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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.

We Are d’Abruzzo – 50th Anniversary

17 Dec 2018

September 2018 ...

Located in South Central Italy the region of Abruzzo is a red wine lovers paradise producing 80% reds.  Montepulciano makes up 17,000 hectares while their most planted white variety, Trebbiano, a mere 5,000 hectares.  Home to 8 IGT, 8 DOC and 1 DOCG dominations amongst 4 sub-regions: Chieto (83%), Pescara (10%), Teramo (6%) and L’Aquila … The top 3 markets for these wines are Germany, the US and Canada …

Below are my top wines from this tasting along with a few links to my top wines for a full review:

Azienda Tilli 2016 Lupus, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … ***
Azienda Tilli 2017 Concetto, Terre di Chieti Pecorino … *** ½
Bosco Nestore 2012 110, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva … *** ½+
Bosco Nestore 2013 Pan, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva … ****
Casal Thaulero 2016 Orsetto Oro, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … *** ½
Casal Thaulero 2010 Thale, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … *** ½+
Codice Citra 2013 Caroso Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva … *** ½+
Codice Citra 2016 Ferzo, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … **** ( full review here)
Codice Citra 2017 Ferzo, Terre di Chieti Pecorino … *** ½
Colle Moro 2017 Club, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … ***+
Colle Moro 2017 Alianto, Terre di Chieti Pecorino … *** ½
Collefrisio 2013 Vignaquadra, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … *** ½+
Collefrisio 2011 Semis, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … ****
Dora Sarchese 2014 Rosso di Macchia, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … *** ½
Fontefico 2014 Titinge, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva … **** ( full review here)
Il Feuduccio 2015 Fonte Venna, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … *** ½+
Il Feuduccio 2014 Feuduccio Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … *** ½+
Nicola di Sipio 2013 Di Sipio, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva … ***+
Nicola di Sipio 2015 Di Sipio, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … *** ½
Tenuta Ulisse 2015 Amaranta, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … **** ( full review here)
Tenuta Ulisse 2016 Ulisse, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … *** ½
Valle Martello 2012 Prima Terra, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo … ***+

 

 

Love Wine Love Chile – November 2018

05 Dec 2018

Chilean Wine Fair, Toronto ... Chile continues to impress with their wines and their seeminglyever expanding breadth of country in which to grow grapes … Once Casablanca and Maipo were the only two Valleys to be recognized, but now there are 16-18 valleys spread out over three main regions (Andes, Costa and Entre Cordilleras) – look for these Valley names (listed below) on the bottles you buy, as I am sure they will begin to be more prevalent going forward.

The Valleys: Copiapo Valley, Huasco Valley, Elqui Valley, Limari & Choapa Valleys, Aconcagua Valley, Casablanca Valley, San Antonio Valley, Maipo Valley, Cachapoal Valley, Colchagua Valley, Curico Valley, Maule Valley, Itata Valley, Bio Bio & Malleco Valleys, Cautin Valley, Osorno Valley.

Here is a list of 38 wines that impressed me, during an afternoon filled with more than 130 wines; you will also see a full review of my top five wines ...

Three Plus Star wines … (3+ stars)Chilean Corks
Ventisquero 2017 Grey Single Block Pinot Noir – Leyda Valley

Three and a Half Star wines … (3 ½ stars)
Anakena 2016 Ona Andes Blend – Cachapoal Valley
Casa Silva 2017 Romano – Colchagua Valley
Casas del Bosque 2017 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon – Maipo Valley
Garces Silva 2018 Boya Rosé – Leyda Valley
Indomita 2017 Gran Reserva Carignan – Maule Valley
Miguel Torres 2017 Las Mulas Cabernet Sauvignon – Central Valley
Miguel Torres 2018 Las Mulas Chardonnay – Central Valley
Santa Alicia 2016 Anke – Maipo Valley
Santa Alicia 2016 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon – Maipo Valley
Sutil 2014 Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon – Maipo Valley
Veramonte 2015 Primus The Blend – Colchagua Valley


Chilean LogoThree and a Half Plus Star wines … (3 ½+ stars)
Carmen 2016 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon – Maipo Valley
Casa Silva 2011 MicroTerroir Carmenere – Colchagua Valley
Casas del Bosque 2017 Gran Reserva Pinot Noir – Casablanca Valley
Casas del Bosque 2017 Syrah Pequenas Producciones – Casablanca Valley
Emiliana 2016 Coyam – Colchagua Valley
Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Chardonnay – Aconcagua Valley
Indomita 2017 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon – Maipo Valley
Luis Felipe Edward 2014 Single Vineyard Red Blend – Colchagua Valley
Luis Felipe Edward 2014 360 Series Carignan – Maule Valley
Perez Cruz 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Limited Edition – Maipo Andes
Perez Cruz 2014 Chaski Petit Verdot – Maipo Andes
Tarapaca 2016 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon – Maipo Valley
Ventisquero 2016 Grey Single Block Carmenere – Maipo Valley
Veramonte 2015 Neyen – Apalta / Colchagua Valley

Four Star wines … (****)
Aresti 2014 Family Collection Assemblage – Curico Valley
Concha y Toro 2017 Casillero del Diablo Reserva Privada Cabernet Sauvignon – Maipo Valley
Cono Sur NV Sparkling Rosé – Bio Bio Valley
Cono Sur 2018 Bicicleta Viognier – Chile
Emiliana NV Sparkling Tradicional Method – Casablanca Valley
Errazuriz 2016 Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon – Aconcagua Valley
Garces Silva 2015 Amayna Syrah – Leyda Valley
Indomita 2016 Zardoz Cabernet Sauvignon – Maipo Valley
Montes 2014 Alpha M – Colchagua Valley
San Pedro 2016 Sideral – Cachapoal Valley
Sutil 2014 Acrux – Colchagua Valley


Top 5 Wines … click on name of wine to see full review and “score”
Aresti 2012 Codigo de Familia 380 Assemblage – Curico Valley
Casa Silva 2016 S38 Cabernet Sauvignon – Colchagua Valley
Concha y Toro 2016 Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon – Maipo Valley
Santa Alicia 2016 Millantu – Maipo Valley
Valdivieso 2013 Caballo Loco Grand Cru, Red Blend – Maipo Valley

 

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