06 Apr 2016

An unusual variety and one I have not tried before. Over to Wkipedia:
"Pignolo is a red Italian wine grape grown predominantly in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of northeast Italy.... In Italian the grape's name means "fussy" which does describe the viticultural profile of the grape which often produces low and uneven yields. The first recorded mention of the grape was in Abbot Giobatta Michieli's late 17th century book Bacchus in Friuli in which he described the grape making "excellent black wine". Today the grape is used to make rich, deep colored, full bodied wine that does well with some time in oak.Well made examples of the wine have good balance between the grape's acidity and tannins with flavor notes of plum and blackberry".
That's not a bad summary of this wine although it was more in the medium-bodied spectrum. It certainly improved with decanting and aeration.