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A Pair from Italy


Though I have recently posted on a number of Virginian wines I have still been tasting wines from around the world.  Over the past year Italian wines have become a part of our weekly selections.  Here are two that we drank last week.  The Fonterenza is a young estate run by twin sisters Margarita and Francesca Padovani.  They planted vines on family property in 1999, 2002, and 2005 so that today there are 4 hectares of vines.  They work in an organic and biodynamic nature.  The fruit is fermented with indigenous yeasts in either stainless steel or Slavonian oak vats.  The only temperature control is that of the air conditioning for the cellar.  Cantine Volpetti has produced wine on the volcanic hills south of Rome since 1958. These two wines were quite enjoyable.  The Fonterenza reflects the attention it receives which is finely made.  It should be drunk young and currently benefits from an hour or so of air.  My only gripe is that I wish it were more affordable.  I thought the Volpetti was a solid performer at the original $13 price but Tim recently marked it down to $8. I have not come across many $8 wines that I enjoy drinking!  These wines were purchased from MacArthur Beverages.

2011 Fonterenza, Petti Rosso – $26
Imported by Louis/Dressner Selections.  This wine is 100% Sangiovese sourced from vineyards near Montalcino at 420 meters on soils with good levels of clay and chalk.  It was fermented with indigenous yeasts then aged for eight months in stainless steel.  The light nose reveals aromas of grapey berries.  In the mouth the lively wine had flavors of bright red fruit which eventually turns blue.  There is a lightness in the weight but it is well done with a bit of depth.  There is forward acidity, grape fruit tannins, and raspberries in the finish.  With air it becomes perfumed and fruity with additional flavors of raspberry candy.  The tannins take on a powdery quality.  *** Now-2014.

2008 Cantine Volpetti, Campo Alle Rose, Cesanese Del Lazio – $8
Imported by Siema Wines.  This wine is 100% Cesanese Del Lazio.  The fairly dark color is a medium+ ruby with a hint of garnet.  In the mouth there is ripe, almost sweet, fruit which becomes black fruit with racy, mineral support.  The finish is a touch spicy with sweet fruit as the flavors tighten up.  A solid wine.  ** Now-2014.

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