Weekly Wine – Spinelli

16 Oct

SONY DSCSpinelli Malbec 2012 Italy 750ml 13% ABV $8.10 (LCBO)
This is one of the least expensive wines on the shelves at Ontario’s LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario).
It is earthy. It has an interesting taste.
It is quite dry. It takes a while to really start liking it. The last statement is the most telling as I’m halfway through the bottle and am starting to get comfortable with this wine. It is not bad but it has certain peculiarities that will cause uncomplimentary reactions in the drinker.
It is tart, dry, heavy-ish, spicy, and has sulphites. The first couple of sips will make you wince like you are drinking something horrible. But it ain’t horrible. It is a proletarian Italian wine. It has to bite back when you drink it. I have encountered similar wine in Italy – I was confused by the taste but was told that this is the way it is. This is a taste of Italy. It is authentic I guess.
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