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Italian Wine Night #2

Serego Alighieri Poderi Del Bello Ovile Rosso Di Toscana 2007

The first time I studied Italian, at university, it was because I wanted to understand the lyrics at the opera and read the classics in the original. (Hey, students are pretentions.) Masi Serego Alighieri Poderi Del Bello Ovile Rosso Di Toscana 2007 is an appropriate selection for my Italian Wine Mondays if for no other reason than the history of the winery. Dante Alighieri spent several years of his exile in Verona. His son, Pietro, loved the area and decided to remain, purchasing the Casal dei Ronchi in Valpolicella in 1353. Twenty-one generations later, the house and estate still belong to Dante’s direct descendants, the Counts Serego Alighieri. The name of the holding and of the wine is a reference to the passage in Dante’s Divine Comedy where the exiled poet dreams of returning to his far away homeland.

In the glass the wine has a deep, almost opaque, color, ruby red on the edges. Sharp, clean nose – forest fruits, liquorice, and vanilla with a hint of cinnamon. Blackberries and blueberries on the palate. Long, berry fruit finish. 80% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo, 5% Ciliegiolo, the wine is aged 12 months in French oak barrels (50% new, 25% second-year use, 25% third-year use), then a minimum of 6 months in bottle.

Now I have to learn numbers by next week. I predict an easier wine to go with that, maybe something bubbly….

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