Friday, November 22, 2013
Wine Tasting: Simply Italian Wine Tour
The Italian Wine tour moved through Los Angeles on October 30, 2013, and those in attendance at Mr. C in Beverly Hills were all the richer for it.
A number of wine presenters were actively seeking representation in the US wine market, and are deserving of such. I have noted those wineries looking for distribution.
Azienda Agricola G. Ricci Curbastro - Lombardy
Franciacorta Rosé Brut NV - Very slightly tinted, this sparkler showed nice acidity and great bubbles.
Franciacorta Satèn Brut 2008 - All Chardonnay, dry and toasty after four years aging in bottle on the lees.
Franciacorta Extra Brut 2008 - A mixture of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this bubbly provides plenty of bubbles with a bready note on nose and palate. Four years in bottle on the lees.
Curtefranca Bianco 2012 - 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Bianco, this white is savory and full in the mouth.
Cantina Tudernum - Umbria (looking for distribution)
Grechetto di Todi 2012 - Nutty nose, savory minerals on the palate, very good acidity.
Rojano Todi Rosso Superiore 2010 - Great red fruit and acidity.
Todi Sangiovese - Very bright cherry and oak spice.
Montefalco Sagrantino 2008 - Bold, brawny, dark and spicy.
Sasso Dei Lupi - Umbria
Simone Carpinelli poured a range of wines which all seemed a little light on acidity, but possessed of a lovely nose and flavor.
Blush NV - Pinot Grigio, beautiful gold color, Spumante, light bubbles, dry and fruity.
Quartanota 2012 - Light acidity, fruity and plain. Steel.
Sestavia 2012 - Chardonnay. Savory, light acidity.
Secondoatto 2012 - Sangiovese and Merlot, 50/50. Beautiful, pure fruit. Slight smoke. Steel
Bissoni Rafaella Allesandra - Emilia Romagna
Girapoggio 2012 - Sangiovese, very light on its feet, easy drinking.
Bissoni Sangiovese di Romagna Sangiovese Sup. Reserva 2008 - Very deep, dark, Sangiovese.
Bissoni Vino Rosso 2011 - Late harvest, beautiful cherry candy on nose, raisin and caramel on palate. Great 100% Sangiovese dessert wine that had folks talking.
Tre Monti - Emilia Romagna
Simone Tremiti poured.
Vigna Rocca 2012 - Albana grape, gold, nutty, steely with nice acidity.
Campo di Mezzo 2012 - Great tannins, pure cherry, a bit tart. Sangiovese. Steel.
Petrignone 2010 - Six months in new French oak. Nice acidity
Casa Vinicola Antonutti - Friuli Venezia Giulia (looking for distribution)
Nicola Durandi poured wines from the winery established in 1921. Their line of everyday wines is called 921. The ones I tasted show a sweet edge.
Prosecco Collevento 921 2012 - Refreshing, bubbly, fruity. 100% Glera.
Pinot Grigio Collevento 921 2012 - Sweet edge, nice acidity. Steel.
Rosato Collevento 921 2012 - Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, 50/50. Reminds me of white zin. Very light color. Steel.
Talis Wine - Friuli Venezia Giulia (looking for representation)
While pouring, Mauro Cencig told me, "If it is good wine, you can sell it with no problem." That will be a great comfort to every winemaker I have ever spoken with.
Friulano 2012 - Fresh, big, fruity nose of pears and peaches. Nice acidity and minerals.
Pinot Grigio 2012 - Mineral-driven nose and palate.
Sauvignon Blanc 2012 - Very herbal and grassy, lotsa lime, nice acidity.
Cabernet 2012 - Fresh, with a bit of oak, nice tannins.
Merlot 2012 - Dusty cherry aroma and flavor. Good acidity. Nice and spicy.
Cantina del Castello - Veneto - (looking for distribution)
Arturo Stocchetti spoke lovingly of the volcanic soil in Soave.
Castello 2012 - Fresh. 90/10 blend of Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave grapes.
Carniga 2011 - Savory nose, great fruit and minerals on palate.
Parol Vini - Veneto
Barone Nero 2011 - Recommended by Shawn Burgert, a writer, broadcaster and photographer known as @awanderingwino on Twitter. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Refosco. Medium ruby color with an easy mouthfeel. Cherry flavors dominate. Seems it would take a chill well. A nice savory note on finish. They told me they sell it big on the East Coast.
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011 - Really funky nose and palate.
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