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WTN: Sixteen from Italy - Good Stuff!

by Daniel Rogov » Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:31 pm

This afternoon (Wednesday, 22 October) I attended a tasting hosted by the importer, Hevrat HaKerem. The tasting was of 16 Italian wines, those from Piedmont, Puglia and Friuli. How very nice to taste sixteen wines, each of which receives a score of 90 or over and, to make life even happier are offered at prices competitive with those in the UK and USA. The wines should be broadly available but if you have a problem finding them phone the importer at 03 9627070.

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The White Wines

Vie di Romans, Sauvignon Blanc, Piere, Friuli, 2006: Light, bright gold in color, aromatic and packed with flavor. Opens with a note of fresh grapefruit, that parting to make way for tropical fruits and appealing herbal-grassy notes. As good a match to veal as to fish and seafood dishes. Drink now. NIS 180. Score 90. (Tasted 22 Oct 2008)

Vie di Romans, Friulano Dolce, Friuli, 2006: Made entirely from Tocai Friulano grapes, a subtle and complex wine, showing crisp and clean on the palate with intense aromas and flavors of peaches and peach pits, those matched nicely by light hints of lemon and honey and, on the long finish a pineapple note. Long and generous. Drink now. NIS 180. Score 92. (Tasted 22 Oct 2008)

Vie de Romans, Pinot Grigio, Dessimis, Friuli, 2006: A far more complex Pinot Grigio than those to which most of us are accustomed. Deep gold in color, with fine balance between toasty oak, vanilla, green apples and tropical fruits. On the long finish a hint of honey. Drink now. NIS 185. Score 92. (Tasted 22 Oct 2008)

Vie de Romans, Chardonnay, Friuli, 2006: Reflecting its 8 months in French and Hungarian oak with spicy and vanilla notes, those in fine balance with apples and mango fruits, all leading to a long, lively finish. Drink now. NIS 185. Score 91. (Tasted 22 Oct 2008)


The Red Wines

Rocche de Manzoni, Barolo, Pianpolvere, Soprano Bussia Riserva, 2001: Full-bodied, with silky smooth tannins that caresss gently and open to reveal concentrated plum, berry and dried apricot fruits, those matched by Oriental spices and notes of toasted rye bread. Long and complex. Approachable and enjoyable now but best 20010-2020. Score 95. (Tasted 22 Oct 2008)

Rocche dei Manzoni, Barolo, Vigna Capella, San Stefano Riserva, Piedmont, 1997: Whatever you want in a Barolo. Full-bodied, rich, ripe and concentrated, with velvety smooth tannins and light notes of toasty oak and vanilla. On the nose and palate purple and red plums, wild berries, dark chocolate and a tantalizing note of mint that comes in on the super-long finish. Exquisite. Drink now-2017. NIS 665. Score 95. (Tasted 22 Oct 2008)

Rocche dei Manzoni, Barolo Rocche, Piedmont, 2003: A full-bodied blend made from the grapes of four vineyards. Medium-dark garnet in color, opening with a light medicinal aroma but that passing quickly to reveal a generously fruity nose. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and lightly spicy cedar wood, opening to reveal notes of purple plums, blackberries and vanilla. Long, complex and mouthfilling. Approachable now but best 2010-2015. NIS 370. Score 93. (Re-tasted 22 Oct 2008)

Rocche de Manzoni, Barolo, Vigna d'la Roul, Piedmont, 2004: Full-bodied, dark garnet in color, showing dusty wood and firm tannins on first attack, those parting to reveal generous ripe plum and berry fruits with overlays of bitter-sweet chocolate. Generous and long. Approachable now but best 2010-2018. NIS 510. Score 93. (Tasted 22 Oct 2008)

Luigi Einaudi, Barolo, Nei Cannubi, Piedmont, 2001: Dark, surprisingly youthful ruby towards royal purple in color, a full-bodied, mineral rich wine with gently caressing tannins. On the nose and palate generous ripe red plums and blueberries, those leading to a long and complex finish. Drinking beautifully now-2014, perhaps longer. NIS 430. Score 94. (Tasted 22 Oct 2008)

Luigi Einaudi, Langhe Einaudi, Piedmont, 2004: A somewhat unusual blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Nebbiolo and Barbera places this wine somewhere between Bordeaux and Piedmont. Whatever, the result is splendid. With a dark and youthful royal purple color, opening with firm tannins that go progressively softer as the wine sits on the palate, and gently oak aged. Shows intense aromas and flavors of purple plums, currants and blackberries, those matched very nicely indeed by notes of white pepper and anise. Long and mouth-filling. Drink now-2013. NIS 230. Score 93. (Tasted 22 Oct 2008)

Luigi Einaudi, Dogliani, Vigna Tecc, Piedmont, 2006: Made from Dolcetto grapes, but a far, far cry from the light, super-simple reds that are offered in many Piedmont restaurants. Opens with a distinctly grapey nose but that yielding nicely to plum, blackberry and cassis fruits. Medium-bodied and well structured with gently mouth-coating tannins. Drink now. NIS 110. Score 90. (Tasted 22 Oct 2008)

Luigi Einaudi, Barbera, Piedmont, 2006: Medium- to full-bodied, reflecting its 16 months in barriques with spicy cedar wood, that matched nicely by red and black berries, purple plums, and, on the long finish a note of licorice. Drink now. NIS 135. Score 90. (Tasted 22 Oct 2008)


Antinori, Torcicoda, Puglia, 2006: If you have never been "turned on" by Primitivo in the past, be sure to try this one. Deep ruby in color, medium- to full-bodied, reflecting its year in barriques with notes of toasty oak and vanilla, those complemented very nicely indeed by black and red berries, chocolate and mint, all with a generous raspberry-rich finish. Velvety smooth and quite long. Very well done. Drink now-2010. NIS 100. Score 91. (Tasted 22 Oct 2008)

Antinori, Maseria, Maime, Puglia, 2005: Oak aged for 14 months, still with almost puckering tannins but already showing fine balance and structure. Dark garnet in color, made entirely from Negromaro grapes and opening to reveal blackberries, ripe plums and orange peel notes, all on a spicy background. Give this one a bit of time. Best 2009-2012. NIS 140. Score 90. (Tasted 22 Oct 2008)

La Braccesca,Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Santa Pia, Tuscany, 2003: Made entirely from Prugnolo Gentile grapes (the local name for Sangiovese), developed in oak for 14 months, a full-bodied red with soft, well integrated tannins and gentle spicy wood. Opens to reveal generous berry, black cherry and dried red cherry fruits, all on a soft, round and caressing background, finishing with a light hint of licorice. Drink now-2010. NIS 150. Score 91. (Re-tasted 22 Oct 2008)

Fattoria Aldobrandesca, Vie Cave, Maremma, Toscany, 2006: Unusual for anywhere in Italy because the wine is made primarily from Malbec grapes. A ripe, round wine with soft, gently mouth-coating tannins. Reflects its development in oak casks with light hints of black pepper and white chocolate, those complemented by wild berries, plums and appealing notes of licorice and English cake. Round, ripe and generous. Drink now-2012. NIS 105. Score 90. (Re-tasted 22 Oct 2008)
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Re: WTN: Sixteen from Italy - Good Stuff!

by Birger Vejrum » Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:39 am

Hi Daniel,

Great notes, thanks.

Rocche de Manzoni in Monforte is a fantastic place. The "former" owner Sig. Valentino had made a "palace celler" where only Barolo lies. Sig. Valentino meant that Barolo is the king of wines and they should have a celler fit for a king. I have never seen such a celler, truely fantastic. With music as well :wink:

A photo from the "palace celler": http://birger.fotoupload.dk/files/print ... ?fil=18566

Ciao
Birger

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