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Recently Tasted Italian Wines From Grignolino d’Asti to Montefalco Rosso


Just prior to the holidays we managed to taste through a number of Italian wines.  My favorites include the 2006 IcarioVino Nobile di Montepulciano, 2010 Perticaia,  Montefalco Rosso, and the 2012 Boscarelli de Ferrari, Rosso Toscana.  In need of some cellar time are the 2006 Busi, Riserva, Chianti Rufina, and 2010 Fattoria del Cerro, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.  I recommend that you purchase any of those five wines.  I should also point out that if you want something different then try the 2012 Vini Bocchino, Grignolino d’Asti.  This is a lighter wine, perhaps best to start the evening with before moving on.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur  Beverages.

2012 Boscarelli de Ferrari, Rosso Toscana – $22
Imported by Empson USA.  This wine is a blend of 90% Prugnolo Gentile, 5% Merlot, and 5% Cannaiolo.  Alcohol 12.5%.  There were brighter red fruit flavors in the mouth which were tangy with acidity.  Though bright there was some stuffing, moderate structure, and juicy acidity.  This was a serious young with stuffing for the short term.  *** Now – 2018.

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2012 Vini Bocchino, Grignolino d’Asti – $13
Imported by Williams Corner Wines.  This wine is 100% Grignolino.  The color was rather light.  There was a light nose of berry candy then complex bitters.  In the mouth were firm and lighter flavors, firm acidity on the tongue tip and a midpalate of ethereal flavors.  With air it revealed delicate red candy notes and integrated acidity.  The finish was drier with tart flavors, and structure.  ** Now-2016.

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2010 Le Bertille, Rosso di Montepulciano – $19
Imported by Vias Imports.  This wine is a blend of 80% Prugnolo Gentile, 20% Ciliegiolo, Colorino and Mammolo sourced from younger vines.  Alcohol 13.5%.  There was a light but scented nose of red fruit becoming more perfumed on the second night.  There were red flavors leaning towards black fruit then tart black fruit which almost puckers the mouth.  There was a little greenhouse note along with more obvious structure and acidity.  It had a little texture in the back aftertaste.  ** 2016 – 2024.

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2010 Fattoria del Cerro, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano – $18
Imported by Vias Imports.  This wine is a blend of 90% Prugnolo Gentile, 5% Colorino, and 5% Mammolo.Alcohol 13%.  There was a subtle black nose which was a touch sweeter on the second night.  In the mouth were slightly tart, red fruit, a little weight, then a hint of creamy black fruit.  The wine played it close with its tangy notes and a little chewy personality.  On the second night it was much better with density, length, and acidity to brighten things in the finish.  The structure was good.  **(*)  2015 – 2025.

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2010 Perticaia, Montefalco Rosso – $23
Imported by Cantiniere Imports.  This wine is a blend of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino, and 5% Colorino.  Alcohol 13.5%.  There was slightly tart red fruit with some dark notes.  There was a bit of juicy acidity and ripe orange pith before blacker, round fruit and spices came out in the finish.  It had some gravity, darkness, and allure.  *** Now-2018.

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2010 Antonelli, Montefalco Rosso – $18
Imported by Grappoli Imports.  This wine is a blend of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino, and 15% Merlot.  Alcohol 14%.  There were light aromas of dark red fruit.  In the mouth were initial billowy flavors of soft red fruit.  After a few hours the wine tightened up showing a modern structure which dried the gums.  The acidity came out as well.  The wine was not heavy but the flavors coated the tongue like a blanket.  Could use more verve.  ** Now-2017.

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2009 Marammalta, Micante, Maremma – $13
Imported by IMA Imports.  This wine is a blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.  Alcohol 13%.  There was juicy fruit flavors, with some slight prune notes, good acidity, then black fruit.  With air it took on a touch of smoke, cherry notes, and smoked bacon.  ** Now-2014.

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2006 Icario, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano – $25
Imported by Vinifera Imports Ltd.  This wine is a blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, and Merlot.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose bore a little dark roast.  In the mouth the wine was taking on mature notes but was still robust.  The wine was bristling with saline flavors and controlled ripeness.  It had expansive power in the finish along with a structure of tannins which coated the back sides of the mouth.  Very Italian.  *** Now-2020.

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2006 Busi, Riserva, Chianti Rufina – $18
Imported by Kysela Pere et Fils.  This wine is 100% Sangiovese sourced from 10-25 year old vines.  Alcohol 14%.  There were more mature notes on the nose.  In the mouth there was tart black fruit with some mature flavors within the low-lying cloud of flavors.  The grip came out with the acidity.  There were some wood notes, salivating acidity, and drying tannins left on the gums in the aftertaste.  This was perhaps lean, not thin but not rich.  This is currently on the up-slope of development.  **(*) Now-2024.

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