Sunday, October 28, 2007

Altesino Rosso di Altesino 2003

Let me begin by saying that Altesino was one of the best winery visits I've ever had in Italy. 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This baby "Super-Tuscan" never sees any wood and its floral, bright red cherry-berry fruit aromas jump from your glass. Ripe forest fruits, black pepper, and seemless acidity. A bargain wine from one of the best Brunello producers in Italy.

Arnaldo Caprai Poggio Belvedere 2004

From Gambero Rosso's 2006 winery of the year and perhaps Umbria's best producer comes this value-laden wine. 100% Sangiovese, bright ruby red in color, hints of wild berries, leather and tobacco on the nose. Spicy with a spectrum of cherry fruit on the palette, well balanced acidity, and a smooth lingering finish. An elegant wine.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Renato Ratti Barbera d'Alba "Torriglione" 2005

A beautiful dark red color introduces a spicy nose with hints of blackcherries and plums. Surprisingly full, warm, and robust with a long finish. With La Morra as its origin and eight months in French oak barrique under its belt, this modern Barbera is super-soft and accessible to all. The Ratti family's entire portfolio has proven quite exceptional.