This post features two wines which were fun to taste. The Garofoli was the more elegant of the two. It started off as a solid drink but then took a turn to show what was in store. I would cellar this for another year. The Il Sogno & La Pietra has a dense, chewy, tannic personality which I very much enjoy. It could stand a few years for the fruit to expand and the tannins integrate but it works great if you drink it by a fire. These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.
2007 Garofoli, Piancarda, Rosso Conero – $16 - Imported by Grappoli Imports. This wine is 100% Montepulciano which underwent malolactic fermentation then was aged for one year in oak casks. Alcohol 14%. The light nose revealed plum and blue fruits. In the mouth the flavors were a little ripe with some focus to the cool blue fruits, and spice. Blue and black fruit mixed with good spicy, drying tannins that coated the inside of the lips. There was red fruit acidity and moderate weight. The wine dramatically opened up after one hour to show youthful, fresh flavors with pencil lead and wood tannins. **(*) 2013-2019. 2009 Il Sogno & La Pietra, La Pietra, Paestum – $22 - read more
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