Zeni Teroldego Rotaliano 1997 is one of Vino
Joe's Favorite Wines!
What in the world is Teroldego Rotaliano? First, it's a wine from the Trentino region of Italy. Teroldego is the name of the grape, which grows nowhere else in the world but on the flat plains of Campo Rotaliano in the north of Trentino. This DOC red wine is considered Trentino's finest, and in fact the people of that region are smart enough to drink it daily, and keep it a secret from the rest of the world. Well, now the secret's out, courtesy of Vino Joe.
Zeni is probably the most reliable, and most exported, producer of Teroldego Rotaliano (pronounced teh-RAHL-deh-go roh-TAHL-ee-AH-no). The 1997 is nearly black in color, has an attractive nose of black and red fruit (blackberries, raspberries, cherries), and a hint of earth. In the mouth the wine is very soft and silky, with a huge concentration of jammy fruit, with flavors of blackberries, raspberries, coffee, earth and cherries. In short, a very rockin' wine! All this big fruit upfront settles into a nice harmony, with good acidity and medium tannins providing balance and structure. It reminds me of an Australian Shiraz, but without the defect -- that icky sweet aftertaste and hotness in the finish that many popular Shirazes exhibit. Rather, this wine finishes with a glob of dry fruit.
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