Hello from Bologna!
I had a good flight to Florence and after visiting half a day in the city I took a high-speed train to Bologna – the capital city of the Emilia Romagna. Just half a day in Florence? Well I’ll go back to Florence next week and I’ve actually visited the city a few times before. Florence is usually way too crowded anyways. Bologna used to be my home for quite some time and soon I fell in love with the city. If you’ve never visited Bologna then put it on your travel-list! The city offers definitely as much as the likes of Venice & Florence and when it comes to food & wine then there is no other city in Italy that beats Bologna. Why? The Bolognesi have a special relationship with Food & Wine which is also why the city’s nickname is ‘La Grassa‘ (The Fat One). Bolognese Sauce is probably the most well-known dish from Bologna. It’s a meat-based pasta sauce – traditionally used with Tagliatelle and Spaghetti. The city also has quite a tradition for producing a variety of cured pork meats such as mortadella, prosciutto and salami. Tortellini, another type of pasta, also originated in Bologna. When it comes to wine then the city is best known for Pignoletto and in 2010 the appellation Colli Bolognesi Classico was awarded DOCG status. Follow this link for a highly recommended Pignoletto.
But I don’t want to go into further details. Should you have any questions about Bologna then just send me a mail or ask in the comment section. Before we talk about wine I want to show you a few photos of Bologna.
2009 Cantine Due Palme – Selvarossa Riserva – Salice Salentino DOC
It’s time to shift the focus of this article towards to subject of this blog: wine and like I mentioned before the Bolognesi adore wine. The city center is full with wine bars & wine shops. My favorite Enoteca (the Italian term for wine shop) in Bologna is the Enoteca Italiana. They offer a vast selection of Italian and international wine, digestives and coffee. One of the two co-owners was president of the Emilia chapter of the Italian Sommelier Association (ISA). I bought a few wines there – one being the 2009 Cantine Due Palme Selvarossa Riserva. Cantine Due Palme’s vineyards are located in the south-eastern part of Puglia which is also known as the Salento. The winery produces 22 wine and has an annual production of 5.000.000 bottles.
Selvarossa Riserva is a blend of Negroamaro (90%) and Malvasia Nera (10%). The fermentation takes place in stainless steel and barriques. Selvarossa Riserva aged 9 months in French oak.
In the glass, the wine had a deep ruby red color with brown hues. 14% was the label listed ABV.
The nose was intense with aromas of cherry jam, tobacco and vanilla.
The 2009 Selvarossa Riserva was give the prestigious 3 bicchieri by the Gambero Rosso in 2013. The 2008 vintage received the same award in 2012.
At the 2013 VinItaly (the world’s largest wine fair) I tried the Cantine Due Palme Selvarossa Riserva Speciale which is supposed to be their very best wine. In my honest opinion I prefer the Selvarossa Riserva over the Selvarossa Riserva Speciale. I like its taste more and the quality-price ratio is better, too.
According to the winery’s online shop Selvarossa Riserva retails for 16€ but the Enoteca Italiana sells it for just 9.50€ – that’s another reason why I love buying wine there. Their prices are always among the best. Unfortunately I didn’t drive to Italy this time. Otherwise I would go back to Enoteca Italiana and buy all the remaining bottles. 9.50€ is a steal. The wine amazing – one of the best Apulian wines that I have tried so far and even better than the 2008 vintage which I gave a rating of 4/5 stars.
In my opinion the Selvarossa Riserva from Cantine Due Palme has an excellent QPR. I can’t imagine someone not liking this wine. It’s perfect!
Have you tried the Selvarosa Riserva before? What’s your favorite wine from Puglia? Let me know in the comment section below.