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, May19, 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 also 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 by 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 who 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 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.