Italy’s Super Reds – Thursday January 28, 2016

Italy’s Super Reds
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Grant Graves

Tonight was our evening for sampling some of the great wines from Italy.  We started with traditional bubbles followed by some great regional wines and finished with what else, a super Tuscan.  Each wine reflected well upon its heritage and grape types. The super stars of the group were the Il Palagio Le Bambole and the Macchiole Scrio.  What would you expect from the country of the dolce vita.

Masottina Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco
DOCG: Veneto
Grape varieties: Prosecco (Glera)

Prosecco date from the late 1860,s and is generally has a lighter less persistent bubble than champagne due to the production method. A presents of green apples, citrus and white flowers that are usually light and delicate and not exceedingly complex derived from the grape. Finer Prosecco wines often exhibit notes of tropical fruits, banana cream, hazelnut and vanilla. $23.49

Feudo Maccari Saia 2012
DOC: Sicily
Grape varieties: Nero d’Avola

Saia is the name of the irrigation canals in Sicily built centuries ago by the Arabs to collect rainwater. In this sun-baked land, every drop counts! The wine producer, Feudo Maccari, uses 100 percent Nero d’Avola to produce this intense, full-bodied red. Complex aromas of light toasty oak, with plum, hints of Christmas pudding and dark chocolate. A finish like velvet from a most extraordinary grape. $39.99

Manzone Barolo Bricat 2009
DOCG: Barolo, Piedmont
Grape varieties: Nebbliolo

A wonderful new exclusive from Piedmont. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate thinks so too; they give it 91 points! The review: “The 2008 Barolo Bricat is the richest and most powerful of the three Baroli I tasted from Manzone. A big, broad-shouldered wine, the Bricat possesses lovely vibrancy and more than enough mid-palate sweetness to fill out its frame. Sweet roses, mint and freshly cut flowers add an element of lift and freshness on the finish.” $70.99

Il Palagio “Le Bambole” Gran Selezione 2011
DOCG: Chianti Classico, Tuscany
Grape varieties: Sangiovese

Aged in 1000 litre barrels for 30 months followed by bottle aging.  “Nose: very intense, with notes of ripe red fruits, typical and persistent, with spicy notes of aging. Flavor: exuberant, great structure, harmonious, very typical, with good freshness and a solid composition of silky tannins, fruity and persistent finish with excellent balance. Serving suggestions: Pasta, steak, pork and lamb, strong and aged cheeses,” according to the Il Palagio team. $69.99

Bussola Valpolicella TB Classico 2010
DOC: Valpolicella, Veneto
Grape varieties: Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara

Tommaso Bussola started producing his own wine in 1983.  Through constant innovation and care to details these wines have become classics.  They ages for 18 months in barrels before bottling.  90 points from Wine Spectator for the 2010 vintage! The review: “A tangy red, featuring a rich note of tarry mineral that underscores the lively flavors of wild cherry, red currant, underbrush and ground coffee. Ripe and juicy, with chalky tannins firming the finish. Drink now through 2020.” $58.99

Sportoletti Villa Fidelia Rosso 2011
DOC: Umbria
Grape varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc

The Sportoletti family has produced wine in Umbria for three generations, but it wasn’t until they joined forces with then up-and-coming enologist Ricardo Cotarella in 1998 that the world began to take notice. The wine ferments for 15 – 18 days in stainless steel, then additional malolactic fermentation in oak barrels and aging for 12 months followed by bottle aging for 18 months. “A deep, glowing dark red, with refined and evolved aromas recalling sticky blackberry, tobacco, spices, liquorice and chocolate. Opulent and elegant in the mouth, rich in silky tannins, well integrated in the taste, inspiring a rich and persistent finish on the palate.” $46.99

Macchiole Scrio 2009
IGT: Tuscany
Grape varieties: Syrah

Winemaker’s notes: “Scrio is the Prodigal son, the one that always causes worry and concern, the one who makes you work hard. With him you must always be attentive, you can never relax control, but then he can also give great satisfaction”. The 2009 Scrio (Syrah) is a dark, brooding wine layered with the essence of smoke, tar, graphite, plums and blackberries. Firm tannins convey serious structure in this full-bodied, intense wine. 90/100 Robert Parker. $185.99

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