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Italian Wine Tasting notes, January 18, 2019

On Friday I tasted a number of Italian wines from RS Lipman. Here are my notes:

Reva Barolo. Single Vineyard fruit, 2 years in used Slovenian Oak, one year aged in the bottle. Cranberry/garnet color. Bright acidity, red cherry nose and palate. Yields quickly to the oak finish.

Sacchetto Prosecco 071. “Extra Dry” (meaning off-dry). White flowers and pear on the nose. Some RS. Glera grapes. Ripe fruit on the middle and back of the palate. LIvely but goes flat quickly (tank conditioning). Godo acidity with a bit of minerality on the back-end. A good example of a typical prosecco.

La Chiara Gavi DOCG del Comune de Gavi. Funky mineral nose. Tart round and soft. Dry but not overly so. A table wine for sure. Definitely “drink now.”

Simone Capecci Pecorino Ciprea. Funky mineral nose on this one, too. On the palate, takes some time to resolve into a citrusy fruit. Not as much minerality as other Pecorinos I’ve tasted. Light yellow color, light body, light alcohol.

Dogliotti Barbera D’Asti - Medium ruby color, medium body, notes of red berries on the nose. Tart red and black cherry and berry fruit on the palate. Tannins are low, no oak, controlled acidity. Good example of the terroir and the grape. Barbera is one of my favorite Piedmontese wines and you can expect to see this one in the shop next week, priced around $12 a bottle. Drink up, there’s lots of it available.

Simone Capecci Rosso Piceno Superiore Picus. 70% Montepulciano, 30% Sangiovese. Organic wine. One year in oak. Spicy red berry on the nose. Medium ruby color and medium body. Juicy cherry/berry notes, supple tannins and long finish.

Reva Nebbiolo d’Alba - Brown garnet color (typical for the varietal and not indicative of age in this case). Medium color, stewed cassis on the nose. Tart cassis on the palate with a bruleed sugar note. Medium acidity, cherry fruit on the palate, long finish.

Recchia Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso “Le Muraie” - Molinaro/covrvina/rondinella blend. Bright ruby color, medium dark. roses and red berry nose. Medium heavy body. Very controlled acidity. Red berry fruit at the back of the palate. A brighter expression of Ripasso style Valpolicella than is usually the case, somewhat shorter on structure than others I ‘ve tried.

Recchia Amarone della Valpolicella Classico - Dark garnet color. Stewed plum and prune fruit on the nose. Big and tannic, tart but dark dried fruit, medium finish, heavy body and high in alcohol (16.5%). This Amarone tends more towards the dessert wine version of Amarone and a bit away from the more acidic and savory examples I’ve tried lately. Enjoyable in its’ own right and straddling the two very distinctive styles of this wine (one speaking of dried and stewed fruit and tending towards a dessert wine and the other big, bold, tart, and food friendly), making this wine an interesting glass rather than duplicating many exemplars of the other two styles. This wine, if I bring it in to Somm would be priced just under $50, which makes it a bargain Amarone.