Wine Group Lesson 11 – Southern Italy

Posted by on May 1, 2011
Our Second and Final Lesson in Italy
Wines from southern Italy

Wine Group Lesson 11 - Wines from Southern Italy

The Everyday Guide to Wine says:

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.


Bruschetta and White Bean Dip

Chocolate and Berries

Mmmm - Chocolate and Berries.

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!

4 Responses to Wine Group Lesson 11 – Southern Italy

  1. Thomas

    Hi to everybody, I recently visited Feudi di San Gregorio winery and it is beautiful, I suggest you to go there. Moreover Irpinia is a very interesting region.
    I love Italy and its wines!!!
    In addition to Greco di Tufo and Rubrato Aglianico, I tasted Feudi Fiano di Avellino and Taurasi: are unique!

  2. Savvy Sara

    Hi Thomas – Thanks for the great tips. We are enjoying our wine tasting here in Minnesota but it sure would be fun to actually be in Italy to try these great wines (and food and beautiful scenery). Cheers!

  3. Novella

    Hi, we’re happy to see that you enjoyed our wines! Discover the Feudi di San Gregorio world on our Facebook fan page “I Vini dei Feudi di San Gregorio” … we are waiting for your opinions! Greetings
    Feudi di San Gregorio Team

  4. Sara

    Novella – Thanks for making contact. We sure did enjoy your wines. Thank you.