Sunday, January 25, 2009

2007 Epicuro Vermentino IGT Lazio

Bought this wine at Trader Joe's for $4.99. Clocks in at 13% alcohol.

Found some funky flavors on the nose - really strong pineapple scents and something else that I could only describe as crayons. Yes, the smell of Crayola crayons. Weird, I know.

In the mouth this wine starts off nice with syrupy tangerine, lemon flavors, then, unfortunately disintegrates at the center. The rich fruit present at the beginning falls off, leaving a steel-metalic taste and alcohol notes. I'm guessing this is because the wine was aged in stainless steel tanks, and didn't see any oak, according to the winemaker's site.

For less than $5, this wine is certainly better than many others at this price range, but I ended up leaving half the bottle unfinished. I might serve it at a big party, but overall I've liked Epicuro's reds, such as it's Salice Salentino, much better.


Anonymous said...

I am going to guess that you haven't been to the Crayola factory... if you had, you would not have gotten past the distinct waxy scent :)

Anonymous said...

I just opened a bottle of 2007 Epicuro Vermentino IGT Lazio which I also bought at Trader Joe's for $4.99. It was pleasant chilled, had it with baked chicken, and am usually very sensitive to alcohol content, it was nice to have a whole glass and not end up very tipsy.
Hey: $4.99 a bottle. How can you be complaining about "loses it in the center" and "metallic taste?"
Give me a break! b

Anonymous said...

Well worth the money -- good with crabcakes and I would expect lobster. Cheep wine with expensive food, a rarity !!! have not tried the counterpart reds (at least that I remember).