Italian Grapes Italy & Cali
2012 Farnese Fantini Montepulciano D’Abruzzo
The Grape is Montepulciano from Abruzzo Italy. Montepulciano tends to be medium bodied, lighter in acid and tannins and typically straightforward easy drinking stuff. The Farnese is a great value that fits the above description, but offers something more. There is just something about this wine that puts a smile on your face. Like putting on your favorite jeans and finding a $10 spot.
Pairing: Super versatile. Winter stews. Burgers.Pizza. Tacos Al Pastor.
2011 Palmina Dolcetto – Santa Barbara County
Straight out the Ghetto. The Lompoc Wine Ghetto that is. Where some of the best Cali Wines, hands down, are produced from Central Coast Fruit. Get this: Wine maker Steve Clifton actually makes Italian Varietals that taste like Italian Wines. For Real! No heavy alcohol over the top wood influenced stuff. Just straight up Dolcetto fom Santa Barbara that taste like Dolcetto. Floral. Fruit. Pretty and really fun to drink.
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More Alcohol = Less Wine Enjoyment.
When Alcohol Levels are over 14.5% in wines, the higher booze literally numbs your mouth. It might seam richer and fuller but in fact you are tasting less of the components and flavors of the wine. If you want to taste what specific grapes actually “taste” like, look for wines under 14% alcohol.