Sul Bric is a red blend produced by Franco M. Martinetti in the town of Monferrato in Piemonte, Italy.
The blend is 50% Barbera and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. Despite the components, this wine does not have that modern SuperTuscan/new age feel to it. It is much more old world in style and flavor.
A very, interesting bottle of wine.
I was short on time and was not able to decant, so this was a PNP. A decant would really bring this wine up a few notches from the start, it really opened up nicely as time went by.
The initial notes to the nose were some red fruit, a little spice, and some floral with a vague touch of mint floating around.
Taking a sip, the palate found red and black fruit with a touch of rough tannins. Sul Bric has an ABV of 14%. Into the second hour, the tannins had completely calmed and black cherries came to the forefront. The more it opened up, the more enchanted I became with it.
I paired this wine with…….pizza. The two went together quite well. This wine would hold up to most traditional Italian dishes (beef, pork, chicken, or fish – all would likely work). I would even give it a try with a Fra Diavlo, as it seemed bold enough to take on some serious spices.
I sourced this wine at a local wine tasting at Basil T’s. It retails in the $32 range and is a decent choice at that level.
If you find it, please give it a try and let me know how it goes.