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Saturday, 25 June 2011

Bella Riva King Valley Sangiovese Merlot 2009

Like with a blossoming romance, this wine revealed more of itself to me over time.  Initially plummy, savoury aromas following through to a medium bodied savoury palate.  The finish, drying with rustic tannin.

It called out for food, Spaghetti alla Puttanesca is its recommended pairing.  Me? I opted for a sweet potato and bean cannelloni.  Was it the food, or over time did the wine develop a touch of a stewed tomato note?

There are some wines that you can throw all manner of descriptors at, sometimes - for me - a simple scenario based descriptor suffices.  This is not a complex wine, it's rustic and demands food.  I think of it as a wine for the back deck, a wine for friends and large shared plates.

Source: Sample
Price: $18.99
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://bellariva.com.au/

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