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Tag Archives: italia
Sangiovese, Pian Dell’Orino, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Italia, 2009, 14.5% abv.
Risotto was on the dinner menu and I decided it needed an Italian red. Did I ever hit the goldmine. This wine came to me out of pure luck; I purchased a case of random, sight unseen bottles from an … Continue reading
Barolo, Riserva, Bel Colle Montvigliero, Barolo DOCG, Italia, 2004, 14% abv
We opened this wine at 12 years old on November 2016, at the end of its recommended drinking window (2010-2016). Although initially worried we’d missed the boat, we were relieved to find an elegantly developed drink. Winner of a bronze … Continue reading
Posted in Barolo, Italy, Nebbiolo, OTHER, RED, red wine Tagged 2004, barolo, Barolo DOCG, Belcolle Aziendo, italia, Italian wine, Montvigliero, red wine, Riserva Leave a comment
Faro, Bonavita, Superiore, Faro DOC, Messina, Italia, 14.5% abv, 2012, US$38
Bonavita is located on only 2.5 ha of land in northeastern Sicily near Messina and owned by Giovanni Scarfone – one winemaker determined to bring back the use of local grapes that have almost become extinct. This wine is comprised … Continue reading
Posted in Nerello Capuccio, Nerello Mascalese, Nocera, OTHER, RED, red wine Tagged Bonavita, Faro DOC, italia, Messina, Nerello Capuccio, Nerello Mascalese, Nocera, red wine, Scarfone, Superiore Leave a comment
Lacrima di Morro d’Alba DOC, Superiore, Stefano Mancinelli, Morro d’Alba, Italy, 2013, 13% abv. C$35
To say this wine is intriguing would be an understatement. Producer, Stefano Mancinelli is widely acknowledged as one of the best producers of Lacrima di Morro d’Alba wines. Made from the Lacrima grape, I had to search hard for information … Continue reading
Posted in Italy, Lacrima, OTHER, RED Tagged Ancona, italia, Italy, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba DOC, Lacrima grape, Morro d'Alba, red wine, Stefano Mancinelli, Superiore Leave a comment
Beni di Batasiolo, Barolo DOCG, La Morra, Piemonte, Italia, 2011, 14.5% abv.
This winery, owned by the Dogliani family for the past five generations, has vineyards in four regions of Piemonte – La Morra, Barolo, Monforte d’Alba and Serralunga d’Alba. The Batasiolo vineyard where the Nebbiolo grapes for this wine are from is … Continue reading
Posted in Italy, Nebbiolo, RED Tagged 14.5% abv., 2011, Barolo DOCG, Beni di Batasiolo, italia, Italy, La morra, nebbiolo, Piemonte, red wine Leave a comment
Socrè, Barbaresco, Dolcetto d’Alba DOC, Cuneo, Italia, 2010, 12.5% abv.
This wine comes straight from Piemonte in the northwestern corner of Italy from a vineyard tended to by former architect Marco Piacentino and his family. The vineyard lies directly across the road from Angelo Gaja’s famous Sori Tilden vines. Piacentino’s side of the … Continue reading
Posted in Italy, Nebbiolo, OTHER, RED Tagged 2010, barbaresco, Cuneo, Dolcetto d'Alba DOC, italia, Italy, marco piacentino, Piedmont, Piemonte, red wine, Socre Leave a comment
La Porta di Vertine, Riserva, Chianti Classico DOCG, Toscana, Italia, 14.2% abv, 2009
Located on amphitheater-shaped vineyards in tiny Vertine located in Gaiole (one of the five Chianti Classico regions) and north of Siena, this producer harvests organically grown grapes, uses indigenous yeast and employs minimal intervention in the cellar. The wine is comprised mostly of … Continue reading
Posted in Canaiolo, Colorino, Italy, OTHER, RED, Sangiovese Tagged Canaiolo, Chianti Classico DOCG, colorino, italia, La Porta di Vertine, red wine, Riserva, Sangiovese 2 Comments
Damilano, Cannubi, Barolo DOCG, Nelle Cantine di la Morra, Piemonte, Italia, 2009, 14.5% abv.
The 2010 Barolos are widely renowned as being part of the best vintage in a long time, but this 2009 was no slouch. From the famed Cannubi hill in La Morra, the Damilano is made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes planted … Continue reading
Posted in Italy, Nebbiolo, RED Tagged 2009, Barolo DOCG, Cannubi, Damilano, italia, La morra, nebbiolo, Nelle Cantine di la Morra, Piemonte, red wine Leave a comment
Ca’ Di Pian, Barbera d’Asti, La Spinetta, Catagnole Lanze DOCG, Italia, 2010, 14% abv.
Made from the Barbera grape in Piedmonte, northwestern Italy, this is a wine showing deep garnet with a nose of purple Italian plum, black fruit, herb and star anise. The palate is dry with softly ripe, velvety tannins, slightly high … Continue reading
Posted in Barbera, Italy, OTHER, RED, red wine Tagged 14% abv, 2010, Barbera d'Asti, Ca' Di Pian, Catagnole Lanze DOCG, italia, La Spinetta Leave a comment
Pietradolce, Nerello Mascalese, Etna Rosso DOC, Sicilia, Italia, 2012, 14.5% abv.
Here is a stunner straight from the north facing slopes of Sicily’s Mount Etna. Grown on bush trained vines at 600m above sea level, the name of the winery is a direct acknowledgment of the volcanic soil the vines are rooted in – … Continue reading
Posted in Italy, RED Tagged Empson, Etna Rosso DOC, italia, Italy, Mount Etna, Nerello Mascalese, Pietradolce, red wine, Sicilia, Sicily, volcanic soils Leave a comment