Pleasantly surprised by this lighter Italian red…
Name: Matto Barolo
Producer: Matto Wines
Region/Country: Piedmont, Italy
Grape Varietal(s): Nebbiolo
Consumed: At Vittoria Trattoria Restaurant
Recommended By: Chosen from the wine list
Bottle Presentation: Modern and distinct. Part of the label reminded us of an inkblot.
Appearance: Light garnet, which is surprising to us for a 5-year-old wine.
Nose: Wood, leather, berries (blackberries, cranberries), anise.
Taste: Wood, terroir, vanilla, a touch of black pepper.
Finish: Long, wood
Overall Impression: Pleasantly surprised by this lighter Italian red! It paired superbly with all the food offerings. Its spiciness came out with a Cacciatore (chicken and bruschetta) pizza, whereas it tasted balanced and well-rounded with both a margherita pizza and a gorgonzola and raisin tortellini dish. The anise notes came out with the margherita pizza. It did not pair as well with dark chocolate. Interestingly, we did not experience strawberry notes, as suggested on the wine importer’s website, but would definitely drink this wine again.
Rating (from 70 to 100): 90/100