We recently published a short guide to our custom French bottlings, suggesting that the tradition began when “Kermit, with his customers back home in mind, asked certain producers if he could blend his own cuvée, often to be bottled unfiltered at his request.” We have since been able to offer a terroir-driven, diverse collection of “Selected by KL” blends from southern France, and have applied the same scrupulous criteria for typicity, pleasure, and value to our Italian blend from just east of the Langhe, in the Monferrato region of Piedmont. The area provides an unmatched variety of local grapes to choose from, and in the hands of Alessandra Bodda of Tenuta La Pergola, we hit the jackpot. When blended together—in this case, 50% Barbera, 30% Bonarda, with a splash each of Dolcetto and Freisa—the sum cuvée is much greater than any one of its parts, offering fruit, earth, acidity, and plenty of joy. What we have here is a knockout bottle of vino rosso for under fifteen dollars that embodies the spirit of our entire Italian portfolio at a fraction of the cost.
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