Italian Variety


Biodynamic vineyards in Liguria provide the source for the  2009 Tenuta Selvadolce, Rucantu’, Pigato, Riviera Ligure di Ponente.  This “orange” wine was evocative of the fall and a pleasure to smell.  From the region of the very famous Tenuta San Guido comes the Bordeaux blend of the 2008 Donna Olimpia 1898, Bolgheri.  The blend is apparent with the greenhouse infused aromas and flavors.  This wine tastes of cooler fruit but should develop nicely for another few years.  The 2005 Tenuta Alzatura, Sagrantino di Montefalco is from a region I really enjoy and want to explore further.  Sagrantino seems to stand up to oak quite well providing both strong flavors and wood box notes.  I find the combination irresistible though I have yet to drink a properly mature example.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2009 Tenuta Selvadolce, Rucantu’, Pigato, Riviera Ligure di Ponente – $19
Imported by Williams Corner Wine.  This wine is 100% Pigato sourced from vines planted in 1975.  It was fermented in barrique with indigenous yeasts then aged for eight months.  Alcohol 13%.  The color was a medium fall  yellow.  The nose was aromatic with finely scented  notes of fallen orchard fruit and skin contact.  In the mouth was a round start followed by some glycerin in the middle.  There was toast notes, some yeast then minerals.  The acidity built on the sides of the tongue and throat.  The wine had a firm underpinning.  ** Now-2016.

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2008 Donna Olimpia 1898, Bolgheri – $19
Imported by The Rare Wine Co.  This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose revealed greenhouse inflused aromas of black fruit.  There were cool, redder fruit flavors in the mouth which developed ripeness.  There was a modern middle with integrated acidity and greenhouse flavors followed by an expansive finish.  The wine became a bit creamy.  This is still young but on the cusp of developing maturity.  **(*) 2015-2022.

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2005 Tenuta Alzatura, Sagrantino di Montefalco – $28
Imported by Excelsior Wine & Spirits.  This wine is 100% Sagrantino which was aged for 16 months in barrique.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The attractive nose revealed wood box aromas, spices, and blacker fruit.  In the mouth there was a strong depth to the flavor but the wine remained clearly young.  There was some maturity to the flavors along with saltiness and dried herbs.  The flavors became brighter and dry in the finish where the thick, very fine tannins of the powerful structure came forth. Nice flavor but needs more time in the cellar. ***(*) 2017-2032.

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