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sabato 16 febbraio
Italian wines in the world: Chardonnay Particella 3 di Ronco Blanchis
Abbiamo degustato per voi Chardonnay Particella 3 di Ronco Blanchis
Anno di produzione: 2017
Prezzo: 12 euro
Produzione annua: 2000 bottiglie
Denominazione: DOC Collio
Affinamento: 8 mesi in legno
Uvaggio: 100% Chardonnay
Lo scriviamo senza paura di esagerare: è uno dei migliori Chardonnay che ci è capitato di degustare in questi ultimi anni. Un ottimo lavoro quello realizzato da Ronco Blanchis con il loro Chardonnay “Particella 3”. Già il nome fa capire l’impegno dell’azienda friulana di collegare ogni suo prodotto a specifici vigneti. In questo caso siamo sulla sommità della collina Blanchis, proprio nel vigneto di circa un ettaro (con suolo marnoso e arenarie) denominato particella numero 3, più chiari e trasparenti di così.
Si capisce bene che siamo in presenza di un terroir perfetto per esaltare le caratteristiche qualitative dello Chardonnay e l’utilizzo del legno sia durante la vinificazione che l’affinamento (in barrique sia la fermentazione che l’affinamento per 6 mesi) non oscura minimamente l’identità del più noto vitigno bianco a livello mondiale.
Già al naso lo Chardonnay fa sentire perfettamente le sue note più tipiche a partire dalla mela, e della pera ma evidenti anche le sensazioni fiori d’arancio e poi sentori più tropicali di ananas. In bocca una piacevolissima fresca setosità, un equilibrio perfetto e un finale di leggera mandorla molto persistente.
L’abbiamo abbinato ad uno squisito riso al curry e abbiamo fatto centro.
Ronco Blanchis è una giovane azienda situata ai piedi dei declivi del Collio, precisamente nel comune di Mossa, in provincia di Gorizia (Friuli). Nata nel 2000, l’azienda vinicola è stata condotta fino ad oggi da Giancarlo Palla ed i figli Alberto e Lorenzo. A Mossa Giancarlo e i suoi figli si sono trovati tra le mani un territorio molto fertile, su cui precedentemente sorgeva un’azienda che produceva con altro nome e attraverso la quale è possibile risalire fino all’impero asburgico.
saturday 16 february
Italian wines in the world: Ronco Blanchis' Chardonnay Particella 3
We have tasted for you Ronco Blanchis' Chardonnay Particella 3
Year of production: 2017
Price: 12 euros
Annual production: 2000 bottles
Denomination: DOC Collio
Aging: 8 months in wood
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
We write it without fear of exaggeration: it is one of the best Chardonnay that we have tasted in recent years. The excellent work done by Ronco Blanchis with their Chardonnay "Particella 3" is an excellent job. The name already explains the commitment of the Friulian company to link each of its products to specific vineyards. In this case we are on the summit of the Blanchis hill, right in the vineyard of about one hectare (with marly and sandstone soil) called particle number 3, clearer and more transparent than that.
It is clear that we are in the presence of a perfect terroir to enhance the characteristics of the Chardonnay and the use of wood both during vinification and aging (in barrique, both fermentation and aging for 6 months) does not obscure the identity of the best-known white vine in the world.
Already on the nose the Chardonnay makes perfectly feel its most typical notes starting from the apple, and of the pear but also evident the orange blossom sensations and then more tropical hints of pineapple. In the mouth a very pleasant fresh silkiness, a perfect balance and a very persistent light almond finish.
We paired it with a delicious curry rice.
Ronco Blanchis is a young company located under the slopes of Collio, precisely in Mossa, in the province of Gorizia (Friuli). Founded in 2000, the company have been lead by Giancarlo Palla and his sons Alberto and Lorenzo. However, the land is not so young, on it there once was a company that produced by another name, and with it it’s possible to go back up to the Hapsburg Empire. The fact that the vineyards have been active for a long time, has allowed Giancarlo and his sons to immediately start the business and produce quality wines that are representative of the territory.
friday 01 february
Italian wines in the world: Principe di Corleone's "Ridente" Catarratto - Chardonnay IGP
We have tasted for you Principe di Corleone's "Ridente"
Year of production: 2017
Price: 7 euros
Annual production: 10.000 bottles
Denomination: IGP Terre Siciliane
Aging: 3 months in bottle
Grapes: 50% Catarratto, 50% Chardonnay
In the eastern area of Sicily, in a place of huge naturalistic beauty delimited by the Bosco della Ficuzza Natural Reserve and Rocca Busambra, the varietals Catarratto and Chardonnay find the right synthesis in one of the most interesting expressions produced by the Pollara Family. "Ridente" is the fruit of a vocated territory that is characterized by a unique microclimate, particularly suitable for the cultivation of grapes. Hill vineyards located at 350 meters for the Chardonnay and 700 meters for Catarratto, dry and limestone soils, give this Sicilian autochthonous complexity and harmony. The Cataratto, a vigorous plant generally raised in a tree, is outlined for the important aromatic concentration of its fruits. It meets, in a synthesis of delicacy and freshness, the elegance of the Chardonnay white grape of Burgundy, with a medium-large berry that is well suited to temperate-warm climates and hilly terrain. "Ridente" immediately shows itself by its bright straw-yellow color. The aromas are elegant and delicate with white flowers, linden, lily of the valley and orange blossom. A slight hint of white-fleshed peach and an aniseed tip close the olfactory framework. Full nose/mouth correspondence supported by a nice acidity.
Excellent with a plate of spaghetti with clams and muddica atturrata (toasted bread), we recommend a service temperature of 12 degrees.
In 1892 Giuseppe Pollara began cultivating the vineyards which today, continue to provide top quality grapes for Principe di Corleone wines. From generation to generation, the Pollara family has transformed the original small family business into the thriving winery that it is today, with passion, talent and hard work. Vincenzo and Lea Pollara, the executing managers of the family business, strongly believe that the quality of wine begins in the vineyards.
Therefore, their priorities are a continuing dedication to the maintenance of their grapevines, the ongoing development of their winery, and a research plan that envelops all aspects of the wine making process.
Principe di Corleone
90046 | Monreale (PA)
Ph: +39.0918462922 - +39.0918463512
saturday 22 december
Italian wines in the world: Baglio del Cristo di Campobello’s Adènzia Sicilia DOC
We have tasted for you Baglio del Cristo di Campobello’s Adènzia Sicilia DOC
Year of production: 2017
Price: 7.50 €
Annual production: 46,606 bottles
Denomination: Doc Sicilia
Aging: 3 months in steel and 2 months in bottle.
Grapes: Grillo (50%) e Insolia (50%)
Adènzia was born with the desire to enhance two native Sicilian white vines, the grillo and the insolia, entrusted to the expert hands of the oenologist Riccardo Cotarella, who this relatively young Sicilian company, founded in 2000, involved in the creation of wines.
The grillo is a vine resistant to heat, aristocratic and rich and is identified by the typical aroma of aromatic herbs and citrus notes; the insolia is expressed with a soft and quite full body, reminiscent of the thyme of the Mediterranean area, the mandarin and the ripe apricot.
This wine borns on mainly calcareous and chalky soils, hilly lands at about 260 meters above sea level; the harvest is done manually in small boxes and after the processing of the cellar it matures for 3 months in steel and at least two months in the bottle before finding it on the market.
The Adenzia is recognized by its straw-yellow color, with greenish reflections, complex and intense on the nose, reminiscent of broom, white peach, Mediterranean maquis, ripe apricot and cedar. In the mouth we find it powerful, soft and savory, due to the influence of the sea coast a few kilometers away, which allows great longevity.
Excellent with a fish dish, we recommend the serving temperature at around 8 °.
Baglio del Cristo in Campobello, founded in 2000, is located in Campobello di Licata, in a hilly position between 230 and 270 meters above sea level and 8,000 meters from the coast. Thirty hectares of vineyard on the fifty owned by the company, a single organism of ten micro-areas. Deep soil, mixed chalky and calcareous, of hilly terrain, with a density of 5,000 plants per hectare, all hand-harvested in small boxes, as required tradition.
saturday 15 december
Italian wines in the world: Siddùra's Èrema Cannonau di Sardegna DOC 2016
We tasted for you Siddùra's Èrema Cannonau di Sardegna DOC 2016
Color: bright red with light purple hue
Year of production: 2016
Annual production: 50.000 bottles
Aging: 10-15 days sur lies
Grapes: 100% Cannonau di Sardegna
It’s incredible to say but Sardinia is still a too little known wine region in the world.
And yet it represents one of the lands with the greatest wine-growing vocation, able above all to give wines with high identity value, with an extremely high recognition index. And this is a key feature to succeed in increasingly crowded wine markets. In Sardinia, Gallura is undoubtedly one of the most suited areas for the production of quality wines. And several times, even in our magazine, we have told about the experience of Siddùra that in a short time has not only managed to conquer an important role in Sardinian vineenology but has also been credited in many international markets demonstrating once again the incredible potential of this land.
A further excellent example of the great work in the vineyard and in the cellar made by Siddùra in these years is its Cannonau Èrema (in Etruscan language it means small seedling), which in our opinion is an excellent demonstration of how this great native red of Sardinia is able to combine freshness and drinkability with elegance and complexity. It represents the youngest wine in the winery and we liked the "light-hearted" atmosphere that the company wanted to give to its Cannonau, highlighting above all its drinking characteristics to other "heavier" interpretations. We already liked the color with an intense red with violet reflections typical of this vine. But the nose gives its best with a bouquet of small berries very evident but also of myrtle, cherry and marasca without forgetting elegant floral scents like violet. Great freshness in the mouth, an excellent harmony and an aftertaste where the fruity, very persistent sensations return. We paired it with a simple barbecue with friends and it was love at first sip.
Siddùra was created following a discovery made by two entrepreneurs who found and fell in love with an abandoned but charming property in the heart of the Gallura region. The vineyard, located in the centre of the estate, has been built completely underground in order to take advantage of the natural insulation provided by the soil. The company’s objective is to produce wines which are identifiable with their terroir of origin.
saturday 08 december
Italian wines in the world: Colle Moro’s Alcàde Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC 2014
We have tasted for you Colle Moro’s Alcàde Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC 2014
Year of production: 2014
Price: 5.50 euros
Annual production: 13,000 bottles
Denomination: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC
Aging: 18 months in barrique, aging in bottle for 4 months
Grapes: 100% Montepulciano
The province of Chieti, in Abruzzo, is one of the most suitable wine-growing areas in our country. It is also one of the provinces with the largest presence of wine cooperatives that since the post-war period have represented the best response to the great fragmentation of the productive structure of this land. Among these, Colle Moro stands out, a cooperative founded in 1961 and which today counts almost 700 members that manage a vineyard heritage of about 1,600 hectares, located in the hilly area overlooking the picturesque Costa dei Trabocchi, in Southern Abruzzo.
This is one of the areas most suited to the production of one of the great Italian red varieties, the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.
A good example is offered by Alcàde Montepulciano d'Abruzzo doc 2014, which is already characterised on the nose by strong hints of ripe red fruit (cherry and plum in particular), but also by more "wild" sensations such as leather and medicinal herbs (rhubarb). In the mouth the structure reveals tannins that are still lively, despite the wine is more than five years, but kept well balanced by a good management of aging in wood (French barriques).
We chose a classic pairing, with a well-stocked grill of meat, from the Fassona rib to the pork ribs, and the result was excellent.
Colle Moro winery was founded in 1961 in Guastameroli di Frisa, in the Province of Chieti (Abruzzo), thanks to the enthusiasm, entrepreneurial spirit and brave choices of a group of local winemakers.
It is a cooperative of over 700 winegrowers, who cultivate about 1,600 hectares of vineyards in 15 different municipalities around Frisain South-East Abruzzo. This green region in central of Italy is where Colle Moro winery is located, in a wonderful position between the sea and the mountains, between Costa dei Trabocchi, overlooking the Adriatic Sea, and the rocky crags of Maiella and Gran Sasso, two of Italy’s highest mountains.
The hills, geographic exposure and a particularly propitious climate ensure that the grapes are perfect, and enhance the qualities that make Colle Moro wines absolutely unique.
The grapes that best represent these areas are Montepulciano and Trebbiano, as well as Pecorino, Passerina and Cococciola, the main native grape varieties, and Moscato Giallo di Frisa. Some international varieties, such as Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Merlot and Sangiovese make the Colle Moro wine production complete.
saturday 01 december
Italian wines in the world: Coali Tenuta Savoia's I Simieri Rosso Verona Igt 2015
We have tasted for you Coali Tenuta Savoia's I Simieri Rosso Verona Igt 2015
Year of production: 2015
Annual production: 2500 bottles
Aging: 3 years in tonneaux
Grapes: Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Useleta, Molinara, Merlot, Teroldego
In Veronese dialect, Coali means lair. And it is truly a special lair that of the Savoy family, located probably in the most evocative place of the Valpolicella Classica, near the extraordinary Romanesque church of San Giorgio Ingannapoltron (in the sense that when you see it you seem close but to reach it on foot from the bottom of the valley is a walk demanding that tricks, in fact, “lazy people” or “poltroni”), and from which you can enjoy the beautiful scenary of Lake Garda in the clearest days.
This is where the red I Simieri is produced, the result of the classic blend of Valpolicella, Corvina (50%), Corvinone (30%) and Rondinella (10%), to which another 10% of other typical vines of the territory are added.
The peculiarity, but also this is a classic in Valpolicella, are the 4 months of drying on racks, a subsequent fermentation of about a month and an aging of 6 months in oak barrels.
The result is a wine of extraordinary roundness and softness, warm and silky, with "sweet" but never cloying notes.
The notes on the nose are those typical of the great wines of Valpolicella (Amarone at first place), but everything more mature starting from the cherry and black cherry that here express their most intense notes of overripe fruit. Very spicy hints of vanilla and cloves, tobacco and pink pepper are also very evident. In the mouth it is extremely enveloping, silky tannins, soft and despite the high alcohol content (above 16 °) everything appears extremely pleasant and drinkable.
We paired it, in a pleasant fine dinner, with a Monte Veronese aged over 40 months and was simply perfect.
The estate “Coali” is located in a small village in the hills of “San Giorgio Ingannapoltron”, in the area knows as “Valpolicella”, in Verona province, north-east Italy. The art of viticulture is a richness that the Savoia family has passed on for three generations, farming the family owned property: 30 acres of which 15 are dedicated to vineyards. It is a very small winery which produces only 22.000 bottles a year. Savoia family follows personally each phase during the production and sale of the wine. All the grapes come exclusively from owned vineyards with rigorous manual selection of clusters. In all phases particular attention is payed to enhance the typical characteristics of the grapes from land: Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara are grown and harvested with the greatest possible respect for the environment.
saturday 24 november
Italian wines in the world: Tenuta Montemagno’s TM Brut Metodo Classico VSQ
We have tasted for you Tenuta Montemagno’s TM Brut Metodo Classico VSQ
Year of production: 2014
Price: 12,60 euros at the winery
Annual production: 15.000 bottles
Aging: minimum 24 months on yeasts
Grapes: 95% Barbera, 5% Grignolino
Since a long time we have followed Tenuta Montemagno’s quality growth. The winery has got one of the best italian wine relais and represents one of the most interesting interpreters of the Italian wine world. Particularly, Tenuta Montemagno is highlighting among the wineries that more than others has been able to enhance a variety like Barbera. Today, thanks to wineries like Tenuta Montemagno, Barbera, and in particular Barbera d’Asti Superiore, has acquired the prestige it deserves.
Tenuta Montemagno has also interpreted the vine Barbera in the metodo classico version. A challenge not so easy and, for some aspects, “revolutionary”, because there are very few Piedmont producers who have always believed in using Barbera to obtain quality sparkling wines.
We have tasted TM Brut Metodo Classico, 24 months on yeasts, and we were really impressed, not only for the qualitative profile expressed by this sparkling wine, but also for its incredible authenticity and recognizability. We believe that Barbera can really represent a grape variety on which pay attention, even on its sparkling potential.
The early harvesting of the grapes is essential to have the best expression of this vine, it ensure the adequate acidity.
The result is a sparkling with an original rose petal color and elegance.
Rose that we find on the nose combined with equally evident toasted flavors, of bread crust and red berries not too ripe. But it is in the mouth that its authenticity emerges the most, with an intense flavour, an excellent minerality and a slightly bitter aftertaste of almond and currant that greatly protract its persistence.
We have paired it with an easy but excellent appetizers of cold cuts, strictly italian, from the fine Prosciutto di Sauris to the superb Coppa Piacentina. Just a perfect marriage!
Tenuta Montemagno arises on Monferrato hills, a Piedmont area highly suitable for vines. The vineyards facing south-west, the microclimate enjoyed by this area with its clayey calcareous soil, the process carried out entirely by hand and the technology used in production processes, contribute to the production of important wines, representing, at the same time, the Italian, the Piedmont and Monferrato excellences in the world. The estate is surrounded by 100 hectars, 20 of which dedicated to vine cultivation. Here grow the most famous Piedmont cru: Barbera d’Asti, produced by 50 yeas-old vines; Grignolino d’Asti, a red wine with a dry and tannic finish; Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato, one of the most ancient Piedmont vines, that grows in the estate area only; Malvasia di Casorzo, born by south south-west red grapes. Every Tenuta Montemagno's bottle is created joining together the peculiarity of Monferrato ground, the brilliant intuitions of Tiziano Barea and the expertise of oenologist Gianfranco Cordero.
saturday 17 november
Italian wines in the world: Rocca Sveva’s Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Riserva 2013
We have tasted for you Rocca Sveva’s Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Riserva 2013
Year of production: 2013
Price: 37,50 euros
Annual production: 18.000 bottles
Aging: After aging in large oak barrels for at least 24 months, it is aged in bottle
Grapes: Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara
Cantina di Soave is one of the most important cooperatives in Italy. It currently holds more than 40% of the vineyards of the Soave denomination (among DOC and Soave Classico) and almost 50% of the Valpolicella DOC. The role, therefore, of Cantina di Soave in the enhancement of the denominations is extraordinarily important.
One goal of Cantina di Soave is to increase the added value of the denominations that belongs to and to guarantee a fair salary to its members. In order to do that, for many years Cantina di Soave has started a policy of promoting corporate brands capable of enhancing the reputation and its wines in the markets (domestic and foreign).
This is the direction taken by the Rocca Sveva production line, which for many years has been accredited as one of the most prestigious among the Veronese wine scene, even by the international wine critics.
An excellent example is represented by the Amarone della Valpolicella docg Riserva 2013 which we liked a lot.
It is an extremely modern interpretation of this great Italian red, where the main sensations are the fruity and smooth ones, the same which made possible much of the success of Amarone on the markets around the world.
But be careful! In our opinion it’s crucial to never confuse modernity with banality. And this Riserva di Amarone Rocca Sveva is a great example of it.
The aromatic breadth to the nose is remarkable with the classic notes of ripe cherries with elegant hints of dark berries such as blackberry and blueberry. In the finish there are also notes of cocoa and tobacco. In the mouth great harmony, silkiness but also a tannic structure that still allows an excellent drinkability.
We paired it with a classic beef stew with boiled potatoes and peas: a high-class marriage!
In the landscape of Verona’s area, in the shadow of the majestic medieval Castello di Soave, right up against the castle’s ancient walls, lies the hamlet of the Middle Ages Rocca Sveva, that Cantina di Soave has trasformed into a prestigious centre of wine culture. From its foundation, in the 1898, Cantina di Soave has been committed to producing wines classic to Verona’s tradition, in particular its white wine Soave, the long-prized wines of Valpolicella, with Amarone as its fullest expression, and Lessini Durello sparkling wine. The winery has been engaged in a path of growth, which allowed it to become one of the principle and most qualified oenological reality of the italian and international landscape. The proud standard-bearers are the Rocca Sveva wines and classic-method sparkling wines, an extremely limited-production selection of absolute-quality wines, icons of Verona’s great winemaking traditions. Rocca Sveva, with its experimental vineyard and picturesque cellars, its ancient villa and flourishing botanical garden, is a hystory- rich medieval hamlet rich to visit and represents a unique tribute to wine culture. Rocca Sveva is also an adventure that should be personally experienced through its activities, events and tasting of wines and food.
saturday 03 november
Italian wines in the world: MGM Mondo del Vino’s Asio Otus
We tasted for you MGM Mondo del Vino’s Asio Otus
Year of production: NV
Price: 7.50 euro
Annual production: 100.000 bottles
Denomination: Vino Varietale d’Italia
Grapes: cabernet, merlot, syrah
MGM Mondo del Vino is one of the most dynamic winemaking groups in the Italian wine scene. A group that is not afraid to dare even by the oenological point of view with a wine like Asiotus (the Latin name of the owl) that already on the label is defined as an "enigmatic red wine". But the enigma, in our opinion, is only in the name, in an original and elegant packaging (the golden owl on a black background) because as soon as you taste the wine, it starts telling everything about itself.
It is the perfect evidence of how three extraordinary international grape varieties such as Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah, combined in a skillfully balanced blend, can give a wine that is able to speak to the whole world.
This wine could have been described in the past, in a sort of superficial way, as a wine with an international taste. But today we have to talk about it as a wine capable of telling the story of three great French varieties, cultivated in Italy, that can express themselves in their full potential.
But it is also a red with several keys of interpretation. For those with less experience, it offers a bold but silky structure, persuasive. While for those who are more skilled, it comes out even its complexity enclosed in a very wide range of aromas The nose has intense notes of very ripe red fruit, almost jammy but well balanced by elegant spicy sensations, from cinnamon and cloves to vanilla. In the mouth the perception of an important but perfectly harmonious body is extraordinary. The notes of red fruit return with slight sweet - but not cloying- sensations, indeed it is one of the most drinkable red wines that we have recently tasted. The pairing seemed risky but it proved to be perfectly up to the task: beef with Chinese spicy sauce. The spicy of the meat was perfectly combined with the one of the wine and the spice was extraordinarily balanced by the sweetest notes of the wine.
Mondodelvino SpA was founded in 2013 in Forlì as the holding company for a group of dedicated wineries, but its story began in 1991 with the birth of the group's first winery: MGM Mondo del Vino, founded by the pioneering vision of Alfeo Martini, together with partners Roger Gabb and Christoph Mack.
June 28, 2017 marked an important milestone for the history of Mondodelvino. Originally founded in 1991 by Alfeo Martini together with partners, Roger Gabb and Christoph Mack; Mondodelvino passed from one generation, led by Alfeo, to the new executive board.
The innovative dual governance board comprises of:
- SUPERVISORY BOARD: composed of founders Alfeo Martini, Cristoph Mack, Roger Gabb and longtime business consulant Giorgio Rubini.
- MANAGEMENT BOARD: composed of Marco Martini, CEO; board members Davide Zondini, CFO; Scipione Giuliani and Gaetane Carron, chief wine makers and regional operation mangers; Luigi Bersano, sales director; and Enrico Gobino, marketing director.
These Italian wineries are part of the Mondodelvino SpA Group:
MGM Srl in Priocca: aging and production of classic Piedmontese wines
Cuvage Srl at Acqui Terme: production of Piedmontese Sparkling
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