WHY: There are few estate red wines from Italy this good for this price, especially considering the variety and the provenance. Corsini's field blend Matot is a juicy, yet structured table wine that is absolutely perfect for the hearty dishes of Fall and Winter. Dark-fruited from the dolcetto, fleshy from the barbera, and structured from the addition of nebbiolo, it's one of the best deals going on sub-$20 Italian reds at Mission right now.
HOW: The Rosso Matot is the one blended Corsini wine. It's essentially the farm's second label, created to enable it to keep a high standard with its other wines (everything is estate bottled at Ruggeri Corsini; nothing is sold in bulk to traders, a fact that makes quality control for a wine like Matot particularly important). Matot is, as Nicola says, a glass of Piedmontese red; the blend is based on dolcetto, with barbera and nebbiolo making up the difference
WHAT: The Ruggeri Corsini estate in Italy's Piedmont region was founded in 1995 out of a passion for the countryside and a love for great wines. Loredana Addari and Nicola Argamante, both with a degree in Agriculture and Viticulture/Oenology, decided to change their life, leaving their jobs in the city to buy a small estate in the province of Cuneo, the heart of the Langhe hills: Monforte d'Alba. It is a family-run winery and the estate gets its name “Corsini” from the small hamlet of Monforte d’Alba, adorned with ancient stone houses. The name “Ruggeri” is Nicola’s mother’s surname, who they credit with helping launch the winery.