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Barone Montalto

Barone Montalto
2017 Nero d’Avola-Cabernet Sauvignon, Sicilia DOC

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork

Category: Italian Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13.5%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$9.99
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Barone Montalto
2017 Nero d’Avola-Cabernet Sauvignon, Sicilia DOC

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork

Category: Italian Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13.5%
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of grilled root vegetables, demi glace, and dried cherries in honey with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length marinated strawberry, clove, and black tea with forest fruit finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. An earthy, well rounded Italian red that will be a conversation piece at the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Savory & Old World
Aroma Aroma: grilled root vegetables, demi glace, and dried cherries in honey
Taste Flavor: marinated strawberry, clove, and black tea with forest fruit
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Beef Daube Provençal, Grilled Flank Steak with Bacon Balsamic Glaze, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An earthy, well rounded Italian red that will be a conversation piece at the table.

The Producer or Importer

Mack & Schuhle Inc.

The Producer or  Importer
1221 Brickell Ave
Suite 770
Miami, FL 33181
USA
1 786-388-0660

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Italian Varietal Blend

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While many famous wines in Italy, such as Barolo or Brunello di Montalcino, are produced entirely from one grape type, most red wines are blends of several varieties. Most examples of Chianti are blends of several varieties, with Sangiovese as the principal grape as well as Canaiolo, Colorino and/or Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Bolgheri is another examples, as this red wine from coastal Tuscany contains Cabernet Sauvignon (sometimes a small amount, often a large amount) as well as Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese.

There are also white varietal blends; some of the best of these are from Friuli and contain varying amounts of several grapes such as Friulano, Sauvignon, Ribolla Gialla, Chardonnay and others.

The main purpose of crafting one of these varietal blends is for greater complexity; aging potential is often another reason.