It's official: I love this wine. A special gift from Lombardia, in the form of a 750 mL bottle.
Italy is home to some 2.000-odd grape varietals, and this 2003 Diana F.lli Trevisani is one of the 'odd' ones - a blend of Merlot and Rebo. Rebo is shorthand for Rebo Rigotti - an experimental hybrid created 1948 by Dr. Rebo Rigotti that involved crossing Marzemino with Teroldego grapes. His namesake results are stunning, and have now earned DOC designation.
Leather and licorice on the nose, as well as mossy, forest floor characteristics. Dark, dark earthy taste with a hint of spice and some serious tannins. Those are the Teroldego underpinnings showing through. While it may leave you vaguely parched, it will certainly not leave you for wanting. Utterly bone-dry, but balanced, like a witty sense of humor. Merlot rounds out the edges for a lush and lengthy finish.
If it's possible to pair wine and music, this one would have a Sigur Rós soundtrack. Both are otherworldly and ethereal and best enjoyed on a rainy night when late-spring is giving way to the sultry humidity of summer, and a fit of insomnia [or maybe that's just this scribe's state of mind].
Wine: 2003 Diana F.lli Trevisani , Lombardia, Italy
Varietals: 80% Rebo, 20% Merlot
Recommended Pairings: Asiago and Montasio cheeses; porkchops, veal or roasted duck with sage and rosemary