Amphoras' Wine

Bertinoro (FC) - I

Tasted November 28, 2015 by quaglia with 253 views


Interesting and unique congress on wine in Amphora. 25 producer attending, with their products from all over Italy.

Also named "Orange wines" for their oxidated notes, Wine in amphora is absolutely at an experimenting stage. Every producer giving his personality to the wine. Wine can just have a first fermentation in amphoras or rest for a period varying between days and months.
The results are the most incredible and variegated with some good surprises and some flops.
Anyway a taste we should try to get used to, in order to give a professional tasting note.
For this reason I just provide a * value as a first very personal impression.

Flight 1 (11 notes)

2011 Lunarossa Quartara Colli di Salerno IGT Italy, Campania, Colli di Salerno IGT
Bright golden yellow, consistent. Nice.
Agrumes at nose and an alcoholic note.
Dry, alcoholic and rounded. A strong mineral ending, not completely balanced by the alcohol (strong, despite a declared 13%). 80/84 AiS 2015
2012 Lunarossa Quartara Colli di Salerno IGT Italy, Campania, Colli di Salerno IGT
Light golden yellow.
Better nose than 2011, with hints of yellow flowers and fruits.
A shy fruit coming out at taste, overwhelmed by a strong mineral imprint.
2010 Crosato Friuli Colli Orientali Bianco d'Argilla Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Friuli Colli Orientali
Brilliant, vivid, golden yellow.
Lightly sweet nose, with some herbs hints (mediterrean shrub)
Dry and alcoholic, poor body and a strong mineral spine. Disjonted.
2009 Azienda Agricola Paraschos Evangelos Amphoreus Bianco Venezia Giulia IGT Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT
Straw yellow, cloudy.
Nice nose of dried fighs and honey, but detached at taste, slightly sparkling....seems more a beer...
7 months fermentation + 6 months resting on yeasts.
2011 Tenuta Masselina Rubicone Vino delle anfore Italy, Emilia-Romagna, Rubicone
Golden yellow, consistent, with a nice nose of yellow fruits.
Important entry; full taste of fruit and alcohol (13%), with a strong mineral imprint. 80/85 AiS Rom. 2016
White - Off-dry
2013 Cantina San Biagio Vecchio Albana Italy, Emilia-Romagna, Vino da Tavola
A ghost wine..probably this was the last bottle.. an anonymous magnum.
Albana overriped grapes .
Light golden yellow, glicerin.
Honey and some mildew at nose.
Sweet at taste, but with a strong mineral spine. Very nice
2013 Tenuta Pennita Secco Vino da Tavola Italy, Emilia-Romagna, Vino da Tavola
Golden yellow,
some defects at nose, corresponding taste.
Detached and with a scarce body.
2014 Casadei Maremma Toscana Le Anfore Italy, Tuscany, Maremma, Maremma Toscana
Nice ruby red.
Fruity at nose: cherries.... showing again at taste.
A correct wine, also if not outstanding for a low acidity and a subtle fruit.
2012 Castello del Trebbio Sangiovese Italy, Tuscany, Vino da Tavola
Ruby red.
Nicely fruity, both at nose and taste, with elegant tannins, well integrated.
A nice wine, but without a particular "amphoras" imprint.
2013 Villa Papiano Sillaro Terra! Italy, Emilia-Romagna, Sillaro
Straw yellow, with an evident oxidation tone.
Mineral notes at nose, almonds, apricots.
Dry, alcoholic, good minerality and a subtle tannic vein.
Poor body, surmounted by minerality
Red - Sweet/Dessert
2004 Crosato Creta Venezia Giulia IGT Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot e Refosco, from dried grapes.
Dark amber, almost brown. Viscous.
Dattes, nuts skin, porto-like. Dried fruits.
Full mouth, sweet and alcoholic silky and smoothed. Very nice dessert wine


Amphoras' wines are not just a fashion, but an interesting niche production tracing back to our ancestors' method.
At this stage results are very ... impressive, both in positive and negative.
A first impression is that white wines have a more positive attitude to be made in amphoras. Red wine, with a body of their own, more used to have oxidation, did not change that much.
The second idea is that...we are just at the beginning of the fun!

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