Il Bastardo Sangiovese 2009
Dark Ruby red color. The wine has an aromatic nose, with black berry and cherry aromas and flavors. On the palate it is medium bodied with good tannins and an over- all Chianti-like fruit finish. Excellent with pasta and cheeses, but it is often consumed by it- self. Once you try it you will be hooked. Many of our customers consider this their “go to” wine for everyday foods like burgers and pizza. As one of our customers once said, “it’s in the bottle!” Try it for yourself so you can decide.
We'll turn to my dinner in a moment, but for the wine tonight I picked out one of my old time favorites, the 2009 Il Bastardo Rosso di Toscana, a lighter red wine from Tuscany which would pair very well with my dinner. Plus it has to have one of my favorite labels of all time, Il Bastardo himself, relaxing with a glass of his wine, oh how I can identify with this man! The wine itself as I said was on the lighter side, with a clear ruby color and a nose of light fruit, leather and a touch of cedar. The taste is quite dry, with a hint of ripe fruit, very few tannins and an exceptionally dry finish. This wine would pair well with so many dishes, from steaks to roasts, to chicken and fish. So what am I pairing it with tonight? Steamed lobster with drawn butter and corn on the cob! A real New England holiday meal in the Midwest, though it also reminds me of back in college when the Civil Air Patrol sold Maine lobsters for like $5 each as a fundraiser, so every fall when we got back on campus we'd have our annual lobster fest! So back to the wine, it's not all that impressive, but it did make that Lobster come alive with flavor, and for $8, how can you complain about Il Bastardo? With that label alone, I give this wine a solid 3!