|Angelini Pergola Rosso CreditL Bill Rockwell|
Another red wine from Italy I recently tried comes from Le Marche, a region in the central part of the country. Grown on a 200 acre farm owned for three generations by the Angelini family, the Angelini Pergola Rosso is made from 100% Pergola Rosso grapes, the local name for vernaccia nero, the word used collectively for dark skin red grapes grown in the Marche.
This dry red wine has a medium body and smooth texture, is nicely balanced and meant to be drunk young. “Wine and Spirits” magazine included the 2011 vintage on its list of the Top 100 Value Wines priced under $15. I sampled the 2013 vintage, which comes with a suggested retail price of $16.99.
The bouquet of this estate bottled wine is laden with plum and berry, while the taste profile has noticeable tannins and pronounced notes of black raspberry, blackberry, black currant and dark cherries. The finish has a medium length that ends with a hint of pepper and spice, especially cinnamon. The alcohol comes in at 13.5%
The wine can be drunk alone or as an accompaniment to food such as zuppa de mare, Italian favorites like lasagna and pizza, pulled pork sandwiches and Gorgonzola cheese.