Today I had the occasion to stop by Domenico Valentino’s Tank Sampling at I Trulli. Although I was only there for a short time, I got to taste some fabulous wines including this week’s pick Castello di Verduno Pelaverga Basadone.
I really liked this wine both on the nose and the palate. It wasn’t heavy though but a light, cheerful, everyday wine for the wine geek in all of us. Apparently, this grape is also an aphrodisiac. This indigenous variety from Piedmont is made by only a few producers as a mono-varietal. Castello di Verduno was the first to try it in the early 1970s. I think it is quite a success. It has luscious cherry, smoke, pepper notes on the palate and made my mouth water and my stomach yearn from something to eat it with. That was after lunch so I can only imagine how delicious it would be with food.
I really liked a number of the wines at the tasting, a bunch of eclectic and funky wines that I appreciate. I also liked having the opportunity to taste the new vintage early and then to see how it will develop. I liked this wine at a tasting last year I remember and I’m sure the 2010 will evolve into an even more pleasing wine in the months/years to come.