Pillitteri 2015 Fruttaio, Appassimento Riserva Famiglia

Now here’s a first in the realm of Canadian appassimento wines, the use of the authentic/traditional Italian Veneto varieties: Corvina (50%), Rondinella (35%), Molinara (3%) with some Merlot added in for good measure (12%) with 16% alcohol backing it up and an average of 2 years in barrel for each variety. What a treat this has turned into: the sweetness kicks in on the nose while the acidity kicks ass on the palate making the wine feel lighter than it has any right to be. Lots of cherry and white pepper with plum, mocha, blackberry and so much more …. This bottle has time on its side (say 10+ years) and it’s thoroughly enjoyable with a tannin rich finish that will smooth with time – it’s not cheap but damn is it ever good.  Price: $98.00 – Rating: ****+

Red Blend
at the winery

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