The ocean of red Italian wines has no boundaries. There are excellent and ordinary wines, very expensive and cheap ones. How could you recognize them?
And how can you decide which is the best red wine to drink? You need a compass to choose the right way. It could be useful to read something about this matter and, first of all, exercise taste. You could attend some wine tasting visits and spot out, while drinking wine, which are the features you should pay attention to.
Color, fragrance, flavor, aged or not: it’s up to you to discover your best red wine to drink.
If you don’t want to get entangled in the wide wine world you can consider by a real experience. You could visit a place where wine is made. This could be possible joining a winery tour.
Tuscany is an Italian region famous for art Cities, natural landscapes, food and wines: it could be very exciting starting from here.
To tread essential steps in the wine world let’s try to taste five good, cheap red Tuscan wines (from 15 to 25 $).
There are different ways to taste different wines. This way considers the quantity of vines for every kind of wine, going from the single species to a more complex one.
The first wine to taste is Morellino di Scansano, Riserva Doc Bronzone 2013, Mazzei, produced in Maremma countryside. This wine, dark ruby red color, made with Sangiovese one hundred percent, has a fruity fragrance of blackberry and cherry and a full and spicy flavor thanks to the proximity to the sea.
The second one could be Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Docg Santa Caterina 2013 – Trerose. Pungent aroma, burgundy color, hints of violet, plum, cherry, berry, pepper, tobacco and humus. Aged in barrels, then in bottles, the wine is made with Prugnolo gentile, a kind of Sangiovese grosso.
Chianti Classico Castello di Albola, the third wine, is produced in Radda in Chianti, Siena, and is made with Sangiovese and Canaiolo, a local vine. Ruby red, delicate scents of violet, balanced, dry taste, good structure.
About Castello D’Albola Chianti Classico (750ML)
- This Italian Chianti is the perfect accompaniment to the richly flavored dishes of the traditional Chianti cuisine, as well as grilled meats and aged cheeses
- Red Wine, Chianti
- 95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo
- Radda in Chianti, Siena (Italy)
- Ruby red, tending toward garnet, in color
- The flavor is well-balanced and dry, with good structure and a velvety texture
- Pairs with pasta in a meat sauce, short ribs, roasted lamb, and grilled chicken with fresh herbs
- 13% ABV
The fourth one, Casalferro is an experiment by Barone Ricasoli, Gaiole in Chianti, Siena. The novelty is making a Merlot one hundred percent in the Sangiovese land.
Intense and brilliant ruby red, balsamic and spicy notes, cocoa, pepper, licorice and cinnamon blended in the red ripe fruit fragrance. Powerful and pleasant flavor thanks to the kind of wood for ageing.
To finish with, Caccia al Piano 2013, Ruit Hora 1868, Bolgheri, a wine made with
Merlot (70 percent), Cabernet Sauvignon (20 percent) and Petit Verdot (10 percent).
A fragrance and flavor symphony for an elegant and graceful wine, red ruby dark, balsamic, a complex olfactory impression. Grapes cultivated on the shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea offer a full and velvety flavor, with hints of fruit jam, berry and cherry, black pepper, vanilla, oriental spices, underbrush.
Now you may have known something more about wine. But the wine path is not over.