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A Trio of Well-Priced Italian Wines


Just another short post for today.  I am working on a few longer posts for this month and also gearing up for the UGC 2010 Bordeaux tasting tonight.  I have a big backlog of tasting notes to publish so I shall start with these three Italian wines.  I definitely recommend the Ocone and the Torre Vento.  Both are good wines for the money which may be drunk over some time.  I am on the fence with the Apicella.  It starts with an engaging nose but the flavors drop off in the mouth.  It should work well as a wine to begin otherwise it might be best to try other vintages or wines from the producer.  The Ocone and Apicella were purchased at Chambers Street Wines.  The Torre Vento was purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2007 Ocone, Apollo, Aglianico del Taburno – $16
Imported by Polaner Selections.  This wine is 100% Aglianico sourced from certified organic vineyards at 200-400 meters on soils of limestone.  It is fermented and undergoes malolactic fermentation in vertical wood vats.  It is aged for one year in stainless steel followed by six months in barrique.  Alcohol 13%.  There is a light nose of firm black fruit and a bit of perfume.  In the mouth there is black, smokey fruit, focused ripeness, and a perfumed wood nature.  The flavors remain a little ripe with a firm, rugged core of fruit.  There are drying, firm tannins and firmer flavors in the finish.  Heck, the wine firms up with air.  Has potential and could use a touch of age.  **(*) Now-2019.

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2011 Giuseppe Apicella, Piedirosso, Colli di Salerno IGT – $14
Imported by Wine Emporium.  This wine is a blend of 85% Piedirosso and 15% other varietals.  The fruit is destemmed and vinified in stainless steel tanks. Alcohol 12%  The color was a light cherry rose.  The nose reveals fresh red berries, some purple fruit along with pepper in a fine and attractive manner.  In the mouth the flavors are bright and tart with young red fruit, pepper notes, and fresh acidity.  It is rather like a light Gamay.  The flavors are simpler in the finish where there are some tannins followed by firmness in the aftertaste.  ** Now-2014.

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2003 Torre Vento, Sine Nomine, Rosso Riserva, Salice Salentino – $16
Imported by Wine Wave.  This wine is a blend of 90% Negroamaro and 10% Malvasia Nera which was aged for two years in French oak barriques.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The light to medium strength nose is more pungent with evergreen and herbed, red fruit.  There are fresh, herbs and red fruit in the mouth.  The flavors take on black red fruit with acidity that causes the back of the tongue to salivate.  There is a wood note in the finish.  Nice wine.  *** Now-2023.

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