Tasting for you
Wine Meridian will tell you in its own way the story of Italian wines through the eyes and the experience of professionals and wine enthusiasts.
tuesday 15 october
Italian wines in the world: Azienda Agricola Vigna Belvedere's Najma Prosecco Doc Extra Dry
We have tasted for you Azienda Agricola Vigna Belvedere's Najma Prosecco Doc Extra Dry
Year of production: 2018
Price: € 6.00
Annual production: 7,000 bottles
Aging: sparkling in an autoclave 40 days
Grapes: 100% Glera
The versatility of Prosecco Doc is really unique. Azienda Agricola Vigna Belvedere is well aware of this fact, and it has chosen to channel all its energies into producing an interesting product that stands out on the market for its outstanding quality. The Prosecco Doc Extra Dry label, produced from 100% Glera grapes, is appreciated for its great versatility. A sugar residue of 13.3 grams / liter of sugar makes it suitable for the whole meal, to start with a fresh and captivating aperitif and an unusual combination with seasoned and spicy cheeses. At the base a clear straw colored, bright and sincere straw colored glass. Aromas of apple and pear, a bouquet of white flowers, place it perfectly in the typicality of a Prosecco Doc that the company has chosen to produce by seeking excellence. A viticulture in full synergy with the Friulian territory: grapes selected from the eight hectares of vineyards worked according to the teachings of the Simonit Sirch Pruning School, four different clones of Glera, attention to the value of nature and every aspect of it that affects wine and on its integrity. Soft pressing and subsequent controlled fermentation, sparkling according to the Martinotti Method and resting on its own yeasts in pressurized autoclaves for a period of 40 days, are the necessary steps for a label full of freshness and elegance.
A glass to combine also with a dessert, preferably served at a temperature of 6/8 degrees.
Idyllically set between the lush lagoons of Venice and the alluring Carnic Alps, Azienda Agricola Vigna Belvedere’s expansive vineyards boast a long-standing family history exceeding 200 years of deeply rooted farming traditions. Their Stone Pine symbol presented on every cherished bottle, the tree (grown by ancestors to use in the development of boats and palaces) marks clear the family’s highest respect for sustaining the surroundings’ rich fertility. Staying true to the example set by previous ancestors, the newly rejuvenated vineyards have been introduced to a more modern approach to viticulture. The vineyard’s production cycle is meticulously nurtured day-by-day with the purpose of preserving the health of the vines and in balancing yields, favouring quality over quantity.
Elisabetta Cichellero Fracca's Azienda Agricola Vigna Belvedere
Via Belvedere,8 - 33087 Pasiano Di Pordenone (PN)
Tel. +39 340 6098086
wednesday 02 october
Italian wines in the world: Scuderia Italia's Brunello di Montalcino 2010
We have tasted for you Scuderia Italia's Brunello di Montalcino 2010
Year of production: 2010
Price: 59.00 euros
Annual production: <1000 bottles, only in the best years
Aging: 4 years in large oak barrels
Grapes: 100% Sangiovese
Being able selectors and embedding uncompromising research in their philosophy is the challenge that Scuderia Italia, led by the passionate oenologist Flavio Sartori, offers to the market. The wine tasted today is really the result of a historical area, both for the Italian winemaking nobility and for the charm that derives from it, such as the production area of Brunello di Montalcino.
The Brunello presented at the tasting comes from a vintage that the protection consortium had already rewarded with full marks at the event Benvenuto Brunello, where it had given important signals to all the tasters present: we are talking about the now legendary 2010 vintage.
The Brunello di Montalcino from Scuderia Italia, with almost pastel red tones, presents itself to the nose with a very important balance of wild berries, among all the currants, up to the spices like pepper and cloves, to close with a smoky note of sweet tobacco, from which a slight hint of lavender emerges in the finish.
A “Mediterranean sense of smell” that accompanies a meaty and substantial drink, with a savory imprint and that acidity, combined with minerality, which allows us to think of it as still very long-lived or, indeed, from a collection.
The so elegant tannins offer a softness to the palate that persists in its harmony of aromas that offer a set of rare balance.
A Brunello so complete in its balance that we can match it with dishes that start from barbecued cooking until arriving at stewed red meat game, for a pairing that makes the protagonist himself and the most appreciated guest at the table.
Just as a winning stable selects its champions and raises them with extreme attention, so Scuderia Italia makes a careful choice among the culinary excellences present in and around Italy.The oenologists and experts of Scuderia Italia establish a relationship of close collaboration with the producers, in order to gather under a single brand jewels for the palate that only Italy can boast.
Tel. +39 388 6219045
Facebook e Instagram: @scuderia.italia.wine
From the left: Flavio Sartori, owner, and his father Loris
wednesday 18 september
Italian wines in the world: Bosco Viticultori's Canal Grando Rosso Venezia DOC
We have tasted for you Bosco Viticultori's Canal Grando Rosso Venezia DOC
Color: ruby red with violet reflections
Year of production: 2017
Price: 8.90 euros
Annual production: 50,000 bottles
Aging: in steel for 10 to 18 months
Grapes: Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
The possibility of searching for the highest quality is an opportunity not for everyone, but if you have many vineyards treated with experience on land that gives the best of yourself, also thanks to the proximity to the breezes of the upper Adriatic, then some expressions can emerge as unique, like those we find in the bottle of red wine Canal Grando of Bosco Malera, Bosco Viticultori.
A product that brings out the peculiarities of a blend, dominated by a Merlot so round and gentle with its herbaceous note that touches the aromatic because it is well balanced by another great international grape such as the Cabernet which is then tied together with an emerging native , always elegant and very pleasant.
An important and at the same time intriguing wine, an alcoholic grade that allows us to think of it as aged but that immediately gives the sense of smell, thanks to this very balanced assembly, all the power of this new Venice DOC.
It is a full and structured sense of smell, strong and balanced in its harmony, which, entering into the mouth together with the product, balances its being complex with the typical harmony of the great wines studied in a territory suited and rich in minerality.
The finish is impressive for its power and softness, it tends to be a sincere protagonist for a great combination with sweetly spiced baked meats or to be an excellent end-of-meal wine where, together with a seasoned Piave cheese, it can express all its balance and its marked identity.
The winery Bosco Viticultori is located in Salgareda, in the heart of the Eastern Veneto: a land ever oriented to wine production, in a region backed by a great history and important cities like Venice, Verona and Treviso, from where the culture of Prosecco originates. Bosco Viticultori has an international vocation that has been consolidated over the course of time: 65% of the turnover is now represented by export markets. The 66 pressurized tanks, with a capacity of almost 40 thousand hectoliters, allow to offer a product always fresh and lively. The 2 bottling lines, with their total capacity of over 30 million bottles a year, combine efficiency with flexibility. Bosco has a wide product range, which includes different quality levels and IGT, DOC, DOCG appellation wines. The winery brands are Canal Grando, Vini dei Cardinali, Bosco dei Cirmioli, Bosco del Conte and Giotti. Furthermore, it is a company structured with its own working and bottling plants, thus allows to supply bottles of wine with personalized labelling, in order to satisfy the ever growing market requests, seeking for exclusive and personalized wines.
Via Correr, 17, 31040 Salgareda (Treviso)
Tel +39 0422 807818
tuesday 10 september
Italian wines in the world: Marchesi di Barolo's Barbera d'Alba DOC Peiragal 2017
We have tasted for you Marchesi di Barolo's Barbera d'Alba DOC Peiragal 2017
Year of production: 2017
Price: € 17.50
Annual production: around 46000 bottles
Aging: 12 months, French oak barrels
Grapes: 100% Barbera
Writing about this Barbera is like taking a dip in the past of the family subscribes, a dip that leads to the heart, because we always talk about emotions when you taste a wine that symbolizes deep care and craftsmanship, but in this case it is the emotion that has bound Anna and Ernesto in their first working adventure after getting married. In Barolo, in the cradle of Nebbiolo, Ernesto’s eyes lit up, imagining he was growing up on the hill in front of his house, so austere and clayey, a grape variety as simple as Barbera has always been an expression of everyday life and tradition. Tasting this wine is like tasting the moment when Ernesto and Anna have decided, in contrast to the time, to be able to pay homage to the grape, demonstrating how noble it was through the choice of an exceptional terroir and, then, with a careful vinification that expressed the most authentic characteristics. The softness of this wine immediately reaches the first olfactory impact, a kind of amplitude of aromas so balanced that they recall all the fruits and red flowers mixed like a freshly made jam. The palate is surprised by its balance with the nose, the taste is fine, harmonious and so elegant that it makes its name noble. Peiragal is an ancient dialect term, which identifies very compact soils characterized by the presence of large stones and its ideal combination is combined with a stuffed Piedmontese pasta or meat beaten with a knife. But the truest image, tasting this wine, comes thinking to Anna and Ernesto who, from the window of their cellar, proud, see now the fruit of their young emotion.
The Abbona family, after having started the wine business in Barolo since the early 1800s and subsequently founded the “Cav. Felice Abbona & Figli ”, bought, in 1929, the lands that previously belonged to the Marquis of Barolo and his wife, Juliette Colbert of Maulévrier, who later became the Marquise of Barolo. Today the company is led by Anna and Ernesto Abbona, with their children Valentina and Davide, whose mission consists of knowing how to marry "tradition and evolution" by combining ancient winemaking techniques with the ability to present Barolo in a contemporary way according to the most authentic and sought after trends in "Made in Italy" food and winemaking.
Marchesi di Barolo
Via Roma,1 Barolo, CN 12060 IT
+39 0173 564491
wednesday 28 august
Italian wines in the world: Gotto D'Oro's Frascati Superiore DOCG
We have tasted for you Gotto D'Oro's Frascati Superiore DOCG
Year of production: 2018
Price: € 8.00
Annual production: 6000 bottles
Grapes: Malvasia puntinata, Malvasia di Candia, Tuscan Trebbiano and Greco
Volcanic lands surround the city of Rome and extend to the slopes of the Alban Hills. An area that was affected by the activity of the "Lazio Volcano" and which today significantly characterizes the denomination Frascati Superiore. A great white wine with strong minerality, freshness and longevity of grapes and vineyards placed on basaltic and tufaceous soils and climatic factors that give aromatic precursors that enhance the typical aromas of the Lazio grape varieties such as malvasia. The "Gotto D'Oro" Social Winery, consisting of 1200 hectares of vineyards and 210 members, adds a new line "Vinea Domini" with the desire to enhance an historical denomination such as the Frascati Superiore, whose vinification was celebrated by Marco Porcio Catone in his famous treatise "De Agricoltura". With a pale straw yellow color and light greenish nuances, it is a fresh wine with intense but at the same time delicate aromas. The floral notes are followed by notes of yellow peach and tropical fruit. In the mouth it is dry, enveloping, of good structure with an end of walnut husk, with a pleasant gustatory balance. Combine it with a carbonara bucatini dish, and served it at a temperature of 12 degrees.
Gotto d’oro winery preserves the ancient wine making tradition of the fertile Castelli Romani area to the south of Rome, which traces its roots back to Roman times, and gives the company its brand name “Gotto” (goblet).
In fact, the term derives from the Latin guttus, an alternative form of gutus (jug or flask), and indicates a vessel used for drinking wine.
The international reputation of Grotto d’oro's products is such that they have come to be associated with the history and monuments of Rome itself, the Eternal City.
Via Del Divino Amore, 347 Marino, RM 00047 IT
Tel. +39 06 9302 2227
wednesday 14 august
Italian wines in the world: DOMENIS1898's Grappa Secolo Barrique Millesimata
We have tasted for you: DOMENIS1898's Grappa Secolo Barrique Millesimata
Price: € 45.00
Annual production: about 800 bottles
Denomination: Grappa Riserva Millesimata Barrique
Aging: at least 8 months in stainless steel tanks, after aging for at least 18 months in oak barrels
Grapes: grape marc
DOMENIS1898 is a distillery that, over time, has wanted to convey all its corporate philosophy in its creations, always trying to give the products those characteristics that enhance the efforts made in research and technology, and whose sole objective is to see to grow a sensorial pleasure, never boring, of the great Italian distillate recognized in the world: grappa.
The Italian poet Mario Soldati, calling wine the poetry of the earth, claimed that grappa was his soul; and it is precisely the grappa tasted today, Secolo Barrique Millesimata, which in our opinion expresses the poetic characteristics of a product that contains a sincere and decisive soul in its pleasant complexity. The aging of this grappa for over 18 months makes it possible to have a lightly amber color as only the great raisins of important white grapes can have, because even the clarity that it transmits in the glass testifies to the excellent work of care and refinement. The sense of smell gives us a balanced harmony of noble barriques aromas and leather hints mixed with chestnut honey and some spices enhance the completion that emerges in the mouth in its powerful balance. A grappa, the Secolo Barrique one, which boasts an important gradation, 60 degrees of enveloping harmony that fill the palate with the joy of going through an experience full of that truth that Mario Soldati would suggest as the soul of marc, by him splendidly described.
In 1898 the Domenis family settled in Cividale del Friuli and the ancestor Pietro Domenis founded the distillery that began to distribute its products in the Friuli area. In 1986, Storica was born: the perfect combination of alcohol content and aroma kit make this young grappa a product of immediate success that allows Domenis to establish itself as a recognized leader in the spirits market. After celebrating the first 100 years of distillation activity, in 1998 Storica Nera was born, the company's spearhead. Domenis pushes his art creating Secolo, a 60° grappa and a tribute to the founder Pietro. In 1999, the biological line of Domenis was born, and finally with 2016 the start of a new course for the historic DOMENIS® brand and for the prestigious distillery of Cividale del Friuli, which returns to the forefront of the market for distillates high quality as "DOMENIS1898 srl".
Via Darnazzacco 30
Cividale del Friuli
tuesday 06 august
Italian wines in the world: Azienda Vinicola Anna Spinato's Rosato IGT Trevenezie 2018
We have tasted for you Azienda Vinicola Anna Spinato's Rosato IGT Trevenezie 2018
Year of production: 2018
Price: € 3.40
Annual production: 16,000 bottles
Denomination: IGT Trevenezie
Grapes: Corvina 60% Rondinella 30% Molinara 10%
The gentle morainic hills south of Lake Garda delineate a territory dominated by a luxuriant nature, which man has been able to exploit by demonstrating that the development of tourism can and must coexist with respect for the environment and care for the landscape. In this up and down land everything is taken care of, well organized and even the vineyards look like enchanted gardens in which the rows are intertwined and chase each other to enjoy the fresh and mild currents coming from the Garda. A perfect context for growing vines such as corvinone, rondinella and molinara that animate this rosé bottle, a wine capable of telling the story of a pure and respected nature, willing to be still friendly.
Its pink is soft, elegant like the color of an ancient fabric, soft as a velvet, transparent and intriguing like the light dress of a young girl. You are intrigued, so you approach a little to feel its scent and get the fresh harmony of wild strawberries that dialogues with the essence of rose petals. You listen, you close your eyes and you have no more doubts: iodine in the air, salt expanse, citrus notes of cedar and bergamot, flashes of rosemary, balsamic nuances, echoes of vanilla and cardamom with memories of crème de cassis. You cannot resist, knowledge must continue with the mouth and surprises you: no screen of sweetness, the rose, the wild strawberry, the currant and the peel of the citrus fruits that float in a sea of salt. Its character is pleasant, it dresses in pink but its red soul feels and expresses himself decisively, and reveals himself as strong and elusive as the wind that blows from the sea. With it you really want to sit at the table to taste veal with tuna sauce, aubergine parmigiana, fried fish, tuna tartare, fassona carpaccio, roast beef or ... a nice pizza!
The story of Anna Spinato is the one of a Venetian family, animated by the passion for vines and the love for wine. Created by Pietro in 1952, today it is run by her daughter Anna who soon realized the potential of Venetian wines and decided to become an ambassador of the Italian wine in the world: a successful project, based on the fame and quality of Prosecco but capable of giving identity, value and prestige to the other wines of Veneto. Today, Anna Spinato is joined by her son Roberto and leads the expansion in the name of the Italian tradition following a strategic project based on the values that the whole world recognises to the Italian style, made of good, beautiful and healthy things.
Always attentive to the processes of cultivation and vinification, Anna Spinato Winery is also characterized by a great sensitivity to interpret the evolution of taste in the international markets where today it exports the 97% of its production.
Anna Spinato’s range interprets local and international vines, is wide, articulated, complete and responds to a single constraint, that one dictated by the search for the highest quality of scents and flavours. A quality appreciated by customers and evidenced by the numerous awards achieved in prestigious international wine competitions.
Via Roma, 106, 31047 Ponte di Piave TV
tuesday 16 july
Italian wines in the world: Fattoria Varramista's Frasca
We have tasted for you Fattoria Varramista's Frasca
Year of production: 2015
Price: 19.00 euros
Annual production: 7000 bottles
Denomination: IGT Toscana
Aging: 14 months Sangiovese in big barrels of 80hl, Syrah and Merlot barrique
Grapes: Sangiovese 50%, Syrah 25%, Merlot 25%
It is interesting and surprising to be able to taste a wine that, thanks to a very favorable vintage as it was in 2015, best expresses the research that was done to combine such a mineral soil with some vines that represent tradition and tradition. Tuscan innovation.
We are not far from the sea in Varramista, a place that can be defined as "out of time" for its beauty and historicity, rich in all those fragrances that characterize an area, still and partly outside the traditional routes, of regional tourism.
Frasca is a wine made with a majority of the main Tuscan grape variety, Sangiovese, which combined with two columns of international viticulture such as Merlot and Syrah, creates a blend of absolute thickness, harmonizing that set of characteristics so pleasing to the impact olfactory.
Closing the eyes, smelling this wine, the aromatic notes that lead to dark chocolate and licorice are enhanced, assembled by hints of leather and cigar tobacco and it is already in itself a triumph of curiosity that enriches the sense of smell. However, the whole body emerges on the palate, elegant, frank and full, making sure that the olfactory aromas return to the mouth in terms of great balance. Then tasting this wine the exciting note is the softness of its tannins, something never trivial when talking about the majority of Tuscan Sangiovese in the blend.
We would like to limit ourselves to writing about pairings with game or noble meat, but tasting it with a pasta dish with courtyard sauce gave moments of true nobility.
Fattoria Varramista S.p.A. is a Tuscan firm, with a past of noble Florentines families and modern entrepreneurs, that manufactures red wines in the wonderful Terre di Pisa land. In the ‘90s Giovanni Alberto Agnelli, who inherited the magnificent estate from his grandfather Enrico Piaggio, the inventor of Vespa scooter, implemented the re-conversion of the vineyards and production system under the guidance of Federico Staderini, the oenologist who carries on Dr. Agnelli’s project to date. The Sangiovese, the tipical Tuscan variety, was joined by some international varieties, like Syrah that was elected as the main grapevine and essential ingredient of Varramista, our cru. During the time we added three other wines, Frasca, Sterpato and Chianti Monsonaccio. Today we are focused on letting wine lovers and professionals visiting us and discovering how much attention and care we devote to our products.
Fattoria Varramista SPA
Via Ricavo - Varramista Montopoli Val D'Arno, PI 56020
+39 0571 44711
monday 17 june
Italian wines in the world: Vigna Dogarina's Prosecco Spumante Brut Millesimato 2018
We have tasted for you Vigna Dogarina's Prosecco Spumante Brut Millesimato 2018
Year of production: 2018
Price: € 5.90
Annual production: 250,000 bottles
Denomination: DOC TREVISO
Aging: 30 days in autoclave
Grapes: 100% Glera
An elegant bottle with a truly distinctive image, the 2018 Prosecco millesimato is the product of one of the most traditional, remarkable and memorable vintages in history. This Prosecco is processed with cutting-edge techniques and special care in maintaining the unique features of healthy grapes at the right point of ripeness. As soon as it is opened, it produces a bouquet of white-fleshed fruit and sweet notes of wild flowers that are exalted as it is poured into a glass which is filled with a delicate, never invasive froth. Its perlage is rich, vivid, extremely fine in its sparkling notes and definitely impacting in terms of olfactory balance, enriched with scents of tropical fruit still unripe mixed with touches of grapefruit and jasmine that refine it.
The taste is full, strong, wide-ranging, enjoyable and never disturbing in terms of effervescence, perfectly balanced with the olfactory feelings, leaving an aftertaste that mirrors a low sugar concentration, with a long lasting effect.
A sparkling classy wine, extremely pleasant to drink, with an overall sunny flavor, well balanced in taste and harmonized by an acidity that fully expresses the traits of the land of origin.
It is recommended to accompany cocktail with finger food based on fish from the Adriatic Sea, since its features favor the cleaning of the palate and allows us to enjoy great celebrations with friends.
Vigna Dogarina - Vi.V.O. Agricola, a company of the Vi.V.O. Cantine Group since 2016, is a wine-growing company producing quality wines, a place where the utmost attention is given to every single detail, from the management of the vineyards to the bottling, thus granting an excellent production process.
A solid experience, combined with the use of the latest modern technologies, allows the production of modern and elegant wines, the highest expression of the territory of origin, an historically rich areas between Venice and Treviso.
Via Arzeri 35 Salgareda 31040 IT
+39 0422 80419
monday 03 june
Italian wines in the world: Vigna Belvedere's Najma 2017
We have tasted for you Vigna Belvedere's Prosecco DOC Najma 2017 Brut
Year of production: 2017
Price: € 8.00
Annual production: 7,000 bottles
Aging: sparkling in autoclave 4 months
Grapes: 100% Glera
It's easy to say Prosecco. A single denomination and different nuances of a story that starts from the vineyard and reaches the glass. Different territorial origins even if located in the same north-eastern area of Italy and coming from 4 provinces of Friuli Venezia Giulia (Gorizia, Pordenone, Trieste, Udine) and 5 provinces of Veneto (Belluno, Vicenza, Padua, Treviso, Venice), places from the unique pedoclimatic conditions. Vigna Belvedere, a farm in the province of Pordenone is located in places particularly suited for the production of Prosecco, plains with loamy clay soils with sandy layers that move from the Alps towards the sea. With great passion for its land and with the knowledge of the traditional Simonit Sirch Pruning School behind it, it works eight hectares of vineyards of four different clones of Glera grapes. And if we still could not explain the success of Prosecco Doc, the suggestion remains to choose a glass of Najma 2017 Vigna Belvedere Brut. It will meet the favor and taste of all those who approach wine in a "pop" way while satisfying the desires of the most demanding palates. An elegant bubble, a glass with a pale straw yellow color and a fine, continuous and persistent perlage. Intriguing thanks to the olfactory and gustatory suggestions it offers, a concrete wine for the freshness of the aromas of apple and pear, white acacia flowers, hawthorn and delicate citrus scents. Fresh and slightly savory it is recommended to taste it in combination with a Prosecco Doc risotto and a sprinkling of lime and pecorino. To be served at a service temperature of 8 degrees.
Vigna Belvedere owes its history to the passionate work of a family of timber traders and landowners active in the north-east of Italy since the fifteenth century and who at the beginning of the nineteenth century decided to invest in different lands and real estate, on which the vineyards are now located, on the plain between Friuli Venezia Giulia and Veneto, in order to facilitate the transportation of timber from the lush forests of Cadore to the lagoon of the ancient maritime Republic of Venice. After a period of interruption during the 1980s, in 2017 thanks to a total renewal of the vineyards, the company took a brand new road, without forgetting tradition.
Via Belvedere, 8 - 33087 Pasiano Di Pordenone (PN) - ITALIA
Tel. +39 340 6098086
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