Leaving today for another 3 months in Italia

I’ve not been able to post as I’d hoped to this week, but I’ve been in Los Angeles meeting with a neurosurgeon for a second-opinion re: my lousy spine/discs. Good news, no immediate surgery – just keep on with the epidural injections until they don’t work anymore, then come see him again. That day will…

Fuligni, Paradiso di Manfredi, and more newly released Brunello/Rosso wines

My tasting of the newly release Brunello/Rosso/Brunello riserva wines continue. Some misses, but several good ‘hits’, too. 2014 Il Paradiso (Manfredi) Brunello di MontalcinoSangiovese 9/26/2019 – Wonderful. I’m really in love with the sous bois/soil aromas in this vintage, as they lend even more character, and freshness. The entry is medium-bodied, elegant, and also substantive in…

New releases: Brunello, Rosso, Riserva (pt.1)

Over time the wines of this region have really captured my attention, and my hear. Having had the benefit of tasting many producers back to the early 70s has taught me just how noble Sangiovese (Grosso, too) is. 2014 Caprili Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 9/24/2019 – Darker brick red color, clear throughout. Plenty of soil-driven character here,…

Felsina, Fontodi, etc., more from Chianti Classico (new releases)

As of today, I’m probably half way through the new releases. So much tasting has me thirsty, I’m thinking about a 1996 Scarpa I picked up at the winery 3 months ago… 2017 San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico  DOCG Sangiovese Blend 9/21/2019 – Very, very tasty. Pretty serious wine – not an ager – but pretty…

More new releases from Chianti Classico

This post has a good mix of Classico, Classico Riserva, some IGT, and more. I hope you find something interesting, and or new. If so, drop me a line. Thanks, Tim. italianwinereviews@gmail.com. Saluti. 2013 Fattoria Poggiopiano Rosso di Sera Toscana IGT Sangiovese Blend 9/20/2019 – I tend to shy away from new wood/barrique, generally speaking. But, as…

recently tasted Chianti Classico

A few newly released wines from the Chianti Classico zone (with many more to follow). The 2017 vintage in this region was challenging, but some winegrowers produced seriously good wines. 2016 Azienda Agricola Caparsa Chianti Classico Caparsino Riserva  DOCG Sangiovese Blend 9/18/2019 – Impressive energy, soul. This is still too young for my palate; it certainly…

Recently tasted, 25+ (petite arvine, nero di troia, aglianico, etc.)

An update on some newer, and older wines. As expected, a few nice surprises. Italian wines, on balance, continue to improve, and continue their tradition as excellent values in the marketplace. Red 2014 Punta Crena Rossese Riviera Ligure di Ponente Vigneto Isasco 9/19/2019 – Medium(-) body, with plenty of fresh acidity; the fruit is juicy, as…

Marching to his own drum – Az. Agr. Uccelliera, Part III

Winegrowing at Uccelliera has been an experiment from its inception. I think it says a lot about the man, about his vision; he’s willing to admit, up front, he doesn’t have all the answers. He’s saying he’s after a deeper understanding of his land, that he’s not going to take what someone before him says…

Marching to his own drum – Az. Agr. Uccelliera, Part II

Agnes asks which wine I’d like to begin with. As I’m not in the habit of making such requests, I let her know any is just fine; I’m all too happy just to be here. Using the Coravin (it’s a slow-er season for visitors), she pours some of the 2014 Uccelliera Rosso di Montalcino. I spend…