On May 9th, 2013, I had the opportunity to meet several Wine Producers from region Trentino in the Uppermost North-Western Region of Italy bordering Austria. The event took place at the Astor Center, Downtown, West Village, New York City.
I was impressed with the quality of denomination TrentoDoc “Sparkling Wines”, made with “Metodo Classico” (Classic Method), with fermentation in the Bottle.
I met several Managers of local Wineries (Azienda Agricola) where they produce fine wines without chemicals, therefore these are ‘ Organic’.
I was especially impressed by the ‘Spumante’ wine produced by Azienta Agricola MASO MARTIS of Martignano, Trento. They had six TrentoDoc to choose from. Mostly ‘Brut’ (Dry), but not too dry. They are produced with Metodo Classico, consisting of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Nero, ageing 24 months in bottle , with alcohol content of 12.50%.
They have a Maso Martis Brut Rose’. with 100% Pinot Nero, ageing 24 months, a little on the ‘sweet side and a Maso Martis Brut Riserva 70% Pinot Nero, 30% Chardonnay ageing 52/60 Months before release. It tasted great, with hints of fruit and aromas. To top it all, a Madame Maris rare vintage, 70% Pinot Nero, 25% Chardonnay and 5% Pinot Meunier. A great taste culmination to a day full of activities.
The Reds of TrentoDoc are all made with indigenous Vines, like Teroldego Rotaliano e Lagrein, Marzemino, Nosiola, and others. They are strictly wines Doc. Very well made with modern techniques, and a superb taste of ’Chestnuta’ and ‘Frutti di Bosco’.
I was very much impressed with the quality of these wines grown at altitudes of 600 meters at the foothills of Italy’s Rockies, the Dolomiti Mountains.
Lagrein: A full-bodied red wine with a pleasant and stimulating taste, thanks to its continously evolving bouquet, with hints of wild berries and spicey flavours. An ideal wine to pair with strong dishes.
Merlot: A great mouth-filling red wine, full bodied with balanced fragrances and flavours. Round and mellow. Strong and delicate a wine for great occasions.
Pinot Nero: Bright ruby red colour with fragrances of morello cherries and smoked meat. Pleasantly sharp with ann elegant and pleasant taste. Aged for a few months in small wooden casks and bottled when still very young.
Cabernet: Obtained by fermenting cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc grapes together. It is a generous wine with a strong personality for its garnet red colour, and for its rich bouquet with green and herbaceus notes. Recommended for roasted red meats, game dishes and aged cheeses.
Chardonnay: White wine, with bouquet and taste of mountain apples, the pride of trentino farming. A bouquet of exotic fragrances, with a hint of vanilla. A full aftertaste remind you of fragrances of freshly picked fruit.
Pinot Bianco: Elegantly aromatic, smooth and lively. A delicious aperitif. Its aromatic qualities make it ideal wine for pairing with fish and white meats dishes.
Pinot Grigio: A dry crispy scented white wine, with intense and full flavours, with taste of apples and fruits. Ideal for aperitif. when young. At all times it is ideal to accompany a whole meal. Serve chilled.
Muller Thurgau: A white wine slightly spiced, evoking wild grasses. Floral on the finish, evoking hints of jasmine. It has a strong aromatic structure and should be uncorked while still young. Serve chilled.
Moscato Giallo:A fresh aromatic and fruity white wine. It is balanced and armonious. Serve chilled.
Gewurztraminer: Aromatic white wine par excellence. With a deep yellow colour and golden highlights. To the nose an intense fragrance of incense and rosehip. A finish with notes of tropical fruits. Smooth and pleasing to the palate. An ideal aperitif wine. It also goes well with gourmet pastries. Serve chilled.
Teroldego Rotaliano DOC : A lively red wine with an intense ruby red colour and purple nuances. The nose offers a pleasing fuity bouquet, with rasberry and wild fruit notes. On the palate it is dry and savoury.
Trenti and Alto-Adige, the region on the North-Whestern part of Italy, near Switzerland and Austria, with its majestic mountains ‘le Dolomiti’, offers a quality production of good DOC wines, both reds and whites. Look for them in your local wine bar or liquor store and enjoy the taste of the ‘ Dolomiti’ !
Daniele Matteo, May 19, 2013
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Daniele Matteo (right), with Wine and Food Institute (iwfi.org), President Lucio Caputo
Tasting Notes Gala Italia, NYC, 2014.
This February I had the privilege to attend the 29th Edition of Gala Italia 2014 held in the Grand Ballroom of the Pierre Hotel in New York City. It is an important event organized every year by the Italian Wine and Food Institute, the Italian Trade Commission, under the patronage of the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C. and sponsored by the Ministry of Economic Development of Italy. Its mission is to promote Italian wines and food of Italy in North America!
There were many exhibitors present straight from Italy. Others were represented by their Agents here in the U.S. Following is a list of wines I sampled, and a brief tasting note for each.
Sassoalloro, IGT Rosso Toscano 2009 – This dry, medium-bodied wine had a clear ruby-red color, a distinct aroma and a smooth taste of wild berries, with a pleasant finish.
Brunello di Montalcino DOC, 2008 – A full-bodied wine made from sangiovese grapes. Deep red color and nice buquet, but still too young, since it is packed with fruit that with aging will develop into layers of rich, complex, smoky-spicy fruit flavors!
Terralba, Bianco 2012 – Made from Tocai and Rondinella grapes in the Veneto Region near Padova. Nice strw color, flowery fragrances and citrus aromas. It was awarded the “Certificate of Merit” by the Jury.
Terraforte, Rosso 2009.- A blend of Sangiovese and Merlot grapes. Full-bodied. Ruby red color. Pleasant fragrances, rich aromas, with hints of dried fruits!
Chianti Classico DOCG, il Picchio Riserva 2009 – I was impressed by this wine.Dry, great color, with distinct aromas and a pleasant aftertaste.
Teroldego Rotaliano DOC, Riserva 2007 – It was awarded the “Certificate of Merit” by the Jury. A well-balanced wine. Good structure. Dry with hints of dry fruits. Nice buquet and a smooth finish.
“Quaranta”, Nero D’Avola 2012.- Awarded with the “Certificate of Merit” by the Jury. It is a dry well-balanced winewith hints of fruits. Nice aromas and pleasant finish.
Rubesco Torgiano Rosso Riserva DOCG, 2007 – It also won the “Certificate of Merit ” by the Jury. The winning blend of Sangiovese and Canaiolo grapes imparts this wine a dry, full-bodied wine with pleasant aromas and a pleasant aftertaste.
Duca D’Atene, Negroamaro, DOC Salento 2007 – Awarded the “Certificate of Merit” by the Jury. This is a dry, full-bodied wine with a ruby red color, with pleasant fragrances and a balanced finish.
I was quite impressed by two wines from Sardinia :
La Cala Vermentino di Sardegna DOC, 2012 – A straw-colored white, with flowery bouquet, citrus aromas, and smooth finish.
Cannonau di Sardegna DOC Riserva 2009.- Awarded the “Certificate of Merit” by the Jury. This dry wine made from Grenache grapes, has very distinctive aromas and a pleasant finish.
Secco Bertani Valpolicella Valpantena DOC, 2011- Also won the “Certificate of Merit” by the Jury. A combo of Corvina and Rondinella grapes, made by the Ripasso Method, where dry grapes are added to new wine. It depicted a dry full-bodied wine, with bouquet of dried fruita, with distinct aromas and a balanced finish.
Another standout was Alta Luna, Pinot Noir Dolomiti IGT, 2011. It also won the “Certificate of Merit” by the Jury. It is a dry, medium-bodied wine from the Italian Alps in Trentino. It is a well-balanced wine, with an elegant bouquet and a smooth finish.
I was impressed by two wines of Irpinia: Greco di Tufo, 2012 – A dry, pleasant straw-gold color white, with flowery bouquet, citrus aromas and a smooth finish.
Rubrato Irpinia Aglianico DOC 2011 – It was awarded the “Certificate of Merit” by the Panel of the Jury. It is a dry, full-bodied wine. Garnet color, with hint of tobacco and dried fruita, with a balanced finish.
There would be no event without some entries regarding ‘Casa Zonin’.
Zonin, Prosecco Cuvee 1821, NV- It also got the “Certificate of Merit” by the Jury. It is a blend of different grapes, dry, floral bouquet with a distinctive aroma of citrus fruit.
The other two entries who also got the “Certificate of Merit” by Jury are:
Feudo Principi di Butera, Nero D’Avola IGT, 2011, from Sicily, and Ca’ Bolani, Altrusio Refoso Friuli Aquileia DOC, 2007. I can only say that the Nero d’Avola was exceptional, and the Refoso from Friuli had a great aroma.
Another Prosecco which won the “Certificate of Merit” by Jury, was :
“Oro Puro” Prosecco di Valdoddiadene. Superiore DOCG, NV.- I also liked it. It wasn’t too dry with citrus aromas. Finally according to my notes ‘Consorzio Asti’ presented one “Asti DOCG 2013”, which also won the “Certificate of Merit” by the Jury. It was excellent, in the tradition of Asti Spumante appreciated all over the world!
And at last, some very interesting proposition from the tiny island of Pantelleri, off the coast of Sicily. Kuddia Gialla, Bianco IGT Sicilia 2011- As the name implies, a dry white wine, straw-yellow color, very aromatic and smooth finish.
Passito di Pantelleria DOC, 2008 – It was awarded the “Certificate of Merit” by the Jury. A superb dessert wine to die for! – Drink Up America!
Salute!-(c) Daniele Matteo. Food & Wine Editor- 2014.
Daniele with sister, Concetta Matteo
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Taste wine like an Expert!
Here’s some advice on how to taste your wine to see if you like it or not.
Use your three senses: sight, smell and taste – to study each wine carefully and determine what are the characteristics and decide whether it appeals to you.
1 – How would you describe the color? Is the wine clear or cloudy? Hold your glass against the light, to judge the wine ‘s clarity and brilliance, which are both assets.
Then tip the glass a bit, hold it against a white background, and look at the edge of the wine. If it is faded, the wine is old. The color is even and consistent to the edge, the wine is young. Look at the color: white wines darken with age, while reds get lighter.
2 – Swirl the wine in your glass to incorporate air, which releases the bouquet, and stick your nose well into glass, inhaling deeply. How would you describe the smell? Spicy? Fruity? A wine’s bouquet is one of nicest characteristics, so enjoy it and pay attention to it. If the smell is strange : corky or unpleasant, the wine has turned bad, do not drink it.
3 – Now take a decent-size mouthful of wine – not just a sip – and swirl it around in your mouth : “chew” it, so that it covers your tastebuds. Whistle some air in your mouth, to release the full flavor of the wine. Is he wine dry or sweet? Bitter? Or smooth? Thin? Or full-bodied? Is it balanced? Or it’s acidity or fruitiness overpower all other aspects of the wine’s taste? And, most important : do you like it or not? After you swallow the wine notice the aftertaste : does the flavor linger in the back of the mouth?
Most of the wines you taste will be uneventful, but once in a while you cone across a GREAT wine , or a really TERRIBLE one, and you will be able to understand just what aspects of that particular wine makes it GREAT or TERRIBLE. As you become more knowledgeable about wine , you will come to appreciate the subtle differences from one variety to another. From instance from Barolo to Sirah. etc. And you will taste wine just like an expert! Enjoy!
(C)- Daniele Matteo, Wine Editor, 2015.
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Daniele Matteo, at Wine Tasting
Wonderful Italian wines for the Summer.
This event was held in the Ice-NYC building in New York City. On June 23, 2015. Mr. Lucio Caputo, Pres. Of Italian Wine and Food Institute, www.iwfinews.com , and the Commissioner of Ice, Italian Trade Commission, www.italtrade.com , Mr. Mauro, co-sponsored this event to showcase some some great white, Rose’ and Sparkling wines for the Summer. The atmosphere was intimate. Only qualified Trade and Press in attendance. Here’s my take on the wines featured :
Palm Bay Int’l. – Station #2.
Ferrari, Brut, NV , a dry, bubbly white, with a distinct aroma, with hints of Apples and dried fruits. With a pleasant finish.
Lunetta, Prosecco, NV – a lite sparkling wine . Fruity with hints of berries. With a pleasant finish.
Sella&Mosca, La Cala, 2014. A dry sparkling wine. Fruity with hints of berries. With a pleasant finish.
Cavit, Moscato, 2014. Sweet aromas with citrus flavors.
They also manned Station #3.
Bertani, Due Uve, 2014. A dry, fruity blend with hints of citrus.
Feudi di San GregorioGregorio, Falanghina, 2014. Great bouquet. A dry fruity wine with hints of berries and a pleasant aftertaste.
Planeta, La Segreta Bianco, 2014. This dry white wine from Sicily with hints of berries and a pleasant finish.
Rocca delle Macie, Moonlight 2014. This dry white wine from Tuscany with hints of berries and a smooth finish.
Prestige Wine Imports, was manning Station #4.Rotari
Rotari, Rose’, NV, this dry sparkling wine with a bouquet of Summer alpine meadows. Pleasant to the palate with hints of berries and a distinct finish.
Mezzacorona, Rose’, 2014. This Rose’ from Trentino. Extra -dry. Lite. With aromas of citrus and minerals with pleasant finish.
Stemmari, Rose’, 2014. A dry wine with hints of berries and smooth finish.
Mezzacorona, Moscato, 2013. A sweet wine with hints of peach and honey. With a clean finish.
Zonin USA at Station #6.
Zonin, Prosecco, NV. A dry sparkling wine with hints of almonds and citrus. With a clean finish.
Rocca di Montemassi, Vermentino, 2014. This dry white wine made with Vermentino grapes in the hills of Maremma, Tuscany. Hints of almonds and citrus fruits with clean finish.
Ca’Bolani, Pinot Grigio, 2013. This medium -bodied wine with hints of citrus and peach with a pleasant finish.
Castello del Poggio, Rosato, NV. 2014. This 50/50 blend of Pinot Nero and Moscato. Is a great dessert wine with floral bouquet.
Winebow. Station #7.
Tasca D’Almerita, Regaleali Bianco, 2014. This dry white wine from Sicily with hints of citrus and Apple. With smooth finish.
Tasca D’Almerita, Leone, 2013. A dry IGT white wine with hints of citrus and bouquet of violets. With a clean finish.
Peter/Warren Importer. Station #8.
Comelli Paolino, Friulano, DOC Friuli Colli Orientali, 2013.
This dry white wine from Friuli with hints of apples and minerals. Floral bouquet and smooth finish.
Comelli Paolino, Sauvignon, DOC Friuli Colli Orientali 2013. A dry fruity white wine with hints of citrus and apple , with a smooth finish.
Gruppo I Vini. Station #10.
Balan, Prosecco 2014. A sparkling wine made with “Metodo Classico”. With hints of fresh fruits a bouquet of violets. Smooth and crisp.
Balan, Pinot Grigio, 2013. A dry
IGT white wine with hints of berries and citrus. Very Pleasant after -taste.
Balan, Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 . A dry white wine With hints of citrus and almonds. With a pleasant finish.
Balan, Moscato , 2014. A sweet white wine made with Moscato grapes. With hints of peaches and minerals. With a sensible aftertaste.
Gruppo I Vini. Station #11.
Corbera, Chardonnay 2013. A dry fruity white wine made in Sicily with Chardonnay grapes. Crisp Fruity With Hints of berries. With a distinct finish.
Corbera, Grillo, 2013. Another Sicilian gem made with Vermentino grapes. Not too dry. Lite. With hints of citrus and violets. A pleasant aftertaste.
Royal Wine Corp . Station #12.
They brought four selections from Puglia.
Bartenura, Prosecco, NV. 2014. A dry smooth sparkling wine. Fruity with hints of berries and apples. With a lingering aftertaste.
Bartenura, Malvasia 2014. A very Pleasant Rose ‘ wine made with Malvasia grapes. With hints of strawberries. This great dessert wine.
Nartenura, Pinot Grigio 2014. A medium -bodied white wine With hints of violets and fresh fruits. With a distinct bouquet.
Bartenura, Moscato 2014. A sweet white wine With hints of melon and pears. It makes a nice aperitif on a hot summer night !
Take Note :
White and sparkling wines are to be enjoyed young, with a few exceptions of those designated DOCG. They should be served chilled at tem. 50-54 F. They are best served as aperitif. Aperitivo. Or with antipasto, seafood, salads, white meat cheese and dessert. We also got to drink mineral water from Italy.
Some local Italian Restaurants prepared their preferred dishes.
Cacio & Vino R istorante served arancine. Rice balls. Caponata. Eggplants Sicilian style. And cannolis.
Risotteria Melotti. Served their specialty risotto with black truffles.
Serafina Fabulous Grill served brushetta.
A very enjoyable event indeed. I wad pleased to see some old friends. Everybody had a very cheery good time!
BuonAppetito! Salute! Cheers!
(C)- Daniele Matteo. Wine Editor. 2015.
Daniele Matteo with nephew Tom Celli.
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TRE BICCHIERI GAMBERO ROSSO – Tasting Notes.
I was pleased to attend the TRE BICCHIIERI GAMBERO ROSSO Wine Tasting event at Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, New York City, this past February. There were 193 Produces from all over Italy showcasing about 1,000 wines. I’m following TRE BICCHIIERI GAMBERO ROSSO by listing each winery by their place of origin.
Here are my Tasting Notes :
1- Abbazia di Novacella. * Alto Adige.
Valle Isarco Praepositus ’13.*
Valle Isarco Kerner Praepositus ’14.*
Moscato Rosa Praepositus ’14.*.
Praepositus 2013. Makes the best of the cool growing season and aging 12 months in the Cellar. It is Smokey interwoven with juicy ripe exotic fruits. In the mouth it handles its acidity well, thanks to a tangy flavor and full texture. The Moscato Rosa is amabile and nicely balanced.
2- Vigne Surrau. Sardinia. *
Vermentino di Gallura Superiore Sciala ’14.* -A Tre Bicchieri winner. This white wine is to the nose fresh almonds and with hints of citrus and aromatic herbs.
3- Allegrini. Veneto. *
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico ’11*. This sumptuous wine is most convincing. On the nose simple fresh aromas dominated by crisp succulent red berries.
4- Poggio al Tesoro– Tuscany.
Dedicato a Walter ’12.* .
Bogheri Superiore Sondraia ’12.-
Bolgheri Vermentino Sciosole ’14. *
The Dedicato a Walter ’12. One of the best Bogheri Superiore I tasted. The aromatic profile is citrus grassy. Very fresh and original.
6- Merotto. Veneto.
Valdobiadene Brut Rive di Col San Martino N/V and Cuve’ del Fondatore Graziano Merotti ’14. * . It is very elegant. A Brut with a fresh inviting nose of blossom of spring flowers.
9- Montenidoli. Tuscany. ..
Vernaccia di San Gimignano Carato ’11.
A biodynamic produced wine. This Tre Bicchieri winner with vibrant citrus aromas with hints of peach and apricots fruits and a firm moutfilling palate with well-defined freshness and a lingering finish.
10- Perticaia. UMBRIA.
Montefalco Sagrantino ’11.-
Trebbiano Spoleto ’14-* Impeccable.
The Sagrantino very well made with convincing style. It is delicate with nuances seductive red fruit. Followed by a taste in which flavor triumphs over power. With low tannins.
14- Villa Raiano . Campania. ..
Fiano di Avellino 22′- 2013.*
This winery from Serinow Avellino practices organic farming. They focus on Falanghina and Aglianico grapes. This Tre Bicchieri winner with beautiful intact fruits, fragrant aromas bright acidity and a solid compact body leading to an enjoyable finish. It has extraordinary aging potential.
17- Pala. Sardinia.
Vermentino di Sardegna Stellato ’14. .
Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva ’13- *
The Cannonau excellent. A great graceful wine. The Vermentino won the Tre Bicchieri award. It has savoury salty notes and a log palate.
18- Umani. Ronchi. Marche…
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Superiore Vecchie Vigne ’13. This winery from Ancona. They also make. ..
Conero Campo San Giorgio Riserva ’10, Conero Cumaro Riserva ’11. And. .
Pelago ’11- a certified organic vineyard.
These vintage wines each year are well made and complex. Vecchie Vigne has nuances of masterful harmony with a lingering long finish. The elegant Pelago is structured and quaffable.
19- Cantina Sociale di Carpi e Sorbara. Emilia Romagna.
Lambrusco di Sorbara Secco Omaggio a Gino Friedman ’13-
Lambrudco di Sorbara Omaggio a Gino Friedman FB ’13- * and Lambrusco di Sorbara Amabile Emma ’14.- * . This winery from Modena produces wines that are linear. With extremely delicate fruit and an austere lean palate. The body provided by the lees in suspension. It offers a salty citrus finish. The Omaggio 2014. -is trusting mineral and crisp. With nose of blossom red berries and apples.
27- Badia a Coltibuono. Tuscany. .
Chianti Classico 2013. Winery in Gaiolein Chianti. Siena. Certified organic. I met the winery owner personally. This Chianti Classico 2013 displays sunny aromas and a tangy well-organized palate. The same for Chianti Classico Riserva 2013. It is supple with clean aromas and slightly more ruffled palate.
28- Tenuta Sant’Antonio. Veneto. .
Amarone della Valpolicella Campo dei Gigli 2011. – and Valpolicella Superiore la Bandina ’11-* winery near Verona. The warm 2011 harvest gave this Amarone a sunny ripe character, with fruit perfectly suited for smokey nuances of autumn leaves. Valpolicella la Bandina shows a fresher more intriguing nose over a juicy taut palate. These wines are produced without added sulfites.
29- Vietti. Piedmont.
Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2011. and Barbera d’Asti Superiore Nizza la Crena 2011-* and Barolo Castiglione 2011. Winery in Cuneo. They produce consistently quality wines. A reflection of Langhe’s finest terroir. Thisb year ‘s Tre Bicchieriwinner coincides with the 50th anniversary of winemaking. It is deeply complex to the nose focusing on notes of quinine tar and violent with balsamic hints. It has a well-round tannins with a rarely long finish.
35- Bortolomiol. Veneto. .
Valdobiadene Brut Prior 2014.-*
Valdobiadene Brut Ius Naturae 2014 and Valdobiadene Extra Dry Banda Rossa 2015.- Winery in Valdobiadene, Treviso.
Certified organic. Focus is on Prosecco Spumante Brut. The Brut Prior has an attractive hue with fine sparkle as and elegant aromas of apple alongside flowers and almonds. Consistently elegant palate. The Motus Vitae dedicated to the founder Giuliano Bortolomiol is more mature complex to the nose with dry flowers and Mediterranean scrub. Followed by a palate perfectly integrated with fizz.
This concludes TRE BICCHIIERI GAMBERO ROSSO NYC Tasting Notes. Part 1
(C)-*Daniele Matteo Editor of Wine Tasting.
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TRE BICCHIERI GAMBERO ROSSO – Tasting Notes (contd.)
43- Pietradolce. Sicily – *.
Etna DOC Rosso V. Barbagalli ’12- Red of the year. By Gambero Rosso.
Etna DOC Rosso Archineri ’12- and. ..
Etna DOC Rosato Pietradolce ’14-*
The vineyards are located on the Northern slopes of Mt. Etna an active volcano. The soil therefore volcanic and the wines are elegant and harmonious. The grapes are Carricanteand nerello. They make a wine of extraordinary complexity and finesse which earned it Tre Bicchieri. The Vigna Barbagalli 2012. Shows a complex deep nose. With red berries fruits and mineral spicy notes and the palate has a leisurely long finish.
45- Fuligni. Tuscany.
Brunello di Montalcino 2010. Winery located in Montalcino, Siena.
This Brunello like many others of this latest vintage already on the market is exceptional. From the first impact of a luscious and deep aromas to medicinal herbs to Orange zest. Also tobacco and roots. While texture is poised for a tangy flow and silky tannins. One of the very best wines of Italy. Keep it in the Cellar for the next decade.
50- Tenuta dell’Ornellaia. Tuscany.
Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia ’12*-
Bolgheri Rosso le Serre Nuove ’13 . And. ..
Poggio alle Gazze ’13*- the winery located near Livorno. This is a very prestigious brand of Italian wines in the world. The Frescobaldi family owns the Estate. The 2012 Ornellaia really impresses with stylistic precision. It has an oaky component and a wonderful fruity extract.
52- Re Manfredi – Terre degli Svevi . Basilicata.
Aglianicodel Vulture Serpara ’10.*
Winery in Venosa. Potenza. This 2010 Aglianico is one of the best. Elegant concentrated but also very balanced. It displays red and black fruitiness with smooth tannins with elegant notes of spices and mountain herbs.
56- Marchesi di Barolo . Piedmont.
Barolo Cannubi 2011*- winery is located in Barolo. Cunuo. The wines are aged in Castello Falletti’s underground Cellars. This Barolo has a spicy fruity nose and an exceptional well-constructed palate. It deserves the Tre Bicchieri award.
57- Le Chiuse . Tuscany.
Brunello di Montalcino 2010.
Brunello di Montalcino 2011.
This winery is located in Montalcino. Siena and it organically farms and grows Sangiovese grapes. The wine is aged in large oak Botti. It is a wine complex and multifaceted. Le Chiuse 2010 Brunello is a real champ! With detectable fragrant fruits and hints of damp earth and a very accomplished palate with acidity and flavor. Leave it in the Cellar for the next decade!
58- Tenuta Viglone. Puglia.
Gioia del Colle Primitivo Marpione Riserva 2011. ..and. ..
Gioia del Colle Pri-mit-ivo 2012*-
Johe ’13- These Gioia del Colle DOC wine zone are top quality. The Primitivo Riserva 2011 is spicy and black berry fruits and moutfilling full with a gutsy finish accentuated by Mediterranean scrub. Slightly sweet but still brilliant is the 2012 vintage. . While the blend of 50% Aleatico and Primitivo the fruity Johe ’13 . With notes of ginger is highly drinkable .
64- Azienda Agricola Punica. Sardinia.
Winery located near Caglari. These are great wines made with grapes from int’l varieties. This Barrua is extremely well made. With aromas of myrte. Spices and red berry rush to the palate. Soft tannins and a long clean finish.
65- Feudo Maccari. Sicily.
Grillo 2014. And. ..
Nero D’Avola 2014.* winery near Noto. Saia received Tre Bicchieri award for a well-made wine with Nero D’Avola grapes. It has salty mineral notes and dried violets and a deep spirited palate of rare length.
67- Masi. Veneto. Amarone della Valpolicella Vaio
Anarone della Valpolicella Classico Campolongo di Torbe 2009.*
Winery in Valpolicella. Verona. This 2009 vintage with its nose of intense ripe fruits and a backdrop of light oak. The Vaio Amarone shows a more approachable nose. With a rounded palate and rugged tannins.
68- Il Colombaio di Santa Chiara . Tuscany.
Vernaccia di San Gimignano l’Albereta Riserva 2012*-
Winery located in San Gimignano. Siena. Certified organic. This white Vernaccia earned Tre Bicchieri award. It is complex to the nose with fragrance floral hints alongside mineral sensations and alternating citrus and apple fruits. The palate nicely balanced with some acidity blended with other components and a pleasant lingering finish.
69- Barone Pizzini. Lombardy.
Franciacorta Brut Naturae 2011*.
Franciacorta Brut Bagnadore Riserva 2008. And. ..
Franciacorta Animante Brut N/V.
Winery located near Brescia. Certified organic. The Spumante Brut Naturae won Tre Bicchieri for four years in a row! With its bright straw green hue and a very fine bead.With an elegant complex nose of citrus and white fruits. And delicate hints of aromatic herbs. The palate is fleshy and satisfying. With a lively vein of acidity and minerals notes with a long finish.
70- Leone de Castris. Puglia.
Salice Salentino Rosso per lui Riserva 2013. And. .
Salice Salentino Rosso 50 gradi Vendemmia Riserva 2013.
Winery in Salice Salentino. Lecce. The 2013 Riserva is great. Spicy with hints of dark color fruits and well-crafted succulent and solidly made. The Primitivo Per Lui is a bit more aggressive and smooth. While te Riserva 2013 is balanced and shows good fruits.
75- Chiaromonte. Puglia.
Gioia del Colle Primitivo Muro Sant’Angelo Contrada Barbatto 2012*-
Winery located near Bari. Wines made from old bush-trained vines. The soil is mineral rich limestone . Terra Rossa and clay. This Primitivo 2012 displays an intense nose of dark berry fruits with hints of Mediterranean scrub and a juicy full-flavored palate. Fresh with good balance and length.
76- Graci. Sicily.
Etna DOC Rosso Arcuria 2013.*
Winery located near Catania. This red wine opens to spice. Iron filings and ripe peach on the nose, over a leisurely fleshy palate . Sustained by spirited tannins.
77- Ca’ Rugate. Veneto.
SoaveClassico Monte Alto 2013*-
Soave Classico Monte Fiorentine ’14…
Amarone della Valpolicella 2012*-
Winery located near Verona. The soavewhite wine is made with Garganega grapes. It shows a perfect fusion of aromas and oak. With an elegant nose and good progression on the palate. The Florentine shows fresh aromas and a crisp palate. I like to mention an impressive leap of quality for the Amarone .
80- Castello Romitorio. Tuscany.
Brunello di Montalcino 2010.
Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010
Brunello di Montalcino Filo di Seta ’11.
Winery located in Montalcino. Siena.
Great wines. The 2010 vintage excellent for Brunellos. Aromas of roots beets and a hint of blood-rich meat with oakysensation integrated into harmonious hedge palate. Tannins fine-grained. A Tre Bicchieri winner. Keep it in the Cellar for the next decade!
81- Valle d’Aosta . Les Cretes.
Valle d’Aosta Chardonnay Cuvee’ Bois ’13. And. .
Valle d’Aosta Petite Arvine ’14.
Valle d’Aosta Pinot Noir ’14*-
A Tre Bicchieri winner the chardonnay a venerable Valle d’Oasta flagship in wine world. Very well made. The 2013 has luscious color . A nose which Sent of acacia flowers. With fruits and cinnamon and vanilla spices. The tangy mouth opulent but not oily. Rich fresh and leisurely. The floral Petite Arvine is excellent!
84- Torre Rosazza. Friuli Venezia Giulia.
FCO Pinot Bianco ’14*-
FCO Pinot Grigio ’14*- and …
FCO Friulano ’14*-
The winery is located in Udine.
This estate in Northeast Italy produces quality whites of all tiles. This year the favorite was the Pinot Bianco 2014 which earned the Tre Bicchieri for its elegant aromas and soft palate.
85- Cantine Lunae Bosoni. Liguria.
Colli di Luni Vermentino Etichetta Nera ’14 …and …
Collidi Luni Vermentino Etichetta Grigia ’14 … and …
Colli di Luni Rosso Niccolo’ V .2011*.-
The Etichetta Nera Vermentino took top honors from Tre Bicchieri. Its intriguing bright green hue combines with a pleasing body. With hints of basil . Intense aromas of wild roses and notes of ripe fruits. With a mouth-filling structure and persistent soft finish.
87- Mesa– Sardinia.
Carignano del Sulcis Buio Buio Riserva ‘ 12. ..and…
Vermentino di Sardegna Giunco ’14…
Carignano del Sulcis Buio ’14.*-
Winery located near Cagliari. Tre Bicchieri goes to the Riserva with notes of ripe red berry fruits and Mediterranean scrubland. Crisp and lush on the palate with considerable length.
88-La Guardiense. Campania.
Falanghina del Sannio Janare ’14*-
Sannio Aglianico ’12*-
The winery located near Benevento. Once again Falanghina earned Tre Bicchieri one of Campania region bedt white DOCG wines. With modern luscious style and a bouquet of tropical fruit. Wild flowers and aromatic herbs. The tangy mineral taut palate is brimming with fruit.
88 – Mastroberardino . Campania.
Winery run by Piero Mastroberardino located in Atripalda, Irpinia.
He owns various vineyards with a Cellar and Agroturismo. From vineyard in Radici di Mirabella comes a well made agluanico wine Radici . This Taurasi DOCG wine 2011 offers ripe dark berry fruits. Roasted coffee and a rounded palate.
90 – Santa Barbara. Marche.
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Stefano Antonucci ’13*- …and…
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico ’14*- …and ..
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Balciana ’13*-
Winery located near Ancona. The Verdicchio wine is macerated on the skins. It has aromas of white tea and citrus peel. And deep salty palate. The favorite of Tre Bicchieri is the Stefano Antonucci 2013 with its fine fruity balanced aromas.
104 – Masciarelli. Abruzzo.
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Marina Cvetic ’11*- This winery is located near Chieti. It is well known for making Mediterranean style wines. This Montepulciano wine is excellent with complex aromas ranging from ashes to lively fruits and rounded palat. With prominent. Expansive varietal tannins. The flavor is tangy and dynamic despite the powerful structure .
104 – Azienda Agricola Agri-Bio Vitivinicola Stefania Pepe. Abruzzo.
The winery is located near Teramo.
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG Pepe Nero 2007.*
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC DNA 2008 …and …
Trebbiano d’Baruzzi DOC Pepe Bianco 2007. * Stefania creates only organic and biodynamic wines. Her wines are made with tender loving care. And offer a great value.
There are more wines to rate, but frankly it’s impossible to list all. You might find the Guide ITALIAN WINES- 2016, published by GAMBERO ROSSO quite useful in this regards.
(C)*- Daniele Matteo Editor of Wine Tasting Notes on DrGraybeard.com.
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VIAS Grand Portfolio Tasting NYC.
With great expectation, I went to New York City on the morning of May 16th 2016 to attend the 35th Grand Tasting of the Italian wines imported by Mr. Fabrizio Pedrolli, founder and owner of Vias Imports Ltd. Http://viaswine.com.
It was held in the lobby if a modern building, in Chelsea, a neighborhood of West Side. NYC.
Mr. Pedrolli warmly welcomed all participants. He expressed his gratitude with these kind words: “We are excited, honored and proud, to share our one-of-a-kind Portfolio with the wine community in the Crown Jewel of Epicurean Markets, New York City. Today we celebrate the achievements of our Producers and Partners. Whether they are veterans and have been with us since our humble beginnings in 1983 or they represent the bright rising stars of the ever changing wine landscape. In Italy as in other parts of the World, our industry is more dynamic than ever! We explore the vast nuances that this great Peninsula has to offer at the highest quality level. From unique indigenous grapes that give us distinct, reliable flavor, profiles, to family traditions going back for generations, we are proud to represent the ninety one present here today. “– Fabrizio Pedrolli, Founder and Owner, Vias.
I want to say that I couldn’t taste all the 1000 + wines present. However, I did taste enough to be able to write toyou about them:
Total = 91 wineries; 62 Crus; 83 Indigenous grapes and 33 years of activity! Where Passion meets Wine!
BISOL. Veneto. Table #1.
Located in Valdobbiadene the Busol family produces quality DOCG Prosecco’s. For many generagions.
Jeio Brut Valdobbiadene . Prosecco. DOC, NV.
100% Glera grapes. Good sparkling wine. Not too dry. Bouquet of dried flowers. To the palate some peach and almond flavors.
Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze DOCG. 100% Glera grapes. A little amabile. Smooth. Great aromas and bouquet.
Crede Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG. Ablend of Glera, Pinot Bianco and. verdiso. Great aromas and floral bouquet. A great prosecco for special occasions!
BRANCHER. Veneto. Valdobbiadene . Winemaker Mariano Pancot has been making great Proseccos since 1996. These sparkling wines are generous, with balanced flavors and intense fragrances. Flowery, fresh and velvety. Cheers!
Extra. Dry Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG. 100% Glera grapes. With hints of citrus and pineapple.
TENUTA PEDERZANA. Emilia-Romagna. Table #2.
Francesco Ghibellini, and his uncle Massimo Pederzana have successfully cloned an ancient strain of Grasparossa grape in Guyot-trained vineyard. The result a great wine rich in aromas with excellent polypheanol levels.
Cantolibero Lambrusco Grasparossa di CASTELVETERO DOC. 100% Lambrusco Grasparossa di Catelvetro 2014.
Great aperitivo. Drued fruits and medium-bodied.
Lambrusco Grasparossa di Catelvetro DOC. 100% Lambrusco Grasparossa di Catelvetro 2014..
A different take but nice aromas and flavors.
CASTELLO DI LUZZANO. Lombardy. Table. #2.
They. Are located in Colli Piacentini near the Emilia-Romagna border. I had the pleadure to meet the owner Donna Givannella Fugazza who owns a castle which she turned into a Bead & Breakfast and trattoria on weekends. They have successfully cloned Barbera and Bonarda. Grapes. The wines are distinct with color taste and aromas.
Tasto di Seta Malvasia. Colli Piacentini DOC. 100% Malvasia di Candia Aromatica. 2015. Flowery aromas a little amabile. Great aperitivo.
Sommossa Bonarda Frizzante Oltrepo’ Pavese DOC. 2015. 100 % Bonarda. Soflt, morbido, round and balanced.
Romeo Gutturnio Classico Riserva DOC. Barbera and Bonarda blend.
A great crisp wine well made. Aromas of black cherries and raspberries.
MONTONALE. Lombardy. Table #2.
Located near Brescia. It is in the Lugana DOC appellation. It is particularly suitable for growing of Turbiana aka Trebbiano diLugana. The soil is minerally rich and clay dominates the landscape.
Montunal Lugana DOC. 2015. – 100% Turbiana. A high level of minerals. Good acidity. An intense and complex bouquet. Great aperitif! Serve chilled.
AZIENDA AGRIGOLA LE SALETTE. Veneto. Table #3.
Situated in Valpolicella Classico. The Scamperle family cultivates fir nany generations the classic trio: Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara. As well as some Oseleta and Croatina.
Valpolicella Classico DOC 2014.
A blend in the tradition of Valpolicella of Corvina , Corvinone, Rondinella, Sangiovese and Molinara! Result? A dry light wine to drink young.
I Progni Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore DOC 2014.
Another blend of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara, Croatina and Sangiovese. A medium- bodied light wine to be enjoyed while young.
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC 2012.
A blend of Covina, Rondinella, Croatina, and Corvinone 2012.
It is very aromatic. It still needs time to develop all the flavors and aromas. Drink in 2019?
La Marega Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG 2012.
A blend of Corvina. Rondinella. Criatina. Dindarella. Sangiovese and Corvinone. Why so nay grapes? To enhance the quality of the wine. To bring out all the flavors and aromas frim each varietal!
Pergole Vece Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico DOCG 2011.
Corvina. Rondinella. Corvinone. Croatina and Oseleta. Jammy. Spicy. Corposo. Full- bodied and great aromas. Drink now.
Pergole Vece Recioto Della Valpolicella Classico DOCG. Again:
Corvina, Rondinella, Croatina, Sangiovese, Oseleta, and Corvinone. A great dessert wine!
Thus shows how creative the people of Valpolicella are in blending all the grapes they cultivate in making a range if wines from Ripasso to Amarone! Bravi vinai!
Il STEFANINI. Veneto. Table. #3.
This rather young winery specializes. In making aromatic whites with Garganega grapes. This grape is indigenous in Soave Region.
Il Sele Soave DOC. 2015.
I’m not fund of Soave. I’m more a Pinot Grigio/Vermentino drinker. But thus Soave made with 100 % Garganega was excellent. Aronatic. Bouquet and balanced!
Monte de Toni Soave Classico DOC 2014.
100% Garganega grapes. Excellent.
Monte di Fice Soave CLassico Superiore DOCG 2014.
100 % Garganega. A light flowery and dry eine with hints of pear.
COLLE DEI BARDELLINI. Liguria. Table #3.
They cultivate Vermentino, Pigato and Rossese, varietals on the steep hills overlooking the sea of Liguria.
Pigato Riviera Ligure di Ponente DOC 2015. 100% Pigato. A little on the light side similar to a Soave.
U Mente Vermentino Riviera Ligure di Ponente DOC 2015.
100% Vermentino. Not impressed. Light anf aromatic. Not like Vermentino di Gallura. Sardinia.
RAPIDO. Piedmont. Table #4.
Le Dolci Colline Brut Prosecco DOC. NV.
100 % Glera uva. Thus Prosecco sparkling from Veneto is fresh, smooth and fruity. Easy on the taste buds.
Le Dolci Colline Spumante Rose’ DOC. Glera and Brachetto. Blend. N. V. On the sweet side. A refreshing summer drink.
Brut Prosecco DOC NV.
100% Glera uva.
Rapido Prosecco. Great aromas fruits and citrus sparkling wine.
Pinot Grigio delle Venezie. IGT 2015.
100%Pinot Grigio. Any Pinot Grigio from Venezie: Veneto. Trentino. Friuli. Ii is an easy to drink wine. This one is an exception. I wrote the notes in a hurry I can’t even read them!
Sangiovese Puglia IGT 2014.
100% Sangiovese. This great Chianti variety doesn’t grow well only in Tuscany. It has some nice aromas and flavors. Drink in 2018.
ARALDICA. Piedmont. Table #4
La Luciana Gavi DOCG 2015.
GAVI appellation. Is one if the best known not just in Italy. The grape is indigenous to Gavi and it makes a great wine. You have to try it next time you order seafood in your favorite restaurant.
Albera Barbera D’Asti DOCG. 2014.
100% Barbera grapes. A great. Vitigno. It is a little softer than Barolo but a great accompaniment to almost any meal.
CASTELVERO. Piedmont. Table #4.
Cortese Piemonte DOC 2015.
100% Cortese. It is not called Gavi but it’s the same grape. A great white.
Barbera Piemonte DOC 2015.
100 % Barbera grapes.
I liked it. Round, soft, easy on the palate. Enjoy!
IL CASCINONE. Piedmont. Table #4.
Located in Monferrato the winery produces several varietals including Barbera, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Rive Barbera D’Asti Superiore DOCG. 2013.
100% Barbera D’Asti grapes.
Balanced. Fresh. Nice acidity. Not overpowering.
MAISON ANSELMET.Valle D’Aosta. Table #4.
Torrette Superieur Vallee’ D’Aoste DOC 2014.
Petit Rouge, Comalin and funim. Grapes. They must bkend because the high altitude ehere they cultivate in the Alps. A medium- Bodied balanced wine.
FuminVallee’ D’Aoste DOC 2012.
100% Fumin grapes. Soft floral.
This ends my first part. Of Tasting notes of Vias.