It’s no Amarone but it’s still pretty darn good for only $9, the Grand Alberone Rosso from Aldi.
While neither Aldi or the producer give a lot of information on this wine, it seems to be a blend of predominately Primitivo (Zinfandel) along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Teroldego. The map on back label shows that the areas these grapes come from are Trentino-Alto Adige, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Puglia and Sicily, Italy. The wine is aged in oak barrels for an unspecified number of months.
The Grand Alberone Rosso is available exclusively at Aldi and sells for just $8.99. It is imported by Prestige Wine & Spirits.
Winemaker Benedetto Lorusso met with winegrowers in all of the wine producing regions of Italy to understand their relationship with their vineyards and terroir. The very best grapes from each regions were selected to produce this highly rated wine. This rich, full-bodied red blend shows flavors of cherry and blackberry with hints of raisin. Pair with grilled meats, pasta with red sauce, and strong cheeses. Best when served at room temperature.
The non-vintage Grand Alberone Rosso from Aldi begins with pleasing aromas of ripe dark berries, a little spice, a little chocolate and lots of vanilla. The wine tastes smooth and sweet and is chock full of savory tart fruit with nicely integrated spice, cola and more vanilla. There’s also just a hint of earthiness under the fruit. It’s simple but it’s also fun and easy to drink. It ends with a long finish of lingering sweet and tart fruit.
I’m assuming the Alberone name is supposed to be reminiscent of Amarone and while it does taste a bit like a ripasso or appassimento wine, there’s no info on the label or from the producer that says anything about using dried grapes.