Winery: Tenuta Luisa
Bottling: 2005 Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso
Importer: Vias Imports
Estimated Retail Price: $16
Purchase Details & Tasting Source: Purchased for $16.50 + tax at a small boutique wine shop in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood, Arlequin Wine Merchant. They have some serious hand-picked selection thing going on there.
Tasting Notes: There’s some serious flavor and color intensity going on in this bottle. At first, the specific flavors and aromas were hard to put a finger on. They were familiar, but yet so foreign. After awhile the flavors started to show themselves with a little smoke, meat and plum on the nose. In the mouth were wild bramble berry flavors like raspberry, blueberry, blackberry and plum. As the wine opened up more, you got loads of violets; very cool.
The tannins were pretty fine grained and clean and the wine was pretty darn firm. I don’t believe they used any oak in the vinification of this wine. I found out that refosco is an ancient varietal indigenous to the Northern regions of Italy. I love trying wines like these. Overall, a very complex wine full of intense flavors and a unique personality.
Food Pairings & Context in Which to Enjoy: Whenever we have pizza, we always reach for either a zinfandel or a rustic Italian wine. When the wild berry fruits from these wines and the zestiness of tomato sauce and cheese collide, you get an awesome flavor synergy. Besides pizza, this will also hold up well with heavier dishes that are braised, grilled, stewed or crock-potted.
Winery Background & Other: I don’t know much about the winery, except that their imported by Vias Imports, which has a stellar Italian portfolio. Look out for their logo on the back of the bottles.