Friday, 17 June 2011
2006 Camillo de Lellis Rosso Reserva, DOC Biferno
Cambridge Wine £8 / The Wine Society £7.25. B+
Blend of 70% Montepulciano, 15% Aglianico, 15% Trebbiano Toscana (which is a white grape).
Nose is not immediately of fruit - meaty, feral, like smoked / cured meats, some sweet spice, even touches of vanilla. Fruit comes a bit later, some dark cherry, quite hot. Palate carries through with the ripe cherries, fat but rounded acidity; fresh, decent vibrancy, still some rustic, meaty flavours, woody; not a fruit bomb, its settled, not showy. Needs food. An interesting wine; great complexity for the (frankly rather ridiculous) price, bottle age hasn't hurt it either.
Was Jancis Robinson's wine of the week, her take on the wine can be found here.