|The famous bridge|
|The town hangs over the valley|
|Leading into its dank and dark interior|
|"Maixei" may be a wine coop also|
|This is a "Superior" bottling meeting higher standards|
The wine was the 2010 vintage of Rossese di Dolceacqua, the only area in the world that grows this grape that was imported from Provence. This DOC wine must contain 95% Rossese juice.
We cellared this wine until yesterday's repast of a lovely corned beef and veggies. After decanting for an hour, we were surprised to see a wine of a lovely, light ruby color. It opened up to become a lovely, fragrant wine with cooked cherries, blackcurrant and rose essences. It was slightly dry and tannic but very fruity and flavorful. Delightful!!
Too bad it is so hard to find in the US. So I am planning for next year's return trip to the French and Italian Rivieras with a few days inland back to the beautiful villages of the Nervia valley and its great Rossese wines and wonderful cuisine.
You never know what a bottle of wine can become!
If any of you are interested in further wine tasting studies, I suggest you go to the Dining and Wine section of the NY Times and a feature written by Eric Asimov entitled "WINE SCHOOL." He will suggest 3 bottles of wine from a particular wine and vintage to taste and critique following his suggested guidelines. This has been fun so far as one bottle suggested was liked by about 2-1 for those of us not liking it!! ENJOY!