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 10 december
Italian wines in the world: Tenuta Montemagno's Invictus
We have tasted for you Tenuta Montemagno's Invictus
Color: deep ruby red with garnet reflections.
Year of production: 2018
Price: 19 euros VAT included
Annual production: 4320 bottles
Denomination: Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato D.O.C.G.
Aging: Crushing with controlled temperature and pre-fermentation maceration at 10 ° C for 3 days and later fermentation with light pumping over for 7-8 days.
Grapes: Ruchè grapes
"If someone offers you a glass of Ruchè it is because he likes you," says a famous sentence that expresses the culture of a part of Monferrato, where Ruchè is always drunk on great family occasions or in moments of celebration and where it has found his favorite abode. The origin of this vine, according to scholars, is Burgundy, and then moved, thanks to some monastic orders in this part of Piedmont, then becoming DOCG in 2010 thanks to the commitment and stubbornness of people who have always believed in this particular grape variety.
Tenuta Montemagno has contributed in an extraordinary way to the development of Ruchè, both for a creed of the Barea family in the denomination, and for the studies done by the professionals and agronomists of the company.
From this path was born the Ruchè "Invictus", which joins the already existing Ruchè "Nobilis" and it is precisely the Invictus that outlines the great potential of this vine, because the natural withering in the plant enhances the aromatic concentrations already so complex to make it unique in its kind.
The Ruchè has a very marked personality, almost impossible to compare it to any other red wine, and the production disciplinary, which only uses the aging in steel, allows it to have a deep ruby red color, but in the case of Ruchè Invictus the anthocyanic notes are even more marked and intriguing.
The sense of smell amazes, hour after hour, due to complexity and frankness, to that floral impact of violet and pink thea violet that is harmonized by aromatic notes of wild herbs and wild mint, confirmed on the palate where the entrance, savory and very balanced, shows notes of peel of peppers and oriental spices enhanced by a softness that is the common denominator of the wines of the Estate.
Appreciated with baked quail or with plin with roast sauce, Ruchè Invictus will always prove to be a protagonist rich in charm and personality.
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. 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.
Via Cascina Valfossato, 9 - Montemagno, Asti 14030, Italy
Telefono: +39 0141 63624
thursday 05 december
Italian wines in the world: Ca' Ferro's Blanc
We have tasted for you Ca' Ferro's Blanc
Year of production: 2016
Annual production: 2500 bottles
Aging: once perfectly ripe, grapes are harvested by hand in the first ten days of September and immediately vinified in the cellar adjacent to the vineyard. A static decantation cleaning in stainless steel follows the alcoholic fermentation, which begins in steel and then completes naturally without any use of wood technologies, where the complete transformation of sugars into alcohol takes place. It is during this slow fermentation that the continuous "batonnage" allows the protection from oxidation and in particular the achievement of a full and well balanced product. Once fermentation is complete, the wine matures in wood for a few months, after which it is transferred to steel for a resting phase that allows complete evolution of the product.
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
The history of Cà Ferro by Ferasin Daniele is linked to the tradition and to the memories that belong to it, from when the progenitor Sebastiano and then his son Vittorio began the company's history at the end of the 1800s. The "Blanc", produced from 100% Chardonnay grapes, is a real challenge that on the one hand ennobles this vine, on the other it gives the company the prestige of being able to produce in a part of the Veneto that is very suited to quality white wines, also the main international grape variety that represents them, the Chardonnay.
The one tasted is a Chardonnay with the characteristics of Ferasin Daniele's will, to be able to represent this white wine, rich in olfactory sensations deriving from a careful vinification and maceration, to then pass into wood without this can invade the product itself with aromas because, to follow, the careful balance in steel and the resting break in the bottle, gives this wine the greatness it deserves.
It is a bottle that has all that a lover of balanced structure and harmony can find, Chardonnay must in fact be carefully worked starting from the vineyard, where the ability of Daniele once again demonstrates his stubbornness to transmit the teachings of his grandfather Vittorio, with the luck then of being able to vinify it with the most careful modern logics.
The complexity is evident at the first approach to the nose, while elegant notes of fresh and ripe fruit come out, well harmonized by a balance that is already intriguing for those who approach this product, which is then exalted in the mouth thanks to the right harmony, fresh herbaceous sensations and well balanced acidity.
The cleanliness and frankness of the vine thus proposed can make even its complex dishes based on white meat express all its charm, because talking about pure Chardonnay is like having a great ally in pairing with the most genuine and genuine revisited country kitchen , as is currently done with the help of raw materials, which in these Veneto lands abound due to historicity.
Ca' Ferro srl
Via Bagnara Bassa, 603 - 35030 - Vò (PD)
tuesday 03 december
Italian wines in the world: Cantamessa's Moscato D'asti DOCG
We have tasted for you Cantamessa's Moscato D'Asti DOCG
Price: 7 euros
Annual production: 5000 bottles
Grapes: 100% Moscato white
The tasting of a Moscato should always be accompanied by the knowledge of the ripe grapes' flavour of this grape variety, to be able to fully savor the famous wine made from it. Piedmont and the Asti area is, without a doubt, the place where everything is born for this type of wine, which in its natural effervescence contains all its intriguing soul.
The Cantamessa Moscato is obtained from Guyot-grown vines with a production of 90 quintals per hectare, slightly below the regulations and at the same time in one of the most suitable areas of the region, also in terms of altitude and microclimate in general.
Quality also emerges in the sober image and never above the lines that the company gives to this wine, inserted within a very well balanced range of the Piedmontese panorama.
The color is a bright yellow, slightly straw-colored, and while it is poured, the intriguing part of the foam brings into the room the freshness of the recognizable and proper scents of its aromatic soul.
Hints of precious honeys and sage, mixed with white flowers combined in a bouquet with the orange blossoms as protagonists, in the mouth the finesse of this Cantamessa wine is a balance achieved, in particular for the sensation of aromatic and medicinal herbs that well they bind to fresh peach and citrus notes.
Its natural acidity allows a drink that does not tire the palate, even for sugars that are very well balanced.
To be enjoyed with the homemade apple pie, then close with a slightly spicy blue cheese to clean the palate with the elegance that is typical of Cantamessa's Moscato.
The Cantamessa winery is located in the small hamlet of Bionzo, in the Municipality of Costigliole d’Asti in the renowned wine-growing area on the border of Monferrato with the Langhe. Here it was founded, back in 1870, by the "grandfather Lorenzo" who, due to its extension and production, made it one of the most important companies of the hamlet. It then passed into the hands of the sons Giuliano and Guglielmo, had a period of stalemate, also due to the succession of the two World Wars. It was in the early 1990s that his nephew Aldo decided to continue the ancient family tradition, driven by a great passion matured since he was a child.
Frazione di Bionzo 29, 14055 Costigliole d’Asti (AT)
Tel. 0141/598641, cell. 338/7639771
friday 29 november
Italian wines in the world: Baglio del Cristo di Campobello's C'D'C' Cristo di Campobello Bianco
We have tasted for you Baglio del Cristo di Campobello's C'D'C' Cristo di Campobello Bianco
Year of production: 2018
Annual production: 91.049 bottles
Denomination: IGP Terre Siciliane
Aging: 3 months in steel
Grapes: 25% Grillo, 25% Chardonnay, 25% Insolia, 25% Catarratto
The micro-areas that this reality of Agrigentine Sicily, where the vineyards have always been part of the territory, give the white wine "C'D'C Terre Siciliane IGP" those emotions that are typical of landscapes rich in historical charm. Modernity however emerges in knowing how to assemble white vines that make up this wine to make it current towards a market that loves being able to drink the truth of certain places.
The soils are composed of chalk and limestone, to provide the wine not only with the radiance and warmth of this island, but also with the deep soul that is given by minerals and low yield per hectare.
The "“C'D'C’ Cristo di Campobello Bianco” 2018" 2018, aged only in steel, opens to the nose with that expressive linearity that has always been the heritage of Baglio del Cristo di Campobello, where olfactory cleanliness is made fragrant by aromas of fruit fresh white and floral scents always expressed with the linearity of those who live in these lands so dense with tradition.
The balance to the taste is given by the never invasive acidity and by those notes of citrus fruits which are mixed in the mouth with flavors of Mediterranean herbs and spices to obtain a final of pleasantness but of very long impact and harmony.
The whole of this wine, taking its history and derivation, we can enhance it with an initial pairing with panelle or omelettes to make then an intriguing first course based on fish couscous.
Baglio del Cristo di Campobello winery, 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 of Agrigento, a unique organism of ten micro-areas, property of fifty hectares. Deep soil, calcareous and chalky, of hilly lay, with a density of 5,000 plants per hectare, all of which are primitive patriarchal of their mother-land and all hand-harvested in small boxes.
Baglio del Cristo di Campobello
Contrada Favarotta S.S. 123 Km 19+200
92023 Campobello di Licata - Agrigento
Tel. +39 0922 877709
tuesday 26 november
Italian wines in the world: Siddùra's Fòla
We have tasted for you Siddùra's Fòla
Year of production: 2016
Price: 20.50 euros
Annual production: 10,000 bottles
Aging: hand-picked grapes are selected, de-stemmed and left to macerate for a medium-long period. The subsequent aging in cask completes the rich organoleptic picture.
Grapes: 100% Cannonau di Sardegna Doc Riserva
The origin and history of this grape is inherent in the Sardinian land, a territory that scholars say has emerged a million years before the Italian peninsula, and this is perhaps a key to understand many features of this land. Maybe, the emergence of this island, from the Mediterranean sea, has taken with it all that strength that characterizes a strong and decisive character also typical of those who live in this region, and at the same time has given birth to fables and legends that narrate of ancient people and passions that, all concentrated together, it's a pleasure tu think of and enjoy in a glass of wine so well representative of Sardinia: the Cannonau.
This grape variety, produced all over the island, has become an integral part of it and its fables, and this is perhaps the reason for the name that Siddùra gave to his Cannonau, calling it Fòla (favola in Italian, fable in English).
A wine with an intense red color with such brilliant reflections that only jewels can give, that on the nose begins to communicate its strong yet pleasant, impetuous but gentle soul, giving aromas of berries under spirit and spices so ancient that they reflect the age of the soil where it comes from.
In the mouth it is a continuous stimulation of the palate, an interchange of truly unique sensations and pleasantness because they are the characteristics of a wine obtained from history.
Accompanied by game meats or medium-aged cheeses it tells its origin even better, and if we taste it with amaretti at the end of a meal it can remember the fairy tales that people once told about the domestic fire.
Siddùra was born from the discovery made by two entrepreneurs who identified and fell in love with an abandoned but enchanting property in the heart of Gallura, collecting the legacy of an ancient wine production that in the fifties of the last century already bottled vermentino to sell on the nearby market . The company has made Sardinia a brand of purity, tradition, quality and innovation. Thirty hectares of vineyards that give life to a collection of nine wines: the vermentino of Gallura Spèra, Maìa and Bèru, the rosé cannonau Nudo, the cannonau, DOC and Riserva, Èrema and Fòla, the Cagnulari Bàcco, the international Tìros and the passito Nuali. The wines received over 350 medals.
località Siddura Luogosanto, SS 07020 IT
tuesday 19 november
Italian wines in the world: Azienda Agricola Accordini Stefano's Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG Acinatico
We have tasted for you Azienda Agricola Accordini Stefano's Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG Acinatico
Year of production: 2015
Price: € 30.00
Annual production: 40,000 bottles
Aging: 2 years in French and Slavonian wood - 1 year in the bottle
Grapes: 75% Corvina Veronese, 20% Rondinella, 5% Molinara
Talking about Amarone is also talking about culture and territory, since the true potential of native vines lies in offering to the taster all the history and richness of an area dedicated to quality such as Valpolicella. The vines of Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and Molinara give, in a well balanced percentage, every nuance useful to make this wine unique and indistinguishable in the world wine scene. Harvested in small boxes, the grapes are left to dry in the fruit-bearing rooms to obtain all the aromas that the Valpolicella climate can give. Their slow rest allows the Accordini family to see, after about four months, the result of this harmony, both in terms of sugars and of depth of color and structure. It is the long aging in large wood and tonneaux, which makes this wine, born "sweet", drier, rounder and more full-bodied, more "Amarone". The careful malolactic fermentation combined with the great experience of the Accordini family, manages to bring to the taster a fine and elegant product, with a unique and authentic personality, which is then enhanced to the nose with ample and pleasantly complex aromas of ripe red fruit, spices oriental and balsamic notes that enrich the entrance to the palate, all harmonized in a rich and persistent structure, up to the beautiful softness and concluding with a long and very enveloping aftertaste. The important alcoholic degree is able to give complex combinations with the most modern Italian cuisine, we recommend it, in fact, with a fillet with green pepper or game roasts, preceded only by its classic combination, the Amarone risotto .
The wine producer Stefano Accordini comes from a hold farming background, first as sharecroppers, then as owners and finally as wine producer. The Company is run by the Accordini family with the involvement of their wives and sons, each carrying their specific responsibilities. The historic vineyards of Bessole and Fornetto were planted by Stefano in the 70s and were joined in the year 2000 by the purchase of new land in the high Valpolicella Classico area, where we laid the foundation for a mountain viticulture, then building a new and efficient Cellar in 2010. The new vineyards are at Cavalo and Mazzurega, at an altitude of 550 meters, today represent for the Accordini family the recovery of a lost wine production with historic tastes of Valpolicella Classico, creating wines with flavours of the past, clearly recognizable and unique. The magnificent landscape, in which it is the company located, looks out in one direction over the Lessini mountain chain and in the other a terrace that overlooks the city of Verona. The customary welcome of the Accordini family, together the very pleasant tasting room create an indissoluble union between the wines and territory, which are to visit and discover.
Azienda Agricola Accordini Stefano
Loc. Camparol 10, Cavalo di Fumane, Verona. Fumane, VR 37022 IT
+39 045 776 0138
thursday 07 november
Italian wines in the world: Del Rèbene's Carmenère
We have tasted for you Del Rèbene's Carmenère
Year of production: 2017
Price: 15.00 euros
Annual production: 10,000 bottles
Denomination: IGT Veneto Rosso
Aging: 12 months in vitrified cement
Grapes: 100% Carmenère
Visiting a hill in Vicenza, plunging into a path in the middle of the woods, surrounded by small springs and roe-deer that cross the road quietly, is really fascinating. It is even more fascinating when the road takes you to a small organic farm, where Francesco and Claudia, masters of hospitality, welcome you with a smile and a slice of bread, just heated to the plate, on which they serve their organic oil which, thanks to the warmth of the bread, invades the surrounding air of the scent of the forest just left behind.
We tasted the bread with a glass of pure Carmenère wine, also produced by organic farming and obtained from a vine that has had one of the most troubled stories of world enology, not so understood for years, up to its cradle that are the Berici mountains, to live a new era that is enhancing it. At an olfactory level it is rich in spices but never intrusive, a fleshiness that also emerges on the nose and then reaches the sweetness of the green pepper, a perfume that, the more time passes in which it dwells in the glass, the more it rises to elegance.
In the mouth its harmony is genuinely true, never a gleaning, never a different note from what the smell has received, and in its balance it closes with a softness that reminds of silkiness and great harmony. Here the vinification is natural, made with the use of pied de cuve with spontaneous yeasts, fermentation and aging in vitrified cement tanks, using very low amounts of sulfur, below 30 mg and within the limits of the Vinnatur disciplinary.
To combine with everything that, by smelling this wine, can get you an emotion. For our part, we can confirm that that slice of bread with the oil produced by the Del Rèbene company has given an emotion that still surprises for its genuine simplicity.
An ancient village, a hilly terroir of great scenic beauty, suited to the cultivation of vines, in the heart of the Berici Hills of Vicenza: here lies the Del Rèbene winery, so named because already in 1500 the Cimbri colonists had called this lucky hill " Rebène ”from the cimbro Reben, that means“ vine, vineyard ”. A small artisan familiar company, which identifies its mission with respect for the territory and sustainability, using sustainable energy and is conducted with biodynamic and biological methods certified since 2007, in a pristine site far from conventional cultivation, entirely surrounded by woods. The cultivation of the olive tree, also widespread in the area since the Middle Ages, mostly uses indigenuos varieties that give a fresh, fruity and gentle oil, with interesting aromatic notes. The company offers enotourist hospitality and accommodation in the rooms obtained in the barns and stables of the ancient village.
Azienda Agricola Del Rèbene
Via Bertoldi, 25 Zovencedo, VI 36020 IT
tuesday 05 november
Italian wines in the world: Gotto D'Oro's Bianco DOC Vinea Domini
We have tasted for you Gotto D'Oro's Bianco DOC Vinea Domini
Year of production: 2018
Price: 7.50 euros
Annual production: 6000 bottles
Grapes: Malvasia Puntinata 55%, Bombino 45%
Territory and culture: we are talking about the one in which stands the denomination Doc Roma, which was born recently, in 2011, and which is part of an ancient vine history in Lazio, narrated even before the birth of the city of Rome itself. Fine wines sung by poets and writers, are told today through the Vinea Domini Line with a language that reads the vine on volcanic soils and tuffaceous clays, lakes and microclimates perfect for a quality viticulture. Vinea Domini and Roma Doc are the nobility in the Lazio region, an accurate production of only 6000 bottles in respect of native vines such as pimpled Malvasia (that everybody call "Lazio's Malvasia"), which are strongly linked to the places where they are best expressed by nature. A white wine with enveloping olfactory sensations that recalls pink grapefruit and a hint of sage, the aromas of musk and notes of apple and ripe fruit. Citrine sweet and final attack in a light straw-yellow calyx with bright green reflections. A bitter taste softens sweetness and warm aromatic nuances.
We suggest to combine with fish or shellfish dishes, spaghettoni with clams or seafood, or to propose as an aperitif, to be served at a temperature of 10 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
tuesday 29 october
Italian wines in the world: Fattoria Varramista's Varramista
We have tasted for you Fattoria Varramista's Varramista
Year of production: 2013
Price: 47 euros
Annual production: 2500 bottles
Denomination: IGT TOSCANA
Aging: 18 months in barrique
Grapes: 100% Syrah
Sometimes wine is the liquid manifestation of silence, once wrote Sepulveda, and in the silence of an autumn morning, in the courtyard of Varramista, a place that hosted great writers, poets and personalities from the world of culture and international entrepreneurship, we fully appreciate the importance of this silence, a harmony interrupted only by the scent of the grape harvest.
The red Varramista, a wine dedicated to the estate, is expressed with the same sobriety as those who have made this area shine, and who wanted to represent it with a vine that binds history and traditions of cultures like few others, the Syrah.
The 100% Syrah is the wine obtained from aging in small wood and from vineyards that have been present in this area of Tuscany for many years. The label represents the beautiful villa, the fulcrum of the reception area, and by uncorking the bottle in front of the beautiful garden, we also admire the typical color of Syrah, a black that recalls the night, with brilliant ruby shades, tilting the glass to the light. The sense of smell is an immersion in the noblest spices, with notes that come from rhubarb and cranberry juice, while in the mouth its rustic and genuine part emerges, that a well balanced tannin accompanies us in softness, the finish is rich and very long, with balsamic notes of eucalyptus and cocoa. The exquisite simplicity is the truth of this wine, which we define as transversal in the combinations that can go from a baked pasta to a grill of assorted meats, and you will appreciate it even more for its elegant discretion, which is the true characteristic of Varramista.
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
tuesday 22 october
Italian wines in the world: Torraccia del Piantavigna's Ghemme DOCG
We have tasted for you Torraccia del Piantavigna's Ghemme DOCG
Year of production: 2013
Annual production: 25.000 bottles
Aging: 36 months in french oak + 6 months in bottle
Grapes: nebbiolo 90%, vespolina 10%
The microcosm that links Ghemme to its territory is already in itself a peculiarity in the wine sector, as the north winds, which always blow threatening for the winemakers who have worked so richly minerals for centuries, make it possible to unite with an imaginary circle the unique district of this small town in the upper Piedmont.
When Nebbiolo, a vine of great character, manages to mature and give its fruit so rich in personality, true works of art are born, unique for harmony and balance.
The Ghemme 2013 by Torraccia del Piantavigna is a concrete example of this, and by opening this bottle, already in bringing the cork to the nose, is it possible to perceives the microcosm from which it comes.
Combined with Vespolina, Nebbiolo creates a real dialogue with the taster and gives the nose that broad spirit of almost wild aromas, with spices and red fruits, always well blended.
A color that recalls the earth from where it comes from, with garnet veins and vivid reflections, while in the mouth, the Ghemme by Torraccia del Piantavigna continues its story with harmony and balance as a true protagonist of the national winemaking nobility.
Rediscovering a combination of red meats in salmì or with a braised Piedmontese, is not to evoke old recipes, but to fit into a story that is rooted in the ever-present tales of this wonderful wine.
That of "Torraccia del Piantavigna" is a story that dates back to the early 1950s, when Pierino Piantavigna planted a small vineyard on the hills of Ghemme, near the seventeenth-century castle of Cavenago. The name of the company, coined many years later and inspired by the passionate life that Pierino spent among the rows of his vineyard, derives from the name "Torraccia" given to a hill, particularly dear to Piantavigna, of exceptional exposure and almost shaped circular located just north of the castle of Cavenago. The presence of the old tower of the castle, a real "torraccia" due to its state of abandonment, is another reason for inspiration of the company name. It has been Alessandro Francoli, president of the homonymous Distillery and grandson of Pierino, who in 1997 created what today has become a company recognized in Italy and abroad for the quality of its wines, modern but absolutely respectful of the traditions of the territory.
Torraccia Agricultural Society of Piantavigna S.r.l.
Via Romagnano, 69 / A
28074, Ghemme (NO)
Tel. +39 0163 840040
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