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Monday, February 15, 2010

2007 Chiusa Grande Tommolo Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

I purchased this little bugger at Trader Joe's the other day and thought I would test it out and see if a few bucks at Joe's could get me something drinkable. I found it a bit hard to get any tech data about the making of the wine or where exactly the grapes were sourced from, so all you'll get are the tasting notes.

It does state on the label that the wine was made from organic grapes and that it is "Certified Organic" by the ICEA.

When I chopped off the cheaply made plastic foil I immediately noticed that the cork looked really odd. It was exceptionally small and had a really weird shape to it. I tried to get a picture of it but it didn't exactly capture how bad of a cork it really is. Check it:


Anyways, my experience so far with this wine is kind of strange but we'll just see how it tastes!

On the nose I get pretty nice aromas of mixed berry, concord jelly, dark chocolate, and a touch of cranberry. There are some dirty type notes as well like rusty metal, cracked peppercorn, and hints of chemical. It sort of reminds me of a lot of inexpensive Italian wines I've experienced.....rustic, metallic, and somewhat cheap smelling.

On the palate I get flavors of sour cherry, stewy tomato, cranberry sauce, and grape jelly on the finish. This is a very thin and easy to chug type red wine. It's by no means meant to be over analyzed or scrutinized for that matter. I can see myself enjoying it with a simple Spaghetti dinner or with a pizza or burger.

Even though it's not a wine that has notable depth or complexity, I guess you could say it delivers value for the price ($5.99). It is drinkable and isn't particularly bitter. 78 points

p.s. as with most wines this little guy got better with some time exposed to our pal oxygen! Would have to say it's probably an 81 pointer after all!
Claudia said...

I've wondered about the Trader Joe wines - I suppose "is drinkable" is high praise for a red wine that costs $5.99!

Thomas said...

Absolutely Claudia! Thanks for the comment. Trader Joe's has all sorts of affordable wines. Thing is, a lot of them are quite insipid.

Trail (Oven Aversion) said...

Interesting site. It will be helpful to check the wine reviews before we buy our next bottle. Thanks for stopping by!

prashant said...

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