Gabriele Rausse 2005 Nebbiolo Reserve

A few years ago my wife and I were wine tasting in the Charlottesville, Virginia area and happened upon a small craft fair. At that fair, a man named Gabriele Rausse, who owns and operates a small winery, was tasting some of his European-style wines. Mr. Rausse told us that his is a labor of love, and that his winery does not have regular public tasting hours, but that he tastes his wines at local fairs, festivals, and at Charlottesville’s City Market.  His wines were approachable, straight forward, and enjoyable.  I could not resist purchasing a couple of bottles.

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Late last year, we went back to Charlottesville and stopped at great roadside sandwich shop and produce stand called Greenwood Gourmet Grocery.  I could not resist picking up a bottle of his 2005 Nebbiolo Reserve, which I opened tonight to enjoy with some pot roast and Capitals/Penguins Game 3 (Go Caps!).  The wine displays the grape’s typical brick orange/tawny color.  Weighing in at 13.4% alcohol, it was ready to drink upon opening, with notes of cherries and prunes with a hint of violets on the nose and a slightly gamy quality on the palate.  The tannins are subtle and smooth making for a pleasant wine that is best with food.  I doubt it’s the best wine that Mr. Rausse produced in 2005, but it is a nice reminder that this small producer has some quality wines worth sampling.

3 Stars

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