Saturday, March 1, 2014

March Wine Pick: La Maia Lina Gertrude Toscana

This WINE PICK of the month was written for the Luke's of Cape Cod website.


La Maia Lina means “little pig” in Italian. Gertrude is the local name for a breed of miniature pigs native to Tuscany. So the name of this wine pretty much translates to “little pig little pig”. Now you’re supposed to say “let me in” and it’ll refuse and then you huff and puff, etc.

Tuscany’s got some great blends going on, usually from their prized Sangiovese grape with international varietals Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This allows the flavors and acidity of Sangiovese to combine with the backbone of Cabernet and the lushness of Merlot, creating a highly enjoyable, well rounded, full bodied red wine.

The robust Getrude is just that with 45% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot. A minty nose follows with a palate of tart cherry, licorice, cola, dried clay, and a velvety finish. Pair with red meats… and pork… if you’re in a big bad wolf mood.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $12
Rating: 3.5/5 = Between Satisfying and Recommended.
(what does that mean?)

The bottle used was purchased by myself for the purpose of this review.

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