Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Bella Sera means beautiful evening in Italian and the vintner's marketing strategy is superb. The wine is Italian and the website, which is loaded with recipes and ideas to make any evening beautiful, evokes everything winos love about wine. It entices and invites until you've been seduced.
At long wooden tables everywhere, friends come together casually to share a glass of wine, plates of antipasto, and lively conversation. Yet you don’t have to live in Italy to enjoy such an evening. You can bring the heart of an Italian twilight into your own home with only a little effort. Imagine: a few beautiful twilight hours, a few relaxed guests around your own table, and delicious plates of antipasto.
This is how the winery describes the wine.........
Bella Sera’s 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon is well-rounded and fruit forward. It is a balanced, full-bodied wine with a rich ruby color and aromas of cherry and raspberry. This vintage demonstrates flavors of spice, black plum and cherry that linger nicely in the mouth.
The wine itself isn't anything special and may well be the most bland cabernet TWC has ever experienced. It is, however, reasonably priced at $6.00-$8.00 US. If you try really hard you'll find the spice on the back side and a little on the nose (a ghastly term to be sure). Roll a little bit around in a large glass and you may catch a whiff of it.
Bella Sera is straw-bottle Chianti with a modern marketing stragedy. It's an inexpensive cab without the cloying sickly sweet taste that is often passed off as cherries. I can see Fat Clemenza enjoying this wine in a short glass tumbler, Italian style. Yes, with a big family-style bowl of pasta with red sauce. Yes, a red checkered, oil-cloth covered table with one wobbly leg. Guess there'd be some Italian sausages too.
Is it worth your time? Is it worth the money?
The Cheap Wine Commonsewer