Tuesday, December 8, 2009

2003 Tenuta Ca' Vescovo Cabernet Sauvignon Friuli Aquileia


Picked this wine up at Wine Expo for 6$. Imported by Zonin. Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the main red grapes that is grown in Friuli (some other big ones are Merlot--#1, Cabernet Franc, and lots of wacky indigenous ones like Pignolo, Schioppetino, and Refosco). This particular wine comes from the Friuli Aquileia DOC, which is basically right on the Adriatic and close to the town of Grado, which is in between Trieste and Venice. 2003 was a scorcher of a summer in Europe, although this wine comes from a cooler climate. At six-ish years of age, on the nose this wine displays lots of chocolate and licorice character (which I'm assuming comes at least in part from the age), in addition to plummy black cherry fruit (I suppose that "plummy black cherry" is another synonym for cassis in my book), and just the slightest bit of herbaciousness. In the mouth, at first, the flavors are all chocolate and licorice, but gradually turn over to black cherry. This wine has a fair amount of acid, although it doesn't come off as unbalanced. Perhaps it had some more tannin in the early stages that has been fully resolved (I'm just guessing, since I haven't had too many "middle-aged" wines and my knowledge of wine is expanding each time I get a bottle of wine like this...)? The finish is fairly short, but I think that the main intent of this wine is to be drunk with food, often and early. It's interesting that it's even gotten to the stage of having a bit of bottle age on it as far as I'm concerned. This is an interesting little wine for 6$. It's not complex, but it also isn't breaking the bank and it's got some interesting secondary characteristics that are worth the price of admission.  B+/A-

2 comments:

Tricerapops said...

did you need to decant? noticed you did...

Jeff said...

Actually, Erik (the guy there) recommended decanting it. (Sometimes I do that anyways...seems more festive.) It took quite a while the cherry to show up over the licorice/chocolate notes, so I guess decanting was worth it...regardless, this was a steal, I think, and Roberto told me it was a distributor close out that was supposed to be priced at 18$...