The wine is clear, shiny and slightly translucent in purple with a garnet red rim.
The spice gives the marching direction and shows the fruit friendly but determined the way.
Starting from a red base due to sour cherry, fresh plum and sea buckthorn, everything that reminds of game spice meets in the mortar. Clove, allspice, black pepper and juniper berries find their place here as well as mustard seeds, dried cranberries and a hint of caraway. With all that variety, however, the wine's nose is entirely balanced and of subtle elegance.
On the palate, the 2015 Carignano from Ampeleia first lays out a dance floor in anticipation. Red-fruited, dominated by cherry, it is delicate with soft, small-grained tannins and a drinkable viscosity. Funnily enough, the aromatic presence turns and the pronounced spice of the nose completely gives way to the fruit on the palate. Its medium-bodied yet refreshing acidity gives it additional staying power and a plucky lightness. Best enjoyed slightly chilled at 15-16° Celsius.
Food recommendations from Peter Müller
- Eggplant puree with black nuts and poached quail eggs
- Grilled red mullet with chorizo sauce, pointed peppers and buckwheat
- Braised veal cheeks with purple potatoes and savoy cabbage
Ampeleia, Loc. Meleta, I-58028 Roccatederighi, organic certificate:IT BIO 014