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