Feudi di San Gregorio 2007 Serpico

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Aglianico Wine Review Aglianico is an essential wine, creating some of the most expressive, complicated, and massive wines one can experience. I have reviewed the Serpico’s little brother the Rubrato recently, and for anyone looking for great value and an introduction to this bewitching grape, they should look there.  I have also reviewed wines from Feudi di San Gregorio on several occasions previously: here, and  here. . In Campania, this winery consistently...

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Sella and Mosca 2005 Marchese di Villa Marina

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Sardinian Wine Review This bottle of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from 2005 is an excellent example of  a beautifully aged red. While in it’s youth, this bottle offers massive amount of fruit and aggressive tar flavors, it has turned supple and refined with age. On the nose,  jasmine, wild flowers, and game open into a note of eucalyptus.  Top notes of black fruit, honeysuckle, and firewood are juxtaposed to the porcini, horse hair and burnt orange elements that lie just...

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Lanciola 2009 Le Masse di Greve Chianti Classico

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Chianti Wine Review A hedgehog playing in a pile of autumn leaves. This bottle starts off with a very specific wet fur-and-oak-leaf aroma that was both surprising and delightful. There is a question whether this was an element of brettanomyces  along with a dose of wood tannins, but that seems unlikely with a producer this well established. On the palate, a leaden element pushes through dark cherry, celery, and raspberry. The body is lush and forgivingly plump, like a...

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Bertani 2009 “Villa Arvedi” Amarone della Valpolicella

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Amarone Wine Review Aromas of licorice and Cherry Coke on the nose with a shaving of bitter chocolate.  This is a very flirtatious aroma, with a hint of cardamom and white pepper beneath the surface. Then: flavors go big and texture go smooth and tannins go ripe. The structure is round and big and weighty. On the palate, this is medium to full bodied wine with a load of fresh cherries, a  hint of burnt clove, and a lush texture.  The finish kicks back the chocolate note and...

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Rocca delle Macie 2008 Ser Gioveto

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Super Tuscan Wine Review I often describe Italian wines like this as a conversation between Italian winemakers and wine drinkers in America. We ask for a taste of the old country, and they respond with a bottle like this. While it is thoroughly and completely Italian in style, it is also thoroughly understands the American love of Napa Valley, expensive oak and big bold flavors. It’s a cringe-worthy analogy, but I think comparing this wine to a  muscle car is spot-on....

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Feudi di San Gregorio 2010 Rubrato

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Background Feudi di San Gregorio is on of the top three wineries in the Italian province of  Campania. I recently reviewed  a winery in neighboring Molise that hired Riccardo Cotarella as their consulting enologist.  That is the case here, too, and it shows in the bottle. These are exceptional wines. The winery is located in the village of Sorbo Serpico in Irpina. Its top Aglianico is named “Serpico” after the town and nearby ancient vineyard. That is one of the...

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Di Majo Norante 2011 Ramitello

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The Background Di Majo Norante is an Italian winery located in Molise, just off the Adriatic coast. The property dates back to 1859, and was the farm and vineyard of a local nobleman, the Marquis Norante.  The current owner, Alessio Di Majo, has been producing great wines for well over a decade now. One of the reasons for the Alessio Di Majo’s  success was hiring Riccardo Cotarella in the very beginning. Known as “Il Mago (the Wizard)” Riccardo is arguably...

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Cantina Firriato 2011 Quater Bianco

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This is not the first time we have reviewed a Firriato wine, and it probably won’t be the last. They bring classic Sicilian wines to the American market in a way that makes everyone happy. They use indigenous varietals and focus on classic wine styles. The winery is not technically in Sicily;  it is located on mountainous  island of Favignana, which is part of the Sicily DO. Winemaker Giuseppe Pellegrino has put together a fantastic portfolio of wines since the winery...

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Poggio Scalette 2012 Chianti Classico

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The Greve Valley is lined with terraced vineyards. Looking across the valley from this winery, those stone walls can look like a giant scallete (ladder, in Italian).  At least it did for the wineries original owner.  We will never know where he thought that ladder would take him. He disappeared a long time ago and his winery fell to ruin. Only much later, in 1991,  was Poggio Scalette  raised again, by none other than Vittorio Fiore, one of the greatest living winemakers...

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