Drinking Tonight: Trentatre Rosso

I remember this from when I used to work at Trader Joe’s, although they’ve change the label in the last 5 years.  This is the 2011 bottling – it’s still produced in IGT Salento, and made of equal proportions of Cabernet, Merlot, and Montepulciano.  $8.

Color: fairly deep reddish purple; what you’d expect from both international varieties and southern Italy.

Aroma: intense blackberry and brambly fruit.

Taste: good depth – blackberry, plum, and some cocoa towards the finish. Acidity is half-way between Old World and New World, and the tannins are pretty soft for a young wine – this is definitely targeted at the American market.

A good wine for grilling out or having with simple Italian fare, but not really representative of the Italian winemaking style.

 

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