WINE OF THE MONTH
ITALAI TI ADORO
Vino Rosso by Monte Bernardi
Italia, Ti Adoro - ”Italy, I love you” or “Italy, I adore you...” Translate it whichever way you prefer, but make no mistake you will love this perfect red for transitioning from hot late summer days to cool autumn nights.
Monte Bernardi is a certified biodynamic Chianti estate, but for this love-letter to Italian wine they source excess organic grapes from their friends all over Italy. The blend is Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino, and Malvasia Nera from Tuscany; Nerello Mascalese, Frappato, and Nero d'Avola from Sicily; and Montepulciano from Le Marche. He used to make a Chianti in fiasco (yes, the old straw basket style Chianti!) as an ode to Chianti’s past, but the price of Sangiovese from Chianti has risen too much in recent years to continue. Instead, he now makes this pan-Italian Vino da Tavolo in an adorable 1 liter bottle. You will be grateful for that extra glass of wine – either on the day you open it, or split the bottle across two days as the wine holds up nicely on the second day.
Italia, Ti Adoro shows lovely notes of plum, wet rose, spice, cured meat and fresh chopped wood. More subtle tones of clove, wild raspberry, thyme, mint, roasted chile and iron round out the profile of this pleasingly dry and mellowly tannic red. It is fantastic with all offerings from the grill or from the kitchen, but is light enough to not require food at all.