Brunello, Barolo & Amarone – Tuesday April 15

What is it about the red wines of Montalcino, Barolo and Valpolicella?  It seems like we can’t run this tasting enough, as Albertans just can’t get enough of the premium reds from these three famous regions.

Eric’s Lineup and Tasting Notes:

La Velona Brunello di Montalcino 2007 - Located in the warmest area of Montalcino, La Velona produces a forward, lush, and delicious style of Brunello.  This wine was fully mature, and offering notes of juicy red cherry, leather, and spicy dry oak.  A really solid glass of vino that should drink well over the next three years, or so – don’t wait too long, though! - $61.99

Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2007 – Just a baby when compared to the La Velona.  Tightly-wound and shy, this wine was a little closed down.  You could tell it has great potential, and all the elements of a great wine are here in abundance and balance, but the wine wasn’t singing.  Faint notes of sour red cherry were all that this wine was giving off on the nose, but the palate impressed with its richness and length.  Let’s revisit this wine in 3-5 years, shall we? – $84.99

Serradenari Barolo 2009 – Pretty, pretty, pretty… In terms of elevation, Serradenari possesses the highest vineyards in all of Barolo.  Because of that, the wines of Serradenari all share a certain delicacy, finesse, and attractive lightness.  The wine is pale in colour, but the wine’s floral aromatics were jumping!  Just an amazing value for Barolo lovers that should drink well for the next 5-10 years. – $45.99

Azelia Barolo 2009 – My wine of the night.  This isn’t your daddy’s young Barolo, who’s tannin will rip the enamel off your teeth!  This is rich, juicy, and with a structure that is integrated within the wine, instead sticking out.  Seamless.  If you love Barolo, I’d buy 3-6 of these, and enjoy seeing how it evolves of the nest decade.  Luigi Scavino: great effort! – $57.99

Sartori Amarone della Valpolicella Classico “Reius” 2007 – Really good Amarone here.  This wasn’t a blockbuster style of Amarone, as it clocked in at 14.% abv.  Balanced and mature, this wine was fully open.  I really like the balanced between the dried fruit (date and fig) and dried herb (oregano and thyme) flavours.  Good, but not great length.  Just a really delicious, balanced bottle of vino.  Well done. - $61.99

Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella 2009 – A monster.  A inky black hole of a wine.  Did I mention this wine was full-bodied?!  Coming in at a hefty 16% abv, if you want to join the purple-teeth club, then this wine is for you.  This wine offers mounds of cassis and dried blackberries, without a hint of sourness, or bitterness.  A great to your favourite hard cheese. – $45.99

Favourites: We voted on our favourites (2 points for one’s favourite, 1 point for their runner-up), and there was a clear, clear favourite once the votes were tallied:

1st Place: 2007 Sartori Amarone della Valpolicella Classico “Reius” – 17 points.

2nd Place (tie): 2007 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino & 2009 Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella – 9 points

3rd Place: 2007 La Velona Brunello di Montalcino – 8 points

Thanks to all those who came, and made it a great night.  And to those who weren’t able to make it, hope to see you next time!


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