Tuesday, March 12, 2013

di Lenardo Ronco Nolé

di Lenardo Ronco Nolé 2010
Friuli, Italy

Review: This wine is a blend of three grapes: Merlot, Cabernet, and Refosco (an ancient Italian variety I had to look up in Sotheby’s). It has dark and spicy flavors of cooked black cherries, leather, and eucalyptus. Combined with a slight vanilla note from the oak ageing, and silky soft tannins, this wine is definitely a winner.

I didn't know what to expect from a Refosco blend, but I’m very impressed with this little wine.

Food Pairing: This wine is just begging to be paired with a spicy salami or salty prosciutto. 

Bottom Line: This wine is just simply yummy. It’s also a great value, especially given the level of complexity. I dig it.


Wine Geekery: 
  • VINTAGE: 2010
  • PLACE: Friuli, Italy
  • BLEND: 50% Merlot, 25% Refosco, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • AGEING: 12 Months, American oak
  • BOOZE: 13%
  • CELLAR: Drink now or hold for a few years
  • www.dilenardo.it

Where did I get it?  Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? Mid Priced

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