Sunday, April 15, 2012

Argiano Non Confunditur `08 $17.99 ***

This Argiano Super Tuscan was a JPH find.  The translation of the Latin name Non Confunditur is "don't get confused".  Well, this blend is IGT, meaning that with this wine, Argiano intentionally broke with tradition and got experimental: high quality blending of French and Italian varietals.

All marketing and intentional confusion aside, it is a rich, smooth, fruity, light tannin blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot and 20% Syrah.  Which makes it a good Tuscan red for people who aren't fond of Sangiovese. (Look at me, I am raising my hand here - I'll say it, Sangiovese is not one of my favorite varietals) At 14% ETOH, it is a wine with some power.  The full flavor of the wine made it a memorable sipping wine, but where it really stood out for me was with dinner.

We paired it with Venison & Mushroom Pie from the National Trust's Good Old Fashoned Pie and Stew Cookbook and a side of fresh green beans and rolls from Leonetti's Pastry Shop. It was a simple, hearty meal paired with this not so simple Tuscan blended wine.  S. and JPH really liked it (I think that this was the fourth bottle purchased).

Argiano is a producer of some amazing Grand Reserves of Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. I've stumbled across them in some of the better cellar tastings that I have been to over the years. They are a quality, big name in Italian wines.  It is great to see classic production side by side with innovative blends like the Non Confunditure.  This is an Estate that is well grounded in history but is also forward thinking.  Well done.

It was a long, uneventful winter, and now that it is officially Spring I want to share pictures of S.'s garden. Soon enough, we'll be sitting on the patio sipping wine and enjoying the view that she & JPH tirelessly work to create:

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