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Maculan Brentino 2013 (2 bottles)
Russolo Borgo di Peuma 2010 (2 bottles)
Sportoletti Villa Fidelia Rosso 2011 (2 bottles)
Normal retail price: £91.12
Club Discount Price: £80.20
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In Bordeaux, either on their own or cleverly blended, both varieties are the root source of some of the world's most eminent labels. However, from their noble French origins these varieties have come a long way, one that has seen them conquer the whole world.
From such a vast arena, for our Club Italvinus this month we have selected three wines made from these two varieties but giving differing results: Brentino, a balanced wine, very finely crafted and with the sort of versatility that makes it ideal for numerous occasions; Borgo di Peuma, a wine obtained using a special process similar to the 'ripasso', adding the indigenous Refosco to these two varieties; and finally, Villa Fidelia, a classic and elegant wine, in the Bordeaux style, made in Umbria by the famous winemaker Ricardo Cotarella.
A varied selection that represents some of the countless expressions of Merlot and Cabernet. Two varieties which, despite their global presence, offer marvellous results when handled wisely.
When you open a bottle, pour yourself a glass and focus on picking up the varietal notes of green pepper and black fruits. You'll be amazed at the characteristics that the terroir and each winery's style have conferred on the wines, so that they're bestowed with personality. After trying them ourselves, we're confident that every sip will give you satisfaction... Absolute pleasure!
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Red. Maculan Veneto, Italy Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Bottle: £8.28 club members / £9.40 non-members
Brentino is a great introductory wine which effectively demonstrates the winery's expertise. Juicy and ready for tasting, on the nose it presents a bouquet of well-defined aromas highlighting its notes of black fruits, sweet spices, tobacco and delicate herbaceous touches. On the palate it appears coherent, balanced and with a freshness that makes it extremely moreish.
The sort of wine you always need to have on the rack, ready to uncork at any opportune moment, very versatile too as regards food pairings, instantaneous, satisfying and well-worked.
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Red. Russolo Venezia Giulia, Italy Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Refosco
Bottle: £16.15 club members / £18.35 non-members
Made from Merlot (90%), Cabernet Sauvignon and Refosco, originating from vines over 30 years old, Borgo di Peuma is a singular wine which is made using a technique called "governo" (a process by which, after 12 months of ageing in French oak barrels, the must obtained from the best clusters of newly-harvested, dried-out Cabernet grapes is added to the wine).
The end result of this process, not very dissimilar to the "ripasso" wine-making technique, is a warm and structured wine that is smooth and full-bodied. A deep ruby-red colour, highlights on the nose are its aromas of ripe black fruit (blackberry), leather, tobacco and notes of damp earth and liquorice. On the palate it comes over as full, with a velvety mouthfeel, smooth, mature, with flavoursome and perfectly integrated tannins.
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Red. Sportoletti Umbria, Italy Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Bottle: £15.67 club members / £17.81 non-members
Villa Fidelia Rosso is undoubtedly the winery's flagship, a Bordeaux-style wine made from 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. The first variety, sourced from clones selected from an old vineyard, fifty years of age, endows the wine with a special complexity, roundness and smoothness.
Visually a compact ruby-red colour, on the nose it appears elegant, with aromas that fuse splendidly, giving way to a harmonious ensemble in which the featured notes are blueberry jam, violets and wilted roses, tobacco, undergrowth and Sichuan pepper. On the palate, we find a vigorous wine, with tannins clearly present but very fine, and a smoothness which seems to caress the palate most elegantly.
Lamb with fine herbs
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