RKS Wine: The Penniless Pensioner, Tuscan Wine and Bernie Madoff Golf Balls

When PP had dough he wasn’t shy on parting with it to purchase to classified Chiantis and the Super Tuscans. Despite their fantastic quality and high prices the Super Tuscan’s did not adhere to Italian appellation laws so they were categorized as ordinary table wine. While appellation rules protect quality they can stunt innovation. This wine is an IGT which a category above table wine. IGT stands for Indicazione Geografica Tipica.

How does this Comedìa from Bellini fare? PP sent me an e-mail saying it was rated by James Suckling as a 93. He asked could I review it and as a thanks sent me a box of corporate golf balls with Bernie Madoff’s picture and corporate logo embossed on them!

It has a compact and impressive nose of very deep-set black cherry, blackberry and creating a strong impression this is a likeable and winning wine. Easy on the tannins. The flavours are subtle and restrained. Red cherry, white pepper, cactus pear, cremini mushrooms but with a short finish. I advise PP of my appreciation for his golf balls as they are now collectors’ items and worth a couple of thousand dollars! I think he’ll like the wine but a 93 seems overly generous. I would say if it only had a more assertive taste it would deserve a 93 but it is short in that department.

I told PP this is best served a wee bit cool. Try it with some stirred fried broccoli you’ll put on the side and fry up some tofu marinated in ginger, sesame seed oil, hoisin sauce, rice wine vinegar and Thai garlic chili paste which you will then add in the broccoli and serve over Jasmine Rice.

(Bellini Comedìa Rosso Toscano IGT 2016, Cantine Bellini, Pelago, Italy, $15.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 19293, 13%, 750 mL, A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 89/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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