Slow Wine Guide 2012 (Release tasting)

Metropolitan Pavilion
Tasted Monday, January 30, 2012 by Eric Guido with 550 views

Introduction

Good, Clean and Fair

If only life could always sound so simple. However, in the case of Slow Food’s new wine guide, Slow Wine, it’s anything but simple. Good Clean and Fair is what the over 200 collaborators are looking for in the wineries which are represented in Slow Wine. “Good” refers to the wine and its sensory characteristics. “Clean” is the way the winery goes about its growing and production. Slow Wine looks for growers that use natural methods or the smallest amount of chemicals possible. “Fair” represents price versus the quality in the bottle.

Flight 1 (46 Notes)

  • 2010 Monchiero Carbone Roero Arneis Cecu 90 Points

    Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Roero

    The nose showed fresh cut flowers, honey suckle, a spritz of lime and almond. On the palate, it was rich, yet balanced with focused white fruits and a mouthwatering quality that lasted into the finish with a hint of medicinal herbs.

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  • 2008 Monchiero Carbone Roero Printi Riserva 91 Points

    Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Roero

    The nose showed floral potpourri and cinnamon in a very pretty, refined expression. On the palate, I found focused sour cherry fruit and herbs. The medium finish lent hints of tannins and this wine’s fine structure. This was a great example of the emerging Nebbiolo coming from Roero.

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  • 2010 Malvira' Roero Arneis Trinità 87 Points

    Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Roero

    The nose showed fresh herbs and spicy peach aromas. On the palate, it was silky and clean with white stone fruits. The juicy finish gave it a beautiful send off and reminded me of poolside summer days.

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  • 2008 Boscarelli (Marchesi de Ferrari Corradi) Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 89 Points

    Italy, Tuscany, Montepulciano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

    The nose showed bright red fruits and floral stems. On the palate, I found wild berries and a clean, mouthwatering expression of Sangiovese. The finish was medium in length yet rich in fruit and left me with a very satisfied experience.

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  • 2007 Boscarelli (Marchesi de Ferrari Corradi) Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Nocio dei Boscarelli 92 Points

    Italy, Tuscany, Montepulciano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

    The nose was intense with red fruits and spice. Earthy floral notes rounded it out and added plenty of depth. On the palate, it was expansive and showed a finessed and elegant inner floral perfume with tight red berry fruits. The finish was long and showed a fine tannic structure. This is a wine that I plan to bury in my own cellar.

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  • 2007 Elio Grasso Barolo Gavarini Chiniera 93 Points

    Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo

    The nose was classic, showing floral rose and stem notes with strawberry and tree bark. On the palate, I found juicy, bright red fruit, which turned darker with time in the glass. Its structure peaked out on the long finish. In the case of 2007, it’s the Gavarini, instead of the Case Mate, that I prefer from the Grasso cantina.

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  • 2007 Marziano Abbona Barolo Pressenda 91 Points

    Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo

    The nose was aggressive with ripe cherry and herbal notes. On the palate, it was soft on entry but quickly showed a gruff tannic structure, yet a solid core of rich fruit promises that time will reveal layers of depth. This is a highly enjoyable Barolo from the ’07 vintage, but it certainly needs time in the cellar.

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  • 2009 Marziano Abbona Dogliani Papà Celso 89 Points

    Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Dogliani

    The nose was like a blackberry pie with black fruits, herbs and aromas of toasty savory pate brisse. On the palate, it was juicy with more blackberry and medicinal herbs. The finish was tight with woodsy notes. The Dogliani Papá Celso should be even better with a year or two in bottle.

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  • 2007 G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco delle Viole 95 Points

    Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo

    It was a joy to taste the G.D. Vajra Bricco delle Viole. The nose showed an elegant, yet intense floral perfume with spiced cherries and floral stems. On the palate, it was feminine and balanced with cherries, strawberry and menthol, which provided an airy lift with a juicy mid-palate. It finished showing a fine tannic structure. This was one of the best ’07 Baroli I have tasted to date.

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  • 2007 Malvira' Roero Renesio Riserva 89 Points

    Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Roero

    The nose showed strawberry, herbs and woodland notes. On the palate, it was juicy and finessed with intense red fruits and woodsy, earthy notes. The fruit fell off quickly in the finish yet left flavors of spice and medicinal herbs.

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  • 2009 Pieropan Ruberpan Veneto IGT 86 Points

    Italy, Veneto, Veneto IGT

    The nose showed strawberry and woodland notes. On the palate, it was juicy with cherry and a floral aura that lasted into the finish.

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  • 2009 Pieropan Soave Classico La Rocca 88 Points

    Italy, Veneto, Soave Classico

    The nose showed citrus notes with minerals and stones. On the palate, it was smooth with lemon and saline minerals. The finish was fresh but again lacked the depth of past vintages.

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  • 2008 Sorelle Bronca Colli di Conegliano Ser Bele 90 Points

    Italy, Veneto, Colli di Conegliano

    The nose showed ripe berries and hints of herbs and grapefruits. On the finish, it was juicy, smooth, and balanced while showing mixed berries. The finish lingered on the palate and left me feeling very satisfied.

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  • 2010 Zuani Collio Goriziano Vigne Bianco 90 Points

    Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Collio Goriziano

    The nose showed fresh florals, apple, citrus and a hint of vanilla. On the palate, I found rich yet focused stone fruits and a spritz of citrus, leading to a clean, fresh finish.

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  • 2007 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio 92 Points

    Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG

    The ’07 Il Poggio showed very closed and was tightly wound. The youthful and high-toned nose showed Strawberry and herbs. On the palate, it was juicy with red fruit and cedar notes but lacked the depth of past vintages. Its structure showed more on the finish.

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  • 2009 Pieropan Soave Classico Calvarino 87 Points

    Italy, Veneto, Soave Classico

    The nose showed lime and hint of herbs. On the palate, it was fresh yet lacked the stuffing of past vintages and ultimately ended in a short finish. This bottle was a letdown for me since I have always been a fan of Pieropan Soave.

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  • 2010 Sorelle Bronca Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry Particella 68 88 Points

    Italy, Veneto, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG

    This was a beautifully fresh prosecco with mineral laden fruit on the nose and a clean refreshing palate performance. The finish was most enjoyable with ripe stone fruits.

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  • 2008 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 89 Points

    Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG

    The nose showed classic Chianti notes of strawberry, herbs, leather and cedar. On the palate, it was rich with apparent structure and red berry fruit. The finish was cut short by the wine’s underlying structure.

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  • 2008 Grattamacco Bolgheri Superiore 92 Points

    Italy, Tuscany, Bolgheri, Bolgheri Superiore

    The nose was rich with cherries, currant and mountain herbs. On the palate, it was lush and mouth-filling with black raspberry, wood spice and herbs. The finish was long yet youthful with sour fruits.

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  • 2008 Fattoria Corzano e Paterno Chianti Riserva I Tre Borri 92 Points

    Italy, Tuscany, Chianti

    The nose was hallmark Tuscan with wild berries, tree bark and earth. On the palate, I found soft strawberry tones, with herbal tea and cedar. The finish was long and structured. The Tre Rorri Riserva was extremely enjoyable and one of my favorites of the vintage.

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  • 2008 Fattoria Corzano e Paterno Il Corzano Toscana IGT 89 Points

    Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT

    The nose showed red berries with dark currant and herbs. On the palate, it was clean but tight with red berry fruit. The finish showed spiced fruits.

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  • 2008 Podere Il Carnasciale Il Caberlot 94 Points

    Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT

    The nose showed red and black fruits, pepper, herbs and earth. On the palate, it was full and balanced with ripe mixed berries and spice. The finish lasted long with pleasant linger berry notes.

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  • 2008 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia 93 Points

    Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG

    The ’08 Rancia was unexpectedly open at this young age. The nose showed red berries, cocoa powder and deep floral notes. On the palate, it was open and juicy with red berry fruits. The finish showed more of the structure I was expecting. This is a fine example of Rancia that (in this year’s case) is more open in its youth than the Fontalloro.

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  • 2008 Fontodi Chianti Classico 90 Points

    Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG

    The nose showed red berries, menthol and herbal tones. On the palate, it was juicy with red fruit and a hint of drying cedar which stayed through the finish.

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  • 2008 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT 91 Points

    Italy, Tuscany, Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT

    The nose showed dark spicy berries, yet was still very closed. On the palate, it was lean yet focused with red berries and a tightly wound structure.

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  • 2010 Bertani Soave Sereole 89 Points

    Italy, Veneto, Soave

    The nose showed ripe pears and spicy floral notes. On the palate, it was rich yet clean with white stone fruits. It finished clean, focused and fresh. It would make for a great summer sipper.

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  • 2004 Bertani Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 87 Points

    Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

    The nose showed burnt toast, blackberry jam and spiced cookie. On the palate, it was fresh and lively with juicy cherry notes which stayed into the finish. This was an enjoyable Amarone, yet the burnt toast notes marred the experience.

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  • 2010 Feudo Montoni Catarratto Sicilia 89 Points

    Italy, Sicily, Sicilia

    The nose showed lemon and spicy herbal tones. On the palate, it was soft with apple, lime and minerals. Floral notes lingered through the finish.

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  • 2008 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro 91 Points

    Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT

    The ’08 Fontalloro showed ripe cherry, dark chocolate and herbs on the nose. The palate showed lean sour berries and youthful tannins that coated the mouth through the finish.

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  • 2007 Podere Il Carnasciale Il Caberlot 93 Points

    Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT

    The nose showed red berries, spice, pepper, herbs and candle wax. On the palate, it was rich and focused with wild berries and herbs. With time in the glass it widened and turned to riper fruit tones. The finish was long and enjoyable with a hint of this wine’s tannic structure.

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  • 1999 Podere Il Carnasciale Il Caberlot 93 Points

    Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT

    The nose showed moist fall leaves, pepper and dried strawberry. On the palate, it was soft as silk with dark red fruits and spice. The long finish was full of strawberry tones and herbal notes. This was a beautiful bottle after 13 years in the winery cellar.

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  • 2008 Feudo Montoni Nero d'Avola Sicilia Vrucara (Selezione Speciale) 89 Points

    Italy, Sicily, Sicilia

    The nose showed like a red berry tart with sweet baking spices. On the palate, I found juicy red fruits in a full and lively expression of Nero D’Avola. The finish carried on with its juicy, ripe fruit theme.

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  • 2010 Azienda Agricola Elvio Cogno Langhe Nascetta Anas-Cetta 88 Points

    Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC

    The nose showed floral notes, lime and saline minerals. On the palate it was balanced, yet a little one-dimensional with citrus tones. The finish showed beautifully with lingering undergrowth, floral and spice notes.

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  • 2007 Azienda Agricola Elvio Cogno Barolo Ravera 90 Points

    Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo

    The nose showed sour cherry, spicy cookie and a hint of vanilla. On the palate it was full-bodied with lively acidity and firm structure with intense dark red fruit. This wine needs time to show its full potential but should be truly stunning with time.

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  • 2010 Giovanni Almondo Roero Arneis Vigne Sparse 87 Points

    Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Roero

    The nose showed white flowers, almond skins and a spritz of lemon. On the palate, I found sweet apple, floral notes and hints of peach. The finish was clean, fresh and highly enjoyable.

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  • 2008 Cascina Ca'Rossa Roero Mompissano Riserva 91 Points

    Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Roero

    The nose showed floral tones with earth, wild herbs and red fruits. On the palate, I found focused and intense red berry fruit which lasted into the long pure finish. This wine really showed what Roero Nebbiolo is capable of.

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  • 2009 Cascina Ca'Rossa Langhe Nebbiolo 90 Points

    Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC

    The nose showed sour berries, floral stems and cedar. On the palate, it was rich with mixed berries and spice. The finish was long, pure and beautifully finessed.

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  • 2008 Giovanni Almondo Roero Bric Valdiana 92 Points

    Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Roero

    The nose was big and rich yet lovely with red berries, spice cookie and apple butter. On the palate, I found lean red fruit against rugged structured Nebbiolo tannin. The finish followed suit, showing its structure and promising a long life ahead.

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  • 2009 Prà Soave Classico Monte Grande 89 Points

    Italy, Veneto, Soave Classico

    The nose showed lemon, minerals and floral stems. On the palate, it was impeccably balanced with refreshing lemon tones. The finish was long and mouth-coating yet fresh.

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  • 2009 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico 90 Points

    Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG

    The nose showed strawberries with underbrush, herbs and a welcome hint of barnyard. On the palate, it was balanced with red berries and mountain herbs. The finish was intense and lingering. I could drink this all day.

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  • 2007 Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gimignano Carato 89 Points

    Italy, Tuscany, San Gimignano, Vernaccia di San Gimignano

    The nose showed a mix of roasted nuts and fresh flowers. On the palate, I found peach and citrus notes. The finish was clean and refreshing.

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  • 2009 Marotti Campi Lacrima di Morro d'Alba Superiore Orgiolo 87 Points

    Italy, Marche, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba

    The nose showed violet candies, wild berries and spice. On the palate, it was fresh with blackberry fruit and a hint of pepper. Tannins lingered on the finish with floral spicy notes.

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  • 2007 Prà Amarone della Valpolicella 93 Points

    Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella, Amarone della Valpolicella

    The nose was gorgeous with plum, raisin, minerals and undergrowth. On the palate, it was remarkably balanced and fresh yet still had a tamed level of richness as notes of ripe black cherry and soil lingered into the long finish.

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  • 2008 Isole e Olena Cepparello Toscana IGT 92 Points

    Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT

    The nose showed an intense mix of berries, cinnamon and herbs. On the palate, it was clean and balanced with deep cherry fruit and cedar tones. The long focused finish was a delight and showed the wine’s formidable structure in the close. This is another bottle to bury in the cellar for the next 5 to 10 years.

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  • 2010 Velenosi Lacrima di Morro d'Alba Querci’Antica 90 Points

    Italy, Marche, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba

    The nose showed like a basket of fresh picked flowers with pepper, minerals and a health does of earthiness. On the palate, it tasted like it smelled and had a gorgeous note of rose hips in its in floral profile. It was a truly enjoyable bottle of wine for those who know and enjoy Lacrima.

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  • 2007 Montenidoli Il Templare Toscana IGT 90 Points

    Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT

    The nose showed floral spicy notes and almond. On the palate, I found yellow pit fruits and herbs with a clean and focused finish.

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