Another of the import wine close-outs at Grocery Outlet in Sonoma County, I opened this last week to make a pot of brasato-style short ribs. And, of course, the cook got a glass to sip in the kitchen. It’s made from Nerello Mascalese and Nero d’Avola, aged in barrique, and weighs in at 13% alcohol.
Much heartier than the elegantly constructed Piemonte reds I usually use for this dish, as would be expected from the sunny Sicilian climate. The wine was intact and in decent condition, but I found it rather disjointed with some green and drying tannins despite very ripe and near raisined fruit. Big and mouth-filling upfront, the body falls off fast to a somewhat clipped finish. While too out of balance to be something I wanted to drink, this big-fruited red made delicious gravy.
Imported by Bacchanal Wine Imports, New York, NY
Purchased at Grocery Outlet, Rohnert Park, on January 1, 2008.