If you haven’t enjoyed Schioppettino before the best go by from an aromatic and flavor standpoint I can give you is Syrah from the Northern Rhone. This wine exhibits aromas of wild blue and black fruit, orange peel, violets, pepper and a hint of spice. With time a savory balsamic note appears. On the palate the wine is fresh with finely integrated tannin. It’s a medium bodied wine even though when you look at its darker color and smell its richer flavor profile it suggests to your brain that it will be a more full-bodied drink. This “base” Schioppettino ages for 18 months in used oak barrique and then rests for six months in bottle before release. This can certainly withstand time in the cellar and with time it will work even better alongside more elegant entrees. Today, the wine works beautifully with grilled meats and polenta or richer pasta dishes (think Bolognese or Ragu’s with meat in the sauce).
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