Casa Catelli> Casa Catelli Vlog #1
Casa Catelli are a producer specialising in southern Italian wines. Casa Catelli have vineyards throughout the south and produce fair priced, youthful, entry level Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Negroamaro, Primitivo, Nero d'Avola and Aglianico wines.
So here it is. After 18 months of threatening to produce the Vlogs here is the very first one, no expense spared direct from my kitchen. No famous producers, nothing from the Piedmont and not even wines from the Cellar Door, I thought I'd start the Vlog with something new and affordable and both these wines turned out to be decent value for money and the Primitivo; actually rather good. If you ignore the sunlight streaming into my eyes and the cars beeping their horns outside you'd almost believe we were in BBC television centre and not one of the busiest roads in Wimbledon - home to the tennis, the wombles and me.
Casa Catelli Primitivo 2004 - BUY - £9
A dark and intense ruby red in the glass the wine is big on aromatics producing a knock out nose of plum jam, strawberries, spices and a floral note. On the palate the wine has good structure easily holding its 14% alcohol, is mid bodied with good fruit continuing throughout. The finish is of a good length, a very complete wine but an atypical example of the variety. 88 Points
Casa Catelli Nero d'Avola 2005 - PASS - £8
Vibrant ruby red colour with an interesting strawberry custard note on the nose. Mid bodied wine with a smooth and fruity initial attack, on the mid palate a bitter licorice note appears that continues through to the finish which is watery and uninspired. Not an unpleasant tasting wine, easy drinking and interesting but not a quality Nero d'Avola. Better examples out there for £8. 85 Points
Where can I buy this wine?
Only available at Everywine.com
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