Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Nerello del Bastardo Vino da Tavola Rosso, 1999

Even without the not-so subtle hints on the back label, it was clearly apparent two decades ago that Nebbiolo is a driving force in this wine. And even though it was declassified Nebbiolo, the grape elevated this wine far beyond its  $5.99 humble status at Trader Joe's. I bought a case and a half and have enjoyed every drop. This is my last bottle, and it is finally beginning to show its age.

The color has lost its bright sheen, and the bouquet has more of the earthy/tarry rather than dark cherry/rose petal face of Nebbiolo. The high acid/high tannin structure, though, keeps the flavors flowing. Power and beauty suggestive of a mature Barolo.

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