More wines, more impressions, more Forum Vini
Enough Loacker for one day and so I thought to visit the Veneto area once again. This time I was looking for Valpolicella Superiore and Amarone. I only found one stand with these wines and they turned out to be a flop. So I decided not to take any notes for them and quickly moved on to the Piedmont. I was hoping to try some great Barolo DOCG and Barbaresco DOCG. Unlike with the Veneto there were so many vintners at the Forum Vini from the Piedmont. I was able to try great some really great wines. Read more about them now. If you want to reread part 1 then you can do so here.
My Piedmont Forum Vini experience started with Azienda Agricola Giordano from Barbaresco. I tasted their Barbera d’Alba as well as their Dolcetto d’Alba. The Barbera d’Alba had a ruby red color. There were aromas of red cherry, pepper and spices. On the palate the wine was dry and light. A bit fruity, medium-body. Not too complex. Nice, long finish. Can be recommended but I’ve had better. The Dolcetto d’Alba DOC is produced with 100% Dolcetto grapes. In the glass the wine had a ruby red color. On the paste aromas very fruity with aromas of raspberry and ripe cherry. After taking a zip I noticed softer tannins compared to the ones of the Barbera d’Alba. The wine was also less acid which I liked more. This wine from Az. Agr. Giordano is more recommended that the Barbera. Both wines were from the 2010 vintage.
I moved on to the stand of Enoteca Palmieri where I tried their Barbaresco DOCG. The wine is produced with 100% Nebbiolo grapes, aged 24 months in barrique, 12 months in the bottle and has 14% ABV. On the nose there are many aromas of red fruits. Strawberry, red cherry and much more. My notes read furthermore that the wine was dry and that I tasted some fruits again, chocolate, spices and a bit of oak. The wine was very complex, had a big body but remained harmonic. I found it to be similar to the great Barolo wines. The wine retailed at the fair for 24.90€/bottle. The price is ok and the wine is recommended.
The last Piedmontese wine that I tried was a Barolo which was again from Enoteca Palmieri. The Barolo was produced with 100% Nebbiolo grapes. It had a label listed alcohol by volume of 13%. Aging was done in Slavonian oak. On the nose the wine had aromas of strawberry. For the palate my notes read: dry, medium-bodied, medium finish, very tannic. I have to say this was not a good Barolo which is shown by the low retail price of just 13.90€.
French wines at Forum Vini
After all these Italian reds I went over to 100 Bordeaux wine tasting – for some it’s one of the highlights of the annual Forum Vini fair. Many different vintners offered wines of new and old vintages. With a bit of luck one could even try a wine from the early 1990s. The line in front of their gigantic stand was really long so I decided to just try a few wines. I would have had to go back in line after a few which I did not want to do. I tried three red Bordeaux wines. Unfortunately not the best French wines that I’ve ever had. So lets quickly forget about them. But I can tell you right away my French wine experience at Forum Vini will get a lot worse soon.
I thought I give the French wines a second chance and went to Château des Hospitaliers in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. There I tried something I’ve never seen before. A French Sangiovese blended with Syrah. The wine was simply named Sangiovese-Syrah. It had a bright ruby red color. On the nose the wine was very fruity (it was a 2011 vintage). Strawberry and raspberry I smelled most. The palate was interesting, too. The wine was smooth like Syrah wines and well-bodied like Sangiovese wines are. While the wine was not too complex the finish was persistently long. My favorite French wine from Forum Vini.
Full of enthusiasm I went over the crowed stand for wines from Chateauneuf du Pape. The line was long nevertheless I waited patiently in line. The people at the stand were all French and spoke no English (what a surprise!). When I asked them in a French-English mix if I could try some of their wines the guy behind the stand did not want to understand me. It was obvious that I wanted to try the wines – that’s why people go to the wine fair. After talking to him for 5 minutes he sent me away! I couldn’t believe it. French people are such snobs I thought. This has never happened to me anywhere before!
Enough French wines I thought and looked for a good Greek wine but I didn’t find any so I tried an Australian Syrah from Hewitson Wines. The 1998 Hewitson Barossa Valley was made with 100% Syrah grapes. The wine aged 16 months in French oak. On the nose I had blueberry, nuts, caramel and blackberry aromas. Very intense and very good! On the palate the same fruits and some oak. I was stunned how soft the tannins were. A dry, complex wine that has an incredible long finish. A bottle of this wine retailed at the fair for 26€.
After the Austrian Syrah I moved on to what should be last wine – a South African Cabernet-Sauvignon from Boschkloof. The vintage of the wine was from 2006. There were aromas of leather. The smell reminded me of horses but there were also a few fruit aromas -mainly blackcurrant. After taking a zip I noticed some tannins. Alcohol by volume was label listed at 15%. The wine was dry and a little bit fruity. The leather was still present. The finish was medium and the wine was medium-bodied. This wine will not become my favorite anytime soon but it was a good experience to try the wine.
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The next wine-fair that I want to go to will be the 2013 VinItaly in Verona which is held in April. It’s Italy’s most important wine fair. Probably 10 times as big as the Forum Vini. Maybe even larger! If you have time to go then I can very much recommend it. I’ve been there before and it’s simply stunning to see and try all these great Italian wines! For more information on the VinItaly I recommend their official website.