That line is infamous or not, depending on where your allegiances are. I won’t put up too many links nor should I actually be divulging my thoughts on this certain secret society, that has become more of a running joke than anything else. It’s become one of those things where if you speak of it, you’re automatically labeled this.
Leave it to me to use my wine blog as a vehicle to discuss this wine, which has nothing to do with this group whatsoever. I’m cracking myself up as I write this all out. Yes my friends who know me, like to call me conspiracy theorist, because that’s the easy thing to do. Or is it? Hmm…
The 2015 Illuminati Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riparosso is a family wine that I had no expectations of. If I wasn’t so enlightened (ha) I would just expect this to be decent Montepulciano at worst that would serve its purpose, and pair well with a meal, most likely an Italian dish.
At least the stuffed shells were good. Ah that’s a bit mean. But yes my meal was fantastic. I gave this bottle a lot of time to breathe and I still didn’t get much. I spent about $15 and at worst I expected a wine that would taste somewhere on that level. That level is open to your interpretation and tastes. I wanted something of value, instead this wine fell a bit flat.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not terrible. There’s just not much to this. I appreciate the notes on the back saying ‘Gifted of Generous Character and Rich Flavour’, because when I read that, are they talking about the wine or something else? Hmm, I detect something secretive going on here.. Ooooh Ahhhh.
The notes from where I purchased this (Canton Crossing Wine & Spirits in Baltimore is the only place I’ve seen this bottle) mention aromas of cherry, plums, and spices; along with some of those same flavors I just mentioned, and flowers. Which flowers, I don’t know, but that’s where I get the earthy forest-like taste on my palate, and it doesn’t really work out here.
It’s light, easy enough to drink but I wanted more. It’s a good bottle, but not at $15, more say a $9 bottle.
But if you’re looking for something same, inoffensive, and approachable, this will do just fine. I just wish it had more of the taste I was hoping for. I’ve had plenty a Montepulciano and Italian wine in my lifetime, and they’re usually good to fantastic. They all can’t be winners, but at the end of the day we all have our tastes, and some people are going to love this.
Which is what the theme of this blog has always been. You’re on with your vino. I love how we all can have different tastes because we come from different walks of life, yet share the same love for wine with dear friends, family, and other faithful companions. It’s what makes this journey one that is never-ending, nor should it ever end.
I’m truly grateful I have the capacity to write this blog out on at least a weekly basis. And share with you my thoughts on the wines, but even more so on how it connects to the time of year, my life, and in a relatable sense, maybe your life as well. The pairings of food, the location, the good friends, and all those other details are more important than any notes, flavors, aromas, or any of that jazz. And that latter stuff is important, but I think you know what I’m saying.
Even though this wine didn’t win me over, it might end up being one of your favorites. And that’s fantastic. This is an odd time of year where the holidays are over and the weather is still cold enough, that I can create a different story just based on the wine itself and how I’m feeling.
This wine, like many others, just seem to find me. As I continue to find myself, I look forward to seeing what finds me this time next week. Not yet enlightened (Yes I had to go there one more time haha) but doing my best here…
Peace Be With You.