Poggio Argentiera was one of the potential contenders for our second Oddbins Bloggers Case.
Quite why it did not get more attention on the evening I don't know, and the fact that it did not make the final cut should in no way be seen as a comment on its quality - I rather liked it, but had already chosen my own wine and so took home the leftovers to enjoy the rest of the bottle.
To me, traditional Italian reds need a bit of understanding - they are often more about food-friendly acidity and tannins than crowd-pleasing fruit flavour; this wine, however, I find very easy to understand and, whilst it is distinctly a food wine, it is sensible without being overly challenging.
Ruby in the glass, there are red and black cherry aromas on the nose.
The palate shows more red and black cherry fruit, a touch of spice and good acidity; it is long and savoury with perfectly ripe tannins, a soft mouthfilling texture and a firm, persistent finish.
This is, I think, a really lovely, well-made wine and a great starting point for learning about Italian reds.
Match with rich, meaty pasta dishes or roasts such as lamb shoulder with carrots and celery.
£10:50 from Oddbins; provided for review.
Other related articles
Gianpaolo Paglia at Cambridge Food and Wine Society
The Oddbins Bloggers Case
The Second Oddbins Bloggers Case - Huber Riesling
Poggio Argentiera - website, twitter
Oddbins - website, twitter