‘Tis a rare bottle that will induce my wife to drink more than myself and cause her to bed before the kids…leaving me to clear up, put said kids to bed and have just a half–glass full left to contemplate and take notes with. This lovely QPR did it.
The 2004 Poggio Alla Badiola produced by the Mazzei Family (who also bring you the wonderful Castello di Fonterutoli) shows a dark opaque purple just lightening up at the rim and giving up dark red fruit, slightly scorched earth with hints of cloves, smoke and bacon. There is also a whiff you get after a brief rain shower on a hot midsummer’s day, just enough to get my imagination flowing, anticipating the summer to come after the deep snows of this past winter. Quite full in the mouth with a lovely acid structure, this just cries out “Drink Me!” which my wife and I obligingly did.
We drank this with Matzah pizzas adorned with sun-dried tomato pesto and mushrooms, or feta cheese and olives and tomato sauce. Who says Passover has to be boring?