Thursday, October 10, 2013

Nerelo del Bastardo, NV

Nerello del Bastardo is one of my all-time favorite wines from Trader Joe's. Bottles from 1999, 2000 and 2002 were, I am sure, mostly Nebbiolo, probably blended with Sangiovese. I still have some bottles of those vintages, and they are drinking well. This Nerelo (one l rather than two l's and no vintage date but same label and packaging) is likely not Nebbiolo and probably from vines in Southern rather than Northern Italy. But it is still a very enjoyable wine and good value at $8.99 from either Trader Joe's or World Market.

Deep ruby. Cherries and licorice but more restrained and one dimensional than in earlier vintages. Also lacks the floral scents. The wine has good concentration, though, for a wine at this price point. Rich mid-palate fruit and oak. Spicy cherry notes on the finish.

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