The threat of hail hangs over this pre-Alpine vineyard of Bramaterra; in 2009 it struck twice (16th April and 6th June), reducing the crop by circa 30%, giving the wine extra intensity. In its youth the engaging overripe character of the Uve Rara ( 3% of the blend) and spiciness of the Vespolina ( 7%) shines, while the 20% of Croatina gives a lush, almost Ripasso texture and Nebbiolo ( 70%) the minerally spine and zip. Drinking 2014 - 2020.
Cascina Chicco Barbera,
Dante Rivetti Barbera
One of our favorite whites for this time of the year.
A must have for the Thanksgiving Table.
"A very floral almost Pinot Gris like wine. Showing fine notes of fresh cut grass and Pear Drops. A hint of lemony acidity to balance and touch of pepper to the finish but still very mineral throughout."
Lots of …
…it. From there it is easy to put a Montepulciano (from Abruzzo) or a Valpolicella, an Inferno or and Etna Rosso into their basket. If they have traveled (and many of them have) then we can relate to where they have been, what they did, what they ate, how it made them feel. That is what you, young sommelier, would be well advised to never forget. Yes, you need to master your tasting grid. Yes, you need to know the difference between Nebbiolo and Sangiovese. But you also must understand …
Reflecting the cool spring and hot summer, one conveniently pitted with rain drops, Marcello's 2009 Amarone Classico is elegantly aromatic with notes of wild cherries ('visciole') under spirit, and of orange marmalade. To the taste it's suave, full and pulpy, richly generous while at the same time, tempered with volcanic minerality that underpins the Valpolicella valley of Marano.
…Masi Costasera AmaroneClassico
Serrocielo Falanghina 2012
Back in April I trekked across Valpolicella to taste with some of the most venerable and some of the producers new guard of winemakers working with , , and . Beyond these exceptions and for the most part, I continued to struggle with the brashness, high alcohol, and big flavors that are Amarone signposts. Earlier this month, a group of prominent Amarone producing families visited from Valpolicella to feature their wines. …
…Valpolicella . to complement the delicate gamey flavours of rabbit. These both went well, but the Valpolicella pipped theto the post this time as the slightly heavier body allowed both the ceps and rabbit to shine in the heavier base of the risotto.
To finish, we cooked freshly baked fig and cinnamon tartlets and ate with cream which we tried with the Cerutti . Possibly not a traditional pairing, but the slight acidity cut … D'Asti
…20 years old and there was a good mix between whites and reds. Having lived in the Valpolicella region, I brought a bottle of Amarone from 2000 which we saved until the cheese dish. One task left for David is to find a great grappa producer so we can have a grappino or two with the espresso.
The event came to an end and people had to leave: some to catch planes home to Italy, and I to find my way to the train station. I left the event with a big smile on my face and many happy memories …
Masi Amabile Degli AngeliDella Valpolicella
Bertani Recioto Della Valpolicella Valpantena 50cl 2010
Bertani Recioto Della Valpolicella Valpantena 50cl
…White Zinfandel taking the place of Soave, Chianti, Valpolicella and other Italian staples. I'd talk to these folks, asking them to recognize their country's great products and would get hit with the stock answer "This is what the people are looking for, this is what they want. I have to have these wines on the list." Never once did any of these folks put a " Big Mac" or a "Whopper" on their menu, which were and still are immensely popular.