2004 Brutocao Quadriga Hopland Ranches

I must admit, this is my first experience with a wine which features both barbera and Dolcetto grapes – so far I’m really enjoying what it offers. Straight from the heart of Italy, comes this small, family winery with a big heart and a huge passion for producing wines which reflect the owner’s homeland, Brutocao Cellars – based in Hopland California – makes a wide variety of wine and has a great emphasis of developing wines which stay true to their traditions.

Blend – 35%Sangiovese, 31% Primitivo, 18% Barbera and 16% Dolcetto
Alcohol: 13.9%

Nose: Deep cherry and fresh blueberry smell mixed with a touch of shoe leather doused in baby powder and vanilla.

Taste: Explosive cherries, blueberries and charcoal – rounded off with milk chocolate. Very well balanced across the mid-palate and rounds out to a good, long, lingering finish.

I really like this wine a lot – it’s one of the more interesting ones I’ve had lately and that’s mainly because of its rather disitinct blend of excellent italian grapes. For under $24, this wine is a complete no-brainer for me when I think of an excellent Italian-style red wine to go with any great pasta dish.

It has the complexity in wine I love, a long finish and an excellent overall mouthfeel. There are not many Italian wines I’ve had in this price-range which can match what Brutocao has been able to pull off here.

All of this, of course, is my opinion and you should really seek this wine out and try it yourself – embrace your palate as it’s the only one you have.

Would go good with:
– Veal meatballs with marinara sauce
– Lasagna
– Spaghetti
– Veal Marsala