Saturday, January 31, 2009
Madonna Alta Rosso Di Montefalco Umbria 2006
Made from mostly Sangiovese and blended with Sagrantino, this full-bodied red from the Umbrian region of Italy is a juicy, perfumed wonder-wine. Imagine this... you're holding a basket of fresh-picked mushrooms, then stepping into a barn, that's what's on the nose.
Hints of glycerine, waves of succulent, ripe blackberries, dark fruits, and integrated silky earthy tannins, painted in a package of opaque inky deep purple. Has an herbal edge that reminds me a bit of an Aglianico/Nero D'Avola.
Paired really well with a risotto with sausage and radicchio and red wine at InVino in NYC. Price at InVino, $36/bottle,13% alcohol, probably around $16 retail.