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Emporium

Emporium
2015 Appassimento, Rosso Salento

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pork

Category: Regional Other Italian Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 14% RS: 1.2%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$11.99

Emporium
2015 Appassimento, Rosso Salento

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pork

Category: Regional Other Italian Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 14% RS: 1.2%
Dusty garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of beef consume, wafer cookie, prune and raisin, and rooibos tea with a coarse, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, short-to-medium finish with papery tannins and moderate oak flavor. A weeknight wine for pizza and recipes.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: beef consume, wafer cookie, prune and raisin, and rooibos tea
Taste Flavor: beef consume, wafer cookie, prune and raisin, and rooibos tea
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Deep Dish Sausage Pizza, Beef Teriyaki, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A weeknight wine for pizza and recipes.

The Importer

Enovation Brands, Inc.

The Importer
2875 NE 191st St., 400A
Aventura, FL 33180
USA
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Regional Other Italian Red

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
There are red wines produced in every region in Italy, from the far north to the island of Sicily in the south. Many of these reds have a good deal of spice, as well as good acidity; some of them are meant for consumption upon release, while others are meant for many years of cellaring.

Among the most singular of these Italian regional reds are those from Abruzzo, produced from the Montepulciano grape. Deeply colored with plum and black fruit flavors, these are medium-bodied wines with tobacco and spice notes that are good values and can be consumed upon release.

There are also some beautiful reds in Sicily, especially the fragrant and fruit-driven Frappato, which has very light tannins. Nero d'Avola is a spicier, more robust style of Sicilian red.

Also in the south, Campania is home to many beautiful red wines. The best of these is Taurasi, a superb red made from the Aglianico grape. Displaying black cherry and dark chocolate notes, this is one of Italy's most sublime and longest-lived reds, with a few examples drinking well at fifty years of age.

One other regional red of note is Montefalco Sagrantino from Umbria. Sagrantino is an extremely tannic variety and this is a powerful, earthy red that needs five to seven years to shed its youthful tannic bitterness.

While Taurasi and Montefalco Sagrantino are relatively expensive reds, wines such as Montepulciano d'Abruzzo as well Rosso Conero and Rosso Piceno from the Marche region are excellent values.

These regional reds pair well with foods ranging from salumi to grilled chicken or pork to roast veal or steak.