Wine Review: LaVis Simboli 2012 Marzemino

To start the wine-review, I would like to take the opportunity to write a little bit about the grape: Marzemino. Marzemino is found in Northern Italy, mainly in Trentino but also in the Lombardia, Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine regions. Its mostly used as a blending grape together with Barbera, Merlot and Sangiovese; but it makes a wonderful wine on its own. It requires a long growing season, ripens late and produces light wines with plummy flavors and lively acidity.

When grown in cooler climate flavors can be light, hints of grass and cherry notes. In some ways it reminds of some of the Pinot Noirs grown in cool climates. As we have a Pinot-lover in this house, it was no wonder M fell in love with the grape the first time he tried it. It think it was one of those “where have you been all my life”-moments. Although quite known in Italy, and appreciated by the locals, it is not widely available in the Nordics. The Monopoly carries only one Marzemino in their special-order selection. Marzeminos susceptibility to fungal disease has not helped its popularity.

Now about Lavis Simboli 2012. Slightly violet in color, the wine looks light and fresh in the glass. You get soft aromas of red berries and almond and a sweet and balanced taste. It made us think of game as the perfect food pairing, but I must say, an Iberico-steak was not bad match either. Not bad at all! This wine was among the samples brought from Italy a few weeks back. Nothing expensive, perhaps about 6€, so wonderful value for money. I think this wine is worth 3,5 stars, maybe even 4 if you take into account the great price.

So all you winecurious out there, especially the Pinot-fans, do not walk past a Marzemino without giving it a shot. Especially if you visit Northern Italy, you should check out the local wine-shops for some great value for money.

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