Please think back for just a moment with me to my review of Mezzomondo Negroamaro Salento 2009 and how amazed I was by its wonderful presence and character for only ~$8/btl….

Well…  Mezzomondo has done it again with their Sangioveses Merlot.

The same conditions were re-created for the tasting of this vino: crunchy flat-bread pizza with sausage and mozzarella. Sangiovese, from my experience, needs a little time in the glass to bloom, so I hesitated just a bit once pouring before even swirling & sniffing.  Hrm…  I swirled and sniffed. Nothing. Swirled again…  Not much happening on the nose. Seriously!  There’s only a very faint whiff of dust and cherry on the nose.

Pizza is ready, I’ve had a bite and began swirling the vino again – this time to sip.  Mmmm!   The scentless secret is whispered to the palate with a tangy, spicy, earthy experience.  The medium body is woody and tannic and leaves me literally drooling for another sip!

Pleasant and simple.  A great vino for ~$9/btl.

Salute!

~tvb

2 Responses to “MezzoMondo Sangiovese Merlot 2009”

  • Andrew says:

    I bought a bottle of this the other day from the Ontario LCBO. One of the employees mentioned that, “if it were a pure sangiovese, it would probably cost three times as much.” What do you make of this statement? Any idea what he meant?
    Regards,

    Andrew

  • thevinoboy says:

    The Sangiovese grape is the primary constituent for a much more rich red I’m sure you’ve heard of: Chianti.
    I honestly don’t know what he could’ve meant by his statement of a ‘…pure Sangiovese” “costing three times as much.” He would obviously not know his Italian section very well as there are plenty ‘pure’ sangiovese vinos at the LCBO that are plenty good for around $9-$15/blt.
    The first two that instantly spring to mind is the Farnese and Pasqua labels; both for ~$14/btl.
    I prefer the Pasqua Sangiovese over the Farnese but that’s just me.
    Hope this helps.
    ~tvb

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