2013 Tenuta La Pergola, Il Goccetto, Vino Rosso Cisterna d’ Asti, Selected by Kermit Lynch. (L12014)
This unpretentious bistro style red is more interesting than 99% of the wines in this price range, it is a unique blend of Brachetto and Croatina varietals, making for a light to medium bodied red that is perfumed and spicy with bright acidity. The latest release is not labelled with the vintage, so you’ll need to check the back label for the lot number, which is L12014, but every vintage so far has been great for this tasty little Vino Rosso. The Il Goccetto, a special cuvee done exclusively for Kermit Lynch, is Dolcetto like, but with a more aromatic floral bouquet and a groovy lavender oil and peppercorn spiciness. The nose starts with liquid roses and mixed dried flowers and sweet basil along with red berries leading to a fresh palate of cherry, plum and strawberry fruits with hints of mint, earth and candied orange rind. This fruity red is tangy dry and zippy with nice acidity perfectly suited for picnics and can be served slightly chilled.
($12 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive
avail at www.sfwtc.com ($10.95)