Monday, October 13, 2008

FROM OFF THE BEATEN PATH


From the Friuli region of Italy, comes this beautifully-classic red, the Conte d’Attimis-Maniago Refosco 2006 ($25.98). Refosco is actually the Mondeuse Noir grape from Southwest France, though either name is pretty unfamiliar in these parts. Dark purple in color, the nose gives off earthy notes of red fruit, herbs and spice. Flavors of bright cherries, rose petals, rosemary and oregano spices, and espresso showcase good concentration, balance and medium-tannins. This is really expressive, and lingers for some time, with light notes of vanillin oak, milk chocolate and baked cherries. This is really delicious, and a unique experience for those looking to branch their Italian palate out beyond Tuscany and Piedmont.

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