Friday, 28 April 2017

Gaston Chiquet Champagne Special Club 2007

Directly from the Club Trésors de Champagne – an association, about thirty récoltant - here is the 2007 vintage from Chiquet, a cuvée d'assemblage - 30% Pinot Noir and 70% Chardonnay - from 30 years old vineyards, on limestone-calcareous soils, from the villages of Mareuil sur Aÿ, Hautvillers and Dizy; at least 6 years on yeasts and disgorged June 2014.

It begins with freshness, with a lot of toasted notes, but quickly disappearing, releasing, immediately, intense notes of citrus and peach, apple and plum, with tea and dried fruit. It is, however, the strong chalk size, which turns out to be, in summary, the driving character of the olfactory profile.

In the mouth, the aromatic expression does not change, confirming broad and generous convergence. Always on the front line, the chalky timbre, here enriched with hazelnut inserts and the return of the fruit, also exotic.

Balanced drink, sustained by a significant acid plug, whose lack of complexity, however, rethinking to the millennium, did not catch me unprepared.


Friday, 14 April 2017

G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2012

A great classic, a Barolo grape from Barolo village, large barrels only, 36 months, the result of three vineyards assembled - La Volta, Costa di Vergne and Fossati - so, three different terroir, different for exposure and altitude.
The result? Beautiful, of course.

Nice ruby transparent, for a rich and harmonious nose: berries, rose and violet, red fruit - strawberry and raspberry, cherry and plum - and more than a spicy hint.

Balanced mouth and very consistent with the nose, with the addition of the red orange and rhubarb notes. Nit and velvet tannin, structure, but without encumbrances.
It stretches well in length, with a final phrasing of citrus and cloves.

All the tough character of the older brother - so to speak - Bricco delle Viole.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

VinNatur 2017 Villa Favorita | Sarego (Vc) Italy

From Saturday 8 to Monday 10 April, VinNatur - Winegrowers' Natural Association - organizes, at the Villa Favorita in Sarego (Vicenza), the 14th review of what is considered the Italian natural wine festival and which is currently meeting with all enthusiasts and consumers of wine made from natural viticulture.
Viticulture that has as its primary objective as the sustainable production and respectful of the soil, the microcosm of each vineyard and the health of those who practice agriculture, but also of those who consume the fruits.
It will be present over 150 VinNatur members, coming from 17 Italian regions and from 7 European countries.
The time of the event will be from 10 to 18 and, as usual, who wants to, can buy the wines, directly from the producers.
Particular attention to the gastronomic aspect, with typical products.
For the detailed program, see and the social pages tw and fb.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

ViniVeri 2017 – Vino Secondo Natura XIVth edition | Cerea (Vr) Italy

On days 7, 8, and 9 April, there will be the fourteenth edition of "VINIVERI: Wine According to Nature," wine tasting and food products from natural processes, organized by the Viniveri Consortium, in the halls of the Area Exp "The factory ", in Cerea (Verona).
It is an opportunity to know and appreciate the work of winemakers - over 140 - from every corner of Italy and other European countries, united by a common philosophy and productive methodology, respectful of the environment and biodiversity, natural, sustainable, that goes beyond the European organic certification, namely to generate wine without the use of synthetic chemistry in the vineyard and without the use of additions and forced stabilizations in the cellar.
In addition to wines producers, there will be a lot of producers of excellent craft food. Not only taste, but possibility to buy in the adjacent Wine Shop space, being provided the opportunity to purchase, at cellar price, many of the labels in the tasting.
All infos by consulting the web site, as well as real-time updates on fb and tw.