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We Try a Pair of Wines Imported by Small Vineyards

The two selections featured in this post were imported by Small Vineyards of Seattle.  They focus on importing Mediterranean wine from family owned wineries that hand-harvest their fruit and are “earth friendly.”  They place the added restriction that the estates must be one of the smallest 10% in the region.  Both of these wines produce 6,000 to 6,500 cases per year.  Azienda Agricola de Tarczal is an old winery located in the northern Trentino Alto-Adige.  Though it came into the family just over one century ago the records for the estate document a history of vineyards and wine production back into the 17th century.  This particular wine is dedicated to Mozart for in Don Giovanni, Act 2, Scene 15 we find:

DON GIOVANNI (a Leporello) Piatto!
DON GIOVANNI Versa il vino.
(Leporello versa il vino nel bicchiere)
Eccellente marzimino!
LEPORELLO (Questo pezzo di fagiano piano piano vo’ inghiottir.)
DON GIOVANNI (Sta mangiando quel marrano; fingerò di non capir.)

The reference to the Marzemino grape may not be surprising for Mozart’s librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte, grew up near Venice where one also finds the Marzemino.  This was my first introduction to this varietal and if you are curious, it is worth the price.

Azienda Agricola Perazzeta is located in Montenero from which one may view Montalcino to the north.  Here the vineyards are a bit lower and warmer.  This wine is still young at this point but I think it should develop nicely over the next few years.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

2009 Azienda Agricola de Tarczal, Marzemino D’Isera, Trentino Superiore – $16
Imported by Small Vineyards.  This wine is 100% Marzemino sourced from the Castello, Brugnara, and Dossi vineyards on soils of basalt.  It was fermented in stainless steel followed by 12 months aging in large Slavonian barrels.  RS 1.1 g/l, TA 5.0 g/l,  Alcohol 12.5%.  The color is light to medium grapey ruby.  The light nose reveals yeasty fruit. Int he mouth this fresh, fruity wine has a cooler aspect and a yeasty aspect.  This wine remained brighter with young red fruit, fresh acidity, and a grapey aspect.  The aftertaste bears more red grapefruit flavors.  ** Now-2015.

2010 Azienda Agricola Perazzeta, Erio Supertuscan, Tuscany – $16
Imported by Small Vineyards.  This wine is a blend of 50% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah and 10% Merlot sourced from a 7 hectare vineyards located at 300-340 meters on soils of river stones, chunks of quartz, and ancient shells.  The fruit was fermented in stainless steel, underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel then was aged 18 months in one-use French  barriques.  RS 1.4 g/l, TA 5.7 g/l, Alcohol 14%.  This starts with harder fruit flavors of dry cherry supported by underlying blue fruit.  After a few hours the red and blue fruit flavors flesh out.  The concentrated red fruit is matched by a balanced structure.  The aftertaste sports a lifted flavors and a little incense.  This should develop nicely over the short-term.  **(*) 2014-2019.

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