Alessandro comes through for us with our first Italian red blend, made from French grapes Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine is named “PERTINENT” and was inspired by our oldest son, Joe. Alessandro makes an oak aged Cabernet in top vintages named “Pascal” which is all gone, pre-release. And he makes that terrific Merlot Selezzione, also oak aged. Well, we were able to convince him to sell us a barrel of each, and we made a blend that is roughly 60% Cabernet and 40% Merlot. Alessandro says: “The wine is really amazing.” Red and black currant, raspberry liquorice and cherry to the nose. In the mouth, it’s fresh, full-bodied and smooth with clean tannins and a long fruity aftertaste. This is a wine that will excel with summertime grilled meats, especially steaks and ribs. It has the flavor profile to hold up to rus, and we like it best with a chipotle rub. Enjoy – we only have 20 cases.