I gotta admit, I purchased this bottle, only for the label itself. And nothing more. And I was pleasantly surprised. This is a fun smelling and tasting wine. But the most important question of all, how cool is that pig?
The 2012 La Maialina Gertrude from Tuscany is a steal at only $11.99. This is a wonderful trio of the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and the inspiring Sangiovese.
I must make mention that this was purchased at Lighthouse Liquors in the Canton part of Baltimore. They have one heck of a selection, and I find myself going in there at least once a week. In a subsequent post, I will get into the further details and expound about the fun things of this shoppe.
When I uncorked the bottle, I detected some cherry and mint flavors off the top. I initially thought this would be an amateur move, buying this wine because of how pretty the design was. But I was pleasantly surprised on the taste. Just as good as it smells.
It’s not that I had low expectations. I’m just not sure what my expectations were. But that’s the fun of trying a new wine or trying a new anything. Not knowing what you’re getting into an leaving your comfort zone is part of the fun
But this is a wine that can be enjoyed at any time of the year. And it can be eaten with anything within reason. Within reason is entirely up to us.
So what about the pig? Very charming, I know. What you see is the wrapping on top of the cork, and this looked too brilliant to pop open.
And see, that Gertrude cannot be stopped. You know I’ll be saving that cork, and heck, the bottle too.
Not much is on the web about this wine, aside from several reviews.
The origins of the La Maialina are listed on the back of the label and can also be found here. The description of the back says Gertrude is unique she does not have the cinta (belt) markings but rather is all. I’m honored to be a part of something unique. I love Gertrude.
Finally, the synopsis reads that this awesome Tuscan wine is ready to be enjoyed now or in the next few years. I look forward to doing both. This is definitely a purchase I am happy about. With Italian wines, I usually enjoy them with pizza and this is no exception.
I am happy to have met Gertrude and sometimes is does help judging by wine by it’s cover. But not too much.
Thanks so much.