If you missed my post about day one of VinItaly then follow this link and read it first.
On day one I visited the pavilions dedicated to Sardinia, Trentino, Apulia and Lazio. Especially the Mater Matuta from Casale del Giglio and the Vasca 50 from Meloni Vini left a positive impression on me.
I started day 2 with visiting the Abruzzo pavilion. Il Feuduccio was first on my list. I best liked their new 2012 Yedra, a blend of Pecorino, Falanghina, Greco and Sauvignon. In the glass, Yedra had a pale yellow color. The bouquet was composed of aromas of white flowers and lots of fruit. In the mouth, dry and fresh. Well-balanced acidity. Long finish.
The 2012 Yedra from Il Feuduccio was still a bit young so I am looking forward to try it again in a few months. It was bottled only a few weeks before VinItaly and in fact, the wine is not in commerce yet but many wineries tend to bring their newly bottled wines to VinItaly, which is one of the reasons why I like this fair so much. My rating: 4/5 stars
Il Feuduccio’s flagship wine is called Margae. The current vintage of the Margae is 2003. Margae is classified as Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC. Produced with 100% Montepulciano grapes. For some reason, their website states that Margae aged only 24 months in oak and 24 months in oak but according to the vintner who was operating their stand, Margae ages 48 months in French oak and 48 months in the bottle. The wine had a very deep ruby red color. I found the nose and the palate both to be dominated by heavy oak notes. There was almost no fruit at all. Margae was full-bodied and complex but not well-balanced. The aftertaste was pretty long. My rating 3/5 stars.
Of course I had to stop by the Agriverde stand. Frequent readers of Vino in Love already know that I am a big fan of their Plateo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC and I was curious how the new 2008 vintage would taste. The 2008 Plateo was definitely young and for my taste still a bit too tannic. But I believe that the wine will get much better with further aging. Drinking a 2008 Plateo now would make little sense anyways. If you want to try the Plateo then go with the 2007 or 2005 vintage (I am not aware of a 2006 Plateo). Because a rating would do the 2008 Plateo at the time no justice I refuse to do so.
More interesting was Agriverde‘s sparkling wine 830 (2012 vintage). A blend of Pecorino and Chardonnay grapes. Produced after the Metodo Martinotti (Charmat Method). My notes read: Persistently long perlage, harmonious bouquet. In the mouth, it was fresh. I tasted yeast and flowers. My rating: 4/5 stars.
If you want to learn more about Agriverde then I suggest you read this guest post from Frank.
The Umbria section was organized quite differently. There were a few large wine bars where one could try all the wines that the wineries brought with them to VinItaly. I felt like that was a great way. The wines were served by members of the Italian Sommelier Associated (ISA). In all honesty, I was not that familiar with wine from Umbria so this Umbrian wine-bar experience was a great opportunity for me to pick up on that
One of my absolute favorite wines of this year’s VinItaly comes from Azienda Botti. The winery is located in Montefalco and two red wines (Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG and Rosso Umbria IGT), a white wine (Grechetto) and a passito (Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG). If you like sweet wines then you have to try the passito from Azienda Botti. Botti has been producing this passito since the 19th century. In the glass, the wine had an orange-red color. The nose was incredible and so harmonious! Aromas of cinnamon, blackberries, ripe cherry and cloves. In the mouth, the wine was sweet. I tasted red and black fruits. The passito had a lingering finish. Perfect for meditation. At the Umbrian wine bar, the sommelier suggested to pair it with Pecorino or other mature cheese. My rating 4.5/5 stars.
Because time was running out I decided to only give Masi and Trabucchi a short visit. I actually planned to visit the stands of Le Ragose, Castellini, Begali and Le Vigne di San Pietro. I will try to do so next year. Like I said, the fair is so large that one can only visit a fraction of it.
Anyways, the Masi stand was overcrowed. It might have been the most crowded stands out of all and they only served basic-line wines so I skipped the wines but before leaving their stand I saw a second queue. Masi was collaborating with a gelato (Italian ice cream) producer, which was serving Amarone ice cream. I simply had to try that! After waiting in line for at least 15 minutes I got a scoop. The gelato was delicious! I was so glad that I waited in line. It was so worth it! You have to try Amarone ice cream whenever you can! My rating for the Amarone gelato: 5/5 stars!
At the Trabucchi stand they offered me to do attend a tasting of their whole line but because I already know their wines (including the new vintages) I had to decline the generous offer. There simply was no time for it but when Raffaela, the wife of the owner of Trabucchi offered me glass of their 2004 Amarone Cent’Anni then I simply had to accept! The Amarone Cen’t Anni is classified as Amarone della Valpolicella DOC Riserva. In the glass, the Cent’Anni had an intense ruby red color with garnet shades. Label listed ABV: 16%! On the nose, blackcurrant, ripe black cherry, raspberry jam, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, and lots of other aromas. In the mouth, sweet and dry with subtle fruit notes. The Cent’Anni had mellow, pleasing tannins, was full-bodied and of great structure. The finale was incredibly, persistently long. Even after drinking a bit of water I was still able to taste the fruity, sweetness. I already thought, that Trabucchi’s 2006 Amarone was at the top of Amarone but I was wrong: The Cent’Anni is even better! My rating: 5/5 stars.
The last region, that I visited on day 2 was the Emilia-Romagna. The pavilion was rather small. Tuscany for example had TWO large pavilions and the size dedicated to Brunello di Montalcino was probably larger than the whole Emilia-Romagna pavilion. Unfortunate, because I am of the opinion, that the Emilia-Romagna is home to some excellent wines. If you like white wine then think about trying a Pignoletto from Vigneto San Vito. This small family-run, organic winery, has dedicated itself to the production of Pignoletto. I did a tasting of three of their Pignoletto and all of them left a positive impression on me. Pignoletto is a white grape that originated in the Emilia-Romagna. Usually used to produce vino frizzante (sparkling wine) but still Pignoletto wines also exist. The 2012 Pignoletto Superiore Colli Bolognesi DOC was my favorite out of the three that I tried. 90% stainless steel aging, 10% in small French oak barrels. Intense pineapple and lime aromas. Lots of minerals on the palate and again pineapple. Soft acidity, medium-long finish. I do not know why, but for some reason Pignoletto is one of the most underestimated Italian wines outside of Italy. My rating 3.5/5 stars.
Last but not least, I gave a visit to Azienda Agricola Zuffa. I have known Zuffa for quite some time now so I had to visit his stand. It is always nice to chat with him while tasting some of his excellent wines. The Historia Gran Cru Demi-Sec is one of my favorite classic-method rosé sparkling wines and in Italy it’s available for around 10€. Excellent quality-price ratio! In the glass, the wine wine had a pink color and a very long-lasting perlage. On the nose, heavy aromas of roses, blackcurrant, blackberries, raspberries, cherries and strawberries. In the mouth, dry and fruity. I tasted wild berries again. Lingering finish. My rating: 4/5 stars.
There is one more wine that I want to mention. Elisa is a passito from Albana grapes. The wine is classified as Albana di Romagna DOCG. Albana di Romagna is the only appellation in the Emilia-Romagna with DOCG status. Excellent bouquet of candid fruits, figs vanilla, apricot and honey. On the palate, there was a fruity sweetness. Long aftertaste. My rating 4/5 stars.
That is all for today. In the next and final installment of my VinItaly 2013 report, I will talk about the wines from Sicily, Tuscany and Calabria and about the regions for which I had no time left to visit (Piedmont, South Tyrol, …).
Which of these wines sounds best to you? Looking forward to your comments!