Well, the wino hasn’t had a drink in over two weeks until this wine showed up. I had the mother of all shitty weeks, so I decided to pick up a cheap ass bottle at the mother of all cheap ass stores, Aldi. I know, with my track record with Aldi wines, I keep trying to not drink those wines…and yet here is another I tried. It wasn’t too shabby.
I liked the label. I liked the fact that I have no fucking clue of this vintage, hadn’t heard of Montepulciano at all until I ran into it in a red wine blend that D and I got at Trader Joe’s two months back. It’s hard to tell how good or repugnant it may be when it’s part of a blend. Now, on its own, you realize just how strong of a grape it is. It is, make no mistake.
Not a lot of fruit flavor here, this is straight up strong. I let it aerate for almost two hours, and it did not diminish the strength of the wine. Bouquet is that strong also- it’s one of those wines where you smell it and you make the old pruneface (if you have no idea what that is, think of Jessica Lange’s face nowadays). Of course, it went back into the fridge to be chilled and I tried a glass. Yikes! is the best answer I have. It is still a strong wine.
I do taste a lot of spice, black currant, and maybe rhubarb. It is definitely overshadowed by the spice in this wine. There are a lot of pepper notes going forward in this glass. Overall, it goes down smooth and aftertaste is somewhat bitter, but not so much to ruin the wine. I had one glass Saturday night and I was giggly like a old maid chasing Arnold Schwarzenegger. So I definitely award it points for making me loopy. Although it wasn’t a pleasant flavor overall, it was still not the worst wine I’ve had from Aldi.