On the Road with the Grape Guy

On the Road with the Grape Guy is a on-going feature that follows me from event to event ... I post my thoughts, feelings and reviews of what happened and what I tasted ... basically it is here that I review the events I attend and the things that thrilled me.

Piccini Visit and Wines Reviewed

25 Apr 2017

Piccini really knows how to host a tasting:  1) show someone around; 2) taste many barrels from upcoming vintages; 3) open everything you’ve got, shut up and wait for questions.  I sat down with Camelia Lazar (Communications Manager / my translator) and winemaker Santo Gozzo, who is one of the humblest winemakers I have ever had the pleasure to sit across the table from, he actually lets the wines speak for themselves before adding his thoughts into the mix, but his comments always seem to come with a “but-what-do-I-know” shrug. Santo Gozzo - winemaker

Turns out Piccini is one of the big guns in Tuscan winemaking, but they are very quiet about it, preferring instead to take the lead of their  winemaker and letting the wines speak for them.  When it comes to Brunello they are one of the biggest producers, but for the best quality you must look to their single estate Villa al Cortile line, which is what we tasted today, from 2015 all the way back to 2010; plus two very special wines from their “volcanic” series – born in the south of Italy …

Piccini 2014 Rosso di Montalcino
Piccini 2015 Rosso di Montalcino

Piccini 2011 Brunello di Montalcino, Villa al Cortile
Piccini 2012 Brunello di Montalcino, Villa al Cortile

Piccini 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Villa al Cortile
Piccini 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Villa al Cortile

(Click on the wine name to read the full review)


Volcanic Series wines …

 

Torre Mora 2013 Etna Rosso (Piccini)
Regio Cantina 2012 Genesi (Piccini)

 

 

 

 

Best of Campania Rosso Tasting 2017

25 Apr 2017

As I have done with all Antiprimas this year, I have been adamant about not knowingly scoring unfinished wines.  There was no indication that any of the wines below were still in either tank or barrel and so each has a score out of 5 stars … in this case I have removed the wines from wineries I visited in person (Day 1 & 2 found here) – (Day 3 & 4 found here) because there will be a more in-depth report and notes about these wines and the wineries – you will also find wines that scored 4 stars or above are linked back to the reviews section of the website with a more in-depth review of why I thought it deserved its score – (2 wines that did not achieve 4 star reviews in the red category got honourable mention and a link).

During the “Rosso” (red wine) tasting 91 wines were presented here is how I scored these wines at the moment in time.

Alois 2013 Terre del Volturno Casavecchia Trebulanum … (*** 1/2)
Alois 2013 Terre del Volturno Pallagrello Nero Cunto Murella … (****)
Antica Hirpinia 2013 Irpinia Aglianico … (*** 1/2)
Antica Hirpinia 2010 Taurasi … (*** 1/2+)
Antico Castello 2012 Taurasi … (*** 1/2+)
Cantina di Lisandro 2015 Terre del Volturno Casavecchia Cimmarino … (*** 1/2)
Collefasani 2015 Falerno del Massico Primitivo Lapilli … (*** 1/2+)
Collefasani 2014 Falerno del Massico Rosso Primo Fuoco … (****)
Colli di Castelfranci 2016 Irpinia Rosato Rosie … (***+)
Colli di Castelfranci 2010 Taurasi Alta Valle … (*** 1/2)
Contrade di Taurasi 2012 Taurasi … (*** 1/2)
Cuomo Marisa 2013 Costa d'Amalfi Furore Rosso Riserva … (*** 1/2+)


De Beaumont 2015 Don Fa' (Vino Fortificato e Aromatizzato) … (*** 1/2)
Di Meo 2008 Taurasi Vigna Olmo Riserva … (*** 1/2+)
Fattoria La Rivolta 2014 Aglianico del Taburno … (***+)
Fattoria La Rivolta 2011 Aglianico del Taburno Terra di Rivolta Riserva … (****)
Fattoria Pagano 2011 Falerno del Massico Rosso Gaurasi … (*** 1/2)
Fiorentino 2012 Irpinia Aglianico Celsì … (*** 1/2)
Fiorentino 2012 Taurasi … (****)
Fontanavecchia 2009 Aglianico del Taburno Vigna Cataratte Riserva … (*** 1/2+)
Guastaferro 2011 Taurasi Primum Riserva … (*** 1/2+)
I Capitani 2011 Taurasi Bosco Faiano … (*** 1/2)
Il Cancelliere 2012 Taurasi Nero Né … (***+)


La Guardiense 2011 Sannio Piedirosso Cantone Janare … (*** 1/2+)
La Guardiense 2011 Sannio Aglianico I Mille per l'Aglianico … (****)
Montevetrano 2013 Colli di Salerno Rosso Montevetrano … (****)
Montevetrano 2014 Campania Aglianico Core … (*** 1/2+)
Nanni Copè 2015 Terre del Volturno Rosso Sabbie di Sopra il Bosco … (*** 1/2)
Ocone 2011 Aglianico del Taburno Vigna Pezza la Corte … (*** 1/2+)
Perillo 2008 Taurasi … (*** 1/2)
Pietracupa 2012 Taurasi … (*** 1/2+)
Portolano Mario 2015 Campi Flegrei Piedirosso … (***+)
Portolano Mario 2013 Campania Rosso Villa Teresa … (*** 1/2+)
Sammarco Ettore 2013 Costa d'Amalfi Ravello Rosso Selva delle Monache Riserva … (*** 1/2)
San Salvatore 1988 2016 Paestum Aglianico Vetere Rosato … (*** 1/2)
San Salvatore 1988 2015 Paestum Aglianico Jungano … (*** 1/2)
Sanpaolo 2013 Irpinia Aglianico … (*** 1/2)
Sanpaolo 2010 Taurasi Riserva … (*** 1/2+)
Sclavia 2012 Casavecchia di Pontelatone Liberi … (****)
Sclavia 2014 Terre del Volturno Pallagrello Nero Montecardillo … (*** 1/2)


Tecce Luigi 2013 Taurasi Poliphemo … (*** 1/2)
Tempa di Zoè 2015 Campania Aglianico Diciotto … (*** 1/2)
Tenuta del Meriggio 2012 Taurasi … (*** 1/2+)
Tenuta Fontana 2015 Sannio Aglianico Civico 28 … (***+)
Tenute Casoli 2011 Taurasi Armonia … (***+)
Terre del Principe 2012 Terre del Volturno Rosso Piancastelli … (*** 1/2+)
Terre Stregate 2015 Sannio Aglianico Manent … (*** 1/2)
Trabucco 2013 Falerno del Massico Rosso Rapicano … (****)
Trotta Gustavo 2011 Campania Rosso Capodorso … (***+)
Vesevo 2012 Beneventano Aglianico Vesevo … (****+)
Vesevo 2010 Taurasi Vesevo … (*** 1/2+)
Villa Raiano 2012 Irpinia Campi Taurasini … (*** 1/2)
Vuolo 2012 Colli di Salerno Aglianico 2Mila12 … (*** 1/2+)

 

 

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