Wines of the North

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On May 9th, 2013, I had the opportunity to meet several Wine Producers from  Trentino region, 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, there was 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.

Piedmont Region (Piedmonte, is Italy’s Westernmost region, with borders to Switzerland and France, is hemmed in by the Alps and Appennine Mountains). Even though it ranks 7th among the regions in total production, the region produces some outstanding wines. It has 50 DOC-DOCG zones, more than any other region and the largest percentage of classified wines. For craftsmanship, respect for tradition and devotion to native vines in their historical habitats, the Piedmontese have no rivals in Italy. The climate is rigid by Italian standards, with distinct changes in the seasons. Winters are cold with plenty of snowfalls. Summers are usually hot and dry.

The majority of the region’s vineyards are located in the Langhe and Monferrato Hills. Some wines of significance are also produced along the foothills of the Alps near Lago Maggiore and Valle d’Aosta in the North. The majority of Piedmont’s wines are made with native vines: Nebbiolo grapes the source of Barolo, Barbareco made by Barbera vine, Gattinara,and Chemme, all DOCG wines. The most popular red wine is Barbera followed by Dolcetto. Brachetto makes sweet bubbly red that is DOCG as Brachetto d’Aqui. Red wine is also made by Freisa and Grignolino grapes. Among classified wines, whites represent about a third of the volume. First comes the Asti, whose DOCG applies to both the sparkling version (Asti Spumante) and the lightly effervescent Moscato d’Asti. With an annual output of nearly 15.8 million gallons, the Asti Appellation ranks second in volume to Chianti among Italy’s classified wines. Gavi, a dry white made from native Cortese grape, also made it as DOCG recently.

Piedmont is also a major producer of sparkling wines by both the classical method (fermentation in the bottle) and ‘Charmat’ method. Many of the Chardonnay and Pinot grapes used, originate outside the region, mainly in neighboring Oltrepo’ Pavese in Lombardy. The region’s food products are as impressive as its wines, which they complement to perfection. The delicacy of the white truffle, with powerful aroma is subtle, inebriating yet the very essence of nobility.

Other premium products are mushrooms, hazelnuts, peppers, fruits of all types as well as a vast assortment of cheeses of every variety that go well with Barolo.  Barolo can also be aged, to be enjoyed on special occasions.

Salute! Cheers!  (C) Daniele Matteo

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In the northern regions of Italy wine production vary according to terrain and size. The topography varies, so does the climate. Piedmont for instance produces high-quality DOCG/DOC wines of any other region, and it ranks sixth in overall production. Emilia-Romagna on the other hand contributes quantity with the fourth largest output among the regions, after Veneto, Apulia and Sicily.  In contrast Valle d’ Aosta and Liguria produce very little wine.
Valle d’Aosta, the smallest region produces by far the least amount of wine,  from its Rocky alpine slopes.  Liguria also very Rocky slopes with little space to plant vines above the Mediterranean is second to the last in production, offering wines that are intriguingly esoteric.  Despite of proximity to France, growers in these three regions prefer their own native vines and make wine in their own style.
Piedmont hosts a bunch of native varietals including, Barbera, Dolcetto,  Grignolino, Freisa, Cortese, Arneis, Brachetto, Canelli clone of Moscato and the noblest of them all Nebbiolo.
Source of such prized wines as Barolo, Barbaresco and Gattinara. The wines of Valle d’Aosta also have French names: Petit Rouge, Gros Vien, Blanc de Valdigne. Liguria favors local Vermentino, Rossese and Pigato. While working with local version of Dolcetto known as Omeasco.
Lombardy, the most populous region ranks only thirteenth in wine production, but it boasts a major concentration of Nebbiolo vines for the production of its DOC reds of the mountains of Valtellina in the Alps. It also boasts Chardonnay and Pinot noir for the production of sparkling wines – Prosecco – in the zones of Franciacorta and Oltepo’ Pavese.
Emilia-Romagna has been shipping sweet Lambrusco wines to the New World since the 1800s. But in modern times growers have been concentrating on distinctive wines from the hills of Romagna. The best known are the Albana and Sangiovese di Romagna, but Barbera, Cabernet, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the foothills of the Appennines in Emilia are being noticed.
 
Salute! Cheers!  (C) Daniele Matteo
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Emilia-Romagna wines in Northern Italy are somewhat eccentric. Different on the whole from their neighbors,  often easy in style but always individualistic .
In Emilia the star wine is Lambrusco, in frothy shades of purple to pink, obtained from grapes grown on threllises mainly in the Flatlands south of Po river.
Romagna’s wines on the other hand come mainly from Sangiovese, Trabbiano and Albana grapes.  Lambrusco is produced in volume in four zones DOC around the cities of Modena and Reggio. Most Lambrusco exported outside of Italy is amabile or sweet; while most of what is consumed at home is dry. This is possible because of the local cuisine.  Vineyards in the foothills of the Appenines in Emilia produce excellent whites made from Malvasia, Trebbiano and Ortugo plus zesty reds made from Barbera and Bonarda. But the trend in the DOC zones is to make still and somewhat serious wines from such varieties as Sauvignon,   Chardonnay, Pinots, Barbera, Cabernet and Merlot.  These wines come under the labels Colli Piacentini, Colli Bolognesi and Colli di Parma all DOC.
Romagna in the fertile soil of Po river basin produces wines from the native Albana, Sangiovese and Trebbiano grapes.  All under the label Romagna DOC. Interestingly Albana di Romagna emerged in 1987 as the first white Italian DOCG wine,  is often dry and still with a distinctive almond flavor and some complexity. It is also made from  partly dried grapes into a Passito which is unusually sweet.  However the traditional semi-sweet and bubbly version is consumed at home.  Romagna’s Trebbiano is always light and fresh, whether still or bubbly, best drunk young. The people of Romagna prefer Sangiovese, which is unusually a robust red with charm and unmistakable fruity flavors. Some producers also make a Sangiovese Riserva wines of greater depth and bouquet and flavor with capacity to age gracefully.  In Romagna on the other hand they favor Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay,  Pinots and Cabernet Sauvignon.  But the emphasis is in producing superior strains of Sangiovese and Albana . The region has ten IGT’s which account for 35% of total production.
 
Salute! Cheers! – (c) Daniele Matteo,
Wine and Food Editor.

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 The wines of Lombardy in Northern Italy

Pinot Nero

Pinot Nero Grapes

The region of Lombardy with the most populous city Milan is not known as a powerhouse in wine production like its neighbors, but the wines it produces are well-known.  The climate in Lombardy varies from the cold mountains of Valtellina to the plains of river Po. The lakes of Garda, Iseo, Como and Maggiore in the North contribute to a temperate climate, so do the Appennines in the South.  Even though the wines are fine , usually restaurants in Milan will offer wines from Tuscany and Piedmont and the whites from the Venezie. About six million bottles of Nebbiolo produced in Valtellina find their way to Switzerland.  One notable exception is the Metodo Classico used in producing sparkling wines (Spumante) in Franciacorta, which are DOCG, while the red and white come under label : Terre di Franciacorta DOC.
 
Oltepo’ Pavese in leading producer of Pinot Nero grapes. These grapes are used to make sparkling wines (Spumante), in bottle fermentation.  Labeled as Metodo Classico Classese. Some very good wines are made in Oltrepo’ Pavese: like robust Barbera, Boards and Oltrepo’ Pavese Rosso, DOC., plus fruity Riesling and Moscatos. Local sparkling wines are also made by tank fermentation method. Valtellina Superiore has also gained DOCG status. These wines are have gained favor in Italy and abroad.  Valtellina DOC , made with Nebbiolo grapes are the most austere due to the cold terraces where they grow.  Good wines are also made in Bergamo, Mantova and Milan, but Brescia is where you find most of the Region’s DOCG/DOC wines.
They are: Botticino, Capriano del  Colle. Cellatica and Franciacorta. Also Terre di Franciacorta, Garda Bresciano.
 
The white Lugana wine is compared to Soave Classico. Spumante, the most popular sparkling wine of the moment is also made in Franciacorta. Also Terre di Franciacorta DOC applies to a sturdy red made with Cabernet, Barbera and Nebbiolo grapes, as well as white wines made from Pinot Bianco and Chardonnay grapes.  Franciacorta reputation is in bottle fermented sparkling wines (Spumante). Nearly 1/3 of Italy’s ‘bottle fermentation method’ sparkling wines are produced around the city of Brescia. But only wines from selected vineyards qualify as Franciacorta DOCG, as in the case of Spumante.
Salute! Cheers!
(C)-Daniele Matteo- (2015).
Wine and Food Editor.

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The Wines of Trentino

 

Vernatsch

Vernatsch (Schiava) Grapes.

Trentino-Alto Adige – The Northernmost region of Italy is bordered by the Dolomiti mountains and it is difficult to cultivate the vines on steep often terraced hills called Ronghi. Therefore the growers must emphasize quality. About three-quarters of production is DOC and major share of it is exported. 

   Trentino-Alto Adige , with borders on Switzerland and Austria in split into two distinctive Provinces . Trentino with city of Trento to the south and Alto Adige around Bolzano to the north with the German-Speaking population, also known as Sudtirol. Sudtirol is officially bi-lingual : German /Italian.  

The wine production is centered around two large DOC zones : Trentino in the  South  and Alto Adige in the  North.  The Alto Adige zone – Sudtirol – includes DOC wines from: Colli di Bolzano, Meranese di Collina, Santa Maddalena, Terlano, Valle d’Isarco and Val Venosta. 

The dominant grape in Alto Adige is  Schiava or  Vernatsch. A source of light bright reds that flow north to German-Speaking countries.  The one that is prized is Santa Maddalena, grown round the slopes overlooking the city of Bolzano. The best known wine is Caldaro produced around the lake of the same name.  

Alto Adige native – autoctona – Lagrein and Trentino’s  Teroldego are among Northernmost Italy ‘s outstanding vines for making  wines with  unique personality.   Lagrein thrieves  on the  gravelly plains along the a dive river at Gries near Bolzano, where the  Wine achieves  full,  round and  plush qualities with a little aging. Santa Maddalena has a long-standing reputation as a refined light red. 

Teroldego grown on the Rotaliano plain north of Trento, is an anusually attractive red when young,  but with a capacity to age well from a good vintage. Trentino’s  Marzemino makes a fresh , lovely red for casual sipping. In both Provinces there has been an increase in cultivating Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which can reach great heights  either alone  or in blends. We find some of Italy’s fine Rose’ the most liked being  Lagrein Kretzer. The sweet Moscato Rosa , with its graceful flowery  aroma, is a rare and  prized Dessert wine. 

There are many varieties of white vines which produce aromatic wines: Sylvaner, Veltliner, Gwurztraminer,  Muller Thurgau, and  white Moscato. But the quality of Chardonnay,  Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio  and Sauvignon  from certain  from certain  Cellars also stand with Italy’s  finest. Trentino’s  native  Nosiola grape makes a tasty dry wine  and is also the basis  of Vin Santo. An opulent Dessert wine from Valle dei Laghi, near Lake di Garda. The majority of the  white  wines  have a propensity  to age well. Pinot Bianco, Riesling,  Sylvaner, and  Muller Thurgau, have been  known to remain fresh for decades.  The popularity of Pinot Grigio,  Chardonnay and  Gewurztraminer is undisputed. 

Trentino’s  production  of sparkling wines using Chardonnay  grapes  with Metodo Classico is well established under Trento DOC appellation.   Both Provinces make whites of greater weight and complexity using Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Pinot Bianco and Gewurztraminer grapes.  

Red wines have also taken on greater dimensions. Notably Lagrein, Teroldego and a combination of Cabernet and Merlot  and Pinot  Nero. There is still room for improvement to boost the region’s DOC wines production.  The wines of Trentino’s specially whites  have made their way in the homes of people in Germany,  England  and United States. 

(C)- Daniele Matteo, Editor, 2015.

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Wines of Friuli

Verduzzo

Verduzzo Grapes.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia located on the North Adriatic sea and bordering  Austria and Slovenia in know for its fine white wine production.  They cultivate both native – autoctone – varieties of vines as well as international ones.

They have studied vineyard techniques and modern enology in the production of highly distinctive whites as well as some attractive reds. There are two DOC zones in Friuli: Collio Goriziano, or simply Collio; and Colli Orientali del Friuli. There’s one DOCG designated wine called  Ramandolo. A rare sweet white obtained from the Verduzzo grapes cultivated in the hills  North of the city of Udine. There are other six zones which cover the low hills and plains which boast Isonzo which rivals Collio for production of certain wines.  

The vines in this rugged region are cultivated on terraces called Ronghi and benefit from the air currents between the alps and the  sea. Friuli has built its reputation on white wines made by small wineries and family-owned estates. The predominant white was long known as Tocai Friulano but in recent years it is referred to as simply Friulano as not to confuse it with Tokay from  Hungary.  Malvasia Istriana, Ribolla Gialla and Verduzzo are prominent as well as foreign varieties : Sauvignon,  Chardonnay,  Pinot Bianco, as well as  the very popular Pinot Grigio. 

The flavors of Friulan whites are fresh and fruity, with a delicate fragrance and character.  Many wineries consider their whites too pure and linear to benefit from wood aging.  But a growing number of producers are aging their whites in oak gaskets to gain depth and complexity.  

Friulan reds for the most part were light and fruity, best to drink when still young. That applied to Cabernet Franc, Merlot.  As well as to Pinot Nero, and the worthy variety of  Refosco. But in recent years some winemakers have heightened structure and nuances by blending Cabernet Sauvignon,  Merlot and other varieties and aging the  Wine in small oak barrels.  

There is a tendency to revive varieties that were neglected in the  past. Particularly the variety Picolit. A white sweet wine that ranked as one of Europe ‘s finest around the 1800’s , a favorite of royal families.  Despite low yields, Picolit has made a comeback!   So has Verduzzo, in Ramandolo, Ribolla Gialla, a native of  Collio, has benefited  from modern  methods that make it  into a dry white wine with  character.  

Among the reds are Refosco, which is either light andfruity  or a durable wine for aging.  There are some rare grapes like Franconia and  Tazzelenghe  which make some distinctive reds. Perhaps  the Pignolo and  Schioppettino have the best potential.  

(C)- Daniele Matteo, Editor, 2015.

 

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SLOW WINE-2016 NYC Highline Ballroom wine tasting of Friuli Venezia Giulia in Nort-Eastern Italy. 

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Friuli V. G. Which borders with Austria to the North and Slovenia to the East can be divided in three wine-producing zones: Terre di Pianura in the South bordering with Veneto including the provinces of Pordenone and Udine.

Collio and Isonzo + Carso to the East around city of Gorizia and Colline Orientali east of Udine.

There is a very successful practice in Friuli for white wines maceration on on their skins.  But with limited production. These wines are an acquired taste.  Whites vinified Burgundy -style in wood is also popular.  It is a very important production method in Friuli.

Le Vigne di Zamo’. Stat. # 8.

Friuli Colli Orientali Merlot Vigne Cinquant’anni 2012.  A wine of solid finesse and extraordinary measure, with perfectly crafted tannic structure and plump , well rounded fruit.

F.C.O. Resazzo Ronco dei Roseti 2009.  A classic Bordeaux blend with  a smidgeon of pine nuts.

F.C.O. Refosco P.R. Re Fosco 2009.  It combines the light huskiness of Refosco with dense expansive fruit flesh.  The two whites were very good also:

F.C.O. Friulano Vigne Cinquant’anni 2013. Is full flavored and assertive.

F.C.O. Rosazzo Ronco delle Acacie 2012.  It is an astute wood-aged blend of Chardonnay and Friulano.

Friulano Colli Orientali Ribolla Gialla 2014. Great fragrant wine full of citrus fruits and Apple.

Damijan Podversic.  Stat.  # 9.

His wines are unique easily recognizable style, all vinified on the skins.  Excellent as ever:

Ribolla Gialla 2011. It is at once bold and complex.  Attenuated by notes of Malt and biscuits enriched by botrytis which conjures up a great sweet wine.

Nekaj 2011. This Friulano stands out. It has distinctive nuances of immediate pleasuredness and smoothness. A statement of elegance that evokes aromas of dates and exotic fruits on the long finish.

Kaplja 2011. A chardonnay, Friulano   And Malvasia Istriana. Very pleasant and smooth. A great wine.

Paolo Rodaro. Stat.  # 10. *

F.C.O. Chardonnay 2014. A tangy wine with notes of Apple and bread crumbs.

F.C.O. Refosco P.R. Romain 2008.  A wine for special occasions.  Made with slightly raisened grapes. It’s rich anddense with aromas of carobs and chocolate.  Also made with raisened grapes is:

F.C.O. Pra Zenar di Paolo Rodaro 2012.  Made with Verduzzo Friulano grapes.  It is a sweet wine with hints of ripe pear and citrus fruits that add freshness and length.  Also worthy of mention:

Cl. Rose’ di Paolo Rodaro Pas Dose’ 2012. A work in progress that is a tad short in creaminess but it is tangy with stylish and elegant varietal touches.

Ronco del Gelso. Stat.  # 11. *

Friuli Isonzo Pinot Grigio Sot Lis Rivis 2013. It is a rich and priced Pinot Grigio with sweetness of fruits and balanced by low acidity.

Friulano Isonzo Sauvignon Sottomonte 2013. With aromas of Apples and pears and intriguing notes of wild thyme.

Friuli Isonzo Malvasia Vigna della Permuta 2014. It is still a tad not fully developed.  Not to be missed:

Riesling Schultz 2013. It has fruits of sweet raisins. Very intense on the nose and vibrant on the palate.

Friuli Isonzo F. riulano 2014.  A good Friulano.

Vistorta. Stat.  # 12. *

Friuli Grave Sauvignon 2014. An excellent wine.  It has discreet vegetable flavor on the nose and offers good acidity freshness and flavor on the palate.  Also good:

Friuli Grave Pinot Grigio 2014. It has elegant measured floral notes and harmonious palate of significant length.  Also worthy of mention:

Friuli Grave Friulano 2014.  It offers remarkable freshness.  Attractive minty notes and a good progression.

Zidarich. Stat.  # 14. *

Ruje 2010.  A blend of Merlot and Terrano grapes.  It is vigorous.  Full of flavor and direct in the mouth.  With soft final hints of candied cherry.

Vitovska Kamen 2013. This wine is made with skin fermentation.  It’s a wine that seduces the nose. With well-crafted palate of bracing minerality and freshness.

Drulke 2013. A blend of Sauvignon,  Vitoska and  Malvasia. A great wine.

Terrano 2013. Made with terrano grapes.  A smooth medium-bodied wine that should be enjoyed young.

Zago . Stat.  # 13. *

Prosecco extra Dry 2014. This Spumante is made with the Glera grapes.

Prosecco Millesimato Brut 2015. This Spumante is also made with the Glera grapes.

Prosecco Rifermentato in Bottiglia . ( Metodo Classico). 2014.  Also made with Glera grapes.

Too bad I was unable to taste these fine Proseccos. You just have to look for them for yourself in your local Wine Shop. Imported in U.S.A. By

Classic Wine, Inc.

This concludes my wine tasting notes on the wines of Friuli, present at the Slow Wine 2016. New York City’s event.

Salute! Cheers!

(C)- 2016. – Daniele Matteo Wine Tasting Editor.

 

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Veneto
 The Region of Veneto , with Venice as Capital is the number one producer of Italy ‘s great whites like Soave and Prosecco sparkling wine as well as some great reds like  Amarone della Valpolicella and Ripasso.
There are three distinct Wine-Producing Zones in Veneto: in the west near  Lombardy  we find : Valpolicella Veneto Occidentale. Around the city of Verona.  And also : Terre della Garganega. In the middle we find Breganze , ColliBerici and Colli Euganei. Around the city of Vicenza.
And on the East near Friuli we find :
Colline del Prosecco,  Piave and Veneto Orientale. Around the city of Treviso. Prosecco Sparkling wine is produced in the Valleys of Conegliano and Valdobiadene. Not far from Pordenone. As we all knew Prosecco Spumante sparkling  – the alternative to French Champagne wines  – is very popular in America these days. People enjoy drinking it more and more.  It is drinkable,  versatile and less expensive.
The production of Prosecco with glera grapes was pretty good in 2014. But the production of Amarone della Valpolicella was disappointing in 2014.
The summer was cool and wet. Not enough sun to allow  grapes to mature on the vine with a good sugar content and ripeness. Some Producers did not make Amarone at all that year.  They  made Ripasso della Valpolicella instead, which is lighter and more drinkable while young. Lets Taste some.
Tenuta Sant’Antonio. # 60.
These wines have precise style, elegance and less structure.
Valpolicella Superiore la Bandina, 2011. A great wine. Elegant, tangy, full-bodied and  well-balanced.
Soave Fontana,  2014. A great white  full of  fragrance and well structured .
Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Monti Garbi, 2013. A medium -bodied red . It is fresh tasting and pervasive.
Amarone della Valpolicella Campo dei Gigli, 2011. It’s a great wine. Full of poise and elegant.
Amarone della Valpolicella Telos, 2011. That was a great year.  Without additional sulfites. It is perfect poised between a grest vintage and terroir. Keep in the Cellar a while longer.
BERTANI. #63.
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2007. An austere wine with great finesse and elegant.
Amarone della Valpolicella Valpantena Villa Arvedi 2012. It is agreeable and well-balanced.
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ognissanti, 2013. A textbook wine. Complex and  exceptional.
Secco Bertani Original Vintage Edition 2012. A blend of Corvina, Sangiovese, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon.  It is pervasive and firmly structured.
Valpolicella Classico Villa Novare, 2014. It is a medium-bodied wine. Young and fresh-tasting.
Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso,  2012. It is soft and elegant.  To be enjoyed now.
La Montecchia Conte Emo Capodilista. # 61.
Colli Euganei Rosso Villa Capodilista, 2012. A hugely elegant wine with charming tannins.  Delicate notes of garden vegetables and a well-textured and tangy palate.
Colli Euganei Cabernet Sauvignon Ireneo, 2012.  A  dry and potent wine with ripe plum, undergrowth and humus.
Colli Euganei Fior D’Arancio Passito Donna Daria, 2013.  A full flavor wine.  Very seductive like a woman with a well-balanced sweetness.
Cabernet franc Godimondo, 2014. * A white wine aged in steel. It has a supple spicy palate.  And…
Piuchebello 2014. A sweet white made with white and yellow Moscato grapes. It is delicately aromatic and amabile.
Pieropan. # 62.
Soave Classico, 2014. It was a poor  year  for Wine but this one is delicately aromatic. Thirst-quenching and refreshing.  Tuat and tangy. Also the Crus were very good. ..
Soave Classico Calvarino, 2013.  It is aromatic and mineral on the nose and it has a delicious  flavor of citrus and tropical fruits on the palate. And an enviable long finish.
Soave Classico La Rocca, 2013.  This one is more mature and full-bodied. A wonderful expression of Garganega grapes expertly aged in Slovenian barricks. And the. ..
Amarone della Valpolicella Vigna Garzon, 2011. A great aging wine.  It has elegant aromas of black cherry.  Chocolate and sweet spices.  Softness on the palate and  grace in the glass.
RUGGERI- # 64.
Extra Brut 2014. It is a Prosecco made with Glera grapes. With a sweet note of spring blossoms to the nose and a precise dry palate.
Conegliano-Valdobiadene Brut Vecchie Viti, 2014.  It is a latent austere Prosecco Spumante.  Is rare and  zesty with a youthful tannic finish.
Conegliano-Valdobiadene Extra Dry Giustino B. 2014.  Very elegant Prosecco at it glorious twentieth vintage.  Very elegant and dry.
Valdobiadene Superiore di Cartizze Dry 2014. An excellent example of Italian’s answer to French Champagne.  Very Original and elegant.
Conegliano-Valdobiadene Extra Dry Giall’Oro 2014. A Prosecco Spumante sparkling wine that should be enjoyed at any occasion. Soft full of flavors and verve.
Conegliano-Valdobiadene Brut Quartese, 2014.  It is a versatile Prosecco wine that can be served with the whole meal.
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LOMBARDY 
Lombardia is not a powerhouse of Italian wine production. However it does have some  good wine producing zones.  Valtellina at the foot of the Alps in the North near Sondrio. Where they produce some good reds with nebbiolo and  bonarda grapes.  Nothing Lombardy around Brescia where they  produce Franciacorta Sparkling wine similar to Prosecco of Veneto and  Sud Lombardy around city of Pavia. Where they  produce Oltrepo’ Pavese Spumante sparkling wines.
Barone Pizzini. # 64.
Franciacorta Naturae, 2011. It is a rigorous vertical palate. Still needs aging.  Leave it in the Cellar for a while.
Franciacorta Saten, 2011. A Chardonnay di Franciacorta without the usual softness of the  typology.
Franciacorta Brut Rose’ 2011. Made solely with 100% Pinot Nero grapes . It is  Vilnius with notes of frutti di bosco.  Dried fruits and  a structure ideal for table wine.  And. ..
Franciacorta Brut Animante 2011. It has salty notes on the nose and a direct moreish palate.
Curtefranca Bianco Polzina, 2014.  A refreshing soft and zingy wine with elegant herbaceous fragrance.
Ca’ del Bosco. # 65.
Franciacorta Brut Cuve’ Prestige. 2014. His Franciacorta wines are luscious perfectly ripe fruit and expertly gaged elegance and depth.  Very premium wines by any standard.  And the best vintage was …
Franciacorta Dosaggio Zero Noir Vintage Collection of  2006. A great wine made with 100% Pinot Noir grapes. It has full flavor.  Characteristic Pinot Noir minerality from Belvedere vineyard.
Franciacorta Dosaggio Zero Vintage Collection of 2010. A great year. It is punchy and assertive with great depth and flavor.
Franciacorta Brut Vintage Collection of 2010.  It is direct and taut and  Very moutfilling. And the top-notch. . .
Franciacorta Brut Anna Maria Clementi, 2006.  A great label that evokes exquisitely and it lives up to expectations.
Monspello.- # 67.
Metodo Classico Brut Rose’, 2014.  Produced in Oltrepo ‘ Pavese.  It is a fragrant sparkling with metallic notes that add freshness and raciness.
Metodo Classico Nature, 2014. It is a vibrant mineral streak sparkling.
Metodo Classico Brut  2010.  It is a sparkling with candor and length.
Oltrepo ‘ Pavese Bonarda Vivace Violet 2014. It is agreeable and well-balanced.
Metodo Classico Brut. 2010.  It has a  clear-cut precise aromas and a deep full-bodied palate with biting,  piercing acidity and flavor.
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EMILIA-ROMAGNA – After Veneto E.R. Produces large  quantities of wine that find their way North to England and Germany.  It can be divided into four wine-producing zones : Colli Piacentini neat Piedmont to the west. Terre di Lambruschi along the corridor  Reggio-Emilia – Modena. Colli Bolognesi around Capoluogo  city of  Bologna and  Romagna around Independend city-state of  San Marino. And Forli’.
It’s known for production of red sweet Lambrusco which can be also Dry. And Passito Dessert  wine  around  Colli Piacentini.  Albana grape long neglected is being restored and  there is a good red wine production with Sangiovese and Montepulciano  grapes.
Cantine della Volta. # 6.
Lambrusco di Sorbara Rimosso 2014. Precisely crafted.  An excellent wine.  Long and  leisurely with aromas of strawberries and an enjoyable zesty finish.
Lambrusco di  Modena Metodo Classico Rose ‘ 2011.  It is made with Sorbara grapes .it is stylish. A taut vibrant lingering palate and a fresh dry finish.
Brut il Mattaglio Blanc de Blancs 2010.  Made with  100% Chardonnay with  aromas of spring flowers.  Notes of exotic and dry fruits.  A silky well-developed palate.  And
Brut Il Mattaglio Blanc de  Noirs. 2010.  Exceptionally elegant.  Great Pinot grapes with deep alluring nose and a complex palate.  A Great Metodo Classico Sparkling wine.
Villa Venti. # 3.
Romagna Sangiovese Longiano Riserva.  2012. * A great wine.  With exquisite nose of ripe fruit and  a juicy . Fresh dynamic palate with lovely suite of  tannins.
Nani’- 2014. Is a fine expression of  the  Centesimino grape . Made with withered grapes using the  Solera Method.
Apeyron 2014. A very complex wine.  And  …
Serenaro. 2014.  Is pleasant and quaffable.
Lusenti. # 7. Colli Piacentini wines.
Metodo Classico Brut Rose ‘ Pinot Nero. 2010. This sparkling wine. It is tangy minerals with a dry delicious finish.
Colli Piacentini Ortugo Frizzante Ciano.  2013.  Zesty and incredibly flavorful.
Colli Piacentini Malvasia Frizzante Emiliana 2014. This  bottle -fermentation and should be shaken before serving to bring outits aromatic  richness.
Colli Piacentini Malvasia Bianca Regina.  2010. It is subtly aromatic elegant and quaffable. Same for …
Malvasia Passita Piriolo 2010.  A great sparkling wine.  And …
Martin 2013. A blend of Barbera, Croatina and  Merlot.  It is a reliable drinking wine.
Cleto Chiarli. # 56. Great Lambruscos.
Lambrusco di  Sorbara Vecchia ModenaPremium M.H. 2014. It is inimitable clean. Well balanced to the nose. Fragrance and enjoyable flavor.
Lambrusco di Sorbara del Fondatore. 2014.  It has heady scents of wild strawberries with a deep delicate tangy finish.  And the excellent. ..
Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Vigneto Cialdini.  2014.  A great personality with a fleshy lingering palate and a delicately tannic finish.
Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Rose’ Brut de Noir.  2014.  Is well made . Amabile and smooth.  It is an effective interpretation of the  Pinot Noir grapes.
This concludes my Tasting Notes of SLOW WINE-2016 NYC of wines of the North and North-East.
Salute! Cheers! Cin-Cin!
(C)- 2016- Daniele Matteo Editor of Wine.

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SLOW WINE-2016 NYC – North-Western Italy

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The Region of Piedmont was very well represented at the Slow Wine tasting event with about half of the Producers personally present at the Event. Piedmont is one of the leading producer of Premium quality wines made with the Nebbiolo grape. The Region is divided into three distinct wine producing zones. Langhe and Roero to the South. Monferrato to the East and North Piemonte.
Borgogno e Figli .Stat. #20. – They had some great wines like : Barolo. Riserva 2008. A potent and racy wine. Deep and classic.
Barolo Liste 2010. It is a vigorous wine. Still austere. It has juice and length.
Barolo Cannubi 2010. On the light side. But it has a hidden force that renders it irresistible. Elegant and ready to be uncorked.
Barolo Fossati 2010. Hints of juice fruits and a sprightly floral finish.
Nebbiolo No Name 2011. An abundance of fruity notes on the nose and on the palate a pleasant full-bodied finish.
Barbera D’Alba Superiore 2013. It is full of brio, acidity and flesh.
La Spinetta. Stat. #28.
The wines that impressed me most are:
Barolo Vigneto Campe’ Riserva 2005. It has very youthful aromas with fruit to the fore. To the nose sweet wood and a rich juicy finish.
Barbaresco Vigneto Gallina 2012. And
Barbaresco Vigneto Valeirano 2012. Stand out for tannic potency.
Barbaresco Vigneto Starderi 2012. Is complex and spicy and
Barolo Vigneto Campe ‘ 2011. Is slightly edgy but will mellow with time. While
Barbera D’Asti Superiore Bionzo 2012. Has impressive richness of dried fruits.
Malvira’ – Stat. # 30.
They had pretty interesting wines:
Roero Arneis Trinita’ 2013. With good ripe apple fruit. Fair freshness and a nice tangy finish.
Roero Arneis Saglietto 2013. It is full-bodied and generous on the palate with minimal undertones that add complexity to the flavor.
Roero Trinita’ Riserva 2011. Denotes ripe fruit to the nose and palate with berry fruit aromas on the finish.
Roero Mombeltramo Riserva 2011. The classic fruit of Roero wines well supported by tannins.
Barolo 2011. It is warm and well developed for that particular vintage.
Roero Renesio Riserva 2011. Exquisite floweriness with a fruity flesh and a nice long finish. A great wine!
460 Casina Bric . Stat. # 31.
Barolo Bricco delle Viole 2011. Highly perfumed, spicy, elegant. Intense and charismatic with a zesty, deep, elegant palate. And an impressive finish.
Barolo Casina Bric 2011. A complex wine with notes of tobacco and violets and a gutsy expansive palate.
Nebbiolo Brut Rose ‘ – Collezione # 8. It is a long Charmat . More suitable as an accompaniment to a meal than as an Aperitivo.
Cascina Fontana. Stat. # 34.
Langhe Nebbiolo 2013. It is a symphony of fresh fruit and flowers. Nimble yet punchy.
Dolcetto D’Alba 2014. And Barbera D’Alba 2013. Were both excellent!
Barolo 2011. Aged for two yrs. In large barrels and one year in cement vats. The quintessence of the Langhe hills :
Elegant, blossomy, and measured. Full of sweetness with a hint of balsamic and mineral tones. A wine that exploits precise nuances and at the same time ensures drinkability.
Castello di Neive. Stat. # 65.
Barbaresco Gallina 2012.
Full-bodied and compelling, with subtlety of varietals aromas and extract with tannins and a scent of oak.
Barbaresco Santo Stefano 2012. Is better developed, austere . Taut and mineral with a minty finish.
Langhe Albarossa 2010. Is so spicy and alcoholic it’s reminiscent of spicy Syrah.
Barbera Santo Stefano 2012. It is an “old style” interpretation. Earthy and with a precise sense of place.
Dolcetto D’Alba Basarin 2013. It is blossomy and subtle and balanced tannins and acidity.
Cascina Bretta Rossa. Stat. # 35.
This winery is located in Tagliolo Monferrato (Aless.). They presented the following wines:
Barolo Case Nere 2011. Made with the Nebbiolo grape.
Dolcetto D’Ovada Taja 2012. Dolcetto grapes.
Monferrato Rosso Macatin 2011. A blend of Pinot Nero, Syrah and Albarossa.
Alta Langa Cuvee Leonora 2009. Spumante Made with Pinot Nero, and Chardonnay.
Alta Langa Cuvee Leonora Rose’ 2010. Made with Pinot Nero and Chardonnay.
Even though I talked to the producer briefly I was unable to taste these wines. I’m sure they are excellent. If you find them in your local Wine Shop, you are going to find out by yourself!!
There were other wines from Piedmont but I was unable to taste them all.
This sample should give you a foundation for what these wines made with the Nebbiolo grape taste like.
Salute! Cheers!
(C)- 2016. Daniele Matteo Editor of Wine.

One comment to Wines of the North

  • Ana Maria Arcidiacono  says:

    Muy interesante articulos sobre los vinos Italiano. Soy muy feliz de conoscer esta Pagina Web de gastronomias Italianas. muchy buena suerte DANIELE. SALUDOS, Ana Maria.

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