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.

L'Altra Toscana : Wines of Chianti Rufina DOCG

28 Mar 2022

(March 2022) ... The DOC was born in 1967, and the DOCG in 1984. Use of white grapes may not exceed 10% and Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon may not exceed 15%. The wine may not be released before September 1 of the year following the harvest; Riserva requires a minimum of 2 years’ maturation, of which 6 months must be in oak barrels.  (28 wines tasted in total - here are my top wines)

Fattoria Il Lago 2020 Chianti Rufina DOCG  (*** ½)

Borgo Macereto 2019 Chianti Rufina DOCG - La Fuga  (*** ½)

Frascole 2019 Chianti Rufina DOCG Riserva  (*** ½)

Podere Il Pozzo 2020 Chianti Rufina DOCG  (*** ½)

Tenuta Bossi, Marchesi Gondi 2020 Chianti Rufina DOCG - San Giuliano  (*** ½)

Fattoria Il Capitano 2019 Chianti Rufina DOCG Riserva - Vigna Il Poggio  (*** ½)

Castello di Nipozzano, Marchesi Frescobaldi 2019 Chianti Rufina DOCG Riserva - Nipozzano  (*** ½)

Castello di Nipozzano, Marchesi Frescobaldi 2019 Chianti Rufina DOCG - Nipozzano Vecchie Viti  (*** ½)

Colognole 2020 Chianti Rufina DOCG
lovely red fruit with good acid punch (*** ½+)

Fattoria Lavacchio 2020 Chianti Rufina DOCG - Cedro Bio
juicy and tasty with lots of red fruit, good acidity and even a touch of vanilla smoke (*** ½+)

Castello Del Trebbio 2017 Chianti Rufina DOCG Riserva - Lastricato
mocha, balsamic-straberries, black cherry, smoke and good acidity (*** ½+)

Dreolino 2020 Chianti Rufina DOCG  (*** ½+)

I Veroni 2019 Chianti Rufina DOCG Riserva - Vigneto Quona  (*** ½+)

Villa Travignoli 2020 Chianti Rufina DOCG - Villa Travignoli
juicy and refreshing, but with enough edge to keep it interesting (*** ½+)

Fattoria Lavacchio 2019 Chianti Rufina DOCG - Cedro Riserva Bio
dense and delicious with subtle cedar and some floral present - acidity and spice work hand in hand (****)

Fattoria Il Capitano 2019 Chianti Rufina DOCG Riserva
juicy blackberry, pencil shavings and smoke - there's nice complexity on the palate, with a little mocha / tobacco (****)

I Veroni 2020 Chianti Rufina DOCG - Vigneto I Domi Bio
red / black fruit mix with nice silky tannins and balancing acidity (****)

Fattoria Il Lago 2018 Chianti Rufina DOCG Riserva
mocha, blackberry and chocolate backed with nice aciditc punch (****+)

 

Report from : Vino Nobile Anteprima 2022

27 Mar 2022

 

(March, 2022) ... MONTEPULCIANO – Throughout the Anteprima season in Italy I continue to use my usual rules of not scoring unfinished wines (aka: barrel / tank samples), but this year none of the Vino Nobile fit that bill, so I have a whole lot of scored and finished wines to tell you about. 34 wines made the cut this year (out of 68 wines); ranging from the current vintage (2019) to some Selezione and Riservas.

Diving into the vintage a little … the 2019s seem to have a real nice freshness and drinkability to them, they even seem to have tannins that are much more approachable and the acidity, while very much present, also seems to be toned down; this makes the 2019 wines very drinkable, but also ageable … let’s get to the wines.

Below are the scored wines for current showing of Vino Nobile.


THREE AND A HALF STARS

Le Bertille 2019 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano  (*** ½)
Tenuta Trerosa 2019 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano - Santa Caterina (*** ½)
La Berne 2019 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano  (*** ½)
Tenuta di Gracciano della Seta 2019 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano  (*** ½)
Bindella 2019 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano - Bindella (*** ½)
Bindella 2019 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Selezione - I Quadri (*** ½)
Tenuta Trerose 2018 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva - Simposio (*** ½)
Fassati 2018 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano - Pasiteo (*** ½)
Contucci 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano  (*** ½)
Palazzo Vecchio 2016 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva  (*** ½)


THREE AND A HALF PLUS STARS

Vecchia Cantina di Montepulciano 2019 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano  (*** ½+)
Gattavecchi 2019 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano  (*** ½+)
Il Molinaccio 2019 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano - La Spinosa (*** ½+)
Le Bertille 2018 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva  (*** ½+)
Carpineto 2018 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva  (*** ½+)
Le Berne 2018 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva  (*** ½+)
La Breccesca 2018 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva - Santa Pia (*** ½+)
Il Macchione 2018 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano  (*** ½+)
Priorino 2018 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano - Viola (*** ½+)
Palazzo Vecchio 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano - Maestro (*** ½+)
De ' Ricci 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Selezione - Soraldo (*** ½+)
Dei 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva - Bossona (*** ½+)
Carpineto 2015 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Selezione - Poggio Sant'Enrico (*** ½+)
Montemercurio 2015 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Selezione - Damo (*** ½+)

 

FOUR STARS

La Ciarliana 2019 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano  (****)
ripe black cherry, touch of tobacco and mocha, good acidity, tannins need a couple more years but the fruit will carry it
Dei 2019 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano  (****)
there's a little leaness on the palate, but there is also some juicy dark fruit here, a little smoke plenty of flavour to spare
La Braccesca 2019 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano  (****)
very approachable with its lively and pure red fruit backed with some dark notes of plum, black cherry and blackberry wine
Guidotti 2018 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano  (****)
really dig the plum and dark fruit here, the smokiness gives it an edge, and there's a touch of mocha/coffee bean and nice tannin structure
Casa Vinicola Triacca 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Selezione - Poderuccio (****)
fresh and lively on the palate with it's mix of red and dark fruit, good acid punch plus those tannins seem to be dialed in
Contucci 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Selezione - Mulinvecchio (****)
there's a very coffee/tobacco like note to this wine that also draws you in with black plums, red currants and red pepper jelly.


FOUR PLUS STARS

Boscarelli 2019 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano  (****+)
nice freshness with good acidity, the fruit comes across a little on the sour side but it works, and the tannins are softer than expected
Poliziano 2019 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano  (****+)
American in style with juicy blackberry and cassis, but the acidty is still there and helps polish up the finish
De' Ricci 2019 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano  (****+)
 smooth and unexpected entry, nice hint of spice and acidity on the finish; mid-palate juiciness that's really pleasant, tannins don't get in the way


FOUR AND A HALF STARS

Boscarelli 2018 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva  (**** ½)
nice hints of floral on the nose lead to a palate with good concentration of dark fruits, by the third sip the acidity has come alive creating a lively finish


The Pieve Project ...

Something new coming down the road from Vino Nobile is the Pieve Project - plots of land, called Pieve, country side church sites, but also have the mean of work and future and also peace. There are twelve of these new zones and 41 of the 120 wineries in the consortium were allowed to take part in the project. The rules of these wines are: must be min. 15 year old vines, 85% Sangiovese / 15% other indigenous varieties, 36 months in oak / 12 months in bottle; so we will not be tasting the finished product until 2025 (or so).

The Pieves are: Cervognano / Cerliana / Caggiole / Sant' Albino / Valiano / Ascianello / San Biagio / Le Grazie / Gracciano / Badia / Argiano / Valardegna

 

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