Monday, November 17, 2008
Valpo or Burg?
This was a wine I bought for our 10AM Drunks Wine Tasting Group.
Brigaldara, Valpolicella, 2006. $15.99 at Woodland Hills Wine Co.
I asked the staff, "is it typical?" because for the tasting group you should bring a wine not as a stumper, but as representative and typical of a region.
I liked it, but I would not say this is typical Valpo which should have some elements of chocolate, or at least that's what I've read! the truth is I haven't had that much Valpo except the big guns like Dal Forno and those are a whole 'nother animal.
It had moderate to high acidity, fresh red berry fruit and soft tannins. All the components were well integrated, except that the tannins were maybe a little green giving the wine a little bit of an edgy finish. BUT it wasn't unpleasant, just a little rustic. And for the price, it's pretty darn good.
Eduardo called it 2004 Burgundy. The color was so light and translucent. If I were blind tasting it I think I would have called it a Grenache / Syrahblend because of the spiciness. I never would have guessed Valpolicella, but then again, who would??
Also, looks like the 2004 is available through Jill at Domaine 547 for $14.99.
Go crazy my friends and try both vintages next to each other!!!!