Friday, 27 February 2015

San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico 2011

One of my favorites Chianti Classico, the kind that give me happy addiction.

As so deeply ruby in the glass, as so deeply Tuscan already on the nose.
It starts immediately, ready for battle, showing a nose that melts, rich, first in fruit sensations - delicious cherry, orange and plum - then in a marked spiciness - black pepper and cinnamon - to dive, finally, into the minerality that grows each wheeling, finishing with violet and humus touches.

The draft does not change by the tasting, authenticating consistently, all the elegance of the olfactory stamp. The mouth, with a precise grip acid-tannic, focuses on crisp aromas of cherry and significant spice.

Freshness and smoothness - despite its 14.5 ° - combined with last sip, constitute the final seal of this Sangiovese race, finished too quickly, with flavors of tobacco, coffee and savory minerality.

Bottle in a state of grace, a real territory wine, which always enhances the palate.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Terre di Toscana 2015 | Lido di Camaiore

The Una Hotel Versilia, at Lido di Camaiore (Tuscany), Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd March, will host the eighth edition of Terre di Toscana.
A real full immersion in the excellence of Tuscan wines production, which will be attended by 130 producers, with more than 600 wines for tasting.

Also, as usual, the pavilion show cooking Golosizia, which will see, this year, six chefs at work, 3 on Sunday, 3 on Monday.

The list of companies, wines tasting and the full program, by consulting the website Terre di Toscana and following their social pages fb and twitter.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Parusso Barolo 2005

To celebrate 35 years of the label "Barolo Parusso Armando" - since 1971 the company began making wine on its own - the family decided to produce the 2005 vintage, as well as did Mr. Armando, combining the single vineyards - Mariondino in Castiglione Falletto, Bussia, Mosconi and Coste in Monforte - to create a single Barolo.

The nose begins orderly and polished, with some vanilla and sweet nuances, only to suffer the recall of vegetable and floral traits, specifically earth, underbrush and pink. Just a little bit of oxygenation launches, direct and clean, the fruity ingredients - blueberry and raspberry, orange and cherry - and a clear menthol and spicy refining the bouquet.

By the taste, I tell you that played his best cards already. Tasting proves more introverted, more elusive. Has indeed abandoned the tannic severity, becoming supple, however, can’t pulls out all that I had learned by the olfactory progression. The freshness remains good, with decent power, but a little complexity.

I'll be curious to open, further, another still available bottle, even if the skepticism I have with this vintage, complicated and enigmatic, it will be hard to overturn.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Laurent-Perrier Champagne Cuvée Rosé Brut n.v.

The LP brut rosé saw the light in 1968, thanks to the genius of Monsieur Bernard de Nonancourt, who was able to give life, before than a champagne, a real wine, whose quality has always, unanimously, recognized.
It is a skilful blend of several parcels, primarily the Grand Crus, of Pinot Noir, from several villages of the Montagne de Reims, including Ambonnay, Louvois, Bouzy, Tours-sur-Marne, Verzy, Mailly and Verzenay.

Elegance and finesse of effervescence, to a still lively fruitiness, confirmed by the color, an intense pink salmon, determined, by orange reflexes.

Vinous and very fresh nose - two traits that will keep even the palate - that offers an articulated range of red berry fruits - lychee and strawberry, raspberry and cassis, blackberry and cherry - followed by pomegranate, and red orange, a fine floral touch - geranium and rose - with mineral notes and a toasty finishing this fine texture.

The same meticulous cleaning of flavors I found by the tasting, whose approach is driven by strong fruity characterization, a little sour.
There is total and extraordinary correspondence with the olfactory expressions, with the mouth that gradually becomes more and more enveloping.
Great finesse and formidable structure perfectly integrated.
Fruity richness giving off to the last sip, complex, very long and very persistent, with final minerals and licorice calls.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Dominique Derain Saint-Aubin Le Ban 2010

Do you know Dominique Derain and its wines? He is a unique personality, that behind a Cyrano face and his hilarious goliards ways, moody and a bit Gascon, betrays a total passion for wine, starting from the vineyard.

Burgundy, 20 km. south-west of Beaune, his winery is located in the heart of the village of Saint Aubin, while “Le Ban” is a tiny lieu-dit, a slope, full east exposure, limestone, gravel and clay.

Ruby, brilliant and transparent, enchants the nose, very typical and classic - it will be understood that it is Pinot Noir? - with vivid expressions of red fruit - cherry, raspberry, currant, strawberry - a very pronounced spicy side, enhanced by hints and earthy ferrous.

Even the mouth is rich treasure of flavors, the same of the nose, with a lot of fruit and spices. A velvet fine texture, equipped with high acidity and beautiful amplitude, with tannins in balance.
Persistent and high drinkability, it maintains intact freshness until the end, with good reach, for a clean palate of spiciness and minerality.
Enjoy it with sautéed duck.