While browsing the Italian red section at my local, a customer asked if I could help him find “Adesso.” Had to admit I was not familiar with that name, but was able to find it, and my fellow shopper offered “thanks” and moved on. Turns out that Odesso is a re-branding of Cesari’s Merlot, a longtime LCBO ‘great value’. And a house red at some Top TO restaurants.
Forget Merlot’s reputation for rich ‘n smooth, Cesari’s wine is classic Italian tart, with lots of pucker and moderate alcohol. You have to like gutsy. Which of course is the perfect partner for Italy’s world of tomato-sauced dishes. Get some – at this price you can’t loose.
CESARI 16 Merlot ‘Adesso’, Italy
572453 750ml $7.95
649723 1500ml $13.95