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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 31 december
Italian wines in the world: Corte Vittorio's Prosecco DOC Spumante
We have tasted for you Corte Vittorio's Prosecco DOC Spumante
Year of production: 2018
Annual production: 35000 bottles
Aging: charmat method
Grapes: 100% Glera
The history of this beautiful Venetian reality has very well-defined roots, also born from the well-known migration of a large part of the people who lived in this region, which over time has always had a strong appeal for the land of origin that it has almost always made so to bring them back to their native places, returning even more enriched by a pinch of knowledge and more experience.
The war and the laws of man, have moved peoples and nations, which, as in the case of the family that still today proudly guides the Corte Vittorio company, has made sure to let Vettorino Ferasin know the whole Italian peninsula.
Dedicated to the grandfather, founder and farmer, this company has never ceased to behave as the founder himself did in the 1940s, when he stabilized for a post-war period, very demanding for the Italian people, in Tuscany that at the time, lived almost on wine and oil, because the soil could only give these two products of the earth.
The company grew with the same passion and pride of the founder, but the thought always ran to the places where everything was born, the Veneto.
Thus it was that Vettorino, for all Vittorio, returned to the area of the Euganean Hills to found his own court, a royal name that in Veneto translates as an area, the court in fact, where the peasant culture of the family that leads it lives and grows .
He took care of the local vines and those of Glera with the culture of many years, working a land that was ancient for him but at the same time new to what he had known in Tuscany, but the quality that he obtained thrilled him so much that he transmitted his enthusiasm to the whole family.
Today, his nephew Daniele, continues his grandfather's passion, also providing to the companies services based on the experience transmitted by the founder, and thanks to the network of relationships that have been created, he has included the wines of many regions in his product line, selecting them for the quality that unites all the philosophy of Corte Vittorio.
Its vintage Prosecco DOC Extra Dry has all the characteristics of freshness and olfactory generosity that are enclosed in its perlage, so fine and persistent. Notes of cedar and peach, mixed with aromas of white flowers, accompany the palate with a harmonious and pleasant taste due to its very well balanced sugar residue. In the mouth it is enveloping and with a good flavor and a pleasant acidity, with an aftertaste that is long and captivating.
There are traditional peasant dishes that give value to this wine, with polenta as a protagonist accompanied by local cured meats and some fried fish or vegetables.
Ca' Ferro srl
Via Bagnara Bassa, 603 - 35030 - Vò (PD)
tuesday 24 december
Italian wines in the world: Scuderia Italia's Amarone della Valpolicella
We have tasted for you Scuderia Italia's Amarone della Valpolicella
Year of production: 2010
Price: 55 euros
Annual production: <1000 bottles, only the best vintages
Aging: 24 months in French oak tonneau, followed by a long aging in the bottle
Grapes: Corvina 40%, Corvinone 40%, Rondinella 10%, Oseleta 10%
Scuderia Italia is synonymous with passion and daily research in the different Italian territories, offering wines with unique characteristics for intrinsic qualities.
The particularities that are innate in the well assembled native vines of Corvina, Corvinone, Oseleta and Rondinella, are expressed by a constant contact and comparison with the winemakers, aimed at obtaining a really well balanced, complex and harmonious Amarone.
In fact, it is the human factor that interacts with careful preparation in Scuderia Italia's Amarone, providing the consumer with the perception of a really well done work. Scuderia Italia has a very strong bond with its production areas, considering it a real strength and guarantee, enhancing everything in its collections, of which Amarone is a precious and authentic fruit.
The beautiful bright color with garnet traces of this Amarone emerges after a brief decantation and the perception of a product rich in flavors is already perceived in the glass, from where aromas of wild red fruit in spirit, sour cherry jam and hints of wild roots emerge, leather, light notes of rhubarb accompanied by aromas of roasted coffee. Scuderia Italia's Amarone in the mouth gives a well-structured body, balanced in alcohol and acidity, round and soft for balance and tannins, a very long and persistent aftertaste with final notes of cinnamon, calissaia china and liquorice roots of Calabria .
An intriguing Amarone for its complexity and pleasantness, ideal for a meal's great end or to combine with roasted red meats and furred game, previously macerated with berries and aromatic herbs, also perfect as protagonist of a classic, but always surprising, Amarone Risotto.
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 & Instagram: @scuderia.italia.wine
From the left: Flavio Sartori, owner, and his father Loris
friday 20 december
Italian wines in the world: Rocca Sveva's Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Riserva
We have tasted for you: Rocca Sveva's Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Riserva
Year of production: 2015
Price: 37.50 euros
Annual production: 18,000 bottles
Aging: large oak barrels for at least 24 months, followed by aging in the bottle
Grapes: Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara
Research and a well done organization allow to have direct contact with the winemakers, one of this cooperative's strenghts among the most important on the European scene. Cantina di Soave has a quality program developed together with its agronomists, started some decades ago, that allows the reception of native grapes suitable for drying, of which Amarone is the protagonist.
The careful selection, begun by the vineyard, allows a balanced maturation in large barrels of the Veronese cellar and, after a precise exchange period with the wood, it is able to donate to the Amarone Riserva those unique notes and typical of the eastern part of the province.
Soils with marked minerality that we find in the glass in a general harmony that is complex and well balanced even in the nose, with notes of plums and marasca cherries, accompanied by hints of chestnut honey and oriental spices with slight aromas of tobacco and dried aromatic herbs to give strength also in the mouth to a harmonious sip and strongly structured in its softness and easy to drink.
The aftertaste is rich and very long, the alcohol content is softened by an excellent balance of sugars, leaving the taster also a savory note that completes the finesse of this Amarone.
Thus Cantina di Soave is one of the most authoritative wineries intent on offering national and international markets wines with great respect for the territory, thanks to the long research work ennobled by a highly experienced enological sector.
One of the main denominations of the national scene thus manages to combine history and modernity also in the kitchen, where it is accompanied by transversal combinations of red meat and mountain pasture cheeses or boiled mixed meats and bread sauce, to make Amarone manages to express its entire path.
In the shadow of the majestic medieval Castello di Soave, right up against the castle’s ancient walls, lies Rocca Sveva, a hamlet built in the Middle Ages transformed into a prestigious centre of wine culture. With its picturesque cellars, ancient villa, flourishing botanical garden, and experimental vineyard, represents a unique tribute to wine culture, boasting an extraordinary amalgam of history, tradition, and quality.
Cantina di Soave
Viale Vittoria, 100
37038 Soave (VR)
tel+39 045 6139811
fax +39 045 7681203
Via Covergnino, 7
37038 Soave (VR)
tuesday 17 december
Italian wines in the world: Ca' Ferro's Noir
We have tasted for you Ca' Ferro's Noir
Year of production: 2011
Annual production: 2500 bottles
Denomination: IGT Veneto
Aging: The Merlot and Cabernet grapes are harvested by hand when fully ripe. Immediately processed they are left to macerate at low temperatures in stainless steel fermenters, followed by separate fermentation at a controlled temperature never exceeding 24 ° C. Once completed the wines mature in French oak tonneaux for 14-16 months.
Grapes: Merlot Cabernet Raboso
The history of Cà Ferro by Ferasin Daniele is linked to the tradition and to the memories that belong to it, from when at the end of 1800 the forefather Sebastiano and then his son Vittorio began the company's history.
"Noir": the blend of this wine is played on three vines, which in itself gathers the cultures that have always been a meeting of languages and sharing, in the specific case of this wine, are the three souls that compose it and that is "The exuberant" Merlot, the "polyhedral" Cabernet and the "sanguigno" Raboso, which, collected and processed separately, after a major refinement of more than a year in tonneaux, in a great character and value comparison, to then enrich of a harmony that the bottle, with the right amount of time, gives to the three performers, remaining for a good time to listen to their sensations and to make sure that they obtain the harmony required and today tasted.
Daniele's "Noir" wine is a further proof of the knowledge of both the elegant grape varieties of the Alps, and of those at times more exuberant as in the case of the Veronese Raboso, ambassador of a land that represents the peasant value that the company Cà Ferro has always carried within himself since birth.
The "Noir" is a meeting of cultures, which on the nose has the undergrowth of early summer as the first protagonist, providing aromas of red fruits and spices deriving from the wood and from that note of delicate and never intrusive vanilla, which derives from the good permanence in medium volume barrels such as tonneaux and 20 hl barrels.
Its alcohol content, "Noir", expresses it with elegance on the first sip, full and perturbing, juicy and full of aromas that are well delineated by the fabric of this beautiful dialogue between the three grape varieties represented.
Imagining him as a protagonist at the table, with spit-roasted or grilled meats, manages to give the whole company made up of noble and peasant experiences, which, together, tell the value and the capabilities of Daniele, who united them.
Ca 'Ferro srl
Via Bagnara Bassa, 603 - 35030 - Vò (PD)
tuesday 17 december
Italian wines in the world: Marchesi di Barolo's Barolo DOCG del Comune di Barolo
We have tasted for you Marchesi di Barolo's Barolo DOCG del Comune di Barolo
Year of production: 2015
Price: about € 46.00
Annual production: around 20000 bottles
Aging: barriques and large barrels, 24 months
Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo
The harmony of a wine comes from a continuous succession of intervals that, like in an orchestra, come together to create a symphony.
Barolo, obtained exclusively from grapes grown on estate vineyards in the homonymous municipality and produced by a historic winery like Marchesi di Barolo, has all the characteristics to be defined as harmonious and complex at the same time.
Its breadth is given by the set of characteristics and peculiarities of each vineyard which, although very close to each other, are incredibly different, so much that they perfectly fit in this extraordinary interpretation of Barolo, an authentic and noble standard bearer of Italian oenology .
The perfect harmony that characterizes the Barolo del Comune di Barolo 2015 by Marchesi di Barolo is the result of the constant attention paid first during accurate manual harvest, and then during the maturation in small and large wooden barrels in which the wine rests for long years.
2015 was an extraordinary vintage, which appears in its bright red color tending to garnet with a beautiful ruby reflection and which shows in the aroma the most delicate scents of wild rose mixed with spices and red fruit jams that fill the nose in a decisive and balanced way.
In the mouth, the fullness and fineness of the bouquet are accompanied by excellent acidity and flavor, enhanced by an intriguing softness that fulfills the palate, leaving it gratified for a long time.
A wine that comes from history but that presents itself in its contemporaneity even when tasted with food: thanks to the great versatility it can be paired with simple agnolotti del Plin or richer gnocchi with Castelmagno cheese, and again with roasted game. The harmony remains, very pleasant, even in a glass at the end of the meal enjoyed with true friends.
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 cellars 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
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
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