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Riondo Rosso 2009

I realize there is a fine line between creative and gimmicky when it comes to wine labels and packaging, but I chose not to concern myself with it when I saw bottles of Riondo Rosso 2009 lined up on the shelf in the wine shop. Absolutely eye-catching, to me they appeared  handsome and medieval [the producer states they were created to resemble the original clay bottles wine was kept in many years ago], so I immediately put one into my basket without even knowing what type of grape it was. Clearly the Riondo marketing campaign was successful with me. And it doesn’t seem as though that would be a surprise to them, with sales doubling each year for the past 5 years across its portfolio, Riondo has been labeled  a “Hot Prospect” in the American value wine category. Rosso is its latest launch and vividly embodies the Winery’s focus of listening to the consumer and “offering high quality wines at sensible pricing, innovative packaging”.

Red-violet in colour, after aerating aromas of soft violets intermingled with cherry and cozy cinnamon rose from my glass. The full body swelled with soft round flavours of juicy cherry and plum fruits, whilst supporting hints of a refreshing acidity contributed a pleasant brightness. The velvety finish of raisin and rich chocolate notes was emphasized by the process of aging on the left-over lees of Amarone. Simple, rustic and enjoyable, this is an easy drinking glass that keeps you reaching for more.

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot

Bottled by Cantine Riondo S.P.A. Monteforte D’Alpone
13.5% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2013

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