A trio of Italian wines made from Croatina, Gaglioppo, Nocera, Vespolina, and more!
The three Italian wines featured in today’s post all posses good personality at less than $20 per bottle. The current offering of the 2012 Hauner Carlo, Hiera, Sicily evokes the 2008 and 2009 vintages which I enjoyed very much. In fact, I enjoyed several bottles of this wine before I managed to write down a tasting note. It is a rich offering from Sicily with hard to describe flavors and very good tension. A must try! The 2012 Ippolito, I Mori, Calabria will certainly benefit from short-term aging to soften the strength of the Gaglioppo and to let the wine open up. Right now it offers a sense of its future so it is best left in the cellar. The 2013 La Piane, Maggiorina is the little brother of the excellent 2011 Le Paine, Piane, Colline Novaresi I previously tasted with Tim. The former contains a good proportion of Croatina as well as ten other varieties. It is a very light and not too tart wine, yet will remaining interesting to drink throughout the winter. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.
2012 Hauner Carlo, Hiera, Sicily – $18
Imported by Empson USA. This wine is a blend of 60% Alicante, 30% Nocera, and 10% Nero d’Avola. Alcohol 13%. The nose reveals exotic berries. In the mouth the tart and puckering red fruit, tingles the sides of the tongue. The clean flavors persist but fine and ripe tannins creep up during the aftertaste. I find the flavors hard to describe but there is good complexity, a darker middle, and rather attractive tension. *** Now – 2018.
2012 Ippolito, I Mori, Calabria – $18
Imported by Cantiniere Imports. This wine is a blend of 70% Gaglioppo and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Alcohol 13.5%. The nose sported low-lying, rich aromas. In the mouth were tight flavors of red and blue fruit moved along by watering acidity. The flavors became dry by the finish matching the very fine, dry structure , and dry baking spices. With air this took on a bit of a grapey start and round hint but overall this needs a year to open up. **(*) 2016-2020.
2013 La Piane, Maggiorina – $17
Imported by Free Run Wine Merchants. This wine is a blend of Croatina, Uvarara, Vespolina, Nebbiolo, and 9 other varieties sourced from vines 20-80 years of age. Alcohol 12.5%. The brighter aromas mix with greenhouse plants with a hint of earth. In the mouth the wine has very focused and gentle ripeness. It is not too tart with bright and firm, red fruit, watering acidity, and nice, fuzzy textured tannins. This lighter wine finishes with citric dryness. ** Now – 2016.