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WTN: Some New Italian Wines...(long/boring)

by TomHill » Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:30 pm

We tried last night (9/5/18) Some More New Wines:
1. Ronchi di Cialla DOC: Friuli Colli Orientali Ribolla Gialla (12.5%; www.RonchiDiCialla.com; Lyra Wine
Imports) Prepotto 2016
: Light gold color; aromatic rather citric/grapefruity/RG/bit peppery/spicy light
earthy nose; quite tart/tangy/metallic/steely some grapefruity/citric slight peppery/spicy/RG flavor; very
long very tart/tangy/metallic/steely slight peppery/spicy/RG bit smoked hot dog rather citric/grapefruity
almost screechy finish; not a lot of fruit and a rather severe expression of RG; disappointing for
Ronchi di Cialla. $19.00 (H-T)
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2. Rodaro RibollaGialla DOC: Friuli Colli Orientali (12%; RodaroPaolo.it/?lang=en) Cividale 2014: Light gold
color; bit quieter floral/RG/bit peppery/grapefruity light earthy nose; bit softer/richer some floral/melony
bit spicy/peppery rather quiet flavor; long softer/riper slight melony/spicy/peppery/floral finish; softer/
riper and a bit on the quiet side but not as severe/emaciated as the RdC. $19.90 (WM)
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3. Terre del Faet Friulano DOC: Collio (13.5%) Cormons 2016: Med.light gold color; lovely very perfumed/TF/floral/
peach blossom/rather spicy light earthy nose; lightly tart lovely TF/floral/pear blossom slight earthy quite
attractive flavor; very long lightly tart attractive TF/floral/pear blossom slight earthy finish; a bit on
the simple side but a pretty/attractive TF at a good price. $18.00 (BWS)
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4. Terre del Faet Malvasia DOC: Collio (14%) Cormons 2016: Med.light gold color; very perfumed/Malvasia low-key/
muscatty quite floral/spicy bit earthy quite lovely nose; fairly tart pleasant Malvasia/floral/slight muscatty
slightly bitter bit earthy flavor; very long floral/Malvasia/slight muscatty/carnations slightly bitter bit
earthy finish; more interesting than the TF but no great shakes as a Malvasia d'Istriana. $18.00 (BWS)
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5. ManniNossing Kerner DOC: Sudtirol Eisacktaler AltoAdige/Valle Isarco (13.5%; KermitLynch) Bressanone/
Brixen 2016
: Light gold color; quite fragrant strong pear/floral/pear blossom very slight gout de petrol bit
earthy rather interesting/attractive nose; lightly tart bit floral/R-like/pear slight gout de petrol light
earthy/coarse flavor; med.long some pear/floral/pear blossom some earthy finish; a bit of R character but
not as high-toned & a bit coarse; speaks strongly of Sudtirol white and rather interesting. $30.00 (KL)
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6. ManniNossing Muller Thurgau Sass Rigais DOC: Sudtirol/AltoAdige/Valle Isarco (12.5%) 2016: Light gold color;
bit earthy light floral/bit R-like slight pungent/dirty feet bit grapefruity/metallic rather unusual nose;
lightly tart light floral/R-like/mango some earthy light pungent/dirty feet/toe jam bit coarse flavor; very
long light floral/R-like/mango bit pungent/dirty feet finish; not really unclean but a bit funky & rather
interesting in a perverse sort of way. $30.00 (KL)
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9. Iuli Malidea Vino Rosso (13.5%; www.Iuli.It; www.IndieWineries.com; "Bad Idea"; 100% Nebbiolo) Iuli
Fabrizio/Montaldo di Cerrina NV (2012?)
: Med.light color; beautiful floral/Nebb/lilacs/rose petal very slight
tarry/pungent very aromatic complex beautiful nose; quite tart/bit acidic very strong floral/lilacs/violets/
Nebb/rose petal very light tarry/pungent very perfumed fairly rich/structured complex flavor w/ light crunchy
tannins; very long/lingering strong floral/Nebb very light tarry complex finish w/ light slight bitey tannins;
loads of floral/Nebb character w/ good tannin management. $38.00 (Prima)
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10. Ch.Feuillet Torrette Superieur Dd'OP: Valle d'Aosta (14%; 100% PetitRouge) St.Pierre 2015: Very dark color;
beautiful slight herbal very fragrant/perfumed plummy/blackberry/floral/bit Mourv-like light AlpineRed/
mushroomy/loamy light toasty/oak nose; slightly tart very strong plummy/blackberry/bit Syrah-like/plummy
slight herbal/AlpineRed/loamy structured flavor w/ light tangy tannins; very long/lingering very strong
blackberry/Syrah-like/plummy bit toasty/oak some AlpineRed/loamy/mushroomy complex finish w/ light brisk
tannins; more like a Vd'A Syrah than a PR; loads of fruit and maybe the best PR/Torrette I've yet had;
very good price at $32.00 (KL)
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11. PuntaCrena Cruvin IGT: Colline Savonesi/Liguria (100% Crovino; 13%; www.PuntaCrena.It) Ruffino/
Varigotti/Savona/Liguria 2015
: Very dark/near black color; very intense blackberry/Syrah-like rather herbal/
Malbec-like some black pepperbit Rhonish/roasted beautiful nose; rather tart/tangy strong blackberry/blueberry/
Syrah-like some earthy/mineral/graphite quite complex flavor w/ light bit rough tannins; very long/lingering
strong blackberry/Syrah-like slight herbal/peppery some earthy/graphite complex finish w/ light rough tannins;
biggest Ligurian red I can recall; a terrific red some like a Val d'Aosta Syrah; very attractive price at
$34.00 (KL)
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12. PuntaCrena Rossese Vigneto Isasco DOC: Riviera Ligure di Ponente (12.5%) Varigotti 2016: Med.light color;
light herbal/earthy very fragrant/perfumed very raspberry/flowery/bit Zin-like/very spicy beautiful aromatic
almost volatile nose; quite tart/tangy very perfumed/fragrant bright/raspberry/floral/very spicy complex almost
Brachetto-like beautiful flavor w/ light gentle tannins;very long/lingering bright Rossese/floral/raspberry/
violets/spicy almost DCVZin-like slight earthy/herbal/tangy finish; almost like a lovely Nalle DCV Zin; a
beautiful perfumey Rossese; one of the best Rosseses I can recall having; great price at $28.00 (KL)
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More arpletwit from TheBloodyPulpit:
1. RibollaGialla: Both of these were not particularly good examples of RG from Friuli. There are better ones,
often with a bit of skin-contact.
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2. PetitRouge: A grape variety thought to be indigenous to the Vd'A. Usually used as a base for blends, you don't
often see a pure PR.
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3. Cruvin: PuntaCrena is a Ligurian wnry that works a lot w/ native Ligurian grapes. Crovino is one such grape
indigineous to Liguria. The name comes from "to fall", which refers to the tendenancy of the grapes to fall
to the ground when ripe. Thus a variety that is not in much favor. It is not a recognized grape that is
permitted in any DOC or DOCG wine. Clearly a grape they should be planting all up&down the coast of Calif.
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4. Rossese: One of my favorite grapes. It has a lovely fragrance to it not too unlike a DryCreekVlly Zin. Its
origins are thought to be in neighboring Provence, where it is known as Tibouren. There is also a Rossese
Bianco (no relation) that is grown up in the Piemonte.
Tom

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