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.

Stem Family of Wine - Tasting 2016

31 Mar 2017

The Stem Family is very familia, meaning they have a lot of Italian wines under their umbrella and in their stable, and some very famous ones at that.  I decided to focus my attention on their other wines (with a little stop in Italy) – let’s take a look.

All wines are linked back to the website for the full review:

Australia …

Rockbare 2014 Shiraz, McLaren Vale

France …

Daniel Chotard 2015 Sancerre Blanc
Domaine L’Amandine 2015 Cote de Rhone
Henri Abele NV Traditional Brut Champagne
Henri Abele NV Traditional Brut Champagne, Rosé
La Manufacture 2013 Chablis Premier Cru, ‘Forets

Italy ...

Delibori 2006 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico ‘Fracastoro’
Fattoria di Magliano 2012 ‘Perenzo’
Tombacco 2014 Primitivo Piantaferro
Valdicava 2009 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Madonna del Piano
Valdicava 2010 Brunello di Montalcino
Villa a Sesta 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva
Zyme 2011 Kairos
Zyme 2012 Valpolicella Classico Superiore

Portugal …

Pera-Grave 2013 Pera Grave

Spain …

Finca Valpiedra 2009 Reserva, Rioja
Vina Bujanda 2010 Reserva, Rioja
Vina Bujanda 2013 Crianza, Rioja
Vina Bujanda 2014 Tempranillo, ‘Casa Solar’

United States (California) …

Chalone Vineyard 2013 Chardonnay, Chalone Estate
Chalone Vineyard 2013 Pinot Noir, Chalone Estate
Guenoc 2014 Petite Sirah
Guenoc 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake County
Highway 101 Cellars 2013 Zinfandel
Husic 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Husic Vineyard
Lost Angel 2014 Pinot Noir
Merry Edwards 2013 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast


Vini Ad Arte, Anteprima Romagna 2017: Good Better Best

24 Mar 2017

Continuing on with my “rule” of not scoring unfinished wines (aka: barrel samples), I present to you my impression of the Vini Ad Arte in Romagna:  

It is my third time in Romagna and it is here where Sangiovese is made away from the spotlight of Tuscany – a place where winemakers feel marginalized: because of their proximity to Tuscany they are not taken seriously.  In past years it has been a struggle to get through this tasting, with few wines really raising eyebrows.  It is a wine region struggling to find its identity within the already jam-packed wine world of Italy.  I am happy to report that I believe a corner has been turned, and if the 2015 reds are any indication of where this wine region is headed they are in for a very good ride indeed.

Vini Ad Arte 2017The wines tasted were the 2015 and 2016 Albana (whites) with the ’15s really standing heads and shoulders above the handful of ’16s on display … the red wine, as mentioned, is Sangiovese, and the formats were mainly from the Superiore and Riserva classification, here the ‘15s were the stars of the tasting with the ‘16s showing real promise as well. It’s an exciting time to be tasting Romagna reds.

As mentioned above I do not score unfinished wines, too much can go wrong between tank/barrel and bottle that can compromise or otherwise change the wine that I have I tried as a “sample” …  At Vini Ad Arte Romagna I was in the position as I was at all the Chianti tastings in Tuscany:  I got to taste a fair number of unfinished wines and rated them on their potential for the future (there were also a number of wines that were finished and ready, or already on the market) … below I will be rating the wines on future potential on a scale of Good – Better – Best ... below that are the wines that were indicated as being finished and thus have been given a score out of 5 stars.  This is the largest grouping of scored wines I have ever had from the Romagna tasting and there are also a few at the 4-star level and above that I have linked to a full review on the website (also the largest grouping of 4-star wines – exciting times indeed).

White Wines …

Good Potential

Fiorentini 2016 Romagna Albana “Cleonice”

Better Potential

Ballardini Riccardo 2016 Romagna Albana “Leggiadro”
Villa Bagnolo 2016 Romagna Albana “Bianco Bagnolo”

Scored (Finished) Wines …

Caviro 2015 Romagna Albana “Romio” … (*** ½)
Celli 2016 Romagna Albana “I Croppi” … (*** ½+)
Fattoria Zerbina 2015 Romagna Albana “Bianco di Cerapano” … (*** ½)
Fiorentini 2015 Romagna Albana “Cleonice” … (***)
Fratta Minore 2015 Romagna Albana … (*** ½)
Giovannini Giorgio e Jacopo 2015 Romagna Albana “Neblina” … (*** ½)
La Berta 2015 Romagna Albana “Olmatello” … (*** ½+)
Poderi dal Nespoli 2015 Romagna Albana “Campodora” … (*** ½)
Tenuta Masselina 2015 Romagna Albana “Masselina Albana” … (****)
Tre Monti 2016 Romagna Albana “Vigna Rocca” … (*** ½)
Trere’ 2016 Romagna Albana “Arlus” … (*** ½+)
Zavalloni Stefano 2015 Romagna Albana “Codronchio” … (*** ½+)

Red Wines …

Good Potential

Conde 2013 Romagna Sangiovese Riserva “Cru Raggio Brusa”
Piccolo Brunelli 2015 Romagna Sangiovese Riserva “Dante 1872”
Piccolo Brunelli 2016 Romagna Sangiovese Riserva “Cesco 1938”
Tenuta Masselina 2016 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore “138”

Better Potential

Villa Papiano 2016 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore

Best Potential

San Valentino 2016 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore

Scored (Finished) Wines …

Bartolini 2015 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore “Oro” … (****)
Berti Stefano 2015 Romagna Sangiovese “Ravaldo” … (*** ½+)
Bissoni Raffaella 2013 Romagna Sangiovese Riserva … (*** ½+)
Ca Di Rico 2011 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore “Bioni – Pezzolo” … (*** ½)
Ca Di Sopra 2016 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore “Crepe” … (***+)
Calonga 2013 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore Riserva “Michelangiolo” … (***)
Cantina Braschi di Enoica 2014 Romagna Sangiovese “Monte Sasso” … (*** ½)
Celli 2013 Romagna Sangiovese Riserva “Bron & Ruseval” … (***+)
Conde 2015 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore … (****)
Costa Archi 2015 Romagna Sangiovese “Assiolo” … (*** ½+)
Country Resort (Tenuta de Stefenelli) 2013 Romagna Sangiovese Riserva “Armonia” … (*** ½)

Drei Dona’ 2015 Romagna Sangiovese “Notturno” … (*** ½+)
Enio Ottaviani 2015 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore “Caciara” … (*** ½)
Fattoria Nicolucci di Nicolucci Alessandro 2016 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore “Tre Rocche” … (*** ½+)
Fattoria Zerbina 2013 Romagna Sangiovese Riserva “Pietramora” … (*** ½+)
Fattoria Zerbina 2015 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore “Ceregio Rosso” … (*** ½)
Ferrucci Stefano 2014 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore Riserva “Domus Caia” … (*** ½)
Ferrucci Stefano 2015 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore “Centurione” … (*** ½+)
Le Rocche Malatestiane 2013 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore Riserva “Il Mastino” … (*** ½)
Le Rocche Malatestiane 2015 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore “Sigismondo” … (****+)
Le Rocche Malatestiane 2016 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore “I Diavoli” … (*** ½)
Le Rocche Malatestiane 2016 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore “Tre Miracoli” … (*** ½)
Madonia Giovanna 2012 Romagna Sangiovese Riserva “Ombroso” … (*** ½+)
Madonia Giovanna 2013 Romagna Sangiovese Riserva – Vino Atto “Ombroso” … (*** ½+)

Pandolfa / Noella Ricci 2015 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore “Godenza” … (*** ½)
Poderi dal Nespoli 2015 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore “Prugneto” … (****)
Poderi Morini Alessandro 2015 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore “Morale” … (*** ½)
San Valentino 2014 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore Riserva “Conte di Covignano” … (*** ½+)
San Valentino 2015 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore “Scabi” … (*** ½+)
Tenuta Casali 2015 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore “Palazzina” … (*** ½+)
Tenuta La Viola 2013 Romagna Sangiovese Riserva “P. Honorii” … (*** ½)
Tenuta La Viola 2015 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore “Il Colombarone” … (*** ½)
Tenuta La Viola 2015 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore “In Terra” … (***+)
Tenuta Uccellina di Amoroso Antonietta 2015 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore “Samore” … (*** ½)
Tre Monti 2014 Romagna Sangiovese Riserva “P. Honoril” .. (*** ½)
Tre Monti 2016 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore “Campo di Mezzo” … (****+)
Trere’ 2013 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore Riserva “Amarcord d’un Ross” … (***+)



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