Memories from a winery visit
Almost two years ago, I visited the small city of Padua in Northern Italy. We stayed at a guest house located in the country side. Right next to where we stayed was a small winery and by small I really mean small. Of course I decided to visit them. Azienda Agricola Mutta Massimo cultivates mostly Pinot Bianco, Merlot, and Pinot Nero. The winery also produces sparkling wine from Chardonnay grapes. All wines are produced with certified organic grapes. The wines can only be bought directly at their estate and at a few surrounding Enotecas.
After a wine tasting at the winery, I decided to buy four or five cases of wine. That is one fine benefit of traveling by car. I do not remember the exact prices per case but it was pretty affordable. Maybe 25€ per case. A few days ago, I drank the last bottle of Mutta Massimo’s ‘Merlot’ (2010 vintage). The wine is produced with 100% Merlot grapes which aged in stainless steel tanks. The wine is classified as IGT Veneto.
Tasting notes Mutta Massimo ‘Merlot’
In the glass, ‘Merlot’ had an intense ruby red color. The bouquet was very intense and fruity. Mostly Raspberry and ripe cherry but also hints of strawberry and pepper. 13% was the label listed Alcohol by volume.
On the palate, the wine was dry and fruit-forward. After taking a sip, I noticed a warm feeling. The wine can be described as “easy-to-drink”. The wine was soft with mellow tannins. Mutta Massimo’s ‘Merlot’ had a medium-long finish and an elegant, fruity aftertaste.
This wine has an excellent price-quality ratio. Maybe 4€ or 5€ per bottle. Regular readers of this blog already know that I usually stay away from very cheap wine but one should not forget that buying wine directly from the producer is always cheaper than buying it at a wine shop! Therefore do not be afraid of trying cheap wine from time to time. In general though, I would say that good wine comes with a certain price tag.
Azienda Agricola Mutta Massimo only sells their wines in cases of six bottles each. I am already debating when to visit the winery again. Maybe after VinItaly. It is only an hour drive from Verona to Padua. What is your favorite “cheap” wine? Already looking forward to your answers.