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2005 Arnaldo-Caprai Montefalco Rosso

March 15 2011 - 9:32 AM

Recently I have had to resort to drinking wine mainly by the half-bottle, forcing me to try wines that I may not otherwise seek out.   As a general rule, I tend to pair Italian wine with Italian food, mainly due to the heaviness of pasta, cheese, oil, and various other ingredients.   The high acidity of Italian wine cuts right through the fattiness of the food and the flavors don’t overpower the palate.

I picked up this half-bottle at Binny’s when buying some beer. Due to the bewildering number of DOCs in Italy, I had never heard of the Montefalco region, so I had to due some research.  I found out it is part of the Umbria province in central Italy. Much like Tuscan wines, it was 70 percent Sangiovese, with the remainder a mixture of Merlot and Sagrantino.  It had notes of plums, spice, and vanilla, and that characteristic “bite” of Sangiovese.

This wine, which, if memory serves me, retails for $16.99 a half-bottle at Binny’s, seemed a bit pricey for what it is, when half-bottles of Chianti Classico go for around $10.

–Brian Ziegler

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