02/25/18 Italian Tasting
Tasca d’Almerita Sicilia Regieali Bianco (Inzolia, Grecanico Dorato, Catarratto & Chardonnay). Sandy/Clay soils. Medium body and light color. Medium stone fruit on nose, with stone fruit and mineral finish.
Suavia Soave Classico. “Soave” apparently refers to a Germanic tribe which occupied a portion of Northern Italy after the fall of the Roman Empire. In this case, in Veneto, this all-Garganega wine is crisp and clean. Pale gold-green color. White flowers and mineral on the nose. Stonefruit, chewy with minierals and an off-dry finish. This is NOT the jug wine your parents bought in the ‘70’s!
Tormaresca Calafuria Negroamaro. A dark rose from Puglia. Salmon Pink in color, notes of tropical fruit on the nose. Bright acidity that dissipates quickly. Very smooth finish. A fantastic rose from one of the “heaviest” grapes in Italy!
Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici Riserva 2-11. Aglianico from Campania. This is a serious wine from one of the two oldest wineries in Campania. Soft red fruit, texutral oak and tannin. Bottle aged for 42 months. Soft red fruit at the outset then tannin closes in with solid structure.
Paternoster Aglianico Del Vulture Synthesi 2015. From Basilicata, this Aglianico is more refined than Canpania Aglianicos. Bold ruby color, rose petals and red berries on the nose. Soft red berry fruit on the palate. Chewy tannins close in quickly. Medium short finish, 80% Slovenian oak, 20% French Barrique.