Caruso, an Italian wine with three new grapes for us

2007 Caruso d'Italia - a melding of Italy's wine regions.
2007 Caruso d’Italia – a melding of Italy’s wine regions.

A local grocery store provided us with a bottle of 2007 Caruso d’Italia, a wine made by Maestro Sanguineti with three wine making friends to represent Italy’s wine regions, north to south anyway.  We were familiar with the Sangiovese and Syrah base grapes representing the central region and added: Corvina and Rondinella, from the Veneto (Northeastern) Region and Nero d’Avola from Sicily (south).  We didn’t look anything up before hand, preferring to really taste the wine before we had any preconceived expectations.

Deep red with a rusty halo: Sangiovese, Syrah, Corvina, Rondinella, and Nero d'Avola grapes
Deep red with a rusty halo: Sangiovese, Syrah, Corvina, Rondinella, and Nero d’Avola grapes

It was fairly tannic when first opened; so tannic that we aerated the first glass to see what else there was in the glass.  The aromas are bright red fruits and herbs.  After aerating there were pie cherries and herbs with some vanilla suggesting oak.  Light bodied and easy to drink; we didn’t have to aerate the remainder of the bottle.  Although, it was really sour the second night – yeah, these early morning classes mean we have to quit earlier and finish a bottle the second night.

Enjoyable, would definitely consider it repeatable experience.  Have you tried that particular wine or those grapes?  Would love to hear about your experience.

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