Thursday, January 30, 2014

Giarolo 2008 Bardolino Superiore Sperona

Sperona

This is a pick from the large and wonderful wine department at Andersons. The sign was mislabeled. It said “closeout” when it really should have read, “sad, tired wine.”

Bardolino is an area in the western part of the Veneto wine region in northeast Italy. The main grape used for the wines is Corvina and the Bardolino Superiore label is reserved for dry wines that have been aged for at least a year.

This is a blend of 65% Corvina, 15% Rondinella, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Sangiovese. Corvina is king in the Bardolino wine world. Unfortunately, Corvina is not a very robust grape and even when paired with its traditional partner Rondinella, the wine is bland.

Perhaps we shouldn’t be grousing. We only paid $8.99 for this bottle. The producer calls is an everyday wine. I agree. It is perfect on any day, except for those ending in “y.”

There are light wines that are fun and refreshing. We wanted this bottle to be like that – but it wasn’t. There was a trace of sour cherry flavor detected, but overall, it tasted like grape juice.

Sperona, it was nice to have known ya. Bye-bye.

Rating: 0.5 of 5  Value: 0.5 of 5

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