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Monday, May 21, 2012

Wine Tasting - Luna di Luna Sangiovese Merlot 2009

"Sometimes you just need to take a deep breathe and remember that it's the little things in life that makes each day so special.  Those are the memories which you're most apt to remember and cherish."

Hello friend!  I hope that you have a very pleasant day and that when it is all said and done, you're happy to have lived it to its fullest.

Note:  Our thoughts and well wishes are extended to the people of Northern Italy struck by a 6.0 magnitude earthquake over the weekend.

Yes.  Another one of those $5.00 bottles where Andy at Eat More Produce simply went loco to make some room for some new vino visitors.  The old vino must go!  Lucky Chucky & Thrifty Tiffany were lucky enough to snatch a bottle of this gem.

Chucky's Point Score:  88
Tiffany's Point Score:  92

Luna di Luna Sangiovese Merlot 2009

Appellation:  Bardolino, Italy
Indicazione geographica tipica:  Umbria
Grape Varietal(s):  70% Sangiovese & 30% Merlot
Price:  $5.00 at Eat More Produce 
Vintage:  2009
Producer:  Ca'Montini
Alcohol:  13.0%

Tasting notes as follows.

Chucky's Tasting Sheet

Chucky's Notes:  "A tasty blend but the bouquet (nose) doesn't quite match the flavors on my palate.  A wee bit bitter initial taste but it quickly smooths to changing tastes in my mouth.  Bold red fruits grab you and don't simply let go.  Each sip tastes even better than the last."

Tiffany's Tasting Sheet

Tiffany's Notes:  "Wow!  Bouquet very pleasant rich fruitiness, even delivers more of a punch on the palate!  Love the elegant fruits complimented with an inviting spiciness on my tongue!  Perfect off dry with even, an ever so slight sweetness.  This is perfection to my senses!  Love it!  :)"

From the label:

"A passionate and expressive wine that's sophisticated yet flirty and loves being shared with friends.  Full and persistent with ripe fruits, this contemporary Luna di Luna blend of Sangiovese and Merlot is meticulously crafted for everyday enjoyment."

We truly did not know what to expect.  It's an unusual red bottle but it's a predominately Sangiovese.  This means one thing to me... an Italian red wine.  It simply can't be bad vino I assured myself.

Guess what?  We were right!  It's delicious grape nectar in a bottle.  A somewhat classic Sangiovese with a Merlot twist, if you will.  Our tasting yet once again confirms my belief that there simply isn't such a thing as a bad red Italian table wine.  Besides, it's a whole heckuva lot of fun searching for it should it be out there.

Hi-dee hi-dee red-bottles-are-to-men-what-red-shoes-are-to-ladies-ho my friend?

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