Brachetto D’Acqui DOCG, Piedmont, Italy; 7% ABV
$8 at the Richmond, CA, store on 10 Aug
I had been curious about this wine since looking up the Brachetto grape, described as a lighter, aromatic red. This wine fits that description. The fruity and floral nose is immediately noticeable, with much more of the same on the palate: sweet red cherry / strawberry with a very slightly bitter edge, and fragrant red / pink roses, as though it contained rose water, maybe a little geranium flower. The carbonation is moderate and the sweetness is definitely there but not overpowering. I had guessed a sweet red would be good with Indian take-out, but the food actually overpowered the wine. It’s probably better paired with something like a lighter ham. I quite enjoyed the novelty of a sweet, rose-tasting red, but it struck me as an otherwise fairly simple wine, so I’ll go with Drinkable.
The label was awkward to photograph. The “Brachetto d’Acqui” was in shiny red, while the background label was in matte black. The photo I wound up using was at oblique angle to the light, using reflected light from nearby, and still it’s not great. I hope it’s good enough to recognize the bottle if you’re interested in the wine.