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Lou and I taste excellent bottles of Jean Noel Gagnard, Marisa Cuomo, and Torrione

February 2, 2015 1 comment

Lou and I gathered last week to taste more Italian red wine.  Before we started Lou generously opened a bottle of 2000 Domaine Jean Noel Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet Maltroie 1er Cru.  I have minimal experience with mature white Burgundy but this handful continues to surprise me with how they gracefully age and become satisfying to drink.  When we sat down to dinner this is what I drank.  Right now it offers up definitely lemon flavors that show weight and some structure.  Unbreached bottles should last for sometime but once opened, drink it in one evening.  Our bottle of 2007 Sella & Mosca, Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva  proved to be past its peak drinking.  Perhaps I am being a bit harsh, you could drink it, but there was no need in the company of the other wines and its price is not precious.  One sniff of the licorice based aromas focused my attention on the 2010 Marisa Cuomo, Furore Rosso, Costa d’Amalfi.  This wine had the most personality out of all the wines we tasted.  Whether it is the combination of Piedirosso and coastal vineyards will require further research.  This bottle remained firm until the third night so I strongly recommend you cellar at least one bottle for a few years.  While the Cuomo is unique the 2011 Torrione, Petrolo, Toscana is clearly a satisfying wine that will benefit from short-term aging.  I can see why it won Tre Bicchieri and suggest you rest a bottle next to the Cuomo.  Of the pair of 2009s, the 2009 Enrico Santini, Poggio Al Moro, Bolgheri was my favorite over the 2009 Elisabetta Geppetti, Pelofino, Maremma.  The Santini offered a core of dark red fruit delivered in a fresh wine whereas the Geppetti was a bit hollow with its jelly and dark roast flavors.  The Santini also conveyed the strength of the 2009 vintage.


2000 Domaine Jean Noel Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet Maltroie 1er Cru –
Imported by Ex Cellars Wine Agencies.  This wine is 100% Chardonnay that was barrel fermented then aged up to 18 months in new and used oak.  Alcohol ?%.  It was a golden, mature color with a little toast and other hard to place aromas.  In the mouth were flavors of ripe and tart lemon fruit the showed some weight, mixed with sage, and still had structure wrapped up by a nice tang at the end.  With air it developed an old wood hint as well as a mineral finish.  Best on the first night.  **** Now-2020.


2007 Sella & Mosca, Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva – $13
Imported by Palm Bay International.  This wine is 100% Cannonau that was fermented in stainless steel vats then aged for 2 years in large Slavonian oak barrels.  Alcohol 14%.  There were pruned fruit aromas on the nose.  In the mouth were black and red fruit that had a hint of freshness and firm tannins.  Though this wine was clearly alive it was also past its peak drinking. * Now.


2010 Marisa Cuomo, Furore Rosso, Costa d’Amalfi – $30
Imported by Panebianco.  This wine is a blend of 50% Piedirosso and 50% Aglianico sourced from terraced coastal vineyards that underwent malolactic fermentation and 6 months aging in used French oak barriques.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The color was a medium black cherry.  The nose remained interesting with licorice-like aromas.  Tasted over three nights, this wine barely budged the first two nights.  It offered unique flavors of floral infused black fruit that were firm and young.  The wine was certainly interesting with a mineral, racy bit, and tart flavors on the tongue.  It developed a savory hint and watering acidity.  ***(*) 2017-2025.


2011 Torrione, Petrolo, Toscana – $29
Imported by Vintus.  This wine is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from vines that reach back to the 1970s. The wine was fermented with indigenous yeasts in a mixture of French oak barriques, large oak barrels, and cement vats followed by 15 months of aging in French oak barriques and large oak barrels.  This period includes 6 months on the lees.  Alcohol 14%. The nose bore young, red and mixed fruit aromas that eventually showed raspberry candy and smoke.  In the mouth were plentiful flavors of tart, red fruit that had attractive grip and dried herb notes.  Over three nights the wine showed good presence in the mouth with a citric red fruit start, tang, grip, and a finish of black fruit, tannins, and acidity.  A good, young wine.  ***(*) 2016-2023.


2009 Enrico Santini, Poggio Al Moro, Bolgheri – $22
Imported by Vintus.  This wine is a blend of 30% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, and 10% Merlot that was fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel followed by three months aging in French oak barrels.   Alcohol 13.8%.  The black cherry and garnet color was followed by a plum nose.  In the mouth were pleasing flavors of dark, red mixed fruit then a core of flavor with a strong, fresh structure.  With air the acidity showed perfect integration with the strong structure leaving ripe, drying tannins on the gums. *** Now-2020.


2009 Elisabetta Geppetti, Pelofino, Maremma – $18
Imported by Nickolas Imports.  This wine is a blend of Sangiovese, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc.  Alcohol 13.5%.  As Lou noted, there were jelly aromas on the subtle nose.  In the mouth the flavors were a little soft and a touch hollow.  There was a strong structure, dark roast notes, and eventually the wine firmed up with texture to the jelly fruit.  ** Now-2017.


A Strong Value From the Cult Winery Tua Rita

Tua Rita was founded in 1984 when Rita Tua and her husband Virgilio Bisti purchased some 38 acres of vines.  They immediately planted it with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  They soon expanded the vineyard and began releasing wines in 1992.  Today there are some 62 acres of vineyards located in the town of Suvereto on the coast south of Bolgheri.  The Italian Wine Merchants considered the higher priced wine Redigaffi as “the acknowledged leader of the second generation of Super-Tuscans”.   The Perlato del Bosco has been released since the beginning at a more accessible price point.   Through the 2001 vintage this wine was 100% Sangiovese.  The blend changed in 2002 to include Cabernet Sauvignon which persisted through the 2010 vintage after which it returned to 100% Sangiovese.  Our bottle proved dense and coiled with flavor the first night.  It was clearly a good wine so I corked it back up to taste again.  It was more accessible on the second night, revealing greenhouse hints from the Cabernet Sauvignon which aided the impression that it should be cellar further.  If you are a fan of mouthfeel then you will certainly enjoy this wine now.  It is priced less than the recent releases so I recommend you stock up on some bottles for now and later!  This wine was purchased at MacArthur Beverages.


2007 Tua Rita, Perlato del Bosco, Rosso Toscana – $25
Imported by The Rare Wine Co.  This wine is a blend of 60% Sangiovese and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon which was fermented in stainless steel then aged for 12 months in used French oak barriques..  Alcohol 14.5%.  Tasted over two nights the nose remained fresh and cool with black fruit aromas and a hint of greenhouse.  In the mouth were savor flavors of cool blue and black fruit.  The wine was dense with extract, minerals, and textured tannins.  The acidity mixed with the moderate structure of fine, grained and ripe tannins.  With air the wine showed its youth and capability for development.  The flavors became a little more tart and red before the long aftertaste.  ***(*) Now-2029.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.