Maculan Brentino 2009

After poring over the 1000+ bottles on the Ōttō wine list, I finally selected Maculan Brentino 2009 to follow up the Castello Monaci Liante Salice Salentino. I fancied a glass with big flavours, smooth and not too fruity to accompany dinner. Maculan Winery is a third generation, small boutique winery headed by international winemaking consultant and oenologist Fausto Maculan. They utilize a combination of family traditions and modern techniques to ensure well-structured, distinguished bottles. For the Brentino, half of the grapes were aged in oak barrels; the other half were aged in stainless steel, which results in a fantastically balanced combination of varietal purity and rich smoky depth.

Ruby red with brick highlights, black cherry and smoky, tranquil, woodsy aromas swirled about in my glass. Tart cherry and brambly blackberry flavours comprised the nearly full body.  The walnuts and basil in my Penne con noci and ricotta called attention to the meaty undertones and firm, balanced tannins. Black pepper spice and smoky raisin elements elongated the velvety finish, whilst a subtle cedar note lingered affectionately.



55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon
Bottled by Maculan Estate, Breganze
13.5% Alcohol
$13 [average price]

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