What a beauty! It doesn’t take more than a second or two for me to totally fall for the 1999 Bradisismo from Inama. The wine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenere, reminds me of a cooler right bank vintage at first, but then, when folding out, I’m having a Loire Cabernet Franc resemblance. It has aged gracefully and is a real treat now. Lots of blackcurrants, dark cherries, lead pencil, sweet pepper, new-mown lawn, tar, dried leather and wet earth. Not too much of anything; just a fine mature and cool nose.
On the palate it is clean with balancing acidity and mature tannins. The fruit still got it and adds freshness to the taste. Still a slight green note but only in a positive way. Humus, leather, dried fruits and blackcurrants. Well integrated oak. Some licorice. Long, mineral driven finish. Pure. Just as great sipping as pairing with food. Inama rocks!
Italy has so much to offer from the lesser known DOC appellations. I mean, when’s the last time you had a wine from Colli Berici? 2011, the year when I am on the search for the hidden gems in Italy!
1999 Bradisismo, Inama, Colli Berici, Veneto, 90-91 p
PS. The Bradisismo however, is an IGT Veneto due to the grapes used for the wine, although it comes from the Colli Berici zone.
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