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…

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

It’s fun (for me) to taste wines, for years, and trying to imagine what the person behind this thing that brings you so much joy is actually like. Are they like some of the wines that don’t show so well? Are they the same as the wines that blow your mind, and have you searching…

The 10 best Italian wines (and why you shouldn’t want them)

Today on my news feed, I stumbled across an article entitled “Nine Best Burgundy Wines under $100”. What a load of shit. I read the first paragraph; well, at least the first sentence or two. Essentially, it said that there are more buyers for (new release) Burgundy wines than there are (new release) Burgundy wines…

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! I’ll try to keep it interesting, and fresh (even though a great deal of what I cover in Italia is centuries old, at least). Fix yourself an espresso, and read on, my friends. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

Panzano, Chianti Classico visit

Well, let’s see, I have yet to finish my piece on Sicily, I haven’t yet written about my exciting stop in Franciacorta, and then there’s my four days in Verona for Vin Italy 2016, but at least I have a few minutes to post some pictures from today’s visits: Fontodi, Castello di Rampolla and La…