I’ve heard it said many times that if you’re in a restaurant and you don’t know which wine to choose, go for an Italian. (wine that is, not the person !) it’s usually the safe choice. Italian wine particularly reds are generally very food friendly with their high acidity and bright juicy fruit flavours.
Barbera is the most widely planted grape in Piedmont and is the wine that you find most Italian people from the region filling their glasses up with but sadly for me, this ’ il Bello 2011’ didn’t all together hit the spot.
Firstly, let me say this is not a bad wine but it just didn’t get me excited, it paired well enough with the Beef Lasagne dinner and at a price of around £6 pretty much what I expected.
I chilled this for around 20 minutes , in the glass it was a bright crimson colour with aromas of plums, cherries and a little nutmeg. On first sip the explosion of tart juicy fruit was the overwhelming and slightly harsh , so I decided to leave it in the glass for a while before trying again. After 40 minutes or so sitting in the glass and the dinner on the table I took another sip and fortunately it had mellowed slightly into a softer less offensive taste. It still was pretty sour but with the rich food it was much more to my liking. Juicy bright cherries pretty much dominated but there was a little hint of sweetish spice in the background.
Not sure I would enjoy this as a stand alone drink, it definitely needed a plate full of rich creamy meaty pasta to really enjoy it and in this case it did the job. A little drop left in the bottle, will I finish it?, maybe not, never mind on to the next bottle !
Waitrose around £6