Our Second and Final Lesson in Italy
Look at whether there’s not only a grape mentioned [on the bottle], but also a region—it’s likely to be a better wine.
Wines for this lesson include: a Chianti Classico or Brunello di Montalcino, a Super Tuscan, a white wine from Southern Italy such as a Greco di Tufa, Lacryma Christi, Fiano, Falanghina, or Chardonnay, an Aglianico such as Taurasi or Aglianico del Vulture, a Primitivo and a Nero d’Avola.
Again, to complement our Italian and Sicilian wines, we had Antipasto, cheeses, herbed crackers, bruschetta, white bean dip, chocolates and berries, and more.
We all say each time we meet that we aren’t going to eat so much (before wine group and during wine group) but with delicious food like this, who can resist? Besides, we need something to sop up the wine we are tasting.
Tonight’s wines were 5 reds and 1 white.
2007 Banfi, Chianti Classico Riserva, 100% Sangiovese ($20.99). This wine had hints of cherry and mineral aromas, was high acid, medium body, medium tannins. Somewhat lengthy finish. Slightly unremarkable, but very drinkable.
2008 Remole Baby Super Tuscan, 85% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon ($9.99). This wine smelled of dark ripe fruit and had hints of smoke. It was high acid, strong tannins, full body, long finish.
2007 Dei Feudi Rubrato Aglianico, 100% Aglianico ($24.69). This wine smelled of dark ripe fruit but also had hints of smoke and earthiness or bramble. It was high acid, strong tannins, full body, long finish.
2008 Dei Feudi Greco di Tufo, 100% Greco ($17.37). This wine had a light aroma (especially compared the the reds we had been tasting) with hints of mineral and green apple. It was a medium acid, light bodied and medium length finish. Apple taste lingered.
2007 A Mano Primitivo, 100% Primitivo ($8.99). This wine smelled of dark ripe fruits – very aromatic. It was medium acid, very strong tannins, full body, drying finish. If you like gripping tannins, this one is for you.
2007 Ajello Nero d’Avola, 100% Nero d’Avola (12.49). This wine also smelled of dark ripe fruits with a hint of something herbal – very aromatic. It was medium acid – less than the Primitovo, strong tannins – less than the Primitovo, full body, a little more balanced than the Primitivo. Again, if you like strong tannins, this one is for you.
Up next, German and Austrian wines. Cheers!