Ruby Red color. Fruity aromas like berries, cherries, and blackberries are in perfect combination with the soft notes that come from the oak, such as mocha, chocolate, and vanilla. Gentle entrance on the palate, well-balanced tannins, rounded body that makes this wine very easy to drink.
Cazzaro is produced by La Bollina Winery. This vino d’italia is a blend of Primitivo, Uva di Troia, Malvasia Nera, and Negroamaro from Puglia (the heel of the boot). This is a very fertile region, known for the cultivation of olives, figs, almonds, wheat, and of course grapevines.
Puglia is an important wine region in the world with dozens of DOCs. The wines were once known as “inexpensive bulk wines” because they were more focused on quantity over quality. Much has changed in Puglia over the last two decades and wines from the “heel of the boot” now represent very high quality and some of the best values in the world, with a particular focus on the indigenous varietals like Primitivo, Uva di Troia, Malvasia Nera, and Negroamaro.
Cazzaro is a tiny production that was rated 98 points by Luca Maroni in the “Annuario dei Migliori Vini Italiani 2020”, one of the most comprehensive references for Italian wine in the world.
Aged for 6 months in French and American barrels, the wine is full of fruit, only a touch of oak, and is ideal for any time drinking. Serve on its own or pair it with a pizza, hamburger, or a grilled steak. If you like Zinfandel or rich red blends, you’ll love this wine.
Location: Serravalle Scrivia, Province of Alessandria, Italy
Situated in the historical territory specializing in Gavi DOCG production, La Bollina vineyard for centuries has been the residence Marchioness Figari of Genova. Within the 120 hectares and surrounded by hills, chestnut woods develops prestigious wines.
Here you will not only find the Agriculture Company, which expands for 28 hectares of vineyard and has a good equipped production wine cellar, but also three types of high quality tourist accommodations: an Art Nouveau villa transformed into a 4 star luxury hotel with a green park and Congress Center, a modern 4 star hotel and for those who are keen on golf, and a 9 hole golf course extended between the vineyards, where we produce our wines.
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@jrbw3@ttboy23 um, you know I’m in…I’m always in…I did buy that port if anyone wants some of that too…unless you guys got that as well…I’ve never had port, but I’m excited to try some
Let me know if I need to buy it or someone else is grabbing it after we see what the rats say…
@jhkey@kaolis@rlmanzo Is it his skill or consistency that’s lacking, in addition to his point inflation? When James Suckling gives a 96, sure, it’s not a real 96, but the wine is still probably pretty good.
@KNmeh7@PatrickKarcher@rlmanzo I’ve never really figured out his rating system other than he does seem to enjoy the fruit bombs. He is not a wine reviewer by the way. He is a sensory analyst and his scores are based on a pleasantness index, not making that up. The index has three criteria, each worth 33 points +1. Whatever that means. They are consistency, balance and integrity
@MarkDaSpark well, cazzaro is both a prankster and/or someone who doesn’t do a thing all day (cazzo, from which “cazzaro” comes from, means dick). Either way, I would reconsider my marketing department choices if I was the producer
@salpo@markdaspark - My family always used cazzaro to mean “bullsh*tter.” Regardless, it’s a VERY interesting label name, no? (And I’m VERY tempted to buy 1/2 a case just because of the name and send it to the family in NJ. They’d get a big laugh out of it.)
Looks like this is a pretty cheap, 6 EUR wine. Mediocre reviews on Vivino (at least according to the Google translated versions of them), but all say it’s decent for the price (understandably higher on Casemates than what you pay in Europe, but maybe not up to snuff for the quality of this wine).
@theglassrat thanks for finding that page! 13+ per case price seems excessive for a wine that is sold at Aldi in Germany, honestly…
Will pass on this, but would buy as practical jokes for my Italian friends
@chipgreen@theglassrat in Italy it is a discount retailer, not that differently from here. In Germany it is more like a supermarket, but still not like a WholeFood. In brief: not a great place for getting the best wines, I’d say
For anyone who cares…received my case of this Italian vino. Unlike @corrado…mine came in a sturdy box, not frozen, and delivered per UPS advertised timeframe.
Anyhow…on to what was in the bottle. First, here is the outside of the bottle…and cork…
As you can see…they are using Nomacorc because they care about the environment…good for them.
Popped the cork, poured about an inch through a Venturi being that the wine is so young.
On the nose I got what in my estimation was cherry cough syrup…not impressive. No discernible berries to speak of but a little heat for sure. Very slight oak, anise and a throwback to flat cola (wherever I smelled that before…probably college). No mocha, chocolate or vanilla in this bottle.
After a few sips and washing around the mouth, I didn’t think this wine was very well rounded…and definitely not complex. The round fruitiness is definitely there with a mild spice…dry on the finish but still sweet…too sweet for my preference.
I’m glad I didn’t pay the Big Hammer price of $19.99/bottle…the Casemates case price was spot on. This is the kind of wine I would buy in bulk for an occasion…like a wedding.
I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either. It lacks the elegance and uniqueness that I look for in a everyday drinker…so I’ll save it and pull out multiple bottles when we can legally gather in groups and eat lots of food and drink too much.