Italian Mixed Red Wines Tasting Case
Italy is well known for the abundant garpe varieties that grow there, often it is the only place in the world where they can be found. Here we have put together 6 of our favourites from the boot that will work really well with many meat dishes and also some excellent vegetarian foods.
Each case contains:
Langhe Dolcetto - Anna Maria Abbona
The staple diet of the people in the Langhe Hills. This brightly coloured, ripe and spicy red seems to go with everything from a slice of salami to a rich meat casserole even tomato based dishes such as a basic pasta with a tomato sauce. It's really quaffable and works well summer or winter.
Lagrein - Elena Walch
Produced by the delightful Elena Walch, this is a bold and buxom red with great body and breeding. It comes from the Alto Adige bordering on Austria where the winter dishes are rib-sticking and need something hearty to balance them. The complex bouquet shows discreet, spicy aromas, with cocoa, wild berries and sweet cherries in the background. Lagrein's distinctive tannins wrap around the smooth, dark fruit giving a rustic elegance, and the acidity gives it a youthful freshness.
Valpolicella Classico Ripasso "Campolietti" - Luigi Righetti
Valpolicella is so often thin and insipid but none of that here. This wine was fermented over the sediments of the previous vintage of Amarone which both gives body and perfume to the wine. It has aromas of dried berries, cranberries and cherry pits, leading into a full and generous palate that is simply packed with more cherry and berry fruit and gentle notes of spice.It's generously fruited and so easy drinking.
Chianti Classico - San Giorgio a Lapi
San Giorgio A Lapi Chianti Classico is bright ruby coloured with garnet reflections. Expressive and intense on the nose, with scents of black fruits of the forest and a pleasant hint of freshly sawn cherry wood, leather, peppery spice, coffee and dry leaves. Crisp, well-structured, full-bodied and elegant on the palate, with a good balance of tannin, acidity and plump cherry and red fruit notes. Excellent length to the finish.
Aglianico Irpinia "Terra del Varo" - Cavalier Pepe
Although labelled as Aglianico there is a dolop (technical term!) of Merlot in there too just to soften it slightly. It's deep in colour (ruby red) with big aromas of blackberry, red currants and ripe cherries with plenty of spice notes too. Soft and well structured on the palate with oodles of fruit (cherries again) and soft, velvety tannis. Ideal with all red meats but really at home with game.
Primitivo di Puglia - Antonini Ceresa
Antonini Ceresa Primitivo Di Puglia has a great depth of colour and a good structure extracted from the skins. The colour is an intense red with some purple notes at the rim. The bouquet is complex with notes of spice above the red fruit jam. Full bodied with soft, ripe tannins.
The 6 bottle case contains one bottle of each wine; the 12 bottle case contains two bottles of each wine.