By now, readers of this blog should be keenly aware of this Chianti Classico estate’s pedigree.
Equally evident is my love of Italian Merlot and today’s example from Tuscany, is particularly delicious.
|~ The Courtyard at Castello di Bassi – Berardenga, Chianti ~|
To preach for just a moment……… This is what I love about Italian Merlot. It is the perfect “crossover” wine. Generally speaking, Tuscan Merlots develop wonderful ripeness without being overdone. They easily seduce those more accustomed to new world Merlot. And seduce is the perfect descriptor, as the wines are forward, lush, and tease you playfully to return for sip after sip. But the appeal doesn’t end there. Equally as impressive is the soul behind the wines. It’s not all about the fruit. I often find leather, mineral, stones, flowers, olives, brush and mint in the better examples and that’s tertiary complexity that you don’t typically find in fruit driven new world examples. It’s what Tuscany is about. Yes, it’s Merlot. But it’s Tuscan Merlot and to borrow a phrase from a hero of mine: “God help me, I love it so.” ~ GSP Merlot, you are one magnificent bastard!
|~ 2007 Girolamo: Served with Maile Milanese, Broccoli Rabe, and Pane Pomodoro ~|