Italians from Spring/Summer 2012 Parties

Tasted August 6, 2012 by pgb67 with 256 views

Introduction

We polished off these bottles over the course of a handful of spring/summer barbecues ... a little bit of everything, all of it good.

Flight 1 (5 notes)

Red
2000 Cavallotto Barolo Riserva Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
93 points
Dripping with quality from the first drop - everyone knew it was serious stuff - still showing good tannins, but integrated into a flavorful and balanced wine. Aromas of dried cherry, rose water, and tar, with a dry but flavorful and somewhat confected palate of ripe cherry and cocoa dusted belgian truffles.
Red
2008 Passopisciaro Passopisciaro Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
94 points
I could drink something like this everyday - think fine red burgundy with some italian style and sicilian volcanic dust. Structured with grippy tannins and tight acidity. Nose of tart cherries and a hint of volcanic ash, and a palate of cherry and spice with a note of juniper.
Red
2001 La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
95 points
In a great drinking window, with plenty of vibrant fruit, but also a well balanced frame of acidity and integrated flavors. Aromas of raspberries and cherry, with forest accents, and flavors of dark cherry, brandied cherries, and tobacco. Had some new world cabernet feel to it at times as well (currants, cedar), but this didn't detract.
Red
2009 Contino Etna Nero e Nero Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC
89 points
Interesting wine - this is a baby etna and a good choice when you don't want to pull the trigger on some of the pricier sicilians out there - aromas and flavors of black fruits and citrus peel, with a mineral-driven finish.
Red
2010 Argiano Non Confunditur Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
91 points
An enticing nose of smoke, cherry and spice with a rugged, but crowd pleasing palate of sour red cherry and clove with sweet tannins on the finish. A go-to value wine at the circa $20 mark - not sure there is anything better out there at this price point.
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