wasn't kidding--this really does have the characteristics of a Baby Barolo.  And at under $20, this is one I will buy again to accompany a pasta dish, or maybe even try it with lamb chops.

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