It’s less than one week until Christmas. I hope that you have finished all of your shopping for the holidays. I know that I have a few things to pick up still but I should be ready before the end of the week. This has absolutely nothing to do with the wine that I am reviewing today. I just wanted to take a moment to instill a sense of panic in those that have not finished their shopping list. However, you might be able to soothe your nerves with a bottle of Fattoria Viticcio Toscana Bere.
Name: Fattoria Viticcio Toscana Bere
Winery: Fattoria Viticcio
Blend: 50% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol by Vol.: 13.0%
(Price can vary on state, taxes, the store’s mark-up, and if you think a stocking full of coal is coming your way.)
The theme of the Bere is red. Not just because it is a red wine, but the fact that the color was in everything from the look down to the taste. The wine itself was very…brace yourselves…red in color. It was so red that I only saw a very slight hint of any purple in it. There were a lot of red fruit aromas present. The strongest of which was cherry. There were also some light vanilla notes that were welcome.
The tasting confirmed the hint of vanilla that I detected but the cherry was straight-up in your face. So much so that I put the wine down for a few minutes to let it breathe some more so other flavors would develop. The acidity and tannins in the wine were mild at first and stayed that way through the rest of the sample. Giving time to let the wine develop only made the cherry stronger. At this point, it almost had a cough syrup-esque taste.
If you want to pair this wine with something, then fight fire with fire. Make sure that it is cherry themed food so it won’t conflict with the flavors in the wine or the food. I actually think that a piece of cherry pie with sea salt on the crust would go very well with this wine.
Rating: Try Again
I think I would have been more favorable to this wine if I had some of that pie I mentioned. It could also be that I just finished dinner when I did the tasting and wanted pie. Regardless, it’s not a bad wine but I would have liked to see more of a balance between the cherry and the rest of the flavors. However, cherry lovers will flip over this one!