During a recent wine tasting at Osteria Amore, I got to taste a range of wines from the great Casanova di Neri winery of Italy. These were mostly wines that I could never afford to sip on my own, so it was a real treat to taste Casanova di Neri’s world class Brunello di Montalcino wines and others.
One of the wines I tasted was one that I can afford: the most recent creation of Casanova di Neri. It’s called IrROSSO. Gianlorenzo di Neri – who was on hand to discuss the wines we sipped – described IrROSSO as “a union between Sangiovese and a small addition of our own grapes from different varieties.”
The result is a very drinkable Italian rosso style wine that, priced at a mere $22.99, it’s also very affordable. IrROSSO is a blend of 80% Sangiovese with 20% of Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot which was aged 15 months in French oak barriques.
This is a very elegant, well-balanced wine for the price, not to mention complex and well-structured. It’s an amazing bang for the buck. I would pair it with a range of foods from pizza or pasta with red sauce to charcuterie, roast chicken and grilled meats.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.