2004 Bulichella Rubino Blend

Price: $12.00 @ Friend/Gift

What They Said:

Per the winery Found this write up in regards to their 2003. “Fermented in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature of 28°C. Maceration with the skins is for 12 days, with frequent and delicate pumping over. The malolactic fermentation takes place immediately after racking. About half of the product is aged for six months in 2nd and 3rd cycle oak barriques, the other half ages in stainless steel vats.This wine can be appreciated when young, but can also be left to mature in bottles for a few years. The Rubino goes well with entrées, boiled and white meat courses.

Composition : : 50% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot, 25% Cabernet
Colour : Fairly intensive ruby red with violet nuances.
Bouquet : Intense and ample, prevalently of red berries, flowery.
Flavour : Light tannic structure, smooth, with a lasting back taste.”

What I Think:

I consider finding any information about this wine on the internet one of my greatest research tasks to date. A co-worker brought this back from Italy for me a few years ago so I had little info as to what it was to work with and the bottle didn’t provide much more. For a year I thought the winery was Rubino and the winery name only appeared in small print on the foil around the cork. I could make quite a detective if I wasn’t spending all my time on this blog…

Onto the wine, on opening this you were immediately greeted with multiple levels of fruit, both red and of the darker variety, along with a very strong sense of a dry, flowery backbone. Once in the mouth the fruit comes forward but quickly fades to peppers and continues to become dryer working its way towards a flowery, violet finish. As an aside I try not to check the notes on what my research found until after I have tasted the first glass of a wine and recorded my impression. And drum roll…this was the first time I have ever been able to identify violets! My wife thinks I just got lucky. I had this wine open over a five day period and what was amazing is that with each day the different stages of this wine became more prevalent with the peppers on the mid-palate quickly disappearing and the fruit leading straight to the flowers. By the last day the fruit was around for what seemed like a split second before the tongue smacking dryness took over. Surprisingly, I think I liked it. Given that this is $12 and therefore should be rated on the more expensive scale I will call it Pricey. That being said, given that I am usually quite disappointed with Italian wine this one was an uplifting experience and if I see a wine like this in the future at a reasonable price point I am likely to give it a go

Rating: Pricey