Just what I expect from a Tesco Finest wine: restrained and elegant, like the other wines in the range. If I’m not mistaken Master of Wines do the selection for Tesco, and they always pick the balanced, pure wines, not the over-oaked, over-ripe examples.
When looking for value, supermarket Lidl is often a good choice. Especially some of the Italian and Spanish reds they offer. The only issue is that these are available only for a few weeks in every year, at least in Hungary, and stock runs out quickly. This Chianti is one to buy by the case for the mere 4 Euros they ask for it.
I brought this to our last Kékfrankos (Blaufrankisch) blind tasting, just to see if it would confuse people. The two grapes have some similarities (notably the bright acidity), but this clearly did not belong to the line-up. Not to mention that it outshone all the Kékfrankos wines, despite being less expensive than most of those. Continue reading →
Another day, another Aglianico. An even better one. I put this into a lineup which featured names like Domaine de Trevallon, and it performed well, liked by all the tasters (they tasted it blind). This was sadly our last tasting before the coronavirus hit Hungary… I wonder when will we able to sit together again.
Ten years ago I drank more Italian wines than in the period that followed that, and which was (and still is) dominated by French wines. Back then the noble grape of the South, Aglianico was one of my favourites, and recently I felt that it’s time to revisit the genre so I ordered a few bottles.