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.

Visit to Briziarelli (Umbria, Italy)

22 Dec 2020

(February 25, 2020) ... The winery established itself in 2000 in Montefalco (Bevagna) they started as brick makers in 1906 and planted vines in Marsciano (in southern Italy) – it's a 45-hectare farm of which 25 hectares are planted to vines ... I was also thrilled to see traditional method sparkling wine being made here – and although they were not supposed to pour it for us (because the focus was supposed to be on Trebbiano Spoletino and Sangrantino) we were quite persuasive ... because, as everybody knows, all good tastings begin with bubbles. The tour of the winery was impressive and I have some pictures posted below, but first ...

The Wines ...

2016 Rosé de Noir (113) "Centotreidici"
BriziarelliThe 113 on the label changes every year and coincides with the age of the company based on the vintage. Made from 100% Pinot Noir this rosé style sparkler is aged 36 months on lees. Dry raspberry, slightly earthy with lemon and good acidity on the finish.

2018 Dunarobba - Bianco Umbria
70% Viognier / 30% Chardonnay – this wine has hot vintage-like characteristics such as tropical fruit, but all seems muted by the barrel notes due to the oak fermentation, needs time to integrate the oak.

2018 Rosso Matone (Bianco)
The wine's name will soon change to Bianco Matone – but this is the white partner to their Rosso (red). Made from 100% Trebbiano Spoletino this pleasant white has fresh tropicality and lemon drop, it's juicy, lively and there's even a tickle of oak paired with nice acidity on the finish. There's also a pleasant floral note with a little hint of honey.

2018 Dunarobba - Rosso Umbria
A 50/50 blend of Sangiovese and Merlot aged both 12 months in stainless steel and another 12 months in bottle. Silky on the palate with good dark fruit and subtle smoky notes. Cassis and blackberry dominate in the fruit department along with good acidity... It's a nice easy drinking red.

2015 Rosso Matone (Rosso Riserva)
As mentioned previously Rosso Matone is the original red and what gives its white counterpart its name, but this was the first wine under this name. The blend has 60% Sangiovese, 25% Shiraz and 15% Sagrantino with a total of 18 months in oak. The Shiraz gives it a real peppery-spicy kick, but there's also great dark/black fruits that are well balanced and incredibly drinkable.

2015 Montefalco Sagrantino
This 100% Sagrantino is the standard bearer of their wines, it spends 12 months in barrique with another 21 months in stainless steel and 6 more months in bottle before release: smokey, earthy, black fruit with mid-weight tannins and bittersweet cocoa on the finish.

2015 Virtruvio - Montefalco Sagrantino
A “reserva” Sagrantino spending a full 24 months in oak and another 24 in stainless steel (all French oak) – the 2015 vintage allowed the fruit to absorb all that oak intake and spit out soft, smooth almost silky mouthfeel, tannins and rugged and bite back, but that fruit rises to the top with a complex structure... It's still a little rough around the edges, but time is on its side.

 

British Columbia Wine Roundup - Fall 2020

19 Dec 2020

 

I like to wait till I get enough British Columbia wines so I can release them as their own “report” – here I have 46 BC wines from 29 wineries that really are worth picking up (many I tasted during my judging at the All Canadian WIne Championships back in July.  Also included is a lone Nova Scotia wine, I really had nowhere else to put it so here it sits ... here's hoping I get to taste more wines from that province, then they'll get their ow report.  Enjoy.

click on wine name for the full review

 

Alderlea Vineyards 2019 Sauvignon Blanc ... *** ½+
Backyard Vineyards 2017 Syrah Reserve ... **** Backyard Vineyard
Backyard Vineyards 2018 Syrah Reserve ... *** ½+
Black Sage Vineyard 2017 Merlot ... ****
Burrowing Owl 2017 Athene ... ****+
Chaberton Estate 2018 Chardonnay, Barrel-Aged ... *** ½+
Culmina 2016 Cabernet Franc ... *** ½+
CulminaCulmina 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon ... *** ½+
Culmina 2016 Malbec ... *** ½+
Culmina 2016 Merlot ... *** ½
Culmina 2018 Chardonnay, Margaret's Bench No. 10 ... *** ½
Culmina 2018 Chardonnay, Stan’s Bench No. 11 ... ****+


D'Angelo Estate 2017 Tempranillo, Miscela ... *** ½
Daydreamer Wines 2018 Shiraz, Marcus Ansems ... ****
Deep Roots 2018 Syrah ... ****+
Eau Vivre 2018 Pinot Noir ... *** ½+
Four Shadows 2018 Chardonnay ... **** Four Shadows
Four Shadows 2018 Merlot ... *** ½
The Hatch 2017 Merle ... *** ½+
Kismet Estate 2017 Syrah Reserve ... ***+
La Frenz 2018 Pinot Noir, Desperation Hill ... ****
La FrenzLa Frenz 2018 Vintage Port ... ****
Laughing Stock 2017 Portfolio ... ****
Laughing Stock 2018 Pinot Noir ... ***
Laughing Stock 2019 Pinot Gris ... *** ½
Liquidity Wines 2018 Pinot Noir ... *** ½+


Maverick Estate 2017 Syrah, Bush Vine ... ****+
Mission Hill 2017 Syrah, Terroir Border Vista ... *** ½
Mission Hill 2018 Chardonnay Reserve ... *** ½
Monte Creek Ranch 2017 Cabernet-Merlot ... *** ½+ Monte Creek Ranch
Monte Creek Ranch 2017 Hands Up Red ... *** ½
Monte Creek Ranch 2018 Chardonnay Reserve ... ****
Moon Curser 2018 Border Vines ... *** ½
Moon CurserMoon Curser 2018 Dead of Night ... ****
Moon Curser 2018 Syrah, Contraband ... ****
Nk'Mip Cellars 2017 Syrah, Qwam Qwmt ... ****+


O'Rourke's Peak Cellars 2018 Chardonnay ... *** ½+
Quails’ Gate 2018 Pinot Noir ... *** ½+
Rocky Creek 2019 Pinot De-Gris ... ***+ Rocky Creek
Rocky Creek 2019 Pinot Gris ... ***
Ruby Blues Winery 2019 Gewurztraminer ... *** ½+
Scorched EarthScorched Earth 2016 Merlot ... ****
Scorched Earth 2016 Syrah, Guilty Pleasure ... ***+
See Ya Later Ranch 2018 Pinot Noir ... ***+
Vanessa Vineyard 2016 Syrah ... ****
Wild Goose 2019 Gewurztraminer ... *** ½+

 


Nova Scotia ... Flag of Nova Scotia

Domaine de Grand Pre 2018 L’Acadie Blanc ... *** ½

 

 

 

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