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Tenuta "La Pergola" Monferrato Rosso DOC, 2018

$15.00
Tenuta "La Pergola" Monferrato Rosso DOC, 2018

Tenuta "La Pergola" Monferrato Rosso DOC, 2018

$15.00
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Barbera, Bonarda, Dolcetto, and Croatina.  There is a romantic, yet misguided myth among Americans that one can sit down in any roadside trattoria in Italy and be served a delicious glass of wine. However, this idealistic notion is sadly at odds with the hard reality: it is rare enough for the vino della casa to be drinkable, let alone anything truly noteworthy.

And yet, this most infrequent occurrence—the wine importer's dream—is exactly what fate would have in store for Kermit and Dixon one day as they trekked the back roads of Piemonte several years ago. The wine in the pitcher—an Arneis from a local producer—was not only drinkable, but it was really quite good: refreshing, balanced, typical of the grape and of the region, and an ideal companion to the antipasti of the day. Oh, and it was cheap.


That pitcher of Arneis led them to the cellars of Tenuta La Pergola, in the town of Cisterna d'Asti. Alessandra Bodda now runs the estate her great-grandfather founded in 1903, farming thirty hectares of indigenous Piemontese varieties with the help of her son Emanuele. The sandy and clay soils of the Roero and Monferrato, where their vineyards are situated, give softer wines than the marl-dominated terroirs of the neighboring Langhe, creating aromatic wines that bestow immediate pleasure.

Tasting this superb raw material sparked an idea, and with the 2009 vintage the first “Monferrato Rosso – Selected by Kermit Lynch” was born using a blend of the region's red varieties. Loaded with brambly berries, bright acidity, and soft, earthy tannins, the wine is a faithful representation of Piemontese reds at bargain cost: just what you would want in your carafe at a roadside trattoria, and the perfect weeknight red to gulp down at home. While the aromatic Brachetto grape is typically used for Birbét, a local red sparkling dessert wine, Alessandra and Emanuele also vinify it dry, creating the closest thing you'll taste to liquid rose petals and wild strawberries. Seductive, supple, and marvelously perfumed, “Il Goccetto” showcases the unadulterated pleasure achievable in Piemonte. La Pergola's wines may be the best values the region has to offer, offering crowd-pleasing delight and versatility at table. Kermit says they remind him of the Piemontese wines of old: simple, affordable, and totally satisfying!

PAIR WITH GRILLED LAMB. RED SAUCE AND PASTA.