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From JvB’s Cellar (Bin #7): A Delight from Northern Italy

3 Apr

I was gifted a phenomenal Italian gem today, Triacca Valtellina Superiore 2007 Sassella, a northern subgroup of the Nebbiolo family. A blushed wine almost murky rose’ in color with light fruit, leafy greens and rose bush in the nose, my initial tasting was very fruit-forward- ripe cherry, dried cranberry, rose leaf, and tar/tobacco with a hint of gravel. This medium-bodied wine from Northern Italy opened up when aired and warmed and reminded me greatly of the local carafes I sampled in Merano (North-Eastern) Italy two summers ago- fruity, medium palate of semi-sweet, acidic finish with a high alcohol content.

Ideal for medium-weight food up to entree: pre-dinner, soup, salad, pasta and main course. I’d pair with white meats (veal marsala or piccatta, chicken parm) or rich pastas (alfredo, alla vodka, cream sauce) this pleasant bottle starts well and improves immediately with air. I drank it cold on its own and later paired with heavy cheese and multigrain crackers to my delight. Blows away many Pinot Noirs with structure: even balance between fruity/rosy flavor, tannin, and acid. As it was a gift, no clue as to the price but it drinks like a $50 Piedmont area Nebbiolo. If you are a fan of the 90+ point Barolos, this would be a great vin du table to have on hand for light food & flavors, especially during the hot summer months.

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