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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.

Vino Nobile Welcome Dinner

08 Jun 2022

Dinner Wine 2012 Nobile

(March 23, 2022) ... The welcome dinner in Montepulciano is dedicated to Nobile and all the interesting (and back vintage) wines offered up for tasting during the meal. In the past, it has been a buffet that has local meats, cheeses and hot dishes ... It has been a highlight of the Nobile Anteprime welcome dinner for a long time. This year, due to pandemic protocols, the buffet was out; and chef Gaetano Truvato (two Michelin stars) was in; and what a delicious dinner he prepared. There were times you wished for more:

1- Turbo, Almond, Asparagus

2- Parppardella stuffed with Valdarno Guinea Fowl, Turnip tops

3- Chianina IGP, Braised Red Onion, Topinambur

4- Zuccotto, Chocolate Copper Zabaiona, Vin Santo



Report From : A Carpineto Tasting

23 May 2022

(March 2022) ... During the Vino Nobile portion of the Anteprime Toscana, I received an invitation to taste through the wines of Carpineto, not just their Vino Nobile, but other wines they make as well. Here are the wines that impressed.

Brunello2017 Brunello Di Montalcino
Nice elegance with lovely red fruit and spice - there's also a lovely juicy middle. (****)

2018 Vino Nobile Riserva
To start off with, this wine is pretty and pleasant, with plum and black cherry leading the charge. Good acid punch keeps a freshness alive, which is expected in these wines, and there's also a lovely long finish.  (*** ½+)

Carpineto Chianti2018 Chianti Classico Riserva
Silky entry with a nice dark fruit core. Leading the charge is black cherry, followed by licorice, mocha, leather and balsamic.  (****+)

2015 Farnito Valcolomba (Merlot)
There's an earthy edge here, but It’s backed with a lovely dark fruit note that takes center stage mid-palate with blackberry, cassis and plum. What makes this wine so enticing is the juicy core.  (****)

2019 Farnito Chardonnay Carpineto Chardonnay
This wine does not go through malo, thus keeping a crisp edge of acidity that shows up as lemon and green apple. There's an elegance here that's quite refreshing for an Italian Chardonnay, which too often feels over oaked and over manipulated. Nice job by Carpineto on this one.  (****)

2015 Farnito Camponibbio
This red blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot is silky smooth doling out mocha and coffee bean from the outset; then adding in plum and black cherry into the mix. Nice tannin structure and good intensity on the palate.  (****)

2016 Farnito Cabernet Sauvignon
This beauty in the Farnito-line is from the "perfect" 2016 vintage. It's pure elegance in the glass, with notes of leather, chocolate, cherry, blackberry and even a hint of strawberry. The combination proves magical in the mouth.  (**** ½)


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