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 Vintage1999 Label 1 of 2 
TypeRed
ProducerMarchesi di Montecristo
VarietyNebbiolo Blend
DesignationNerelo Del Bastardo
Vineyardn/a
CountryItaly
RegionPiedmont
SubRegionn/a
AppellationVino da Tavola
UPC Code(s)095684025791

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2003 and 2006 (based on 11 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 85.3 pts. and median of 86 pts. in 24 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by ecola on 12/14/2011 & rated 91 points: Great wine. Tasted blind and I thought this was a CA Italian varietal from 2005-2007. Great acidity, fruit, and secondary flavors of leather and tobacco. Acidity is still there with gripping tannins. (4514 views)
 Tasted by Bakeman on 4/3/2008 & rated 80 points: Weak, no body and finish. Can't imagine that this will get better with age. Drank half the bottle and moved on something better. Still waiting to decide what to do with the rest, probably headed down the drain. (8510 views)
 Tasted by armchairsommelier on 6/13/2007 & rated 84 points: This is one of my favorite wines to buy at Trader Joe's. Whenever I'm there, I buy three or four bottles to have on hand as "daily drinking wine". It's not going to blow your mind, but it's cheap and reliable. It reminds me of the table wines served in Europe in the small "juice" glasses we use in the US. I think it only adds to the charm. Salud! (9891 views)
 Tasted by ahchem on 11/24/2006 & rated 86 points: I've had this wine a few times. It is a good reliable red table wine. It isn't going to blow anyone away, but it is a satisfying wine for dinner and well worth the price. (10755 views)
 Tasted by noofie2 on 7/1/2006 & rated 91 points: One of my all time favorite best buys. A really great deal (I bought many bottles of this wine from TJ's a couple of years ago). Medium bodied, earthy with leather and fruit flavors. Well balanced with some northern Italian Piemonte complexity. A lighter, fruitier every day version of a Barollo/Sangiovese style wine. Shows no age to speak of from my cellar (50-55F) Still has several years at least left to go. (11125 views)
 Tasted by knops on 6/1/2006 & rated 89 points: Reviews seem all over the map for this one. We found it very nice, but still young. Defenitely benefitted from aiir and the bottle improved markedly over 1 hour. (8860 views)
 Tasted by DrCass on 5/18/2006 & rated 82 points: Slightly sweet, Firm Tannins, Above average acidity, slight oak, tight-short finish, heavy body. (8699 views)
 Tasted by morganterrace on 4/23/2006 & rated 90 points: Was flavorful, and not overly intense. (8805 views)
 Tasted by Hi-Ho-Silver on 3/19/2006 & rated 84 points: Undistinguished and somewhat disappointing based on the region and varietal. (9399 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 3/12/2006: The Blind Drunks monthly tasting ("The Garage"): Tasted double blind. Red fruit on both the nose and palate. Has a nice mouthfeel, soft and well-balanced. (10270 views)
 Tasted by GlenD on 1/19/2006 & rated 84 points: Pleasant everyday food wine. Red fruit, leather and light acidity. (9551 views)
 Tasted by HillbillyWE on 1/8/2006 & rated 82 points: On the nose distinct leather and oak with spice and raspberry? undertones. As the wine breathes the leather and oak softens and gives way a bit and pear begins to be detected. On the palate it starts slightly bitter (this also is ameliorated by exposure to air), with a lot of tannins and oak. Opens up quickly and nicely into some good fruit overtones and finishes long with pear and apple notes. As others have noted, decanting does help develop flaver and nose. Would buy again. (9250 views)
 Tasted by GlenD on 12/27/2005 & rated 86 points: Pleasant match for Italian cuisine. Just enough red fruit and acidity to be interesting. Not so much acid that you can't finish up the leftovers after the meal on its own. (9529 views)
 Tasted by Baylorwine on 12/23/2005 & rated 85 points: What I call a re-heated pizza wine. It is a wine when you want a wine, but are having some food that will only hurt the wine. It was a decent table wine, especially for a table nebbiolo. Nothing remarkable. (9298 views)
 Tasted by TRairden on 11/26/2005 & rated 86 points: Clear garnet color, good legs. From the bottle, plum & leather nose; on the palate, cherries (not quite ripe), a little nectarine, solid acidity. Based on comments of others here, decanted into breathing decanter. Acid softened, cherries ripened. (9438 views)
 Tasted by Laxrefman on 11/24/2005 & rated 74 points: Harsh flavor with an unpleasant after taste. May have been a bad bottle given comments from others, but I'd really have to think about trying another. (9385 views)
 Tasted by GlenD on 11/12/2005 & rated 86 points: Cheap Stuff: Pre-Thanksgiving Value Wine Tasting Party (Chicago NW Suburbs): Dark fruit, balanced acidity, with a nice finish. A very nice food wine. Especially for the price. $7 at TJ's (11273 views)
 Tasted by gtiberghien on 10/30/2005 & rated 87 points: Very good for the price. Recommended. (9375 views)
 Tasted by grog on 12/19/2004 & rated 87 points: A pleasant quaffer - exceeded my expectations. I think this is a 50/50 blend of Nebbiolo and Sangiovese - very odd. It's dominated on both the nose and the palate by cherry and strawberry notes, and although it seemed a bit rustic right out of the bottle, over the course of the evening, it softened a bit and the fruit became more focused. It has a nice acidic edge to it that keeps it bright and lively. Overall, for $6, I was pleasantly surprised. (10124 views)
 Tasted by bhardie on 12/17/2004 & rated 87 points: Nice, simple wine for the price. Bright red in the glass. Nose of cherry and peppery spice. Flavors of cherry, spice and a bit of toasty oak with good amount of tannin. Finish is smooth and of decent length. Not complex by any means but balanced and easy drinking. May have a couple of years left. (10018 views)

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