Thursday, October 30, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Oh, and the new 2013 Albana Secco "Vigna Rocca", just about the best mouthful of wine from this container. And lastly, the "Casa Lola" Albana Passito, from air dried Albana grapes made in a late harvest style. I actually haven't tried this wine as of yet so I hope that it is good.
|Cirelli Trebbiano and Montepulciano are back in stock!|
|Cirelli Cerasuolo and Montepulciano 2013.|
Praesidium is a small winery in the mountains of the Abruzzo that produce only a tiny quantity of wine every year from five heactares of Montepulciano. Current vintage is 2009. They wines are aged for five years before release and can carry the designation of Riserva. Two of those years are in tank, then the last three are in large Slavonian botte with a small proportion going into smaller, older French barrels. The Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo is truly a wine of power and even though it is a rose`, it will remind you more of a light red like Beaujolais. Serve chilled.
I also bought a selection of the older wines from Praesidium. The 2006 was a cool and long classic year and this wine is still showing primary fruit flavors and the tannins are just starting to integrate.
And a blast from the past century, this is the 1998. A wine that is ready to drink now.
Nicola Ferrari is justly making a huge name for himself with his wines from Monte Santoccio. I can't keep the Amarone in stock. Here is the new 2010. It is so over the top but at the same time, the acidity is bracing. A true master of the Valpolicella region.
Four years in a row the Favaro Erbaluce has received three glasses from the Gambero Rosso. The highest rating you can get. Out of the thousands and thousands of wines tasted and rated every year, only a few attain the rating of three glasses. The new 2013 is different in style than the previous few years because the weather was much cooler so the style of this wine is a little fresher than usual with lots of acidity. It is going to be an Erbaluce that will age for a long time . . . if needed. Most of it will be drunk soon enough!
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Antonia and family from Vini Praesidium happened to be in Florence for the presentation of an award they received from L'Espresso magazine for their fantastic Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva 2009 and had time to stop by the Uffizi and see the original inspiration for the logo of my company, the Nascita di Venere (Birth of Venus) but Botticelli.
It is considered the quintessential work of the Renaissance (Rinascimento), a period of rebirth of knowledge, art and culture that came after the Middle Ages (this is hotly debated in many circles, but I am sticking to it.)
And since the formation of my company, that was in a way a rebirth for me in the wine business, what started out as a sort of wish of having a cool name for my company, has become really the basis of the philosophy behind my company. Rebirth. Revival. Renaissance.
Thank you Antonia for the pictures and for thinking of us!
Friday, October 24, 2014
Antonia Pasquale sent us some great photos of the harvest at Praesidium. Everything is hand harvested into crates. The yield on these vines is tiny. Looks like 2014 will be another good vintage. But we have to wait five years for it to be released!
|Ottaviano Pasquale, winemaker for Praesidium with the fermenting Montepulciano and Cerasuolo in stainless|
|the grape must going into the basket press after fermentation|
Monday, October 13, 2014
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