Wednesday, April 11, 2012

2008 Volpetti CESANESE LAZIO (Lazio, Central Italy)

This wine was both exciting and disappointing.  Exciting because I do not remember ever drinking a wine made from the Cesanese varietal (apparently indigenous to this area) and it had unique, very intense, somewhat spiced fruity scents and a very soft texture, along with some good concentration and good acids.  But disappointing because this particular wine had very noticeable residual sugar; so much that it made the wine a bit cloying in the mouth.  If they had fermented it dry, I think this would have been very special.  In its current, more-than-slightly-sweet form, it's a C.  I'd like to taste a fully dry one.  Was $10 at Whole Foods in Clarendon, and I saw it in The Italian Store on Lee Highway (Arlington) for a little more.  Imported by Siema Wines, Springfield, VA.

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