Sunday, October 28, 2007
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.
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
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.