Monday, March 1, 2010

Cirotto Merlot Montello e Colli Asolani 2006

From the family-managed Cirotto Vini in Asolo in the Veneto region of Italy (the foothills of the Dolomites).

Deep purple with ruby around the edge of the glass, on the nose cassis, alcohol, iodine and barnyard while a palate of black olive, pomegranate, blackberries, prunes, black tea and licorice, round it out with a solid tannic backbone. Here is a complex wine that is very drinkable now but can probably be cellared for many years to come.

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