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Excellent wines, both familiar and unfamiliar, from Italy

October 22, 2014 1 comment

I remember the San Felice, Il Grigio, Chianti Classico Riserva from my high school days when we would periodically dine at an Italian restaurant in the Seven Corners.   I remember the wine more than the food , which surely was decant, but I would not be surprised if we went there to drink the wine.  The latest vintage is a good effort that needs further aging then should drink well for some time.  A new wine to me is the 2011 Casa del Bosco, Nebbiolo, Coste della Sesia.  This is a fantastic wine with flavors that match the images on the Louis/Dressner website.  The village of Casa del Bosco was originally built as a hunting resort a long time ago so they obviously needed vineyards to supply wine.  There are only 20 producers of Coste della Sesia so this is a unique opportunity to taste these wines.  This particular wine is made in old cellars dating to the late 1700s and fermented in concrete vats built in 1910.  This old-school wine even has its labels glued on by hand.  While I do not think this is a wine for the long-haul, I would cellar it for half a year so that it may open up further.  For those with less patience and the eternally curious you must try the 2012 Benito Ferrara, Quattro Confini, Aglianico, Irpinia.  This is an expressive version of Aglianico that has grip and tension.  Not all wines have tension but when they do you want to taste more to see how the flavors play out.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2010 San Felice, Il Grigio, Chianti Classico Riserva – $23
Imported by  San Felice USA.  This wine is 100% Sangiovese which was aged for 24 months in a combination of large Slavonian casks and French barrqiues.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose of herbed potatoes made way to very gentle flavors in the mouth.  There was black fruit in the middle, some ripe texture and gum coating tannins from the structure.  This is good, clean, solid Chianti that will age.  It needs a few hours of air right now but will reveal gently, sweet fruit.  **(*) 2015-2020.

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2011 Casa del Bosco, Nebbiolo, Coste della Sesia – $23
Imported by Louis/Dressner.  This wine is a blend of 90% Nebbiolo and 10% Croatina that was fermented in vats built in 1910 then aged for 18 months in used barrels.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose was engaging with slightly stinky, earthy, Nebbiolo aromas.  In the mouth were ripe black and strawberry fruit that showed up front acidity.  This rustic wine had good flavors of black and red fruit along with extract.  **(*) Now-2017.

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2012 Benito Ferrara, Quattro Confini, Aglianico, Irpinia – $18
Imported by deGrazia Imports.  This wine is 100% Aglianico sourced from vines at 600 meters.  It was aged in 30% barrqiues and 70% stainless steel.  Alcohol 13%.  The nose revealed cherries and other tart, pungent aromas.  The wine was quite open from the start with pungent, rounded flavors that showed mid palate grip.  The black mineral flavors had tar-like notes, salivating acidity, and long ripe tannins on the gums.  There was lovely tension in this wine making it a grab choice to drink now.  *** Now-2017.

Several Wines Tasted One Month Ago

October 15, 2012 Leave a comment

It is through no fault of these wines that I am only just publishing these tasting notes from over one month ago.  They just fell through the cracks.  Of these four I would recommend the Clso Siguier, Antoniolo, and Lioco.  The Clos Siguier was purchased for Wishing Well Liquors, the Antoniolo from MacArthur Beverages, and the other two from Unwined.

2009 Clos Siguier, Cahors –
A Jenny & Francois Selection imported by USA Wine Imports.  This wine is a blend of 95% Malbec and 5% Tannat sourced from 60-year-old vines.   The fruit is fermented with indigenous yeasts. Alcohol 12.5%.  There is a light perfumed nose with a singular berry aroma.  In the mouth there was slightly tart, red fruit then dusty blue fruit.  There were drying but slightly ripe tannins and a little juicy acidity.  Easy to drink.  ** Now.

2010 Azienda Agricola Antoniolo, Bricco Lorella, Coste della Sesia – $16
Imported by Bacchus Importers.  This wine is 100% Nebbiolo.  Alcohol 13%.  The color is a light+ vibrant copper and salmon.  The nose is gentle with winey aromas of lightly ripe fruit.  In the mouth the wine is weighty with sandy texture, spices, some tannins, and a good aftertaste.  The tarter red fruit puckers in the mouth at first then the flavors become drier towards the middle.  This is a wine to slowly drink at a warmer temperature.  ** Now-2013.

2009 Lioco, Indica, Mendocino County – $18
This wine is a blend of 85% Carignan, 9% Grenache, and 6% Petite Sirah.  The fruit was fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts.  It underwent malolactic fermentation then aged for 10 months on the fine lees in neutral oak.  The nose is a light to medium with aromas of red and blue fruit and notes of the sea.  In the mouth the tart red fruit has a touch of blue.  There is juicy acidity, a bit of a tang, and moderate body.  With air the wine puts on some fat.  As the fresh flavors drop off they are replaced by dried, grainy strawberry and blueberry.  The textured, grainy flavors continue through the aftertaste where there are perfumed tannins.  *** Now-2015.

2007 Domaine Sarda-Malet, Le Sarda, Cotes du Roussillon – $20
Imported by Europvin USA.  This wine is a blend of approximately 50% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, and 20% Syrah sourced from 20-50 year old vines on clay-limestone and clay-siliceous hillsides.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose reveals red fruit and a little cranberry.  In the mouth there is red fruit with orange juice backing, dried herbs, and dry, citric tannins.  There is moderate weight, juicy acidity but remains lighter than expected.  The acidity and dried herbs persist through the long aftertaste.  ** Now-2017.