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2014 Fontefico, “cocca di casa”, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo: new label, same tasty wine

September 19, 2017 Leave a comment

I could not find Fontefico’s basic Montepulciano d’Abruzzo until Tim pointed out the new label and name.  Despite this change the 2014 Fontefico, “cocca di casa”, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo continues the trend of offering fine flavor for the price.  It will undoubtedly age for several years but the vigor of youth is exciting right now.  I am particularly drawn to the inky, mineral vein that complements the dark fruit.  I recommend you grab a few bottles!  This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.

2014 Fontefico, “cocca di casa”, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo – $19
Imported by Tenth Harvest.  This wine is 100% Montepulciano D’Abruzzo that was aged in a combination of stainless steel and oak.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The bright nose is followed by more complexity in the mouth.  The wine is certainly lively, not quite robust perhaps vigorous is the best description.  The inky, mineral vein picks up focused flavors of red fruit with an undertone of black fruit.  The watering acidity matches the black fruit flavors as some coarse, coating tannins mix up with spice.  The structure comes out with air.  *** Now – 2022+.

The earthy and mature 2010 Fontefico, Montepulciano D’Abruzzo

March 3, 2016 3 comments

When I recently asked Tim for some recommendations, he quickly pointed out the 2010 Fontefico, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.  Fontefico is a relatively young winery started by Nicola and Emanuele Altieri on an old estate located along the coast in Abruzzo.  A handful of wines are produced, all from individual vineyards located only a few hundred meters from the sea.  I do not drink much  Montepulciano D’Abruzzo so I was pleased by the open nature of this bottle.  More importantly, I enjoyed the sense of maturity from the earth and leather notes in the wine.  You could probably hold on to this for a few years but I see no reason to.  Just drink it up! This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.


2010 Fontefico, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo – $18
Imported by Grappoli Imports.  This wine is 100% Montepulciano D’Abruzzo that was aged in a combination of stainless steel and oak.  Alcohol 14%.  The earthy flavors mix with herbs then greenhouse notes.  The rounded wine is mouthfilling but not weighty, leaving ripe tannins on the gums.  With air the wine becomes a little tangy.  There is also a sense of maturity that is highlighted by the leather notes.  *** Now.


Two good values from Italy

With just a quick glance at the label I first thought the 2012 Illuminati, Riparosso, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo was a very inexpensive Ripasso style of wine.  Instead Riparosso is the name of the wine.  This Due Bicchieri rated wine revealed fresh black fruit flavors and attractive acidity.  It was actually quite satisfying, showing all the required components in natural balance.  This would make a great daily drinker or decent wine for a large party.  The  2010 Tre Monti, Petrignone, Sangiovese Riserva, Romagna steps up to Tre Bicchieri and with that comes more flavor concentration and minerality.  On the first night it was almost overwhelming with flavor but by the second night it had become well balanced in its youth.  Both of these wines should have broad appeal.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.


2012 Illuminati, Riparosso, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo – $12
Imported by Montcalmwine Importers. This wine is 100% Montepulciano sourced from soils tending towards clay which was fermented in stainless steel then aged for six months in large Slavonian oak barrels.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The wine was ripe at first then took on dense, focused and fresh black fruit flavors.  There was a little bit of spice and ripe tannins left on the gums.  It had slightly juicy to watering acidity.  Though there is a light sense to the wine it showed more structure with air and the ability to develop over the year.  ** Now-2019.


2010 Tre Monti, Petrignone, Sangiovese Riserva, Romagna – $19
Imported by RWK Imports.  This wine is 100% Sangiovese sourced from the terraced Petrignone vineyard planted in 1968.  The soils are sandy clay with a gravelly texture at 150 meters.  It underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged for six months in one and two-year old French barriques. Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose revealed ripe, grainy grape aromas.  The mouth was similar to the noise but blacker in nature.  The flavors had definite concentration with some black minerals and an expansive finish.  With air there was good minerality, nice acidity, and better balance.  It even seemed younger.  *** Now-2022.


An Exciting Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from Marramiero

September 13, 2012 Leave a comment

This was my first experience tasting the wines of Marramiero.  I can easily recommend that you purchase the less expensive Incanto.  I particularly like its nervy quality and the fruit which is supported by the structure.  The Inferni is smothered by the barrel structure and does not offer up much.  That said it should improve with age but the Incanto is more flavorful, will develop with age, and is less expensive.  It is quite nice after a few hours of air. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

2009 Marramiero, Incanto, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo – $19
Imported by Cantiniere Imports & Distributing.  This wine is 100% Montepulciano sourced from Pescara.  It was fermented then aged for 24 months in stainless steel tanks.  Alcohol 14%.  The color was medium ruby.  Drunk over two nights the light nose reveals cherry, berries, and Kirsch.  In the mouth the flavors were still a bit tight with red cherry fruit.  The wine was grapey and a bit nervy with density but still has fresh fruit and a red grapefruit note.  The flavors become blacker with progression and show a sweet, tannic structure.  Nice!  *** Now-2022.

2008 Marramiero, Inferi, Riserva, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo – $29
Imported by Cantiniere Imports & Distributing.  This wine is 100% Montepulciano which was aged 14-18 months in French oak barrels and casks. Alcohol 14%.  The nose of dark fruit is dense.  In the mouth there is a bit of roast and toast, drying spicy tannins in this wine which clearly shows more structure and wood notes than the Incanto.  It eventually becomes slightly creamy with blue-black fruit and a round quality.  It is not yet expressive.  **(*) 2015-2027.

A Wine Dinner at Bristol, 30 April 1993

April 30, 1993 1 comment

Though we all gathered outside of the Bristol Wine Circle for many formal and informal wine dinners only once did I write down my tasting notes. This particular dinner was hosted at Rob’s house where he prepared our dinner. We started off by tasting four wines blind then moved on to a pair of 1970 Clarets and finally a very young, vintage port.

The dinner menu consisted of:

  • Cheese and Tomato Swirl
  •  Quails Egg and Asparagus in a Pasty Case
  •  Breat of Barbury Duck with Greenpepper Corns and Apple
  •  Chocolate and Coffee Marquise
  •  Cheese
  •  Petit Fours

#1 – 1959 John Harvey and Sons, Riesling, Spatlese, Rudesheimer Hauserweg, Rheingau
75cl Bought at Avery’s 5 Pounds Sterling.
Rob.  Eggy on first nose.  Golden Color, sulfur malt color malt though dull.  No acidity, dull.  Old taste.  Quite sweet similar to 1971.  Best vintage between 1945-1971.  The label has an amusing Photo/Picture of a man and a woman pouring grapes.

#2 – 1991 Umani Ronci, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
3.99 Pounds Sterling. 12%.
Jon.  Alcoholic on the nose, very smooth.  Dark ruby color.  Sweet nose.  Quite young.  Italian, 1991.

#3 – 1989 Huadon Tsingtao, Chardonnay
6.50 Pounds Sterling.  China!!
Supervised by Rosemont Estate.  Crisp and fragrent.  Very pale light straw, slightly carbonated.  Acidy, apple citrus.  Finish may be due to acid.

#4 – 1988  P. Misserey, Mercurey
Nuits Cotes d’Or, 12.5%, 75 cL.
Tannic, big, finish, wonderful.
FF45 Cellier Normand

1970 Chateau Giscours, Margaux
Incredibly dark, huge nose, definitely not cigar-box, definately old Bordeaux.  Young, not there nose.  There is a hell of a lot of tannin.  Disappointed with palette and finish.  Not typical Margaux.  Disappointing.  “You are buggered without fruit.”  This wine has traveled.

1970 Chateau La Lagune, Haut-Medoc
From the nose it is obvious that this “better” than the Giscours.  I would lay it down for a few more years, but it is bloody good now.  Another evening.

1985 Quinta do Noval, Douro
8.50 Pounds Sterling
“You were getting up so early it was like getting up yesterday.”

Rob, Jon, Andrew, Iain, and Aaron