Though an odd way to celebrate Valentines Day, we’ve chosen to try wines from regions that touch the ancient Italian road (Via Flaminia) said to be the resting place Saint Valentine, for the entire month of February. Our fist wine in this series comes from Tuscany, which is beside Terni; a city in Umbria of which the Saint Valentine was said to be the bishop. Today’s wine is called La Cattura Toscana 2010, made by Poggio al Casone and it is a red wine blend of Teroldego and Syrah.
On colour, La Cattura holds a deep ruby red hue. On the nose, scents of mineral, plum, raspberry and blackberry are recognized. On the palate, this wine is wonderfully smooth, with exceptionally tempered tannins, an oaked smokiness, blackberry, and sweet plum.
The word ‘cattura’, which graces this bottle, is Italian for ‘capture’, and it is exactly what this wine will do to you, upon first sip, especially, if you are fond of more earthy wines that have a strong, yet manageable essence of fruity hints. Despite its vintage year, this wine is absolutely ready to drink now, or if you’ve got the patience, lay it down for three years.
This wine retails at the LCBO for $18.95
Score of 4.5 out of 5