Dear readers you might want to say the Penniless Pensioner has traveled from bad to worse. His seemingly inevitable break up with his fiancé Celine Serpent and blockbuster news today about his naming in the Pandora’s Box leak by certain media outlets of alleged offshore tax cheaters. I just knew these Panamanian bank accounts of PP were bait for investigation by the Canada Revenue Agency. They have been nailing honest taxpayers like me for years so much so at times I feel like that trusting horse Boxer in George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”. I’ll end up in the glue factory while the tax cheats laugh at honest chumps like me as they sail their yachts in the Aegean and the Adriatic.
Well PP was arrested for potential tax fraud in Rome and sits in a Roman prison awaiting extradition to Canada which will happen before Meng was freed in Vancouver! But he e-mailed me and is in good spirits for reasons that escape me. He is a “resident” of an experimental Italian prison where they are training “residents” to be chefs and sommeliers. So soon a select group of “residents” are being taught how to make Tuscan Wild Boar Pasta which will be served with a Tuscan Cilestro Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese blend. This will happen in a couple of days. He asks if it is available in Ontario and I say yes. So he wants a review tonight so he can quote it and appear wine savvy when it is poured at his Roman “residence”.
My first thought is an equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese and I hit the nail on the head on that. No grape completely wins the battle. There is a bit of both in the blend. From the Cabernet Sauvignon there is both blueberry and firmness. From the Sangiovese that unmistakeable red cherry and agility. Lovers of both these grapes will not go home disappointed. On the nose a combination of blueberry and cherry but at its soul rich cherry that makes it unmistakably Tuscan. Rather the same on the palate where the Sangiovese slightly edges out the Cabernet Sauvignon. Together they make a handsome couple that will handle the “resident’s” Tuscan Boar pasta. Here in Canada this might suit a pulled pork sandwich or a Pasta a la Norma.
A charming and delicious wine. Great sipper. A really good wine at an attractive price.
Drink by 2025 which hopefully will see PP back in Canada.
(Tenuta Della Luia Cilestro 2018 Rosso Toscano IGT, Tenuta Della Luia, Certaldo, Italy, $15.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 13521, 750 mL, 13.5, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 93/100).
As Canadian Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching this wine will match a turkey where the cranberry sauce will be a nice foil to the cherry and blueberry in the wine BUT if you are like me and are a gravy man this wine will not do and I would rather go with an Alsatian or Okanagan Gewurztraminer.