75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy.
SRP of $24 and purchased for $17. Imported by MW Imports.
From the winery:
"The blending of varietals in Vertigo serves two purposes. Merlot, which has been traditionally used in Friulan viticulture, forms a link between Friuli and the rest of the world. Cabernet Sauvignon adds balance and complexity to the wine, giving Vertigo structure and aging potential.
Serving suggestions: Savoury pasta or rice dishes, grilled or stewed meat, beef, roast pork, lamb and goat, or moderately mature cheeses.
Despite the long-lasting stigma, we're big fans of Merlot and especially Merlot from Italy which is just what we have today. Although if I'm being completely honest, there's really only two reasons I bought this wine. 1) It's from Italy. 2) I liked the label. While it's not a strategy I employ often, sometimes you get darn lucky...
The 2009 Livio Felluga Vertigo begins with pleasant aromas of blackberry, plum, violets, strawberry and a little anise. The wine tastes fantastic and features loads of jammy blackberry fruit but this is far from a one dimensional wine. You'll also find excellent spice plus secondary notes of cola and a little oak. To top it off all these delicious flavors are wrapped up in a silky smooth and lush texture. On the long, dry finish the spice comes to the forefront along with plenty more of that yummy juicy blackberry. Dizzyingly good!
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.
Overall Rating: 7.8
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