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Two very different wines from Italy

October 28, 2014 Leave a comment

It is possible that you might not like both of these wines but if you are adventurous then you should taste both.  The 2011 Grosjean Freres, Cornalin, Vigne Rovettaz, Vallee d’Aoste is made from the local grape Cornalin which is grown in the Alpine area of northern Italy. The cool environment comes through on the nose as well as the ethereal flavors in the mouth.  Despite the lightness it is a puckering blend of old-school flavors, old wood, and earth before the final kiss of strawberry.    You must see a bottle of 2011 Tenuta Alfredosa, Montefalco Rosso from start to finish.  My first thought was that of drinking dark fruited grape juice.  It was fantastic in its purity.  Then the wine shook off its innocence to become a robust and powerful, yet balanced wine.  You are in for a new experience regardless of which wine you purchase.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2011 Grosjean Freres, Cornalin, Vigne Rovettaz, Vallee d’Aoste – $26
Imported by Neal Rosenthal.  This wine is 100% Cornalin sourced from vines planted one decade ago on steel, sandy soils.  The fruit was destemmed, fermented with indigenous yeasts then aged in stainless steel.  Alcohol 13%.  There was cooler smelling fruit with pepper hints and some herbaceousness.  In the mouth was a lively start of tart red fruit and almost puckering flavors.  There was an old-school flavor to this wine.  It had drier, tart fruit but still showed some roundness.  The was light and ethereal with old wood, earthy, and a strawberry finish.  *** Now-2017.

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2011 Tenuta Alfredosa, Montefalco Rosso – $20
Imported by Vinifera Imports.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The flavors were quite grapey at first then became robust with air.  There was blue and black fruit, hints of smoke, and a little density and minerality.  The structure was firm with some lean, dry, and very fine tannins.  The citric acidity was very much balanced in this powerful wine.  *** Now-2019.

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“Cast out the devils”: Sparkling and Still Sagrantino from the Old Estate of Scacciadiavoli

Scacciadiavoli translates to “Cast out the devils” which is the historic name of the winery featured in today’s post.  This 19th century estate is named after an exorcist who lived in a village bordering the vineyard.  The wines are produced using fruit from some 35 hectares of vines located in the heart of Montefalco. I am a big fan of the Sagrantino de Montefalco wines so I recently gave these more affordable selections a go.  The NV Azienda Agraria Scacciadiavoli, Vino Spumante Brut Rose, Montefalco lived up to my uninformed expectations for sparkling Sagrantino.  It is full of color, robust both in bubbles and flavor, and even sports some tannins.  This would be great during the fall.  The 2010 Azienda Agraria Scacciadiavoli, Montefalco Rosso was made from fruit that was not used in the Sagrantino de Montefalco.   This blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, and Sagrantino is less robust in the mouth but is in need of cellar age.  I actually liked the black fruit, licorice, and salt combination.  I do not know how this wine ages but would not be surprised if this scored a higher mark a few years down the road.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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NV Azienda Agraria Scacciadiavoli, Vino Spumante Brut Rose, Montefalco – $26
Imported by Michael R. Downey Selections.  This wine is 100% Sangrantino sourced from vines at 400 meters.  The second fermentation in bottle lasts at least 18 months.  Alcohol 12.5%.  The color was of medium intensity dried rose petals.  There were firmer bubbles in the mouth that matched the dry flavors.  There was almost blue fruit mixing with the red fruit followed by a yeasty hint in the middle.  There were some dry tannins and it still had a hint of bubbles in the finish.  This robust ending made way to a mouth coasting aftertaste.  ** Now-2017.

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2010 Azienda Agraria Scacciadiavoli, Montefalco Rosso – $17
Imported by Michael R. Downey Selections. This wine is a blend of 60% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot, and 15% Sagrantino that was aged for 12 months in French oak.  Alcohol 14.5%.  There was a subtle nose of dark-red fruit with some roast.  With air the wine became less tannic and rugged as the firm black fruit and salivating acidity came forward.  There was a hint of licorice, a hint of salt, and a fair amount of drying tannins.  It is still a bit wound up so I’d cellar it a few more years.  ** 2016-2022.

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

January 23, 2014 Leave a comment

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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