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A must-try pair of Italian wines


Tim’s latest Italian recommendations are a must-try so I feel I should pass them on to you.  First is the impeccable 2015 Robert Princic, Gradis’Ciutta, Friulano, Collio.  It is lively with the right amount of fruit, weight, and grip.  In other words it is both flavorful and pleasing in the mouth.  Little did I know that the 2011 Loredan Gasparini, Venegazzu Della Casa, Colli is important in the history of Italian wine.  This vintage is the latest in the series of Bordeaux blends which began with the 1951 vintage.  Thus Loredan Gasparini made the first Italian Bordeaux blend.  This bottle is developing mature notes but the core of the fruit and structural components still exist.  There is a sense of tightness and resolve so drink it after double-decanting or better yet in a few years from now.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

2015 Robert Princic, Gradis’Ciutta, Friulano, Collio – $19
Imported by Vineyard Brands.  This wine is 100% Friulano that was fermented and aged in stainless steel.  Alcohol 13.5%.  There is a lively start of white fruit and nuts which is delivered in a round character.  There are stone notes through the middle, a dry finish with a touch of grip, and a fresh aftertaste.  Well articulated.  *** Now – 2018.

2011 Loredan Gasparini, Venegazzu Della Casa, Colli – $22
Imported by Dionysos Imports.  This wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Malbec that was aged 18 months in Slavonian oak.  Alcohol 13.5%.  There are focused, round and dense flavors of blue and black fruit couple with initial bottled aged notes.  This maturity is more ethereal adding complexity throughout.  An herbaceous note at the start moves on to lively, dry spices in the middle, and a suggestion of powdery, ripeness in the finish.  With air the wine becomes more incensed and takes on a polished wood note.  ***(*) Now – 2027.

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