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This popular medium-bodied Veneto red achieves its rich, spicy flavour by partial natural air-drying of the grapes (a mix of merlot and corvina). The result is rounded, flavoursome and well worth trying.
Product Code: IT26291
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This family-run co-operative is based in the Colli Berici (Berici Hills), which are between Verona and Padua in the Veneto region of north-east Italy. It is owned by the Cielo family, and the name ‘Cielo e Terra’ is doubly clever: it translates literally to ‘heaven and earth’ and also reflects the family’s close ties to the terroir of Veneto.The estate was founded in 1908 by Giovanni Cielo. He began by planting vines around the family home, but the property grew and grew, and his sons and grandsons built their own winery and began buying grapes from other local growers to meet production demands. By the time it reached the current, fourth generation – Luca and Pierpaolo Cielo – in the early 21st century, the co-op was sourcing fruit from over 2,000 producers in the Colli Berici. Considering that the Berici hills are a real suntrap, with a warm, Mediterranean climate, it isn’t surprising to learn that vines have been grown here for hundreds of years. Co-op members own 4,000 hectares of vines here in total, from well-known favourites like chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, trebbiano, merlot and sangiovese to more local varieties like Manzoni bianco, tai rosso and raboso.The company has three wineries spread across the southern towns of the hills. On arrival, grapes are sorted according to variety, area of origin and sugar levels. Winemaking involves cold fermentation and soft pressing, both of which help to retain the grapes’ natural fragrance and complexity.The co-op produces various ranges of wines – the one wine we buy, Baccolo, is from the estate’s premium range, and is a blend of merlot and corvina. The grapes are partially dried to enhance flavour and part of the blend is aged in oak barriques.
Three regions constitute this wide and varied area. In the very north-east, abutting Slovenia and Croatia lies Friuli-Venezia Giulia. South and east of Venice spreads the broad swathe of the Veneto, one of Italy’s main wine producing areas in terms of volume. Finally, falling from the foothills of the Dolomites is Trentino-Alto Adige.Since the 1970s Friuli-Venezia Giulia has earned a fine reputation for high-quality white wines and a burgeoning one for reds. Most of the estates here are family owned with some co-operatives dotted around. Much of the inland area is hilly or mountainous with flatter vineyards sited around the Isonzo River as it comes down to the sea. The two principal white wine making areas are the Friuli Colli Orientali in the north-west and Collio Goriziano in the centre and east around the curve of the Slovenian border. The Orientali vineyards are in the lee of the Julian Alps and are cooler than the vineyards of Collio Goriziano though they are protected from northerly winds and have a more continental climate. They sit at altitudes of between 330 and 1200 metres on soils that were once beneath the ocean, so marl and sandstone predominate. The Collio Goriziano vineyards enjoy slightly greater influence from the Adriatic to the south, though the cool air draining from the higher ground in the north plays its part, and the vineyards sit upon the many steep slopes in this hilly country.Pinot grigio was an early success here and is still widely made, but chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot bianco have joined local varieties like tocai fiuliano, picolit and verduzzo in producing some of Italy’s freshest and most interesting white wines. Local varieties like schioppetino and refosco have struggled to find an audience outside of the region in the past though this is changing, and some Bordeaux blends from the Grave region of free draining alluvial soils are making people sit up and take notice.Trentino-Alto Adige was once part of the Austro-Hungarian empire and in the northern parts of the province (Alto Adige) German is still widely spoken. Indeed, the architecture, food and customs owe much to their Teutonic roots and there are elements that remain in the vineyards that echo a Germanic past. Riesling is planted here and the village of Tramin gave its name to the gewürztraminer grape which is now so widely planted in another region with Germanic influences, Alsace. To reinforce that comparison, sylvaner, muscat, müller-thurgau and pinot gris (grigio) are also to be found here. Alto Adige is also known as the Süd-Tyrol (South Tyrol) and lies on the border with Austria and is Italy’s most northerly wine region. Here the vines grow in the foothills of the Alps, on the lower slopes along the Adige Valley. Altitudes vary between 200 and 1000 metres. White wines made the reputation of the region for their lively, fresh purity but reds are grown here too. Schiava and the burlier lagrein are the indigenous varieties much used here, though bracing cabernet sauvignon and merlot wines are made from plantings that can struggle to ripen and escape some greenness. Some very fine pinot noir wines are having an impact for their high-class and poise.The Veneto is something of a vinous bread basket. The soils are fertile, which is not usually propitious for fine wine production, and officially permitted yields are unacceptably high. The region produces enormous quantities of everyday wines for exporting and blending but also embraces the Valpolicella region where the jewel in the crown is Valpolicella Amarone, the sweetly rich, full-bodied expression of semi-dried corvina and rondinella grapes that is sought after the world over. Though bulk production, particularly through large and highly-efficient co-operatives, is still prevalent the improvements in winemaking and viticulture are clear, and there are many producers in formerly workaday DOCs like Valpolicella and Soave who are turning their corvina, rondinella, garganega and trebbiano di lugana (turbiano) grapes into vinous gems. Prosecco is also produced here from the glera grape in the hills around Conigliano almost due north of Venice, and is something of a worldwide phenomenon in terms of sales volume. As ever, there is a lot of basic fizz but the producers who take a little more care in vineyards and wineries are making delicious bubblies at all price levels.
"A very well-priced Passito wine which coped extremely well with a chicken tagine, with all its spicy flavours. I haver had this wine several times and it never fails to impress"
I would recommend this wine
"Good value but not quite as good as the 2016 vintage."
"Bought three bottles to try and found on each occasion that it gave me a slight headache, even one glass. Now, I don't normally get headaches, not from one decade to the next. In consequence, I suspect that this wine may contains small amounts of acetaldehyde as a result of oxidation. It certainly had a vinegar note on the nose, even if I could not detect acetaldehyde as such (the stages of oxidation are ethanol -> acetic acid -> acetaldehyde). Why do I suspect acetaldehyde? It is toxic and its presence in corked wines is well known produces headaches.
Otherwise, was not much impressed. A very indifferent wine, I thought. Labelled differed atom the above, now red and black and rather vulgar. "
"I agree with a previous member's comments - better a day after opening."
I would recommend this wine
"I first got this Baccolo as part of a mixed case and I have purchased several more since. Price aside, it's a lovely wine with an intensity you really wouldn't expect. There are dark fruit flavours that are pleasantly concentrated while the hint of oak nicely mellows it out; offering a nice longer than expected finish. It would be a stretch too far to say its like an Amarone but the comparison is there none the less! Considering the price point, this is a fantastic wine. A step above an everyday drink but why not at £6.95! "
"This was quite a surprise and excellent for the price point. Will be buying again."
"Recommend by a friend a nice wine, but a tad acid in the after taste, worth trying at a reasonable price "
"Not just a good wine at £6.75. Some intensity, nice black fruits and soft oaky flavours.
Great match for mid week pasta or pizza. I for one will be stocking up. "
"Fruity, smooth and delicious. It is,without a doubt, my new favourite. Oh, and it is very reasonably priced!"
"This is becoming a favourite in my house and goes with a wide range of food.
Very good at this price."
"Good value for money at £6.75, really intense dark fruit flavours. To me it tasted very jammy and I feel a bit indifferent about that, I had it with steak but might go better with something such a venison or other game. Really nice wine but don't think you could sit down and drink loads of it. "
"A definite 4.5 stars - an excellent wine with a really nice afterglow -lovely
"Very disappointed. I struggled to get a hint of anything specific or interesting on the nose or palette, the aftertaste was probably the most definable part of this wine for me.
Maybe it was a bad bottle and I confess that I only finished this wine as I felt I should out of principle and also being a bit of a soak but no matter how I came at this bottle, I just couldn't find anything good, not even a general sense of pleasantness in the mouth, shame."
"Fantastic wine - whole party loved it.
Will buy again"
"We enjoyed this wine very much. It is dry and a tiny bit of fizz but is lovely to the taste."
"Delayed writing this until I had placed my order. Part of a mixed case. Large, rounded, fruity (but not maceration type frutiness), simply yummy. The blurb says medium-bodied but I would take issue with that. Deep colour, real length, and a mouthful. Almost too good to be an everyday wine but at this price, fantastic."
"A great fruity Italian red wine which really does punch above ots own weight but we drank it at room teprature (20 °C+) and I am sure thst it would be even better slightly cooled (15°C probably best). But a real bargain all the same."
"Definitely a good everyday quaffable Rosso, great with pizza or pasta. Slightly unsubtle but no rough edges. Not much to complain at that price!"
"One of my absolute favourite wines. Smooth and silky feel with masses of fruit flavours "
"A very well-priced Passito wine which coped extremely well with a chicken tagine, with all its spicy flavours. I haver had this wine several times and it never fails to impress"
"Medium body, soft fruit. Good value."
"Shhhhh, don't tell anyone how good this wine is for under £7. Not complicated, soft rounded fruits and a pleasure to drink. A great house wine. "
"Lovely, fruity, satisfying. Well matched with pasta but easy to drink without. Better after a day of opening. Will order again."
"Found in the mixed red <£7 case (WC19120). Pleasant, fairly slight, easy, and quite interesting. Decent vaue. A quaffer. A useful list of twenty ways of saying "contains sulfites".on the backside."
"simple rich fruity and as good a daily wine as one could wish: I bought 6 then ordered 12 more after the second bottle"
"I still had a bottle of the 2016 so was able to try them side-by-side. Yes, the 2017 is a little less rich than the earlier vintage, but makes up for it in freshness. Still very enjoyable and I will be buying more"
"Sumptous daily drinking red with fruit and flavour, good value for money at < £7: the apassimento contribution somewhat reminiscent of amarone di valpolicella"
"okay but a bit disappointed given it was an appassimento. Expected it to be a bit richer"
"A jam-packed, fruit-laden delight of a wine for the price. The air-drying to develop the flavour seems to have worked a treat with cherries, clove and cooked plums in a satisfying combo with a slight earthy edge."
"I really enjoyed this and it great value for money. "
"Good value but not quite as good as the 2016 vintage."
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"Good bistro wine, fruity, medium bodied, bit of spice. Gets smoother and improves an hour or two after opening. Versatile with food."
Mr Chris Groom (22-Dec-2018)
"We all really enjoyed this wine
Smooth, very drinkable
Will be back for more"
Mr Steven Foster (09-Dec-2018)
"First tried the 2013 vintage and since found it to be consistently good wine and great value for the cost. Now always include a couple of bottles of this wine in my orders and have not been dissapointed."
Mr John West (07-Nov-2018)
"Excellent, smooth, delicious. I was expecting this to be too light for roast beef, but the rest of the company and I thoroughly enjoyed it"
Mr Keith Mantell (28-Oct-2018)
"A couple of gin and tonics to the wind, a take away from the nearby Italian, and we fell jubiliant into this bottle. Gloriously gluggable. Bright, spicy smooth once breathed. An undeniably useful bottle to have around."
Mr David Oakes (19-Oct-2018)
"Soft and delicious with a hint of spice. Definitely a family favourite and excellent value"
Dr David Rickeard (16-Sep-2018)
"As other reviewers have said, not particularly complex but easy to drink, the kind of decent table wine that the locals serve you in carafes. Probably 3 and a half stars rather than than 4. Would order again, especially for a large party/ family gathering, very likeable wine unlikely to offend."
Mr Steven Naylor (18-Aug-2018)
"Given the positive previous reviews I would have to say this wasn't quite as good as I expected. I found it on the thin side and it had a mildly acidic ending. Still got star based on vfm."
Mr George Fleri (02-Aug-2018)
"A smashing little wine, bursting with red fruits with a nice rounded dryness that matches the fruit flavours, whilst a little light and thin for my normal taste this went down well with our pasta and on into the night.
Good wine and great value."
Mr Neville Clifford (30-Jul-2018)
"Absolutely fabulous value for money. No great depth [what do you expect at this price!] but smooth, round and well flavoured and extremely easy to quaff. Will always re-order."
Mr Brendan M Breslin (12-Jul-2018)
"what a cracker, a smashing wine, beautifully rounded and smooth, nothing to fault, will be reordering..."
Mr Martin Reeves (11-Jul-2018)
"Not as full bodied as I would have expected from a wine made appassimento, but good nevertheless with deep colour and berry flavours. Good value for the price but for a pound or two more you can get something really special."
Mr Nigel Walker (28-Jun-2018)
"Lovely light-ish red, good with food "
Ms Clare Turner (25-May-2018)
"Very smooth, slightly spicy wine. Slightly sour after-taste making it excellent with cold or cured meats and cheeses. I also had it with spicy pasta, which was a huge success. Excellent value for money, will definitely get again."
Miss Sally Brown (15-May-2018)
"Quintessential Italian wine. There's cherry flavours to the fore, some spice, as others have suggested and enough complexity at this price point to keep you coming back. Like many decent bottles of Italian wine, would accompany an array of dishes. Very food friendly. I think The Wine Society excell at this sort of thing. I'm on my third case!"
Mr Simon Godfrey (15-May-2018)
Ms Clare Turner (27-Apr-2018)
"Ripe, round and cherry flavoured. Had I tasted this blind I'd say it cost at least a couple of quid more. Very good value."
Mr Andrew Howe (26-Apr-2018)
"Warm, gentle fruit flavours with a pleasant sweet rush of cherry. Light oak, a whisper of vanilla. A little spice, and nothing at all to offend. The cakey, candied overtones might not to be everyone's taste but I found this a very compelling, comforting kind of everyday red. Would be very nice with a finger of Wensleydale."
Mr Patrick Vickers (13-Apr-2018)
"An excellent value, versatile, everyday red. I can understand why it is so popular with fellow community members."
Mr Chris Brinklow (27-Mar-2018)
"An excellent value medium bodied red with fruit and a spicy finish. This wine will go well with Salami, Chorizo, Parma Ham, Olives, Cheese and fresh Breads. It will also lend itself to Bolognaise, Pizza or quality Pork Sausages. It's also very drinkable on it's own."
Mr Colin Bell (19-Mar-2018)
"À very drinkable medium bodied red. Went well with lasagne. Good value for money."
Mr Michael Auty (09-Mar-2018)
"5 stars for the value. really good. punching above its weight."
Mr Christopher Muir (02-Mar-2018)
"Poor man's Ripasso !!! I do not mean to denigrate Baccolo in any way....it is a very scrumptious glass of spicy, warming red. I'm sure it would compliment a variety of eats, but I got no further than Milano salami and some well oiled olives....( one bottle of Baccolo, 15 cms of thinly sliced sausage and a jar of mixed olives....left me decided oiled, but extremely satisfied)"
Mr Alan E Sullivan (27-Feb-2018)
"An interesting wine that really does have a touch of spice. Excellent value for money.
Mr David Tomlinson (01-Feb-2018)
"My wife and I really enjoy this as an everyday wine. Easy drinking, but not bland and enough in there to make it work well with meaty meals. Great value."
Mr John Cook (18-Jan-2018)
"Rounded with plenty of fruit and hints of warm spice. If you're looking for a new house wine, give this one a go."
Mr Callum Montgomery (16-Jan-2018)
"We really enjoy this. Great density and complexity for the price--brilliant with lamb chops."
Professor Alan Hertz (17-Nov-2017)
"Smooth fruity rounded good bodied and value for money"
Mr John G Bowen (04-Nov-2017)
"Love at first sniff! An absolute favorite!"
Ms Stine Rasmussen (20-Sep-2017)
"Enjoyed this wine, have had previous vintages of it, its easy drinking, fruity but also a bit of spice, not hugely complex but great value for money - worth a try!"
Mr David Mitchell (15-Sep-2017)
"This is a budget wine which has lots of positive reviews. It is IGP rated and the grape variety is not mentioned on the label but the method of making the wine (Appasimento) is much lauded. This wine is drinkable but it is very different from what you would expect from a wine from the Veneto, in my opinion. On the nose it is rubber, tobacco and perhaps liquorice. I don't find this attractive. It is medium bodied, clean, lively and warm on the palate with berry and perhaps vanilla taste. There is not harshness on the short finish."
Mr Bernard J Barton (05-Jul-2017)
"Rounded yet spicy and sweet, and strong immediate appeal. An excellent choice."
Mr Mark O'Sullivan (15-Apr-2017)
"This has quickly become my favourite TWS wine for under £6!"
Mr Thomas Choong (22-Mar-2017)
"This is a lovely wine. Plenty of fruity flavour - plums and dark berries and a deep crimson colour. Very easy drinking - very smooth and full. Excellent value at under £6"
Mr John Bentley (11-Mar-2017)
"Great value for the money. Smooth and silky with lots of flavour but not overpowering and also, thankfully, not too strong at 13% - another cracker from the WS."
Mr Michael Ahlquist (02-Feb-2017)
"Brilliant wine, especially for the price. I've tried many £10+ bottles which aren't a patch on this. Distinctive, recognisable but incredibly smooth."
Mr Ben Davies (10-Jan-2017)
"New budget favourite!"
Mr Keiron Charles Ellis (09-Jan-2017)
Mr Alex Jones (08-Nov-2016)
100 AWEsome Wines (4th May 2017)
"A family run
co-operative makes this gem. By using partially dried corvina and merlot
grapes, they deliver a touch more alcohol and a heck of a lot more complexity
and concentration. Lots of sour cherry fruit and spices, a creamy texture and a
pleasing bitter finish. - Paul Howard"
The Tablet (11th Feb 2017)
"… unbelievable value
... in all but name Valpolicella Ripasso, with rich spicy cherry fruit,
produced by the partial air-drying of merlot and corvina grapes. - N.O'Phile"
"Excellent wine for the price. For my taste the aftertaste is slightly too bitter to have on its own but it went very well with food. Will definitely buy again."
Mr Stefano Manganini (26-Sep-2016)
Mr Jamie White (15-Aug-2016)
"Five stars isn't enough for this wine, it is truly superb."
Mr Richard Smith (11-Aug-2016)
"I am normally a drinker of white wine but have a weakness Amarone. When I saw that the last vintage was made using the Appassimento method, I tried it and was not disappointed. I have described this to friends as "the poor man's Amarone". Excellent value for money. Smooth and rich.
Ms Annette Hughes (10-Aug-2016)
"A beautifully balanced red and wonderful value for money. Needs a few hours breathing space. I opened, but did not decant, at midday for evening consumption. Absolutely lovely!"
Mr Peter Wooldridge (04-Aug-2016)
"Excellent value. Smooth and peppery."
Mr Dave Symington (12-Jun-2016)
"This is a terrific bargain! It is young and needed decanting and a couple of days to open up, but it became smooth and dense and fruity and really quite delightful. A perfect match for a soft goat cheese."
Professor Alan Hertz (22-May-2016)
"I am a big fan of wine via the Appassimento method, and was dubious if this wine would pack enough punch for the price. Did not have as much body as my usual choice but at 40% of the cost a good midweek alternative. This has to be a bargain. Very drinkable on it's own, also tried with a continental meat platter and combination worked well. Recommended."
Mr Gordon Allan (08-May-2016)
"I am very interested in exploring Italian wines available through the Wine Society. I tried the 'Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso, Torre Del Falasco', which I was very pleased with and I recommend to try. I was looking for another 'great value for money' option and tried this Boccolo, and believe I have found a little gem of a red wine for the money. Combined with the Valpolicella, I think they represent great value and a good option if you want to try Italian red."
Mr Andrew J Todesco (11-Apr-2016)
"Plenty of body (Medium-Full) with general fruity flavour and slight citrus undertones. Not overly sweet andgives slight tannin ending. Enjoyable drinking wine which would go together with most foods but is fine alone."
Mr John Bentley (04-Mar-2016)
"Beautifully easy to drink with or without food. Typically good WS value."
Mr John Burns (07-Feb-2016)
The Times (2nd Jul 2016)
"40 best red wines to buy this summer: Dive into this gorgeous, gamey, dried cranberry, morello cherry and raspberry-charged red, which has that pleasing, classic, bitter Italian twang on the finish. It’s a great barbecue red. - Jane MacQuitty"
"Pretty good, will buy again."
Mr Colin Watford (05-Dec-2015)
"Absolutely excellent value for money. Another WS success story at the bottom end of the market. I bought this in a mixed (my own selections) case of Italian reds. Will be interesting to see how the others rate against this one. Next in line is The Society's Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2014."
Mr Peter Wooldridge (01-Oct-2015)
"Under £6 - what's not to like? Admittedly not long or complex but good fruit with decent body. Doesn't get much better for midweek drinking at the price."
Mr David Smith (27-Sep-2015)
"Beautiful rich but transparent colour, with an attractive muted but slightly peppery nose. Taste is fruity and lasting, with limited tannins. A very easy drinking wine. I would buy it again but it wouldn't be a first choice."
Mr Stephen Hughes (25-Jul-2015)
"A delightfully light and fruity summer red with just the slightest hint of Amarone depth. Pairs well with Test Match Special."
Mr Stephen Beaton (16-Jul-2015)
"Alcoholic Vimto! Very fruity, rounded and inoffensive, but overall you expect more of a wine. It's like they've taken all the interesting edges off, removed any riskiness (potential charatcter) and left something quite one dimensional. If a computer made a wine it would probably come up with something like this!"
Mr Mark Chandler (26-Jun-2015)
"Bought 6 bottles after reading previous reviews. Delighted, buying some more."
Mr Iain C Girling (21-Jun-2015)
"Pasta and tomato sauce, cheese and biscuits and this gem! Grazie! Always wanted to try an Amarone at some point but that's for a special occasion. If this is a more modest version that only hints at the more expensive bottles, I will still be very pleased to return to it frequently."
Mr Ian C White (19-Jun-2015)
"Opened a bottle of this last night, it's an easy drinking wine, it's fruity, fresh and smooth and works well with or without food - happily I have another bottle after this."
Mr David Mitchell (15-Jun-2015)
"Is it me? This was the worst wine I have drank in a long time, it was like a cheap supermarket wine and understand why it was so cheap. Lacking any body or flavour both with and without food, Problem is I bought 2 bottles!! I will be trying to get my money back on these."
Mr Terry Bates (04-Jun-2015)
"I tried this for the first time. For £6 you can't beat it. Smooth, full of fruit. Stick it on the table at any occasion and you won't get any complaints.
Can't say more than that apart from i'll be adding a few to my case next time."
Mr Richard Burton (17-May-2015)
"Can only agree with most of the other reviews - a great wine not only at this price. Keeps our interest..."
Mr David Wright (16-May-2015)
"Opened this intending to have a glass with farfalle and a tomato and pancetta sauce, drank the lot, outclassed a lot of ripasso`s I have tried, excellent, will definitely be back for more."
Mr Michael Heaney (11-May-2015)
"Our standard wine for pasta and pizza. Excellent value."
Ms Helen Butler (27-Apr-2015)
"Medium-bodied is a bit of an understatement. The part-dried Corvina grapes turbo-charge the Merlot. Dark colour, full but restrained fruit, modest tannins it does not need decanting and keeps for a day. Exceptional value. As close to an Amarone as you can get under £12."
Dr Hans-Ulrich Laasch (26-Apr-2015)
"The 2013 still drinking well. Probably our favourite match for homemade pizza. And one of our top ten value for money Society wines."
Mr Michael Garden (02-Apr-2015)
"A great midweek wine at an exceptionally reasonable price. You really can taste the extra flavour from the partially dried grapes, giving this wine an added dimension you would not usually expect for this price. It's a challenge not to drink the whole bottle in one sitting - eminently quaffable!"
Ms Michelle Stone (07-Feb-2015)
"Wow! I have nothing bad to say about this wine, fruity, mildly spicy with a aftertaste of almost fresh grass! For under £6 some of the nicest wine I have had at that price! I would give it a 4 out of 5 only due to the fact it doesn't have the robustness and complexity you would find in a more expensive bottle of wine but definitely beats some £8 or £9 bottles I have had recently."
Mr Thomas Edwards (01-Feb-2015)
"You can glug it, you can sip it, with food or on its own - does what it says on the tin, and excellent value."
Mr Philip Kirkley (25-Jan-2015)
"I did not have the pleasure of trying the 2012 and if the members are saying that was better than the 2013, I have well and truly missed out. For the price this wine is excellent value. I tried it on its own and with barbecued chicken and rice (unconventional, but there you go!) and thought it was great. Will certainly be ordering again."
Mr Mike Johnson (08-Jan-2015)
"I agree with Mr Woollard's comments but still think the 2013 is a good wine - just about to order more!"
Mr John West (01-Dec-2014)
"Ordered a case of 2013 as 2012 had run out. I am a great fan, but sadly I think some of the allure has been lost. I found it had less body and was a little more tart than the 2012. Please correct me!"
Mr N Woollard (25-Nov-2014)
"Has got to be one of the best value low priced reds on your books!! Have re-ordered more than once."
Mr J B Rolph (12-Nov-2014)
"Medium bodied Venetian red, with a nice edge to it. Good value and best with food, although fine on its own."
Mr Luke Doherty (12-Sep-2014)
"A great find from Italy at an excellent price. The concentration of the dried merlot and corvina shines through to produce a wine of great character. Needless to say the wine complements pasta dishes with a rich tomato or meat sauce. Highly recommended!"
Mr Malcolm J Davies (31-Aug-2014)
"Very easy to drink every day merlot - works really well with tomato and meat pasta sauces, semi-hard cheeses and antipasti in general. Will reorder.
Mr Andrea Capodicasa (26-Aug-2014)
"Simply delicious and a bargain. It goes nicely with Italian meals of is smooth enough to drink on its own. I'm not surprised it is sold out and am glad I got my dozen early."
Dr Dyfrig M Davies (28-Aug-2014)
"I am not surprised this wine has sold out. I was one of the lucky ones to get a bottle of this smooth tasting wine. Excellent value for money."
Mr Jerry Obeney (13-Aug-2014)
"This wine has lovely length and rich, dark fruit flavours. When I looked at my receipt I couldn't believe the price I paid. What a steal! Well done to the WS buyers for finding this gem."
Mr Rory Bremner (17-Jun-2014)
"Tones of pepper and dark berries on the nose; initial taste is fruit driven, smooth on the tongue, easy finish. Sunny Sunday evening, sirloin steak on the BBQ and potato salad with mustard and dill - ideal wine, great value for <£6. Posh looking bottle, sophisticated taste, serve it and everybody will think you have spent >£10."
Mr Nigel Smith (18-May-2014)
"Nothing wrong with the wine, it is very drinkable...once you have removed the plastic cork, of which I have never been a fan. So far I have opened three bottles; the cork disapeared into the bottle neck on each occasion, wine spurted everywhere, including a white shirt I was wearing and I had employ great ingenuity in removing said cork on each occasion."
Mr Richard Wakeford (11-May-2014)
"Another example of the Society's ability to do Proper Wine for under £6. Soft, fruity and with a very typical raisiny note, as well as the sherbety acid top that makes Italian wines go so well with food. And 12.5% alcohol, so effortlessly well-balanced. A steal."
Mr Robert Dallas Gray (01-May-2014)
"Cherry scented with spices - slighty acid bite - as the pro review says, would go excellently with pizzas or tomato sauces. I think the trick here is down to the appassimento - was a bit underwhelmed by my second glass when the novelty had worn off - this wine has absolutely no length. Non the less this is excellent value for money and certainly a crowd-pleaser..."
Mr Daniel Davidson (27-Apr-2014)
"Gave this a go on the strength of some of the reviews below. Glad I did. Lovely cherry scented nose, much more depth and complexity than I'd expect from a sub £6 wine, especially after it has been open for a couple of hours. Another bargain everyday drinker from The Society."
Mr Matthew Huntingford (08-Mar-2014)
"This is indeed a good wine at a great price. Typical appassimentio style, but the dominant merlot certainly rounds it off a bit more than a soley corvina based wine. If you like this go for the torre del falasco rippasso and compare what a couple of pounds more gives you. I will certainly order again at some point. Would go great with fried liver or a rich tomato sauce based pasta al forno."
Mr Aron Hills (11-Feb-2014)
"Having been brought up in the 60's with thin stringy Italian reds this was a revelation. The Society offered us a Flavour of Italy Reds (sic) and I gave it a go. Second bottle in found this pleasing round flavoursome excellent value discovery. It has gone straight on to my Wish List. Ten more bottles sitting in the rack."
Mr Oswald C P Hoskyns (10-Feb-2014)
"2nd bottle so 2nd review. Seems to have improved a little. I wonder what it would be like in a year or so? I doubt I have the sufficient will-power to wait. This time opened 2 hours before serving and decanted. The result? Soft, approachable, delicious. Definitely a great bargain. The Wine Society's regional Italian reds really are one of it's strongest suits; astonishingly the regional whites are not far behind."
Mr Mark Jones (02-Feb-2014)
"Excellent wine for the price. Rich black forest gateaux-like cherries with a blackcurrant underpinning. Good length and medium weight but with a nice gentle tannic finish. Vibrant but not too sweet. Now please don't anyone else buy any more - I've only just dicsovered it."
Mr Mark Gibson (31-Jan-2014)
"I had my first bottle last week. I agree with one of the previous reviewers that it would have been preferable to have served it at room temperature (I forgot and left the bottle in the fridge for too long) and is probably at its best when opened beforehand and perhaps served from a jug. In any case it was very enjoyable and seemed to me good value for the price."
Mr David P Nunn (20-Jan-2014)
"Merlot nose with a hint of blackberry, but the taste is all ripe strawberry, lovely and smooth. Great value."
Mr Jon Milton (18-Jan-2014)
"Superb for the price."
Mr Adrian Holliday (16-Jan-2014)
"Well said Mr Mark Jones. For under £6 this delivers a level of smoothness and warm fruit which belies its 12.5% alcohol. A great wine? Of course not. But a great mid-week wine to match spag bol, cottage pie or whatever? You bet."
Mr Norman Thorp (13-Dec-2013)
"Gosh, this wine is becoming quite controversial! Either that or we are all drinking different wines. Let's put the record straight shall we? This wine is like a good Valpolicella Ripasso - very smooth and rich up front with a finish of bitter cherries. It is at least three pounds too cheap and is excellent value. The variation in reviews could be due to variation of quality in this vintage, and the only way to find out is to buy some more and taste it again, which I shall do. Needs to be served at room temperature and is best when it is left to breathe for a couple of hours. I had my bottle laid down for a couple of weeks and that may help settle it down a little."
Mr Mark Jones (08-Dec-2013)
"I'll chime in, given the mixed reviews. In my view, the humbler Italian reds can punch above their price point by virtue of presenting some - but not all - of the characteristics of their more expensive cousins. This manages to impress with a savoury, rather gamey nose, with strong spice and hints of herbal undergrowth. Now, notes of game and undergrowth are highly unusual and perhaps even impressive for a wine costing this little: it depends on whether such characteristics charm us. Because they charm me, I can forgive its narrow jamminess and short palate."
Mr Harry Purser (07-Dec-2013)
"Really do not understand the negative views here and I agree with Mr Hudson much more. This is a fantastic wine and given the price point even more so.
Was part of a case making up my first order from The Society and if this is indicative of the quality I've signed up to then I definitely made the correct choice switching from my previous supplier of choice."
Mr Stephen Markwell (09-Nov-2013)
"One is always on the lookout for some incredible bargain. This wine is initially very spicy on the nose, rather tarry on the palate. So far, so good. It then becomes rather thick and inert. It then too soon becomes too dry. Our overall view is that it flatters to deceive. Our view is not as hostile as the member who writes in brackets, but the Society has plenty of wines at this price point which are far better."
Professor John L Moles (05-Nov-2013)
"The wine world is a strange one, isn't it? We all know that. Certainly, price is a very poor guide. Whilst I type this I am listening to Radio Four telling us there is a world wine shortage of this complex wonder: a world of bottles and labels designed to seduce, of equally mutterings about tannins and acids and fruits and peppers and such like. Its WS representatives glowingly promoted this wine as 'seductive,' 'a cunning mix,' having an unexpected 'concentration' of fruit and amazing value. Really? (I often fall for such a patter.) Why not, I thought? Sounds like it's worth the fuss of an order and a delivery and the rest. We'll give half dozen bottles a try. However, I disliked it immediately I opened it and 'that aroma' hit my nostrils and then my taste buds. We'd been here before. I hoped time would deliver its familiar healing qualities. It didn't. And after 2-3 tries over the week, my wife has delivered an order: do not pour me that horrid stuff again! For God's sake just reduce the odds and pay more! It gives me a headache! " (She always says that, but this is only 12.5%.) Frankly, at £5.95, I don't care what is in it how it was produced and how the taste is supposedly enhanced by partly drying the fruit and that 'baccolo' brings me into the presence of gods who know a good thing when they gulp it down. At this price I just want to taste something satisfying as I sit and watch the news on TV or clatter away at my keyboard (as now). Cunning? Yes, someone has been ... I won't be taking any more. (Do the producers write the reviews, as on Amazon?)"
"This is a surprising wine. Due to the price I approached the first bottle with suspicion - waiting for a roughness to appear after the initial smooth taste. It didn't. Good wine for the price - and refreshingly lower alcohol than some of the competition with no loss of body."
Mr N Woollard (15-Oct-2013)
"I was at once enticed and made sceptical by the description of this wine as a 'mini-Amarone' - what a description! But a lot of pressure for a £6 wine to live up to. Tasting it, it is a food wine, meaning it has bright acidity and firm tannins, but that's not a bad thing. With every sip the wine impresses more, it genuinely has depth, complexity and length, great poise and finish, the last sub-£6 wine of such quality that I tasted was, surprise surprise from the Society, [that nice Old Vine Roussillon Carignan whose name I forget]. Rejoice wine-lovers, WS has done it again, this is an extraordinary wine at the price, it lives up to its billing, don't hesitate, it will sell out quickly, partly due to me!"
Mr Matthew Hudson (10-Oct-2013)
Hampstead & Highgate Express (28th Nov 2013)
"Bargain-priced and a
happy homage to Bacchus ...an appassimento parziale, a wine made from partly
dried grapes. Usually, this flavour-concentrating technique is seen in costly
Amarone; here it's in a £5.95 regional red from the same part of Italy, close
to Verona. Don't anticipate the depth and distinction of a fine Amarone, but
there is attractive firm cherry fruit with a gently bitter edge - a very decent
wine for pizzas and tomato-sauced pasta as well as to pour at parties. - Liz Sagues"
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