December 2019 Wine Club Red

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During a trek in Piedmont one year, Kermit and Dixon Brooke (who works with Kermit on his Italian imports) enjoyed a pitcher of wine from the region during a stop at a trattoria. This led them to the cellars of Tenuta La Pergola, in the town of Cisterna d’Asti. Alessandra Bodda now runs the estate her great-grandfather founded in 1903, farming 30 hectares of indigenous Piedmontese varieties with the help of her son Emanuele. The sandy and clay soils of the Roero and Monferrato, where their vineyards are situated, give softer wines than the marl-dominated terroirs of the neighboring Langhe, creating aromatic wines that bestow immediate pleasure.

Tasting this superb raw material sparked an idea, and with the 2009 vintage the first “Monferrato Rosso—Selected by Kermit Lynch” was born using a blend of the region’s red varieties. Loaded with brambly berries, bright acidity, and soft, earthy tannins, the wine is a faithful representation of Piedmontese reds, offering crowd-pleasing delight and versatility at your table. Kermit says they remind him of the Piedmontese wines of old: simple, affordable, and totally satisfying.

Each vintage changes due to the harvest. The 2017 vintage blends 40% Barbera di Monferrato, 25% Barbera d’Asti Cappellatta, 25% Barbera d’Asti, and 10% Bonarda.

Enjoy this wine with a wide variety of foods, from rustic pasta dishes to hearty stews and roasts.

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