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 : Masottina Web Show

15 Apr 2022

Masottina Corks(November 2021) ... When you own a sparkling wine house, every day is a day to celebrate, but when you hit 75 years, you have an extra reason to pull out your best and throw the first deadly sin of the window, because pride should be what comes to mind. That, is the reason Masottina gathered a select number of wine professionals to taste through several sparkling wines via a web show; but before we get to those, let's learn a little more about Masottina

Owned by the Del Bianco family. The winery was "born" in 1946 in the hills of Conegliano Valdabbiadene Prosecco Superiore (in 2019, they became a UNESCO world heritage site). Grandfather Epifanio bought the Ai Palazzi estate at Gorgo al Monticono. At that time, the estate was just five hectares of vineyards and a farmhouse. While renovating the farmhouse, the words "Casa Masottina" appeared on an ancient wall – thus giving birth to their sparkling wine brand (the still wines, made by the family, reside under the label Ai Palazzi by Masottina).

Today, the family owns 280 hectares of vineyard comprising parts of the Conegliano hills, the bands of the Rive Piave, Gorgo Al Monticano and Magliano Veneto. On these lands they produce their Prosecco in DOC areas, (Prosecco and Treviso), DOCG (Conegliano Valdobbiadene Superiore) and in the Rive line (single vineyard): Le Rive de Ogliano

The Wines ...

In total, we poured six wines from a variety of areas of the region, all were 100% Glera and each expressed the region based on its style:

Calmaggiore Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut
Taken from selected parcels ... Delicate with floral notes and a lovely freshness: light and easy with notes of apple and citrus, plus a delightfully playful acidity. On the finish there's a hit of minerality and it ends dry, clean and refreshing.  (****)

Costabella Prosecco DOC Organic Brut
There's something funky on the mid-palate that I can't quite put my finger on; it's either a bruised character and or an unexpected yeastiness ... But then I always get my backup when "organic" is stressed on the wine label. This was my least favorite of these wines I tried – its saving grace is a nice length to the finish.  (***+)

Contrada Granda Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut
Plenty of fruit and plenty of floral reign supreme in this wine with notes of lime, green, apple, and a minerality that prickles and tickles the tongue along with its acidity. Could drink this one all night long.  (****)

Contrada Granda Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Extra Dry
On the “sweetness scale” of sparkling wines, "Extra Dry” falls on the right side of "brut" - meaning it's a little bit sweeter; and while this Prosecco has a slight sweetness, it is not its predominant characteristic. Smooth across the palate, almost creamy, while the acidity seems a little more subdued. There's floral and delicious apple with some pear and lemon drop.  (*** ½)

 

What's a Rive?
A Rive is a single vineyard Prosecco. They took the grapes from a small plot, the rest of the world refers to this as “single vineyard” on a label. In this area of the world. 43 hamlets (micro areas) make up the potential for Rive wines. To put it into perspective, DOC is the larger area, DOCG is a smaller area and Rive is the smallest area. Only 4% of the Prosecco making area is allowed to make Rive wines, and Rive wines must have a vintage date on the label.

R. D. O. Ponente Brut 2020
From a Southwest facing vineyard in the Ogliano area ... The vines used in this wine are approximately 10 years of age. There's a definite saltiness to the wine with an intensity of floral on the nose. Dry on the palate with white and yellow fruits taking charge ... There's even an herbal element here.  (*** ½+)

R. D. O. Levante Extra Dry 2020
Another Ogliano vineyard wine, but this part of the vineyard faces Southeast and the vines are roughly 50 years of age. As previously discussed, Extra Dry is a slightly sweeter wine, but this one holds it close to the vest and quite well. A pretty perfumed note with elements of canned peaches and apples, a rich mouth feel and delightful note of minerality appears on the finish.  (*** ½+)

According to the company brochure Masottina produces 12 Prosecco wines, two in each category: RDO (Rive), Contrada Granda (DOCG), Viaventi (Treviso DOC), Calmaggiore (Treviso DOC), Costabella (DOC / DOCG), and Virage (Vino Spumante) within these lines they also make two rosés and one using a mix of Glera and Chardonnay (Viaventi Extra Brut).

Happy 75th Masottina.

 

Report from : Chianti Lovers Anteprima 2022

11 Apr 2022

(March, 2020) ... TUSCANY – The Chianti Lovers tasting is a fairly large tasting of wines (200+) from throughout the Tuscany area that do not qualify under the Classico designation. This year I tasted most of the 2020 and 2019 wines (all but the Superiore) ... I tasted 84 wines in total and all of the Riserva wines.

As a rule I do not score unfinished wines (aka: barrel samples), too much can go wrong between barrel and bottle that can compromise or otherwise change the wine … if that happens that score I give using a barrel sample can come back to bite me in the derriere (so to speak) – so I have just stopped the practice all together. Instead, I use a Good / Better / Best approach for unfinished wines based on their potential for the future when bottled, this practise has served me well over countless antiprime tastings in the past, and so I do it again here.

For those looking for scored wines there are 18 finished wines scored at the very bottom.


Good Potential Chianti Glass 1

Buccia Nera 2019 Chianti DOCG Riserva    
Cantina Sociale Colli Fiorentini 2019 Chianti DOCG Riserva - Valvirginio    
Cantina Sociale Colli Fiorentini 2020 Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG - Valvirginio    
Cantine Bellini 2020 Chianti Rufina DOCG    
Colognole 2020 Chianti Rufina DOCG    
Fattoria Giannozzi 2019 Chianti DOCG Riserva    
Fattoria Petriolo 2019 Chianti DOCG Riserva    
Geografico 2019 Chianti DOCG Riserva    
Poggio Salvi 2019 Chianti DOCG Riserva    
Quei2 Vignaioli in Toscana 2019 Chianti DOCG Riserva    
Tenuta Barbadoro 2020 Chianti Montespertoli DOCG    
Tenuta di Morzano 2020 Chianti Montespertoli DOCG    
Tenuta di Sticciano 2019 Chianti DOCG Riserva    
Torre a Cona 2019 Chianti Coli Fiorentini DOCG Riserva - Badia a Corte  


Michael on a ReelBetter Potential

Badia di Morrona 2019 Chianti DOCG Riserva
Cantina Viticoltori Senesi Aretini 2019 Chianti DOCG Riserva
Cantine Leonardo da Vinci 2019 Chianti DOCG Riserva
Castelvecchio in San Casciano Val di Pesa 2020 Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG
Fattoria di Poggiopiano 2019 Chianti DOCG Riserva - Galardi
Il Corniale 2019 Chianti DOCG Riserva
Podere dell'Anselmo Fabrizio Forcini 2019 Chianti DOCG Riserva
Podere dell'Anselmo Fabrizio Forconi 2020 Chianti Montespertoli DOCG
Podere Volpaia Organic e Vegan Farm 2019 Chianti DOCG Riserva
Poggiotondo Cerreto Gudi 2019 Chianti DOCG Riserva
Tenuta Coeli Aula 2019 Chianti DOCG Riserva
Tenuta di Castelfalfi 2019 Chianti DOCG Riserva
Torre a Cona 2019 Chianti Coli Fiorentini DOCG Riserva - Terre di Cino
Torre a Cona 2020 Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG
Villa Travignoli 2020 Chianti Rufina DOCG


Best Potential Chianti Glass 2

Fattoria Casalbosco 2019 Chianti DOCG Riserva    
Fattoria Ucelliera 2019 Chianti DOCG Riserva    
Marchesi Frescobaldi 2019 Chianti Rufina DOCG Riserva   

 

 

 

Scored (Finished) Wines …

Borgo Macereto 2020 Chianti Rufina DOCG ... (*** ½)
Castello Sonnino 2020 Chianti Montespertoli DOCG ... (*** ½)
Fattoria di Fiano 2019 Chianti DOCG Riserva ... (*** ½)
Fattoria San Michele a Torri 2020 Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG ... (*** ½)
La Querce 2019 Chianti Coli Fiorentini DOCG Riserva ... (*** ½)
Lanciola 2020 Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG ... (*** ½)
Marchesi Gondi 2019 Chianti Rufina DOCG Riserva ... (*** ½)
Podere dell'Anselmo Fabrizio Forcini 2019 Chianti Montespertoli DOCG Riserva ... (*** ½)
Tenuta Casabianca 2019 Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG Riserva ... (*** ½)
Tenuta San Vito 2020 Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG ... (*** ½)
Borgo Macereto 2019 Chianti Rufina DOCG Riserva ... (*** ½+)
Castello Sonnino 2019 Chianti Montespertoli DOCG Riserva ... (*** ½+)
Fattoria Betti 2019 Chianti Montalbano DOCG Riserva ... (*** ½+)
Malenchini 2020 Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG ... (*** ½+)
Marzocco di Poppiano 2019 Chianti Coli Fiorentini DOCG Riserva ... (*** ½+)
Tenuta Canatagallo e Le Farnete 2019 Chianti Montalbano DOCG Riserva - Il Cantagallo ... (*** ½+)
Tenuta San Vito 2019 Chianti Coli Fiorentini DOCG Riserva ... (*** ½+)
Tenuta Canatagallo e Le Farnete 2019 Chianti Montalbano DOCG Riserva - Il Fondatore ... (****)

 

 

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