Nerelo del Bastardo

Another mystery wine, this time from Italy. According to the back label, this is a truly great wine that must instead be labeled as merely a table wine, due to Italian law limiting sales volume. Sounds arbitrary and unreasonable, doesn’t it? Well, after tasting this wine, we have nothing but respect for the Italian legal system. This is not a great wine. The nose offers some cherry and raspberry notes, but they’re in the background. Vegetable notes are stronger, though difficult to pinpoint. The taste is evocative of canned tomato soup, with a chewable vitamin finish. We’re afraid this one deserves its bastard designation.