Yesterday night I attended a very nice wine tasting evening. We tried a bunch of different Italian and French wines. I can tell you right away that I enjoyed that night very much!
Unlike the Azienda Agricola Bianchi wine tasting, this one was a private event that we hosted with a bunch of fellow wine friends.
Throughout the wine tasting we had a delicious barbeque with grilled shrimp, a variety of meet (beef, lumberjack stacks, grilled chicken), potatoes, corn and much more. A lovely dinner!
The evening started with a French Sauvignon-Blanc called Marigny-Neuf produced by Ampelidae. Marigny-Neuf is made with 100% Sauvignon-Blanc grapes and aged in stainless steel tanks. Alcohol by volume is listed at 13%. We drank one of the new 2011 vintages. On the nose I had aromas of fresh fruits (pineapple dominated here). The finish is medium and sweet. There is pretty much no acidity here. A bottle of Marigny-Neuf from Ampelidae retails for 9.90€. I didn’t like this wine and will evade it.
We moved on to an Italian Ghemme DOCG 2007 vintage from Azienda Agricola Bianchi. Bianchi is located in the Piedmont region. 100% Nebbiolo grapes which aged 24 months in Slovenian oak barrels and at least 10 months in the bottle. The wine has a label listed ABV of 13%. We uncorked this wine around one hour prior to drinking it. Bianchi’s Ghemme has an intense ruby red color. There were aromas of vanilla and violets next to some red fruits. The wine was dry with pleasing tannins. I loved the very long finish. This Ghemme is very much recommended. It retails for around 20€.
The third wine of the evening came from the island of Sardinia. Buio DOC is manufactred by Cantina Mesa. The grapes used are 100% Carignano del Sulcis. Buio has a bottle listed alcohol by volume of 14%. Buio aged in stainless steel tanks. My notes read: Garnet red color; on the nose very intense with aromas of ripe cherry, raspberry and a hint of vanilla. On the palate dry with mellow tannins. The finish is medium-long with fruity notes. A good wine which is recommended especially to those who are a fan of the Carignano grape. Cantina Mesa’s Buio sells for 14-16€. An acceptable price.
The highlight of the evening was a magnum bottle (1,5 liters) of a 2001 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG from Tenute Loacker‘s Corte Pavone Estate in Tuscany not far away from the town of Montalcino. The grapes used to make this Brunello are 100% Sangiovese. Aging is done in barrique barrels as well as in large oak barrels for over three years. On the label the alcohol by volume is listed at 14%. Prior to drinking the wine got decanted for one hour and a half. My notes read: Very intense ruby red color with brown shades; aromas of blueberries, cherries and nuts. On the palate extremely soft with pleasing, mellow tannins. Very well bodied with a complex structure. The finish is stunning & long. This wine was my favorite out of the four we tried. A regular bottle of the current vintage retails for 35€. Loacker’s Brunello is recommended!
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