Trentino Casata Monfort Pinot Nero 2004, Alc 13%

Pinot Nero--pinot noir with an Italian name. This may not be a native Italian grape, but I wanted to see how it compared to other pinot noir.

It is pale ruby and lightly aromatic with a little toastiness, a bit of alcohol, and is reminiscent of grilled food. I also noticed some touches of pipe tobacco. The palate has notes of cherries, raspberries, red fruit, a little spiciness, and a touch of minerality. Overall, it was a pleasant wine.

The grapes come from vineyards southeast of Lavis, Italy. If you read Italian (which I don't yet), check out the Cantine Monfort website, which has a combination of English and Italian.

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