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Terrazze della Luna (Italy) Novello di Teroldego 2005
Just as we hit Beaujolais Nouveau season, here's joyous little red wine from Trentino in the far north of Italy made in the Beaujolais style, but delivering a welterweight of sweet fruit and concentration that most Nouveau simply fails to muster. Made from the indigenous Teroldego, grape this wine comes from the quality CAVIT co-op (see our in-depth profile of CAVIT), and pours a paintbox crimson colour. The nose is wonderful kirsch-like and cherry fruited, with bubblegummy sweetness and little carbonic maceration notes of banana and rose-hip. On the palate it has lovely fruit; blackcurrant cough sweets mixed with fresh Morello cherries, with enough acid and tannic bite to sharpen the picture as it persists to a juicy, balanced finish. Delightful and different.
5.00 - 5.50, woodwinters.com, originalwine.com, Amps, Corkscrew Wines, D. Byrne, John Stephenson, Wine Dept, Winebuffs.