First sip - oh yes, this is red wine - not too heavy and just a soft tannin aftertaste. This is a fruity red, dry. I have some Wisconsin Cheddar curds in the fridge, I think that I'll try pairing the wine with some cheese. This isn't a stand alone drinking wine. It needs food to temper and bring out the taste.
A few minutes later...
Provolone & Ham pinwheel and Ruggero - I'll rate it 4 Star. The strength of the provolone is cut by the tannin of the wine, and the salt of the ham... well, that's just a party in my mouth.
This is how I understand pairing - in the comfort of my own home. Once I've developed the vocabulary of taste - then I'll go back to Mario and have his pairings. Because I can only imagine that what I've learned on a Trader Joe's Budget - will be blown out of the water at Otto or Babbo or even Per Se...
Ruggero & Cheddar Curds - not so good. The cheddar is a bit too mild.
This is only my first glass. And I'm going to call it a night. I'll update later this week when I've had this wine with a meal. I'm thinking red sauce Italian - maybe with sausage. I'll go shopping on the way home tomorrow.
The next day..
The wine does not age well. I bought sausage, and made a penne & vodka sauce to go along with, but I have to say - there were no sublime notes like last night. As a matter of fact, I'm not even going to finish the glass.
In summary - drink this when you open it, and have it with food.