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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.

Report from : Rosso di Montalcino - Anteprima 2019

15 Mar 2019

(February 2019) ... The 2017 wines coming out of Montalcino right now are the Rosso wines, and these 2017 vintage wines seem to be quite a quaffable lot, and that bodes well for the Brunellos coming down the line. There are some with power and elegance, but there is also a nice amount of fruit to carry these wines to the finish line. There were 117 wines presented and I got a chance to try most of them ... in this category I would not classify any of these wines as being the “best” – but there certainly are some really good wines with quaff-ability and some “older” vintage wines that are worth your time.

Below is my ranking using the Good / Better / Best format I use for Anteprima tastings:

 

Good …

Rosso 2019 MontalcinoAgostina Pieri 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Argiano 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Banfi 2017 Rosso di Montalcino “Poggio alle Mura”
Barbi 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Bellaria 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Camigliano 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Capanna 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Carpineto 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Cava D’Onice 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Ciacci Piccolomini D’Aragona 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Il Poggione 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
La Fortuna 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
La Magia 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Palagetto 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Palazzo 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Pietroso 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Pinino 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Poggio la Croce 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Quercecchio 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
San Polino 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
San Polo 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Solaria – Patrizia Cencioni 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Tenuta di Sesta 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Val di Suga 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Ventolaio 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Verbena 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Villa al Cortile 2017 Rosso di Montalcino


Better …

Banfi 2017 Rosso di Montalcino “Castello Banfi”Rosso Montalcino 2019
Baricci 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Bonacchi 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Fattoi 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Mocali 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Piancornello Podere del Visciolo 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Podere Brizio 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Poggio Antico 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Tenuta San Giorgio 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Salvioni – La Cerbaiola 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Uccelliera 2017 Rosso di Montalcino


Also Worth Getting …

Castiglion del Bosco 2016 Rosso di Montalcino “Gauggiole”
Donatella Cinelli Colombini 2016 Rosso di Montalcino
Franco Pacenti – Canalicchio 2015 Rosso di Montalcino “Gemma”
Il Marroneto 2016 Rosso di Montalcino
Piombaia 2016 Rosso di Montalcino
Querce Bettina 2016 Rosso di Montalcino
Renieri 2016 Rosso di Montalcino
Tenuta Buon Tempo 2016 Rosso di Montalcino
Terralsole 2016 Rosso di Montalcino

 

Sagrantino Anteprima “Light Roving Dinner”

04 Mar 2019

 

(February 19, 2019) – Montefalco … A traveling dinner that started at Scacciadiavoli and ended at Le Cimate … 8 producers “hosted” and joined in pouring four wines each over the course of the roving dinner. At Le Cimate each had three wines on offer and one each was poured over appetizers at Scacciadiavoli … Dinner was buffet style which allowed you to get up, and not only grab food, but try many of the wines at the bar … and might I add the dessert table was to die for … but I am here for the wines, so before digging into the plethora of cheeses, egg dishes and meat course that might materialize from the kitchen throughout the night I tried all the wines – here were the score-able wines of the night – plus a couple of reviews for the highest scoring: Cheese at Le Cimate

Appetizer Wines …

Bellafonte 2016 Arneto Trebbiano Spoletino(*** ½)
Ferrari Perle, sparkling wine(****)
Goretti 2018 Grechetto, DOC Colli Perugini(*** ½+)
Pardi 2018 Montefalco Bianco(***+)
Scacciadiavoli 2014 Vino Spumante Brut Rose(*** ½)

Summing up the appetizer wines … While the Ferrari was the highest scoring wine in the appetizer round it seems unfair to review that based on the fact that it is not from the Umbria area – so we move to the Goretti white for a full review (click on the wine name above or here for full review)

Dinner Wines …

Colle Ciocco 2017 Trebbiano Spoletino(*** ½) Sagrantino Duo
Goretti “Le Mura Saracene” 2013 Montefalco Sagrantino(*** ½+)
Goretti “Le Mura Saracene” 2014 Grechetto(*** ½+)
Goretti “Le Mura Saracene” 2016 Montefalco Rosso(****)
Le Cimate 2012 Macchieto – Super Umbrian(****+)
Le Cimate 2013 Montefalco Sagrantino(*** ½+)
Le Cimate 2015 Montefalco Rosso (****)
Pardi 2014 Montefalco Sagrantino(*** ½)
Pardi 2016 Montefalco Rosso (***+)
Tenute Lunelli – Castelbuono 2015 Montefalco Rosso, Riserva “Lampante”(*** ½+)

Summing up the dinner wines … Between Goretti and Le Cimate it was a tight race, I actually ended up scoring more wines from Goretti than Le Cimate, but the Cimate Super Umbrian was the wine of the night and will be getting the video treatment in the weeks ahead (read the full review here or click on the wine name) – for those keeping track Le Cimate received a total of 12 stars out of possible 20, while Goretti scored an impressive 16.5+ out of the same 20 star possibility – I am really hoping we see some of their wines in Ontario, where I live, and if you have access to them where you are, I would suggest putting your hands on a bottle or two – they show amazing consistency in the quality of their wines.

 

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