Killer red value

Below is an outstanding value in a Bordeaux red blend which I’ve tasted over the last two days.

Vignalta Rosso Riserva 2004 Colli Eugani $19.99/bottle or $227.89/case

92 Arnie points

Wow. This wine has been open nearly 24 hours and it’s getting better and better! This is a delicious, nearly perfect Bordeaux blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet from the Colli Euganei region of the Veneto in northern Italy. It is aged two years in oak but it is not too oaky; the wine has a lush texture and full black cherry, black currant and cassis fruit one expects from a red costing twice as much.

Merlot and Cabernet vines were introduced in the Colli Euganei in the 19th century, adapting very well to the volcanic hills. These grapes did so well they replaced other local red varieties after Philloxera wiped out the vineyards near the twilight of the 19th century.

This is a terrific value. The Vignalta goes extremely well with steak and cheeses – and it is priced like a top-notch daily drinker!



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