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Cantina di Casteggio Oltrepo Pavese Pinot Nero 2010

Pinot Nero is also known as Pinot Noir and usually when we are searching for a Pinot Noir we look to the USA or Burgundy, France. However, between Italy’s most famous wine regions, Tuscany and Piedmont, lies Lombardy. Best known for their sparkling wines, this region makes an outstanding Pinot Nero.

 Cantina di Casteggio Oltrepo Pavese Pinot Nero 2010It wasn’t until the 1950s that Casteggio Del Oltrepò Pavese decided to grow Pinot Nero, a very finicky thin-skinned grape that grows surprisingly well for them. They continued on to get it classified with the esteemed DOC for quality assurance.

For me, Italian Pinot Noirs are a delicacy, hard to find but always very well made. So you can imagine my excitement to find another one for our Italian section. This wine screams summer to me with its intense flavors of bright strawberries, hints of cinnamon, dry tannins, perfume, balanced acidity and a teasing amount of white pepper on the finish. Although you can pair this with light appetizers, seafood, pasta dishes with vegetables or delicate main courses of fish and white meat, I enjoy this most on its own.

Cantina Di Casteggio Del Oltrepò Pavese Pinot Nero




Bethann Kendall

About Bethann Kendall

I am so very excited to introduce myself to you. As the Wine Buyer and Sales Lead for Vine & Table, I get the best of both worlds: Indulgence in my passion for wine AND the opportunity to share this passion with you. Just a few things you might want to know about me: I spent some of my early years in the fine dining industry and quickly learned I had a talent for pairing food and wine. It wasn’t long after that when I realized I needed to know anything and everything about my favorite beverage. The next logical step was the Sommelier program, which is an ongoing journey to both satisfy my personal growth and to exceed your expectations. follow me on twitter:
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