Friday, 24 April 2015

Bonnaire Champagne Blanc de Blancs Ver Sacrum Brut n.v.

Bonnaire equal Cremant, Cramant equal Côte des Blancs.
100% Chardonnay for this which is the spearhead of the house production.
In fact, despite being a non vintage, it has the best care, from the selection of grapes - source Cramant and Bergeres-les-Vertus - to get to vieillissement lasting at least six years, with cork - sous bouchon liège - which ensures greater maturity, development, wealth and breadth of flavors.
My bottle comes directly from the cellar of Jean-Louis and has over a year of disgorgement.

The perlage, light gold, with green reflections, is really fine and dense.
The nose has freshness and purity, typical of the Chardonnay, with precision of white fruit - peach and pear, lime and Granny apple - and clarity of flowers - wisteria and hawthorn - with a powerful, concentrated dose of that chalk coming from Cramant that only those saw, trampled and palpated, can understand.

It gives the best tasting, defending and consolidating, with cleaning and rigor, all the elegance and the aromatic richness. The 72 months sur lattes and the cork, were not in vain and really have carved the sip, conferring power, depth and complexity.
Refined final, large and persistent, with fresh references of citrus and chalk.

Take note.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Pietracupa Greco di Tufo 2012

For a long time I did not drink a Greco di Tufo; one of those serious then, I was missing a lot. This one I sought, found and bought - on line - out of curiosity, after reading excellent feedbacks on the wine guides: "... among the excellence", "the best Italian Greco di Tufo" ...

It is bright straw with green hues, for a fragrant nose of fruit from "club tropicana" - mango and papaya, yellow melon, yellow peach - but also citrus, some herbaceous note and a stingy minerality.

The palate, soft, sweet, but quite fresh, remains very attached, anchored to the tropical fruity expressions, and the mineral aspect that does not want to come out. 
What check, then it is the warmth alcohol - the 2012, if someone had forgotten, was a hot year - which ends up weakening voltage sour and slenderness of sip, up to that point appreciated.
It finishes hot, with notes of peach, pear and almond.

Not bad, but 18/20 for someone, 89/100, 90/100, 91/100, for others are important scores. I do not vote.
No doubt I, disciple, and them, the Masters, we drank otherwise bottles.
At least. 

Friday, 10 April 2015

Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2010

You already know my weaknesses for Sicilian grapes and Cos is one of my strong and compelling points. This is 60 parts of Nero d'Avola, aged in oak barrels, and 40 parts Frappato, which makes vitrified cement, for an aging ranging from 18 to 24 months.

Beautiful ruby, a long and pleasantly nose, overwhelmed by a lot of black pepper, which will mark, constantly, the olfactory and gustatory development. This strong spiced presence, however, does not brake the rise of the other performers, that fit with harmony, and contribute to enrich the aromatic kit.
Very clean and noticeable the fruity sensations - pomegranate, grapefruit and red orange - blending with violet, oregano and impetuous gusts of minerality sea.

The taste, balanced and complex, is brilliantly in line with the olfactory performance. The black pepper is confirmed protagonist with the fruity tones - a fleshy cherry adds to citrus. The freshness is always in vogue, for an irresistible drinkability.
Excellent persistence, it shuts down, leaving a marine mouth, savory, licorice and especially greedy gulps, unfortunately extinct indeed too fast.

A drink of lustful and carnal sicilianity.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Arianna Occhipinti SP 68 Bianco Terre Siciliane 2013

This is a blend, slightly macerated, of Albanello and Zibibbo grapes.

It envelops the nostrils with freshness and straightness, absolutely devoid of sweetness. Dominating the olfactory spectrum is, at first, the plant connotation that is realized with hay and other herbs, bay leaf, thyme and an exuberant chamomile.

Later it was the turn of fruity and marine scents, with hints of citrus and peach, thwarted by seaweed, oyster and strong mineral filler.

The taste, giving almost complete consonance with the nose, once again, even more notably, the plant component - here the fruit pays duty - that is adequately supported by delicate mineral texture, as well as balanced acidity.

The sip, very wide and of medium complexity, remains dry and closes on persistent iodine notes and citrus returns.
High and dangerous drinkability.