Today's wine of the day is Grande Alberone Zinfandel, a full-bodied southern Italian red that's the perfect wine for a barbecue.
Grande Alberone Zinfandel, Puglia, Italy (£7.99)
Grande Alberone Zinfandel is a larger-than-life red suitably dressed in a heavy embossed bottle, complete with theatrical label. It’s made by a trophy-winning producer from super-ripe grapes in the sun-drenched south of Italy and boasts a whopping 15 per cent alcohol content. Despite this power, it’s well balanced thanks to a thick padding of velvety flavour.
This is a real gobstopper of a wine; a cascade of vibrant summer berries and sweet exotic spices
But what is the Californian grape, Zinfandel, doing on the label of a wine from southern Italy? We have known for some time now that Zinfandel is one and the same variety as Puglia’s Primitivo. And since Zinfandel has more resonance with English-speakers, its use by market-savvy winemakers in Italy is on the rise.
This is a real gobstopper of a wine; a cascade of vibrant summer berries and sweet exotic spices. It has the generous, easygoing temperament of a red from sunny climes – quite the opposite of its dry, austere and more serious northern Italian cousins like Barolo.
The barbecue season will soon be looming large and the cheerful, back-slapping Grande Alberone will be in its element. If you can’t wait, treat your family and friends to a leg of lamb rubbed with Moroccan spices, or a plate of sticky spare ribs, and get stuck in.
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