We have another great value from Italy, perfect for the transition of Summer into Fall! This everday red comes from the province of Asti, in Piedmont, nestled among rolling hills between the competing influences of the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea; a perfet climate for wine-grapes. Fall marks the high season for truffles in these parts, with a festival in October; toasted hazelnuts and dense, rolling fog are around the corner. This is the wine to start things off!
Now run by the 4th generation of the Ponte family, the Carlin de Paolo winery is the result of a tenacious Great-Grandfather (Paolo) and Grandfather (Carlin) who carried on through the destruction of two wars; the figure on the front is a depiction of a determined Paolo (with a nod to the "Futurism" art that was popular in Italy in his time).
The Piemonte Rosso is just one of many estate wines the Ponte family makes, with a regionally typical blend of Barbera, Dolcetto, and Bonarda (aka Bonarda Piemontese), it's supremely quaffable due to a low level of soft tannins, moderately light alcohol (around 12.5% abv), and a fresh, bright acidity balancing the juicy fruit. Crisp flavors of cranberry, black cherry, and a fresh herbal quality like mint/eucalyptus are accented with a light vanilla from oak mellowing, and leave with a clean finish.
This is an excellent alternative for those who enjoy Cotes du Rhone and Beaujoulais reds and will be perfect with straighforward appetizers and Italian-style pizza! Serve cool 60-64F.