Friday, June 25, 2010

Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2008

Sarah's going off to New York tonight, so we figured we'd open a bottle of something interesting, like we always do before she takes off. Just not really drinking as much wine as we normally do recently, but it's always nice to have a couple glasses of something fun. I decided to open something Italian because my parents just went off to Italy for the first time--and I was thinking about how much fun they're going to have. There's nothing like coming into Rome and seeing the Coliseum for the first time, especially if you've just gotten off a long plane ride. It's a pretty surreal experience. It ties you into the history of the world and makes you realize just how old Rome is. It's a tangible tie to what came before. It's a compelling testament to the longevity of the human race.  It's a reminder of what a short period of time you spend alive, but also a reminder of how enduring things can be. It almost drives me to the point of existential crisis every single time I see it in person. It's a contemplative, iconic, and impressive structure. I'm stoked that my parents finally get to experience Italy. Sarah and I have had a lot of fun there. (By the way...if you're really interested, we built a whole website about our last stay in Rome in April, which can be accessed here. I think we've managed to fix all the problems with the photos loading...)

This wine was 18$ at LA Wine Company. It's imported by Palm Bay, which is a huge importer, and also boasts on the back that some of the money from this bottle goes to fighting AIDS in Africa. 60% Nero d'Avola and 40% Frappato. This wine is different from the last Cerasuolo di Vittoria that we had. It's a lot fresher and fruitier, and not quite as structured. Lots of strawberries, cherries, licorice, and herbal notes on the nose, leading through to a fairly acidic finish that highlights the fresh fruit character of this wine. This wine is interesting and different, fun and fresh. B

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