Wines of Central Italy

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Tuscany GrapesTuscan Grapes

Tuscany’s modern renaissance in wine making began in Chianti, in the central hills around the provinces of Siena and Florence. Tuscans continue to excel with classical reds based on the native grape Sangiovese, which is used not only in making Chianti Classico, but also Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Carmignano and Morellino di Scanzano, all DOCG wines.

Chianti, still the dominant force in Tuscan viniculture, has long rated as the quintessential Italian wine. This is partly because it is the most voluminous and widely sold of DOC/DOCG wines with production of about 120 million bottles annually. This is also because Chianti has a personality that cannot be pinned down. Chianti DOCG is produced in seven distinct zones in the center of Tuscany, around the original core of ChiantiClassico, which has a DOCG of its own, symbolized by the Black Rooster. Some Chianti is still fairly fresh, easy and quaffable, though a growing portion is full-bodied, elaborate and capable of becoming elegant with age. Chianti offers some of the value in wine today. In a good vintage pure Sangiovese wines are rich in body and intricate in flavor with deep ruby-garnet colors. Some are smooth a round right from the start, but others need years to develop the nuances of bouquet and flavors unique to well-aged Tuscan reds.

Tuscany’s appellation of great status is Brunello di Montalcino, a DOCG from the fortress town south of Siena, where reds of legendary power and longevity have commanded lofty prices. Brunello is issued under 200 labels, representing small farmers as well as establishes and well known estates. Brunello producers also make the DOCs of Rosso di Montalcino, (a younger wine from Sangiovese), and  the sweet white Moscadello di Montalcino (from Moscato grapes).

Not far from Montalcino is the town of Montepulciano with its Vino Nobile, made from a type of Sangiovese known as Prugnolo Gentile. They may also produce the DOC Rosso di Montepulciano, as a younger alternative to Vino Nobile. The ‘Super Tuscans’, rank among the most esteemed red wines of Italy. They are made by blending Sangiovese with other grape varieties, such as Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah and Pinot Nero. Though not classified as DOC/DOCG, many are entitled to the IGT classification.

In the Maremma zone, coastal south-west Tuscany lies the Morellino di Scansano. This is the source of the red based on Sangiovese grapes that is now a DOCG.

Tuscany is well known for its red wines, but what about whites? Most white wines are made from Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes. One white they are proud of is Vernaccia di San Gimignano made from the ancient Vernaccia vine and is the region’s only white DOCG wine. Other whites are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinots. All of which are finding comfortable environments in the cooler hills of the region.

The pride of many winemakers of Tuscany is the rich Vin Santo DOC, pressed from partly dried grapes and aged in small wooden barrels. Most Vin Santo is made from Malvasia and Trebbiano grapes. Tough, the type called Occhio di Pernice is made from red grapes. Vin Santo can be an exquisite dessert or aperitif wine.

The region of Abruzzi in Central Italy offers wine lovers two refreshing wines, Montepulciano and Trebbiano, which account for an abundance of good red and white wines, along with a bit of rose’ – or Cerasuolo.

Abruzzi is mostly mountainous and the terrain is very favorable for grapevines. Grocers generally prefer captivating Montepulciano and trebbiano, though in recent times they have planted other varieties under DOC of Controguerra and nine IGT appellations.

The native Montepulciano. – Not to be confused with the town of Montepulciano in Tuscany where Vino Nobile is made – is a vine of convincing character that has been winning admirers abroad.  In the hills around Teramo, Montepulciano thrives. It is a full-bodied, robust red, with a capacity to age but with a supple smoothness that can make it drinkable even when young. It is called Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG.

The rest of Montepulciano is DOC. Applying to both the red wine and the cherry hued rose’ of Cerasuolo. Two other subzones are Terre di Casauria and Terre dei Vestini.

The white Trebbiano is based on the prolific Tuscan variety, which makes light crispy wine of subtle aroma and flavor. Some groves do work with the trebbiano variety that may be related to Bombino Bianco of Apulia.

Some have managed to make a remarkable Trebbiano of depth and texture.  With a propensity to develop complexity over four or five years of aging, these wines are rare.

Salute! Cheers!  -(C) Daniele Matteo 2014.

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The Wines of Marche – Central Italy

The region of Marches in Central Italy offers a great white wine: Verdicchio. It also has two DOCG reds : conero
 And Vernaccia di Serrapetrona.
Castelli di Jesi zone is located in the hills west of port city of Ancona,  And is home of Verdicchio.  A fresh flavored fish wine.  Verdicchio di Matelica, grown in limited quantities in mountainous areas has more body and strength than wines from Jesi.
Some producers now make wines of such impressive depth and complexity with age that Verdicchio is increasingly ranked among the noblest native white varieties of Italy.  It makes a good sparkling wine as well. This is usually by the sealed tank method of fermentation and occasionally by the Metodo Classico, in the bottle.
The red wines of Marches are based chiefly on Sangiovese and Montepulciano grapes and is sometimes blended together. Rosso Piceno is dominated by Sangiovese grapes.
Rosso Conero is dominated by Montepulciano grapes.  Both wines were usually made to drink within two to three years,  when they are round and fresh in flavors, but now some producers make wines that age remarkably well for ten years or more.
The two DOCG reds that are gaining popularity are Vernaccia di Serrapetrona and Lacrima di Morro d’Alba. Vernaccia di Serrapetrona may be dry or sweet but it is always sparkling. Lacrima, a mysterious local red, makes wines of flavors ranging from fruity to dry or mellow sweet.
Sangiovese is prominent in the Colli Pesaresi, where wines bear a family resemblance to the reds of neighboring Romagna.
Although the emphasis remains on native vines, recent results with outside varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon,  Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc have shown promise in the temperate hills of Marches. These grapes account for the majority of the region’s IGT wines.
Salute! Cheers! -(c) Daniele Matteo, Food and Wine Editor 2014

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The Wines of Umbria in Central Italy.

The region of Umbria was once known for its white wine thanks mainly to the prominence of Orvieto. But red was is not too far behind boasting two DOCG : Moontefalco Sagrantino and Torgiano Rosso Riserva.
Orvieto was once celebrated by Popes and Princes as a semi-sweet or abboccato white wine.  But as tastes changed Orvieto was modified from a soft golden wine,  into a pure crisp creature of modern taste.
As matter of fact today’s Orvieto is a commercial success as one of Italy’s best-selling DOC white with a solid following overseas. Recently producers have achieved more character in the wine thru lower grape yields and more meticulous selection and allowing the grape skins to spend more time with the juice before fermentation. Recently Orvieto Amabile and Abbaccato have made a comeback as dessert wines.
Although Procanico and Malvasia prevail in Orvieto,  growers have been working successfully with other grapes, such as Chardonnay,  Sauvignon Blac and Pinots as well as Greghetto.
Reds from the are are covered by DOCs of Rosso Orvietano and Lago di Corbara. The first Umbrian red to achieve DOCG status was Torgiano Rosso Riserva. A modern classic based on Sangiovese grapes.  It has been known to age splendidly for two decades or more.
Recently Sagrantino di Monefalco has made a great impact.  Sagrantino,  an ancient variety grown around the town of Moontefalco is a native grape that makes both dry and sweet wines of great value.  It has been granted a special DOCG status separate from DOC Moontefalco for lighter red and white wines.
Merlot and Barbera grapes are also promising. So have recently been Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay
Mostly used in blends. Most of the region’s production never leaves the region.  Vin Santo obtained by pressing semi-dried Greghetto or Malvasia grapes is usually sweet and most prized by Umbrians as a wine for special occasions.
Salute! Chin! Chin! Cheers!
(C)- Daniele Matteo,  Food and Wine Editor 2014.
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The Wines of Latium in Central Italy


The Region of Latium ( Lazio), with Rome, the Capital city is a major producer of premium quality white wines.  Everybody is familiar with Frascati, one well known for the bottle in the shape of a fish, to indicate that the wine pairs well with seafood.

Other lesser known white are Marino, the golden-hued wine of Castelli Romani and Est! Est! Est! From Montefiascone in the north.  Did you know that the Romans drank white wines too ? Horace praised the reds from Falernaum in nearby Campania. The fertile volcanic hills with abundance of sunshine seem naturally suited for the production of white wines based on Malvasia and Trebbiano grapes.
For a while Rome’s whites were traditionally Abboccato ( sweet), pleasingly soft. Though not so sweet to overwhelm the flavors of the food.
Recently,  the use of low temperature process and sterile filtration have transformed these wines into dryer,  crisper,  more durable wines able to travel which has opened up new markets.  Still whites from Latium are pleasantly fleshy, fruity. Wines that go pleasantly well with a wide range of foods, but are not to be laid away for aging.  The should be enjoyed young.
Some DOC whites of Latin are: Frascati, Marino, and lesser known white but worthy,  Colli Albani, Colli Lunavini, Castelli Romani, velletri, Orvieto and Montecompatri Colonna. Some people argue that the richer, stronger abboccato is what malvasia is all about,
Most prefer the softly dry version.
Latium’s reds vary in composition.  Aprilia, a reclaimed marshy area turns out a considerable amount of Merlot and Sangiovese.  The reds of Cerveteri, Cori and Velletri are based on Montepuciano and Sangiovese grapes.
The native Cesanese makes richly flavored dry and sweet reds in the three DOC zones of the Prenestina and Ciociaria hills southeast of Rome.  Aleatico makes a dessert wine on the northern shore of lake Bolsena. Terracina on the southern coast makes a sweet Moscato. Cabernet and Merlot grapes are the stars of of a number o highly praised reds of Latium. This proves that the fortunes of Premium wine production are not confined solely to whites.
Salute! Cheers!
Daniele Matteo, Food and Wine Editor 2014
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 SLOW WINE-2016 NYC – Tasting Notes on Wines of Central Italy.


 Tuscany –

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Tuscany is the number one Premium quality wine producing Region of Italy. It has several wine producing zones. In the middle we find Chianti Classico around Radda in Chianti. The Consortium is well known Brand with its Gallo Nero. ( the Black Rooster). This ideal zone for producing great reds year -in-year out extends between the historical cities of Pisa and Florence.  To the North we find CampagnaFiorentina e Toscana del Nord.  In the South we find NobiliTerre del Sud around the town of Montepulciano.  Around Grosseto in Maremma we find the popular Morellino di  Scansano. And Costa Toscana to the west on the Mar Tirreno. I would also like to mention the new zone Rufina to the west near Firenze Avignonesi.  Stat. # 50.*

This winery from Montepulciano.  Siena.  Nobile di Montepulciano Grandi Annate 2011.  It is an austere wine.  Mature warm and complex with pronounced saltiness.

Vin Santo 2000. A blend of Trebbiano, Malvasia and Greghetto. A great dessert wine.

Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice 2000. 100% Sangiovese.  A gem. Aromatically explosive with terrifically lingering flavors.

Nobile di Montepulciano 2012. A classic Montepulciano.  Clean.  Austere. It conjures up aromas of  sour cherries.  Mineral and lovely blossom.  Visceral and packed with character. It has a lean and immaculately crafted palate.  A Slow Wine favorite.

Istine – Stat. #51.

I was happy to meet personally owner Angela Fronti from Radda in Chianti.

Chianti Classico Le Vigne Riserva 2012. A wine of great character and elegant mouthfeel.

Istine Chianti Classico 2013. Angela told me it is aged in large wood barrels for one year.  It has a ri ch bouquet and a full-flavored palate with a streak of well-dosed tannins.

Chianti Classico Vigna Istine 2013. Angela explained in the north-facing vineyard it was impossible to ripen the grapes satisfactorily a few years ago.  Now  it produces this 100% Sangiovese.  A wine of magnificent elegance and contrasts. It is a Slow Wine fave.

Podere il Carnasciale – # 52.

This winery near Arezzo is unique in the fact that it produces Chaberlot a rare French grape saved from extinction by a brave agronomist Remigio Bordini.

Today managed by his wife Bettina and son Moritz.

Since the only grow Caberlot . A Natural crossing between Cabernet franc and Merlot.

Caberlot 2012.  * A great wine.  It is a mosaic of aromas.  Magnums. An unmistakable, original sensory polyphony of vegetal, fruit and balsamic notes in splendid harmony.

On the palate it is dominated by texture and pressure with remarkably juicy sweetness.  Any tannin excess tempered by acid freshness.

Caparsa- # 53.

Another Radda in Chianti. Siena winery.

Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 1998. * Austere.  Linear and deliberately sweet. Very good Dessert wine.

Chianti Classico Doccia A. Matteo Riserva 2011 and

Chianti Classico Doccia A. Matteo Riseva 2006. Both Sangiovese grapes.  Both plump, ripen fruits flavors and raciness.

Chianti Classico Caparsino Riserva 2011.  * A compelling red with notes of soil, damp leaves and balsamic flavor.  Not devoid of austerity.  It is rich on the palate and structured with well-fashioned tannins and lots of flavor.  A Slow Wine fave.

Montenidoli – Stat. # 54.

This winery is located in San Gimignano.  Siena.

Vernaccia di San Gimignano Fiore 2013.

This is a great white wine with structure.  Elegance and balanced acidity and minerals. With damp stone aromas of great finesse and a well-developed mineral palate.

Vernaccia di San Gimignano Tradizionale 2013.  It is very fresh and very enjoyable. But what steals the show is a Slow Wine fave. ..

Il Templare. –  A blend of  Vernaccia, Malvasia. An austere classy white.  Mineral and tangy in taste with characteristics of local limestone soil.

Badia in Coltinbuono – # 57.*

This winery is located in Gaiole in Chianti.  Siena.  I have met personally the owner on several occasions.  She is always present at these important wine tasting events to showcase her labor of love.  Her name is Emanuela Stucchi and she is fascinating to say the least.

The winery is part of a growing trend in Organic District in Gaiole in Chianti.

She cultivates the banner Sangiovese for Chianti Classico wines and Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes for white Vin Santo.

Chianti Classico 2013.  Excellent!  It is pleasant, Clean and fresh.  One of the best.

Chianti Classico Cultus Boni Riserva 2011.  She explained it is made with grapes of historic vineyards. It has vegetable, spicy notes.

Sangioveto 2011. It is more modern. Smooth and with earthy, warm nuances.

Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2008.* – it is a first-rate after-dinner dessert wine with hints of almond,  honey and a lovely  yellow  Amber color.

Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice 2006.* it is intense and moreish moutfilling.

Chianti Classico Riserva 2011.  * a favorite of  Slow Wine.  A wine with dusty , meaty notes on the nose and a  leisurely , almost succulent  palate but never overbearing.  Elegance, length and lightness all rolled into one!

Costello di Monsanto – Stat. # 59. *

This winery is located in Val d’Elsa. Firenze. It was founded by Fabrizio Bianchi and it is operated today by daughter Laura.  The soil is pebbly with lots of galestro and limestone.

Chardonnay Fabrizio Bianchi 2013. * made with Chardonnay grapes from two different vineyards. 100% Chardonnay.  It has a markedly floral bouquet with minimal notes.

Chianti Classico 2013.  It is produced with Sangiovese grapes that are young and aged in large ovals. It has a pleasant, earthy bouquet and a compact flavor.

Chianti Classico Riserva 2012.  It is the winery ‘s joy. Produced from old vines. It has a pronounced and satisfying notes of meat with moderate tannins.

Chianti Classico il Poggio Riserva 2010.* exceptional.  2010 great vintage for Chianti as well as the Brunello you want to stash in your Cellar.  It is made with grapes from a very high single vineyard.  It denotes: structure, power and elegance.  It will gather dustbin your Cellar for years to come!

Fattoria Selvapiana – Stat. # 58.*

This winery is located in Rufina, Firenze. The vineyards farmed organically since 1990. And vines replanted gradually since 2002.

Chianti Rufina Vigneto Bucerchiale Riserva 2012.  It is from a single Sangiovese grapes vineyard.  It is dark and not over-focused. Eith a great texture!

Chianti Rufina 2013. It has grip. Juice and energy.

Vin Santo Rufina 2007. It is spicy and fresh. A great Rufina.

Tenuta di Capezzana – Stat. # 60.* This winery is located in Carmignano. (PO).

It produces Organic wines only.  The wines I tasted were very elegant and well balanced.  With plenty of personality.

Trebbiano  2014. * it is forceful and stylish.  Fragrance and full of flavor with balanced palate.

Carmignano Villa di Capezzana 2011. * it has delicate aromas.  Well-structure to the palate.

Vin Santo di Carmignano Riserva 2008.  This is 100% Trebbiano.  It is complex, elegant and creamy with aromas of dried fruit.

Carmignano Trefiano Riserva 2010.  It a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet and Canaiolo grapes.  Well made. Full-bodied and well-structured.

This concludes my Tasting Notes for the wines of Tuscany.  I wanted to taste some Brunello di Montalcino 2010.  But I didn’t find any. They don’t need this kind of publicity the wine and the territory speak for itself!

UMBRIA – A small land-locked region in the heart of Central Italy.  It is best known for its Perugina chocolate and extra virgin olive oil than wines.  But we do find a couple of original wines there.

First there  is Sagrantino di Montefalco.  Very well made white and Orvieto . Another white dense and well-structured. Also the white spoletino Trebbiano and greghetto and the red Ciliegiolo varieties continue to produce authentic, corroborant wines.

Tabarrini. – Stat. # 19. * Sole winery from Montefalco.  Perugina.

Montefalco  Sagrantino  Colle alle  Macchie 2011.*  a well-rounded white on the palate. With hefty but wll-balanced tannins.

Adarmando 2013.* Made with local Trebbiano Spoletino . A wine that never disappoints. It has tropical fruit on thr nose and a tangy finish.

Montefalco Rosso 2012. * – A blend of Sangiovese, Barbera and Sagrantino grapes.  It is excellent!

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Marche –
The Region of Marche is located  in Central Italy bordering with Umbria to the West and the Adriatic to the East.  Its wine production varies from year  to year.  For instance the 2013 Vintage was very good.  While the 2014 Vintage poor do to a cool wet summer.  As for vintages white Verdicchio performing very well.  Especially the 2013 Vintage. The wines  had complexity, structure,  elegance and perkiness. The  2012 Vintage also displays  superfine elegance despite a very hot dry summer . Some reds sre made with Montepulciano-Sangiovese grapes as in Conero. A great wine.
The Region  is divided into two distinct zones : Marche del Nord.  Including Jesi. And  Colline  Maceratesi  e Piceno.
With all important Ascoli Piceno.
Marotti Campi. # 16.* Ancona.
Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Riserva Classico Salmariano 2012. * These whites are aged in wood and steel vats.
This Verdicchio is tonic. Elegant.  Complex and stylish.  In which softness is detected  by an accentuated finish.
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Luzano 2014.* despite the weather it is fresh-tasting. Enjoyable palate with floral aromas.
Lacrima Morro d’Alba Superiore Orgiolo 2013.* A fine crafted wine aged in wood. It has perfect balance of  fruits and spices with lots of fresh  acidity, dynamism and uniform tannins.
Tenuta Spinelli – # 17.* Ascoli Piceno.
Passerina Eden 2014.* it has sweet fruit.  Tropical notes and very fresh mouthfeel that is  is less dynamic than the bouquet.
Metodo Classico  Brutal Meroe 2012. * Pecorino grapes.  It offers to the nose  apples and pears and crusty bread with a  stylish sparkle but it does lack in depth.
Offida Pecorino Artemisia 2014-* A masterpiece of elegance.  It is vibrant and crystalline and very salty. The bouquet is a feast of summer flowers.  Citrus fruits , peach and  mint that come together with huge dynamism.  A true mountain Pecorino!  And a Slow Wine fave.
Velonesi. – # 18. *  Ascoli Piceno.
Offida Rosso  Ludi 2011. *  A muscular  red but stylish.  It is dynamic and  it has a balanced tannins finish.  It’s a beautiful  polished wine  agile and smooth finish.
Rosso Piceno  Superiore Roggio del Filare 2011.* Montepulciano grapes.  It has a plethora of aromas from blakcurrant. Redcurrant and blackberry. The taste is glycerin-rich and  soft and it opens out alluring  long spicy finish.
Offida Pecorino Villa Angela 2014. *
A well-developed with a rich biting palate that  is a little weak on the finish.
ABRUZZO – # 1.* Chieti and  Teramo.
Collisifrio – Stat. # 1. *  the 2014 Vintage was poor due to a cool damp summer.  Not enough sun to bring grapes to natural ripeness and sweetness on the vine. Abruzzo is known for it great Montepulciano reds. But Cersuolo and Trebbiano grapes yield well developed white wines.  Fresh,  juicy,  quaffable.  Able to develop into complex and  structure. But the showcase  wine is and remains Montepulciano.
Trebbiano  d’Abruzzo Vigna Quadra 2013.* it is great.  This white displays great personality and  high definition. It has notes of blossoms,  fruits and sweet spices.  Deep and elegant to the  palate , with tangy acidity to the finish.
Trebbiano  d’Abruzzo Filare’ -2014*. It is citrus and  fruity with refreshing palate and good  finish.
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Vignaquadra 2011.* – it is robust.  Full-bodied . Great wine made from 100% Montepulciano grapes.
Tenuta Terraviva – # 2.* Teramo.
Solo Rosso 2013. * 100% Sangiovese.  A wine with great appeal.  It is fruity with a tonic , dynamic palate.
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo CO2 – 2014*. It offers to the nose  Fresh fruit and whispers  of grass and herbs. It has a fresh palate and  lively tannins.
Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Terraviva 2014*. – despite the  weather.  It is fresh tasting and  c itrusy, taut and salty.
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Terraviva 2013* , and  …
Trebbiano  d’Abruzzo Marlos 41- 2013*-
Both fine wines.
Torre dei Beati – Stat.  # 55*. Pesaro.
Abruzzo Pecorino zGiocheremo con i Fiori 2014. *- Despite the poor weather it  is hugely intense  . Nose citrusy and  an energetic  salty palate.
Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Bianchi Grilli 2013.* – it is rather  complex to try nose. At once  balsamic and  fruit.  With aromatic herbs and  a rich punchy palate.
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo  cocciapazza  2012. * – 100 % Montepulciano grapes.  It is rich and concentrated.  And …
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Mazzamurello  2012 *-  A  potent wine  With  close-knit tannins.
Valle Reale – Stat. # 63.* – popoli. Pesaro. ..
Trebbiano  d’Abruzzo Valle Reale 2014.* – despite the cool summer it has a clear-cut fruity,  floral bouquet to the  nose and  a tangy palate with a deep finish.
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Valle Reale 2014 *-  Not bad for that vintage.  A grest value fot the money.
Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Vigna di Capestrano 2013.*-  a great  Crus. A well -structured  wine  of never-ending  flavors.  To the palate  balsamic  notes and beautiful crisp fruit.
LAZIO- this Region with Rome Capital of Italy borders on the East with  Umbria and  Abruzzo and  to the west the Mar Tirreno. It is mostly  known for  its whites  from Frascati.  But around Inferno in Montefiascone there is a good production in the North.  Ad well ad in the South  around Frosinone. Terracina. And around the Roman hill of Castelli Romani. Where the Pope spends his summer holidays.
Casale della Ioria. – # 15*-  Acuto. Frosinone. They make Spumante Metodo Charmat with Cesanese grapes.
Owner Paolo Perinelli said it’s his passion to produce  wines thst are  “spectacular “.
Ceasanese del Piglio Superiore tenuta della  Ioria 2023- * made with ancient grapes  planted in 1948 said Paolo. It is elegant and  And full. And the elegantly quaffable. ..
Cesanese del Piglio Campo Novo 2014. * with clear-cut scents of red berries  and a grest freshness.
There was a great sparkling : Extra Dry Casale Della Ioria . N/V. Made with Passerina grapes.  Spumante.  Also good value…
Lazio Cesanese Spumante  2013. *- Very well made with the Charms Method.
Salute! My friends.
(C)- Daniele Matteo Editor of Tasting Notes for wines.

BuonAppetito! Cheers! Cin-Cin !

(C)-2016. Daniele Matteo Editor of Tasting Notes.

One comment to Wines of Central Italy

  • Daniele Matteo  says:

    For the serious wine collectors, Brunello di Montalcino. Vintage 2010 came out a few months ago. Now is the time to purchase a couple of cases of these to add to Cellar for aging. The 2005 vintage is ready for consumption. Hold on to 2009 vintage for a couple more years. Salute ! Cheers ! – Daniele Matteo Editor.

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