This covers a few non-Lambrusco wines that we drank while staying in Bologna. For Lambrusco, see my previous blog post.
Wine number one was actually not drunk in Bologna at all, but on a day trip to Parma, in Enoteca Fontana, a wine-bar-cum-trattoria that was absolutely rammed with locals on a Thursday lunch time. I am not sure we chose our wine and food wisely, but the place looked very promising, and I would happily return. The wine was Colli di Parma Rosso DOC, Amadei, and we got it for EUR 2 per glass. As we all know (ahem) a Colli di Parma Rosso must be 60-75% Barbera, with most of the remainder being made up of Bonarda Piemontese and Croatina. The colour was a deep purple. I think there was a little residual sugar, but the acidity was high and the overall effect was dry. I didn’t think the fruit quality was great, but what can you expect for that price? I gave it ***.
Now for the first of 2 or 3 Sangiovese di Romagna wines. This was Scabi, Sangiovese di Romagna Superiore DOC, Azienda Agricola San Valentino, 2012. It is what was offered to us at a restaurant when it was clear we needed a red wine, and I later noticed that is graced around 30% of the tables I could see. I am not sure how much we paid for it, but I see a bottle retails in Italy for around EUR 11. This was deep purple, with intense dark fruit, attractive and spicy. The spice added a mouth-watering quality to the nose. It had medium acidity, and quite a strong but fine-grained astringency. This was a good, classy wine, which I think will age further. I thought ****, but I tired of it as I got to the end of the bottle, and it was not a good match for the tomato-based sauce with our ossbucco. The Bologna restaurant was Drogheria della Rosa. A A Gill wrote well of it last year, but I was not so taken with the place. The food was all good, but I did not get on so well with the general atmosphere, nor with the fact that there was no written menu or wine list, and no mention of price until we were presented with the bill. The bill turned out to be perfectly reasonable, but when ordering I would have liked to consider my options with more time and information at my disposal.
Incidentally, as an aperitivo at Drogheria della Rosa, we were given a glass of Prosecco that I thought was pretty impressive. From the label, I noted the name as Foss Marai Surfine Cuvée. Later research showed that this was not particularly expensive, but it had a complexity that you rarely get from Prosecco. I am wondering if it was the result of a bottle that had been open a while. Whatever the reason, it was good.
Our final Sangiovese di Romagna wines were at a restaurant not coincidentally called Al Sangiovese, which turned out to be run by the same family who owned the wine producer/brand Condé which is available in the UK. There was also a tenuous family link to the owners of the hotel down the road where we were staying. It was suggested that we try their Condé Sangiovese di Romagna Superioré DOC 2010, with the offer of a swap if it did not suit. I only has a small sip to taste so cannot supply a proper tasting note, but my impression was that of a rather flabby and slightly sweet wine. I felt a little embarrassed at my reaction to the family wine, but obviously was not very good at hiding my disappointment. After a brief chat about preferring something with more bite, acidity and tannin, a bottle of Principe di Ribano, Sangiovese di Romagna Superiore DOC, Spalletti Colonna di Paliano, 2012 was brought to the table, EUR 15 on the wine list. Top marks to the restaurant for listening to what I said, and finding something to my liking the second time round. This was a beautiful little wine that really hit the spot. Medium ruby in colour. Intense red fruit, tea and spice. Medium-high acidity, and dry. Medium-low tannin. Excellent length. Overall, it had a light refreshing character. Drink now or in next couple of years. In context, which all my ratings are, this was *****.