Posts tagged DOCG

Cecchi Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG Albaruta 2005, Umbria, Italy

Do you remember when David Letterman used to chant Uma mantra style, in honour of the beautiful and quirky, but equally cunning and cerebral Uma Thurman? Well the Umbria region of Italy offers a wine called Montefalco Sagrantino that is as sexy, peculiar and thought provoking as Ms. Thurman. Dave also had the same thing going on with Oprah. The silly joke seemed to rub the queen of daytime TV the wrong way. The lovely Uma didn't publicly let on that it bothered her, just like the Sagrantino grape Read more [...]

Fontanafredda Nebbiolo Barolo DOCG 2005, Piedmont, Italy

Some winemakers are charming because of their quaint and small factors. I tend to gravitate more to those winemakers for just those reasons. I can, however, appreciate how large scale winemakers achieve their success – by producing a variety of great wines that appeal to a wide range of tastes and senses of value. Fontanfredda from the Piemonte region of Italy is an example of how a large winery goes about the business of making high volume wines in price brackets above some of their competitors Read more [...]

Biondi Santi Spa Brunello Di Monalcino DOCG Villa Poggio Salvi 2004, Toscana, Italy

Montalcino is a great of example of what the entire region of Tuscany is capable of producing. Within the commune of Montalcino you have a myriad of growing conditions concentrated in a relatively small area. That results in a region that produce a wide range of variations of an established theme. Montalcino is also blessed to be large enough to produce a bountiful output that ensures great bang for the buck since the price of wine like pretty much everything else is based on supply and demand. Biondi Read more [...]

Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG Clan Destino 2004, Toscana, Italy

Maximino Hernandez from the Pinino winery in Tuscany brimmed with pride as he carefully poured me a glass of his high end Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG Clan Destino 2004. I can't say how happy I was to meet such a eager proponent of his wine, and that it offered me a chance to compare to another 2004 Brunello DOCG (see previous blog, Le Ragnaie...) from the same year. Max's pride came from the fact that this is the first vintage produced by Pinino name while under his (co-) ownership. The minerality Read more [...]

Le Ragnaie Brunello Di Montalcino, Toscana, Italy

Italian laws can be quite inflexible when it comes to naming rights for its wines. Montalcino has been producing its Brunello Di Montalcino for eons by aging the wine for at least two and a half years in wooden barrels. In nineteen-eighty-four wine makers in Montalcino won the right to market their wines that were barrelled for only 6 months under the new name of Rosso Di Montalcino and retain the prestigious Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita. Le Ragnaie is one of the smaller vineyards Read more [...]

Piemonte: Tasting Notes.

Italian. Wine. Intoxicating. Sexy. All of these words can easily be synonymous – but hardly imitable. Italian winemakers, men for the most part, tend to craft their wines into their ideal mistresses as Gepetto had made Pinocchio into his ideal son. Hence the floral aromas and and the full throttle flavours that often leave you moaning in delight. This is a country that does not make wines that you will make you want to pop Joan Baez into the CD player. Make room on your playlist for classical music Read more [...]
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