Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Fattoria del Cerro Manero 2009

Fattoria del Cerro
Manero Rosso di Toscana 2009
Toscana, Italy

80% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot.

Rich red in color with undertones of burnt sienna, this wine is earthy, layered and sensual as first aromas arise.  Subtle vanilla notes along with spicy hints of anise continue to please before even taking a first sip!  While lush on the nose, it’s easy on the palate, with dark wild berries, plum and black tea.  Later on the Sangiovese opens up, like the deeper notes of a viola or cello ... (I said to myself, as I was halfway through the bottle!)  Dry, clean finish.  A real crowd pleaser!

From the rolling, winding and magical landscape of Tuscany, in the town of Montalcino, this Sangiovese blend is created under the supervision of world-renowned oenologist Riccardo Cotarella, made from grapes harvested from the Fattoria del Cerro and La Poderina properties. “The name Manero is inspired by the story of a well-known clown, Manero, who relentlessly played practical jokes on the local vintner. One day, he decided to challenge the Vintner by promising to create a wine far superior to his. Not long after when a crowd gathered to taste the clown’s wine, the Vintner, astonished, could not help but proclaim: ”Anyone who can create a blend this fine has my deepest respects, Manero!” And so the wine MANERO was born.”1

Pair with classic pasta and meat sauce, Osso Buco or antipasti of cured meats and aged cheeses. 

Another insane value at $10.99 a bottle! From Vias Imports through Pine State distributors, it can be found in the Portland, ME area at Rosemont Market – Munjoy Hill.  Call Dan at: (207) 846-1234 for availability at Brighton & Yarmouth Rosemont locations.  

Whole Foods will feature a display of it this month.  

On the restaurant side ... also find it (believe it or not) at Cantina el Rayo, York St., Portland.  Try it with the Burger.  Enjoy!

1Vias Importers.

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