I was recently sent another bottle to review by Tesco as part of a Tesco taste panel, this is a 10 man/woman panel who are selected to review the same wine and leave comments on their wine by the case website.
The wine in question is a Sangiovese Vino Lascito 2013.
Firstly I must say that whenever I open a bottle of Italian wine I can’t help imagining a table full of wise guys sitting in a restaurant, spaghetti stained napkins tucked into their shirt collars eating pasta made with mama’s special sauce.
Back to the wine, the bottle shape was a bit strange and I’m not a big fan of it, being a bit short and stumpy it just looks a little awkward and doesn’t fit it the wine rack very well, actually reminded me of a bottle of port.
When poured although dark purple-ish in colour it still was a little translucent, with aromas of sour cherries, plums, raspberries and a slight whiff of herbs.
First sip prior to food, a little on the thin side, the tartness, slightly bitter taste (although I expected some ) was a little too noticeable, although it did lead to a mouth watering explosion of sour cherries, raspberries and a spicy finish. Tannins were soft though and the fruit did stand out but where this wine sort of impressed was after a mouthful of food (Spaghetti Bolognese in this case), with the tartness less intrusive and the spice and herbs making a subtle entrance.
I must admit I liked this wine much better with food as most Italian wines it just seems to complement food brilliantly, easy drinking , nothing complicated, a pleasant enough drink especially with a plate of pasta but nothing to get me too excited.
My fellow taste panelists seem to disagree with me looking at their reviews but hey ho everyone to their own it’s just wasn’t for me.
My Rating 6/10 Corks
Does Italian food need Italian wine? not always but it somehow just seems right, think of those Mafia wise guys sitting in a restaurant napkins tuck in to their shirts sucking up Spaghetti with mamas special sauce and of course drinking red local wine. Or, maybe just sitting around the dinner table in a three bedroom semi eating pasta with the family, Italian red wine is a must.
After searching the wine rack I found a wine from Umbria Italy, the il Cacciatore del tartufo 2008 (the truffle hunter) a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon & Canaiolo.
So what was it like ? well, very dark in colour with quite pronounced heady aromas of ripe dark cherries, burnt rubber, liqourice and rich spices.
First taste fairly much imitated the smell, oaky, tannic, with flavours of liquorice, mocha and rich dark fruit which all hit you at once but with a slightly tart finish.
Did I like it? very much so, especially with food but I would quite happily drink it on its own. Left in the glass the tartness subsides a little making this a very enjoyable wine.
It’s a 13% ABV wine that tastes like a 14% but very easy to drink.
This was kindly given as a present and very nice is was too.
My Rating 8/10 Corks
Avery’s wine merchant around £9
In a dilemma, not quite sure what to drink with your food, usually my golden rule is reach for a bottle of Italian red, this time it was a Chianti Riserva 2010 from the Tesco Finest range. Sometimes though, golden rules don’t always work, not entirely anyway.
Nothing wrong with this wine, there again not anything to shout about either, It’s an ok drinkable Chianti (although it does need to be drunk with food) produced by the normally reliable Picinni family.
Looked ok when poured, nice ruby colour but it’s when you get your nose in the glass where the first signs of doubt creep in, fairly muted cherries, raspberries but then followed by something slightly metallic. Taste wise, the label claims it to be ‘smooth, elegant and Velvety. Soft tannins and a long finish’ straight from the bottle my description would be ‘full of sour red cherries, liquorice, a little rustic and slightly on the thin side’ . That said, it did improve in the glass after a short time with the tartness softening a little and overall it did go well with the Tomato based Pasta meal.
It was easy drinking but needed food, bought this bottle while on offer and at the price I paid I was satisfied but not overally impressed.
My Rating 6/10 Corks