Rapido Red

While shopping in a “Wildberries Market” in Northern California, Slug Rocket (Scooter Club member) Coady R. snapped this great photo of a wine I haven’t yet come across. It’s hard to find online too unless you’re in New Zealand. It seems like this is an Italian wine but is imported by a New Zealand winery? Can a wine expert help me out here?

Here’s a description:

“Rapido Red Sangiovese (6 Bottles) 2007
A seriously good wine that is all things Italian – made from Sangiovese grapes from selected vineyards in Puglia, southern Italy (known as the ‘heel’ of Italy). It was imported by Kahurangi Estate in Nelson. It’s a wine to share the Italian way, and is a must when it comes to accompanying that hearty bowl of meat and pasta, or equally at home with a platter of cold meats and cheese. ‘Fantastico’!

Region: Salento peninsula in southern Puglia, Italy

Foods: We love it with everything from a hearty lasagne to an antipasto platter.

Nose: A medium bodied, everyday drinking red with aromas of red berry and damson fruit.

Palate: Fresh and lively on the palate with ripe berry fruit balanced by tangy acidity and soft ripe tannins leading to a warm, spicy finish.”

Thanks to Coady for the picture and the find!