Vinitaly 2016

Verona, Italy

Tasted April 10, 2016 - April 13, 2016 by kostaslonis with 699 views

Introduction

Tasting notes of wines tried at Vinitaly Wine Fair in Verona. Gone with Michael from Oinoscent

Flight 1 - Day 1 (27 notes)

Red
2012 Tasca D'Almerita Regaleali Riserva del Conte Italy, Sicily, Contea di Sclafani
88 points
Anniversary label with Perricone and Nero d’Avola (67%-33%) in chestnut barrel.
Beautiful nose, clear fruit, a soft barrel touch, a bit of forest floor, bright in the palate, this is quite round, red cherry, light body, nice acidity and ends with a med finish
White
2014 La Guardiense Falanghina del Sannio Janare Italy, Campania, Falanghina del Sannio
89 points
Clear spring nose, fresh fruit, green with a bit of grass here, while in the palate the wine is full with high intensity, follows the same profile as the nose, balanced with a slightly bitter finish.
White
2014 Conte Picedi Benettini Vermentino Colli di Luni Il Chioso Italy, Tuscany / Liguria, Colli di Luni
88 points
Light notes of green apple, lime, refreshing, green bell pepper, med body and long finish
White
2013 Villa Raiano Fiano di Avellino Ventidue Italy, Campania, Fiano di Avellino DOCG
89 points
Strange combination of tropical fruit, asparagus and oak (like an oak NZ SB), high intensity, rich, long finish, entirely different and interesting.
Red
2013 Cantine San Marzano Primitivo di Manduria Talò Italy, Puglia, Primitivo di Manduria
88 points
This has a beautiful dense fruit, tight barrel, overripe fruit, warmth that goes in the palate as well. The fruit is more jammy here, black cherry, fig and prunes, high intensity, rich mouthfeel with a few Brett notes in the long finish. 88+
White
2013 Lis Neris Friuli Isonzo Pinot Grigio Gris Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Friuli Isonzo
91 points
Explosive nose, round ripe fruit, roasted nuts, full body, high intensity and acidity, med to long finish, a wine for the long run
Red
2012 Pietradolce Etna Vigna Barbagalli Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC
90 points
Rich nose with a lot ripe and sweet fruit, light Brett-infused notes with leather, gamey and iodine. In the palate the wine is quite rustic, light body, same kind of Brett notes, some red cherry notes, delicate and interesting with med finish.
Red
2013 Fattoria Galardi Terra di Lavoro Italy, Campania, Campania IGT
91 points
Gorgeous nose, rich dense but delicate fruit, a few herbal notes that do not feel disconnected with the fruit, coffee and chocolate roasted notes. The palate is smooth, very rich fruit, soft tannins with beautiful texture, a bit of Brett in the long finish. A very tasty wine
Red
2011 Elena Walch Lagrein Alto Adige - Südtirol Riserva Castel Ringberg Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Alto Adige - Südtirol
92 points
Bright nice perfume, ripe fruit, light oak frame, tight but subtle, light coffee and chocolate bits as well. Delicate, elegant mouth, ripe currant, cherry, nice tannins, thin oak frame, bitter finish, too young? Outstanding
Red
2012 Conte Emo Capodilista Cabernet Sauvignon Colli Euganei Ireneo Italy, Veneto, Colli Euganei
92 points
90% Cabernet Sauvingon here with 6% Merlot and 4% Carmenère, 12 months in oak and 6 months in bottle.
Big bold filled with pyrazine notes nose, ripe red fruit, thin oak in the back. Warm fruit (14%), olives, alcohol heat, green bell pepper, nice and intense, med+ body end with a long finish. Too young with a long life ahead.
White
2013 Azienda Agricola Prà Soave Classico Staforte Italy, Veneto, Soave Classico
91 points
Very nice clean fruit, lime, lemon leaves, almond, intense but delicate while the palate is rich, ripe green fruit, med finish, would be great on its own
Red
2011 Giacomo Brezza e Figli Barolo Bricco Sarmassa Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
90 points
Pale color, rustic profile, drying tannins, red fruit, long finish, not my style but I can see people liking this
White
2015 Dario Coos Sauvignon Blanc Venezia Giulia IGT Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT
88 points
Very nice rich nose, ripe fruit, clean, light green nuances, med body and finish, great price
Red
2014 Tiare Schioppettino Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Colli Orientali del Friuli
89 points
Beautiful nose, full and ripe, cherry and berry, clean nose, a few smoke notes, prunes, nice palate, dense and delicate in the same time, med finish.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2012 Dveri Pax Šipon Slovenia, Podravje, Štajerska, Radgona
90 points
(Sipon is the local name for Furmint, 10.50% alcohol and 300gr/lt)
The nose is beautiful, clean, lemon, ripe apricot, pineapple and stone fruit. The palate is also great with high acidity, very ripe fruit, copying the profile of the nose, beautiful structure, sweet but not overly cloying and a quite long finish. Outstanding effort
White
2015 Elena Walch Pinot Bianco Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Alto Adige - Südtirol
88 points
Dense green fruit, clean, med body, green full and long finish.
White
2015 Elena Walch Pinot Bianco Kristallberg Altenburg Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Alto Adige - Südtirol
89 points
The nose is very rich and so is the palate, green and mineral, high intensity, joyful with med body and med finish. This is clearly a step in quality
White
2015 Elena Walch Sauvignon Alto Adige - Südtirol Castel Ringberg Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Alto Adige - Südtirol
92 points
Brilliant rich nose, fresh, ripe and green, high intensity, it has a long finish and should keep for quite some time
White
2015 Elena Walch Sauvignon Alto Adige - Südtirol Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Alto Adige - Südtirol
89 points
Rich nose, delicate and extrovert, nice green fruit, very fresh and mineral, the acidity is great, ends with a long finish. This one is probably better with food
White
2015 Elena Walch Gewürztraminer Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Alto Adige - Südtirol
90 points
Full ripe fruit, buckets of rosewater, jasmine, tropical fruit, rich palate while ending with a long finish.
White
2015 Elena Walch Gewürztraminer Kastelaz Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Alto Adige - Südtirol
91 points
This is the same as the normal GW 2015 but only more refined and defined, a bit more spicy too, a step up again in quality
White
2013 Elena Walch Chardonnay Alto Adige - Südtirol Castel Ringberg Riserva Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Alto Adige - Südtirol
90 points
The nose is impressive, vanilla and delicate ripe stone fruit with the same profile coming through in the palate. You get a lot of vanilla, nutty flavors, with med body and finish.
White
2014 Elena Walch Beyond the Clouds Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Alto Adige - Südtirol
89 points
More profound oak than the wine tried before, nutty, rich mouthfeel, round and easy, med finish with the overall impression being that is quite more easy and straightforward that what you expect from the nose.
Red
2015 Elena Walch Schiava Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Alto Adige - Südtirol
87 points
Pale color, simple aroma, a wine for the summer, soft and short to med finish.
Red
2015 Elena Walch Kalterersee Classico Superiore Castel Ringberg Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Lago di Caldaro
87 points
A bit more dense than the plain one, delicate, simple perfume, no tannins, short finish
Red
2015 Elena Walch Lagrein Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Alto Adige - Südtirol
88 points
Nice fruit, ripe but not heavy, nice acidity, good tannins while ending with a med finish 88+
Red
2012 Elena Walch Alto Adige - Südtirol Kermesse Cuvee Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Alto Adige - Südtirol
89 points
This is a blend of Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Lagrein.
Rich nose with full ripe fruit profile, smoke and leather, a few gamey notes too, delicate in the palate, ending with a med finish.

Flight 2 - Day 2 (71 notes)

White
2015 Donnafugata Lighea Italy, Sicily, Terre Siciliane
88 points
Rich Muscat perfume, apricot and peach, flowery, med body, nice acidity, mineral, good for food and on its own, med finish.
White
2014 Donnafugata Sicilia Vigna di Gabri Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
89 points
Inzoglia grape made in cement tanks. The wine feels quite round, yellow fruits, nice acidity, riper in the palate than the nose, ends with a med finish.
Red
2011 Donnafugata Sicilia Tancredi Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
88 points
Cabernet Sauvignon, Nero d’Avola and Tannat (60-30-10) with 14 months in French oak. First impression is the Cabernet Sauvignon, warm with some Brett funk, leather, ripe cherry and berry, impressive, prunes, high acidity, med body and finish
Red
2011 Donnafugata Contessa Entellina Mille e una notte Italy, Sicily, Contessa Entellina
91 points
Rich nose, high intensity of ripe red and black fruit, a few overripe notes, prunes. Palate is rich too, high acidity, big tannins, very fresh red and black fruit, the oak is more upfront here than the nose, it still is very fresh, ends with a med to long finish
White - Sweet/Dessert
2013 Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé Italy, Sicily, Passito di Pantelleria
93 points
30% of the grapes are sundried for 20 days, stalks on, then 2 years in the bottle with the end result having 200 gr/lt of sugar. Beautiful nose, ripe lime, pineapple and peach, the wine overall has a warm character, a bit jammy but also with a nice acidity that gives an overall light touch. The wine offers great complexity, not cloying and ends with a long finish
White
2014 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco Cuvée delle Vigne Niche Calderara Sottana Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC
91 points
Carricante grape grown on 600m, with an average age of 15-20 years old, that spent 10 months in 20-30hl oak barrels.
Fantastic nose, mineral, high intensity, ripe lime, citrus and stone fruit, high intensity in the palate as well, complex with a long finish. I should get a case for me Brilliant
Red
2014 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Guardiola Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC
89 points
900m elevation. Bright red cherry and currant, spicy with upfront oak, smoke, same juicy palate, nice fruit notes, dense, alcohol kicks in, more oaky in the palate, very you and still aggressive.
Red
2014 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC
92 points
Very ripe cherry and berry, sweet spices, the same goes in the palate as well, nice tannins, round, crunchy red fruit, currant and prune, med finish. Outstanding quality and should get a case for me
Red
2014 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Feudo di Mezzo Il Quadro delle Rose Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC
91 points
Very rich ripe fruit, small red and black fruit, sweet spice, nice mouthfeel, nice tannins, med body, complex ends with a med finish. This one is somehow less impressive than the Sottana but still of outstanding quality
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Red
2014 Benanti Etna Rosso Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC
88 points
Pale and reductive with red and black cherry, soft tannins, ripe red fruit in the palate, mineral and med finish.
Red
2013 Benanti Nerello Cappuccio Terre Siciliane Italy, Sicily, Terre Siciliane
89 points
Sweet in the palate, red fruit, mastic, slightly earthy, soft tannins, easy but with structure (to drink on its own and with food), med finish.
White
2015 Cusumano Sicilia Angimbé Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
88 points
70% Inzoglia – 30% Chardonnay
Light fruity notes, nice palate, ripe and soft, nice acidity and finish.
White
2015 Cusumano Grillo Terre Siciliane Shamaris Italy, Sicily, Terre Siciliane
88 points
100% Grillo
Mild nose, a bit of stone fruit, soft palate, nice palate, fruity notes, a bit green as well, nice acidity, good to drink on its own, med finish
White
2013 Cusumano Chardonnay Sicilia Jalé Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
84 points
Chardonnay 6-8 months in French and Slovenian barrique and 12 months in bottle.
Reductive nose, the palate is heavy on the oak, ripe stone fruit, rich with long finish.
Rosé
2015 Cusumano Pinot Nero Ramusa Tenuta Ficuzza Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
87 points
Pinot Nero 700m altitude
Quite pale color, light with rose petals and some cherry notes in the nose, quite the bubblegum flavors in the palate with some body though, med finish
Red
2015 Cusumano Nero d'Avola Terre Siciliane Italy, Sicily, Terre Siciliane
87 points
Ripe cherry in the palate, nice tannic texture, a bit reduction, in the palate ripe red and black cherry, nice acidity, fresh and young, good for food.
Red
2014 Cusumano Sicilia Benuara Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
89 points
70% Nero d’Avola, 30% Syran, 20% oak
Strange mix of red fruit and bitter almond, ripe fruit in the palate, red berry, prunes, dense and pulp-y mouthfeel, a touch of alcohol, med+ body and long finish
Red
2013 Cusumano Nero d'Avola Sicilia Sàgana Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
90 points
Nero d’Avola, 12 months in 20hl oak barrels and 12 months in bottle
Bitter almond coming quite strong with ripe dense fruit, nuts, touch of reduction, while in the palate the wine is ripe, tight tannins, high acidity, red cherry and berry, coffee, thin oak frame, complex, high intensity, long finish. Different and therefore interesting.
Red
2012 Firriato Sicilia Ribeca Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
88 points
Dense ripe fruit, cherry, berry, sweet spice, ripe plum, oak, high tannins and acidity, complex, rich, long finish.
Red
2012 Firriato Terre Siciliane Santagostino Rosso Baglio Soria Italy, Sicily, Terre Siciliane
90 points
Nero d’Avola and Syrah (50%-50%)
Dense nose, sweet fruit and spices, ripe red and black cherry, prunes. In the palate, the wine follows the same pattern, ripe tannins, high acidity rich, with long finish
Red
2011 Firriato Sicilia Camelot Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
90 points
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
Nice light red fruit, indian spice (?), tiny notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, ripe red fruit in the palate, rich, nice acidity, powerful in the mouth, long finish, needs food.
Red
2012 Firriato Sicilia Rosso Quater Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
89 points
This is a blend of Frappato, Nero d’Avola, Nerello Cappucio, Pericone
Very expressive on the nose, rich fruit and quite spicy, nice sweet oak, indian spice, while in the palate it shows nice complexity, ethereal and smooth, elegant, med finish. Nice
White - Sparkling
N.V. Firriato Gaudensius Spumante Metodo Classico Brut Italy
82 points
Nerello mascalese
High yeasty notes, quite acidic, citrus, a lot of carbonation that immediately gets lost, subtle citrus notes in the palate, short finish. I was told that this wine spent 30 months on its lees, but it certainly lacks the complexity
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White - Sparkling
2015 Firriato Sicilia Charme Bianco Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
flawed
Carricante, Inziglia, Zibibo
Immense iso-valeric sourness, citrus way in the back with some tropical notes, round palate, no complexity, short finish
White
2015 Firriato Sicilia Quater Vitis Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
80 points
Grillo, Cataratto, Carricante, Zibibo
Round, ripe tropical and stone fruit, easy, full muscat character, refreshing green mouthfeel, for food, lacks interest
White
2015 Tasca D'Almerita Sicilia Regaleali Bianco Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
90 points
A wine from the Catarratto grape, green with fruit, in the palate it shows intensity, mineral, refreshing, apple and pear, peach, nice mouthfeel, rich texture, long finish
White
2015 Tasca D'Almerita Grillo Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
90 points
Rich palate, sweet flavors, full green ripe fruit, apple and pear, ripe and rich while being refreshing in the same time, nice mouthfeel, ripe lime in the med finish
White
2014 Tasca D'Almerita Etna Tascante Buonora Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC
88 points
It feels more acidic than the previous wines, nice palate, mineral, green, fresh, nice acidity and intensity, med finish. Nice wine
Red
2014 Tasca D'Almerita Nero d'Avola Sicilia Lamùri Tenuta Regaleali Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
90 points
Nice rich red fruit, sweet spices, fantastic in the palate, sweet and ripe fruity mouthfeel, very nice cherry and berry, strawberry, nice tannic frame med finis. This would be great on its own
Red
2013 Tasca D'Almerita Etna Tascante Ghiaia Nera Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC
89 points
100% Nerello Mascalese in this one, showing earthy and fruity notes, sweet spices, a touch of Brett, the palate follows the same pattern as the nose, high acidity, a bit drying (and tough) finish, needs time
Red
2013 Sallier de la Tour Syrah Sicilia La Monaca Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
91 points
The nose is ripe, dry and clean showing red fruit and sweet spices. In the palate, the wine shows bits of prune, olive, alcohol burn (14.5%), rich mouthfeel, sweet fruit notes, needs food to compensate the alcohol, beautiful overall pulp-y feeling.
Red
2012 Tasca D'Almerita Rosso del Conte Italy, Sicily, Contea di Sclafani
92 points
The nose shows great rich aromas, seductive, sweet and spicy, ripe red and black cherry and berry. The palate follows the same pattern with some alcohol heat (14.5%), full, prunes, big body, long finish, needs food.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2015 Tasca D'Almerita Capofaro Malvasia di Salina Italy, Sicily, Salina IGT
89 points
Malvasia grapes dried for 15-20 days and 10.5% alcohol. The nose is of med intensity, but the palate shows more, quite sweet with balancing acidity, nice body and mouthfeel, peach and apricot, tin pear, syrup, med finish. Nice effort
White - Sparkling
N.V. S.A. ca' Di Rajo di Cecchetto Bortolo Prosecco di Treviso D.O.C. Extra Dry Italy, Veneto, Prosecco di Treviso
88 points
Feels a touch higher intensity in the nose while showing sweeter fruit in the palate, a bit too upfront green apple, the CO2 feels more exploding, clean, ripe, med finish
White - Sparkling
N.V. Terra Serena Gran Cuvee Extra Dry Italy, Veneto, Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene
87 points
Simple, pear and green apple, nice acidity, plain easy drinking
White - Sparkling
N.V. La Farra Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut Italy, Veneto, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
88 points
Bigger in the nose and palate green apple and pear again but riper, nice mouthfeel, great CO2, med finish with a touch of melon. Nice
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Umberto Bortolotti Rosato Lagrein Brut Italy, Veneto, Valdobbiadene
88 points
18 hours maceration showing cherry and strawberry with a touch of earthy hints, creamy palate with cherries and berries again, slightly sweet finish due to 7 gr/lt, all and all, this is quite interesting.
White - Sparkling
N.V. La Farra Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry Italy, Veneto, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
87 points
Green notes, fresh and sweet with 16gr/lt of sugar, acidity and CO2 not succeeding in balancing the sweetness, med finish of ripe pear and apple
White - Sparkling
N.V. Umberto Bortolotti Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut Italy, Veneto, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
88 points
Full green profile with pear and flowery notes, nice mouthfeel and creamy texture from the CO2, 7 gr/lt offer a nice round med finish
White - Sparkling
N.V. Umberto Bortolotti Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry Italy, Veneto, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
88 points
Green apple and pear, nice sweetness from the 15gr/lt, beautiful ripe fruit in the finish, its not cloying, med finish
White - Sparkling
N.V. Toffoli Spumante Extra Brut 7 Millesimi Italy, Veneto / Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Prosecco
82 points
Pappery, green apple, unripe pear, light, indifferent palate, short finish, 6 g/lt
White - Sparkling
2015 Vincenzo Toffoli Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Brut Millesimato Italy, Veneto, Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene
83 points
Same nose as the millesimi 7 label, light notes of green fruit, firework-like CO2 with big explosion in the palate and then quickly disappears, sugar notes due to the 12gr, short to med finish
White - Sparkling
2015 Vincenzo Toffoli Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Extra Dry Italy, Veneto, Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene
80 points
Some herbal notes, green fruit, pappery again, same CO2 as the brut 2015, more sugar here (17gr)
White - Sparkling
2015 Vincenzo Toffoli Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Semplimente Vincenzo Italy, Veneto, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
90 points
WOW! Trying the other 3 wines of the estate beforehand, nothing prepared me for this one. The grapes come from the Refrontolo village, 3ha in total with the age of the vines being 3-15 yo. Very beautiful, sweet but also well refined nose, the same goes for the palate as well, ripe green apple and pear, mint, fresh with nice mouthfeel, med+ to long finish, balancing 22gr of sugar.
Outstanding quality, probably the best Prosecco I’ve ever tried!
White - Sweet/Dessert
2006 Vincenzo Toffoli Prosecco Passito Veneto IGT Italy, Veneto, Veneto IGT
89 points
100% Glera grapes that have been dried indoors for minimum 4 months resulting in 90gr of sugar and 14% alcohol, part barrique.
Quite oxidative nose, roasted almond, glue, overripe apricot, thin oak, honey and syrup, again apricot is the main flavor in the palate, oxidative again in the palate, med body and finish. A nice different sweet one
White - Sweet/Dessert
2004 Vincenzo Toffoli Verdiso Passito den Veneto Italy, Veneto, Valdobbiadene
89 points
2 months in oak resulting in a caramel color, brown notes with chocolate, prunes, dates and fig, glue again, nutty and earthy in the palate with walnut and almond slightly roasted notes. The wine shows nice refreshing acidity, not cloying, high overall flavor intensity, 14% alc and med finish. It’s a very good wine that lacks that extra layer of complexity too be really outstanding. Nevertheless, I’d have any day
Red - Sweet/Dessert
2012 Vincenzo Toffoli Refrontolo Passito Italy, Veneto, Colli di Conegliano
91 points
Colli di Conegliano, Marzemino using the same technique as the previous sweet wines of the estate, dense red fruit, berry and cherry, prunes, some glue notes again, nice thin oaky framework, roasted almond. In the palate the wine shows nice sweet fruit, bright cherry and strawberry, good structure and texture, not cloying despite the 100 gr of sugar, great long and above all, very very tasty finish. Outstanding
White - Sparkling
N.V. Bolla Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry Italy, Veneto, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
86 points
Nice apple and pear, some green notes, lemon leaves, lime, nice in the palate, not much of a body though, same flavor profile as the nose, fruit, nice acidity, med finish
White - Sparkling
N.V. Bolla Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut Italy, Veneto, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
87 points
More apple and aggressive in general than the previous one, a touch of reduction, floral notes white in the palate it feels bigger, high acidity and CO2 that goes away fast, short finish
White
2014 Bolla Soave Superiore Tufaie Italy, Veneto, Soave Superiore
87 points
Green profile, apple, lemon leaves, there is a certain sweetness here that balances the acidity, nice mouthfeel if not a bit on the underripe side, med finish
White - Sparkling
N.V. La Marca Prosecco Extra Dry Italy, Veneto / Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Prosecco
87 points
Nice aromas of vanilla and apple, quite sweet and floral, same goes in the palate too, apple, pear, nice body and sweet feeling, good on its own, good and simple 87+
White - Sparkling
N.V. La Marca Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Superiore Cuvée Italy, Veneto, Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Superiore
88 points
Floral, green apple, a bit too bubblegum, green, the palate is nice though, sweet fruit, pear with nice mouthfeel, roundness from the sugar, nice to have by the glass
White - Sparkling
2014 La Marca Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Italy, Veneto, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
89 points
Nice clear in the nose, floral, green apple and pear, feels refreshing too. Very nice in the mouth, nice body, green fresh fruit, nice finish and length, on its own and for food
White - Sparkling
N.V. La Marca Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze Cuvée dry Italy, Veneto, Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze
88 points
Clear and bright green apple, mineral, a bit floral and herbal, while in the palate the wine feels bigger and sweeter, ripe (green) fruit notes of apple and pear again, nice body, a bit cloying but would be great on its own 88+
White - Sparkling
N.V. Bortolin Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut Italy, Veneto, Prosecco di Valdobbiadene
88 points
Dense nose, ripe fruit, floral and herbal, mild in the palate, nice acidity and CO2, green fresh overall feeling, with pear more than apple, sugar notes, med finish
White - Sparkling
N.V. Bortolin Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Extra Dry Italy, Veneto, Prosecco di Valdobbiadene
88 points
A bit of SO2 in the nose, green nuances, a touch of sweetness too, pear and apple, white the CO2 is balancing, green fruit, pear and apple, nice finish
White - Sparkling
N.V. Bortolin Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze Dry Italy, Veneto, Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze
88 points
A touch of reduction, green apple and floral notes in the back, palate is bigger, rather sweet with ripe green apple and pear, nice body, 22gr of sugar that show, med finish
White - Sparkling
N.V. Bortolin Zan Valdobbiadene Italy, Veneto, Prosecco di Valdobbiadene
87 points
This is a no sulphites wine showing riper fruit and almost yeasty notes. The palate is nice, green notes, 10gr of sugar that show, a bit sticky, overripe pear, nice body, med finish of candied fruit
White - Sparkling
N.V. Bortolin Valdobbiadene Dry Italy, Veneto, Valdobbiadene
88 points
Quite round with ripe green fruit, nice complexity, would be great by the glass, 25gr that’s quite evident but not too overpowering. 88+
White - Sparkling
2015 Bortolin Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry Italy, Veneto, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
89 points
Dense nose with ripe green apple, nice and delicate mouthfeel, ripe green apple in the palate as well, med body, ethereal and beautiful finish
White - Sparkling
2015 Antonio Facchin Treviso Doc Extra Dry Dalla Balla nob. Guiseppina Italy, Veneto, Treviso
88 points
Nice ripe green apple and pear, in the palate its nice as well, rich fruity feeling, nice freshness, apple and pears, round with med finish, fantastic price/quality
White - Sparkling
N.V. Antonio Facchin Prosecco Doc Extra Dry Italy, Veneto / Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Prosecco
89 points
Nice green ripe apple and pear, nice palate, balanced, 14gr of sugar that is visible at the end, balancing acidity, short but nice finish
White
2014 Antonio Facchin Sauvignon Blanc Italy, Veneto, Treviso
87 points
Reductive at first, green too, tropical fruits with asparagus coming up next. In the palate, the wine follows the same pattern, with equally green profile, full asparagus, med body, strangely enough low acidity, green and tough
White
2015 Antonio Facchin Pinot Grigio Italy, Veneto, Treviso
87 points
Ripe green fruit, lime and pear, green apple, clear herb notes, nice mouthfeel and acidity, refreshing and slightly off dry finish of ripe pear and melon
White
2015 Antonio Facchin Verduzzo Italy, Veneto, Treviso
88 points
Green profile, high intensity, green bell pepper, ripe to overripe green apple and pear, nice sweetness that’s inbalance, green freshness, med finish, interesting wine
White - Sparkling
2015 Antonio Facchin Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Superiore Dry Italy, Veneto, Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Superiore
89 points
Nice green fruit, green apple, refreshing and light, palate with higher intensity, clear, refreshing acidity, creamy CO2, ripe palate with med finish 89+
White
2011 Antonio Facchin Incrocio Manzoni 6.0.13 Caminada Vino Passito Italy, Veneto, Treviso
89 points
I was told the grape used for this wine is called Incrocio Manzoni (or Manzoni bianco by Wikipedia) that resulted a cross by Riesling (father) and Pinot Bianco (mother)
Very nice nose with sweet flowery notes, ripe tropical and stone fruits, apricot, peach, pineapple (ripe and tin), melon and jasmine, some nutty nuances in the back. In the palate, the wine is rich, copying the nose, 14% that you can feel, roasted almond, honey and syrup, med finish 89+
White - Sparkling
2015 Cantina Ronfini Leonardo Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut Italy, Veneto, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
Mild, light notes, there is annoying chemical feeling in the palate, green apple skin, 9gr of sugar that show too much
White - Sparkling
N.V. Cantina Ronfini Leonardo Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry Italy, Veneto, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
Same style, low intensity in the nose, more pear, richer in the palate, ripe green fruit, nice acidity, 14gr of sugar that you can feel in the end
White - Sparkling
2015 Cantina Ronfini Leonardo Valdobbiadene Extra-Dry Millesimato Italy, Veneto, Valdobbiadene
87 points
Nice and round (16gr of sugar), good carbonation and mouthfeel, med finish
White - Sparkling
2015 Cantina Ronfini Leonardo Rive di col San Martino Italy, Veneto, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
Green apple and pear, fresh and green, nice carbonation, balanced with med finish

Flight 3 - Day 3 (57 notes)

White
2015 Mastroberardino Falanghina del Sannio Italy, Campania, Falanghina del Sannio
85 points
Low intensity in the nose, herbal, soft citrus notes, stone fruit, give it some time
White
2015 Mastroberardino Fiano di Avellino Italy, Campania, Fiano di Avellino DOCG
84 points
Same style as the Falanghina, low intensity, soft, fruity, straightforward
White
2015 Mastroberardino Greco di Tufo Italy, Campania, Greco di Tufo DOCG
86 points
Round in the nose and palate, ripe stone fruit, med body and finish, mineral and green, short acidity
White
2015 Mastroberardino Fiano di Avellino Italy, Campania, Fiano di Avellino DOCG
88 points
Nice ripe stone and tropical fruit, nice acidity, balanced, nice intensity, ripe fruit
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White
2015 Mastroberardino Irpinia Morabianca Italy, Campania, Irpinia
88 points
Falanghina Irpinia, dense white ripe fruit, floral, round palate, ripe again with green spikes here and there
White
2015 Mastroberardino Greco di Tufo Nova Serra Italy, Campania, Greco di Tufo DOCG
88 points
Ripe fruit, round, “cold”, peach and apricot, med to high intensity of flavors, med finish 88+
Red
2011 Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici Italy, Campania, Taurasi DOCG
89 points
Rich,ripe and lively in the nose, red fruit notes, coffee and chocolate, a bit Brett-y, forest floor, while in the palate it follows the same pattern, leather, oaky, red fruit, nice acidity, still quite fresh, needs time, med finish
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Red
1998 Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici Riserva Italy, Campania, Taurasi DOCG
92 points
Soft in the nose, light fruit notes, delicate, old world, some leather notes, oak, dried red fruits, the palate is beautiful, soft tannins, med acidity, full old world style, complex, med to long finish.
Red
2007 Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici Riserva Italy, Campania, Taurasi DOCG
88 points
Complex in the nose, ripe fruit, leather, oak, dried red fruits, forest floor, palate with big tannins, powerful, high intensity, long finish
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Red
2008 Mastroberardino Taurasi Naturalis Historia Italy, Campania, Taurasi DOCG
94 points
24 months in new French oak, vines >40 yo 6000bottles, 4tn/ha yield
Rich and powerful nose, high intensity, big ripe red and black fruits, leather, beautiful, nice sweet spices, forest floor, while the palate shows a very seductive profile, full ripe and leather notes, red and black fruits, glorious tannic structure, as old world as it can get, long chocolate infused finish.
One of the best wines in Vinitaly
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Red
2006 Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici Riserva Italy, Campania, Taurasi DOCG
90 points
Same profile with more leather notes, riper fruit, coffee, rounder palate, big, nice tannins, its still kicking, med finish
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White
2015 Mastroberardino Neroametà Campania IGT Italy, Campania, Campania IGT
90 points
This one is a white Aglianico which I’m guessing takes guts to think and then make. Impressive and interesting nose, rich with ripe sweet fruit, vanilla, floral with notes of red fruits. In the palate, the wine shows red fruits, white chocolate, nice body, lively acidity and med finish
Rosé
2015 Mastroberardino Irpinia Lacrimarosa Rosato Italy, Campania, Irpinia
87 points
Pale color, soft in the nose, floral, cherry notes, white fruit, nice acidity, powerful for a rose, tough
White
2014 Lis Neris Friulano Fiore di Campo Venezia Giulia IGT Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT
87 points
Friulano 85%, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling, stainless steel fermentation, matured on fine lees in the same tank for 8 months. Quite floral with ripe fruit, Sulphury notes from the lees treatment, nice mouthfeel, ripe tropical fruit, lime, med finish
White
2007 Lis Neris Chardonnay Jurosa Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT
89 points
Chardonnay fermented in 500lt French oak barrels, 11 months on its lees, 12 months cellar. Fully developed in the nose, nutty, overripe stone fruit, tin pineapple, lime, walnut. The palate is very nice, round, walnut again, sweet, honey and syrup, lime and mango, ripe apricot and peach, med to full body, med to long finish. Very nice
White
2013 Lis Neris Chardonnay Jurosa Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT
88 points
Chardonnay fermented in 500lt French oak barrels, 11 months on its lees, 12 months cellar. The nose is explosively flinty, citrus fruit, green but very fresh, buttery roundness in the same time, almond, ripe fruit, very nice body, offering complexity, med/med+ finish 88+
White
2013 Lis Neris Friuli Isonzo Friulano La Vila Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Friuli Isonzo
88 points
100% Friulano, steel fermented, matured in both steel tanks and 500lt French oak barrels on its lees for 11 months, cellared for 12 months. Quite flinty again, as the Jurosa, yeast notes, a bit more floral though, ripe stone fruit, round in the palate, same stone fruit notes, almond nuances, nice body, beautiful almond flavores med finish 88+
White
2013 Lis Neris Lis Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT
90 points
50% Pinot Grigio, 30% Chardonnay, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, fermented in 500lt French oak barrels, 11 months matured on lees, 12 months cellared.
A bit more flinty this one, with time it clears up, fruit emerges, green but ripe. The palate is explosive, high intensity, beautiful, ripe with high acidity, fresh, rich, big in the palate and long finish. Outstanding quality
White - Sweet/Dessert
2010 Lis Neris Tal Luc Verduzzo Passito Bianco Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT
93 points
95% Verduzzo, 5% Riesling, grapes are air dried for 120/130 days, slowly fermented in new 225lt French oak barrels, 12 months cellaring.
Beautiful rich amber color, extrovert nose offering great complexity, rich ripe fruit, honey, syrup, ripe/overripe pear, pineapple, apricot, tin peach, sweet spices. The palate is full sweet but not cloying, nice balancing acidity, syrup again, honey, tin pineapple, peach and apricot, intense, great silky mouthfeel, with really long
ripe-stone-fruit-with-cinnamon-sprinkled-on-top finish.
Outstanding quality, great balance, very rich and oh so easy to like. Expensive but I’d buy it without second thought
White - Sparkling
2009 Lis Neris Dom Jurosa Extra Brut Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT
88 points
100% Chardonnay, 2.8 gr , fermented in 500lt French oak barrels, matured 8 months on lees, tirage 10 months after harvest, disgorgement minimum after 36 months September 2015. A bit more oxidative nose than the 2010, honey, walnut, the same in the palate, oxidative, lime, tropical fruit, nice carbonation, creamy texture, nice refreshing med/med+ finish
White - Sparkling
2010 Lis Neris Dom Jurosa Extra Brut Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT
87 points
100% Chardonnay, 2.8 gr , fermented in 500lt French oak barrels, matured 8 months on lees, tirage 10 months after harvest, disgorgement minimum after 36 months September 2015. Mild intensity, ripe stone fruit, citrus, no yeast notes, soft in the palate, lemon, med body, nice carbonation, short lime finish. Lacks the strength of 2009
White
2013 Lis Neris Confini Venezia Giulia IGT Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT
88 points
40% Gewurztraminer, 40% Pinot Grigio, 20% Riesling, fermented in 500lt French oak barrels, 11 months on its lees, 12 months cellaring. Full Gewurz nose with rose water, tropical fruits, Turkish delight, in the palate the wine is round, tropical fruit again, rosewater again, some spice notes, very light, nice acidity with good ripe fruit infused med finish 88+
White
2014 Lis Neris BBK Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT
87 points
100% Ribolla Gialla, steel fermented, 6 months on its lees. Quite green in the nose, stalk notes in the palate, riper stone fruit in the palate, easy, a bit on the expensive side for this type of wine, short to med finish. A wine to have on its own
White
2012 Saints Hills Nevina Sv. Ante Croatia, Istria and Kvarner, Istra, Zapadna Istra
88 points
Malvasia Istriana 70% Chardonnay 30%
Fermented in cement, 9 months in new French oak. Full oaky again, ripe stone fruit, walnut and roasted almond. The palate follows the same pattern, full oaky, powerful acidity, tannins from the oak, not bad just made in a clumsy way
Red
2013 Saints Hills Plavac Mali Sv. Roko Croatia, Dalmatia, Srednja i južna Dalmacija, Neretva
88 points
The region is called Komarna which is colder with 400m elevation. The red fruit feels colder, leather notes again, rich but delicate oak, coffee and chocolate infused notes. The palate is tight again, loads of tannins from the oak, aggressive as it is, long tannic finish, dried red fruit
Red
2011 Saints Hills Plavac Mali Dingač Sv. Lucia Croatia, Dalmatia, Srednja i južna Dalmacija, Pelješac
89 points
Same protocol as the previous wines, 24 months in oak. Rich in the nose, ripe red fruit with leather bits, quite oaky and high acidity, alcohol bite (15.5%), black fruit, black fruit liquer, med finish
Red
2013 Saints Hills Black Dalmacija Croatia, Dalmatia, Srednja i južna Dalmacija, Neretva
88 points
This is made from Plavac Mali, fermented half in 3hl barrels and concrete, 12 months in French barrique first and second use. Interesting in the nose with red fruit, some leathery notes, a bit of spice, nice oak use. The palate is a bit tough still, strong tannins, lacking complexity, clear red cherry in the med finish
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2012 Erste+Neue Kellerei Alto Adige - Südtirol Passito "Anthos" Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Alto Adige - Südtirol
93 points
This is a blend of Gewurztraminer 40%, Muscat 20%, Sauvignon Blanc 40%, fermented in both oak tonneau and barrique, 10.50% alc and 220gr of sugar. The grapes were dried, Gewurztraminer outside and Muscat with Sauvignon Blanc inside for 5-6 months. 5000 bottle made
The nose in this is extraordinary, rich, floral, tropical with peach, spicy and nutty as well. The palate is equally beautiful, rich with ripe/overripe fruit, syrup and honey, pineapple and apricot, full tropical tin and fresh, great texture, long finish. Absolutely stunning
White
2015 Erste+Neue Kellerei Weissburgunder Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Alto Adige - Südtirol
89 points
Simple, bright and clean, green fruit, fresh in the palate, nice intensity and refreshing acidity, pricewise punching above its weight, med mineral finish
White
2015 Erste+Neue Kellerei Sauvignon Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Alto Adige - Südtirol
88 points
The wine has a nice fresh green profile in the nose, ripe while in the palate its not that green, rounder, fruity, nice body, lasting acidity, med finish
White
2015 Erste+Neue Kellerei Sauvignon Alto Adige - Südtirol Stern Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Alto Adige - Südtirol
90 points
30-40% in 50hl oak, ethereal nose with soft green notes, stalky bits, rich mouthfeel, ripe pear and green apple, nice body, long finish, outstanding
Red
2015 Erste+Neue Kellerei Lagrein Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Alto Adige - Südtirol
88 points
Nice ripe and fresh fruit, red cherry and berry, very soft in the palate, nice acidity, soft tannins, nice mouthfeel and med body, med tasty finish, great to drink on its own 88+
Rosé
2015 Erste+Neue Kellerei Lagrein Alto Adige - Südtirol Rosé Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Alto Adige - Südtirol
87 points
Pale color, nuances of red fruit, some onion reductive notes, strawberry, not exactly dry, simple, med finish
Red
2014 Erste+Neue Kellerei Kalterersee Classico Superiore Leuchtenburg Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Lago di Caldaro
87 points
The variety used here is Schiava, offering soft nose and palate, red cherry, some reduction again, round, easy, served cold on its own, no tannins whatsoever, nice acidity, short finish
Red
2013 Erste+Neue Kellerei Lagrein Alto Adige - Südtirol Puntay Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Alto Adige - Südtirol
89 points
5 months in oak, great perfume, sweet ripe red fruit, nice oak treatment, thin oak frame, sweet spice, with time it gets warmer even earthier. In the palate, the wine is quite nice, clean and beautiful red fruit, nice acidity, nice tannins, the oak is more upfront in the palate, red fruit in the med finish. A more serious version of the grape, tighter too
White
2014 Erste+Neue Kellerei Sauvignon Alto Adige - Südtirol Puntay Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Alto Adige - Südtirol
92 points
Fermented in 500lt oak barrels, the wine offers a very rich profile, flinty notes, green and elegant, ripe green fruit, rich in the palate, asparagus, refreshing acidity, great structure, long finish
White
2015 Erste+Neue Kellerei Riesling Alto Adige - Südtirol Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Alto Adige - Südtirol
87 points
Strangely enough, quite round in the nose, peach and apricot, a bit green and floral notes, nice acidity, its feels like having some residual sugar, nice fruit and body, ends with a med finish
White
2015 Erste+Neue Kellerei Pinot Bianco Alto Adige - Südtirol Prunar Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Alto Adige - Südtirol
90 points
60% in oak, grapes 40yo trained in pergola. Nice dense white fruit, floral, impressive weight in the palate, nice oak frame, thin nutty layers of almond, ripe green apple and pear, complex, long finish, great quality for price
Red - Sweet/Dessert
2011 Erste+Neue Kellerei Rosenmuskateller Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Alto Adige - Südtirol
90 points
Steel fermented and then aged in oak for 24 months, 90gr and 13.5%, 2000 bottles made.
The wine shows red fruit, loads of rose notes, liquer and candied fruit. The palate is soft, red fruits again, well made jam, refreshing and balancing acidity, med/med+ body, silky texture, med finish. Lacking the wow factor and complexity of Passito Anthos but outstanding altogether.
White
2015 Umani Ronchi Vigor Marche IGT Italy, Marche, Marche IGT
89 points
Marche IGT Passerina
Quite extrovert nose, rich ripe fruit, very pleasant, the palate equally so, round, there is a nice sea breeze freshness here, would be great on its own, med body and finish. Earning points due to quality over price
White
2014 Umani Ronchi Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Casal di Serra Italy, Marche, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore
88 points
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi doc Classico Superiore, tried from magnum. The wine tastes rather more greener than the previous, lees treatment, nutty, nice acidity and body, refreshing acidity, a wine for food, med finish 88+
Red
2013 Umani Ronchi Rosso Conero San Lorenzo Italy, Marche, Rosso Conero
85 points
Rosso Conero doc, served from magnum, red fruit, sour notes, oak upfront, sweet spices, cinnamon, oxidative notes, round in the palate despite the brett, leather, ripe red fruit, med finish with the same harsh finish of Montipagano
Red
2010 Umani Ronchi Conero Campo San Giorgio Riserva Italy, Marche, Conero DOCG
90 points
Conero Riserva docg, Montepulciano, 12 months in oak, 6 months oak tonneau, 6 months in bottle, 8000 vines/ha, close to 5000 bottles produced. Full ripe/overripe red and black fruit profile, strawberry, sweet spice, cinnamon and nutmeg, oak, vanilla, a heavier red floral note too. The palate is rich, ripe and overripe fruit again, cinnamon, tight tannins, subtle complexity, med body and chocolate and coffee infused med finish, nice acidity, long life ahead
Red
2014 Umani Ronchi Vigor Marche IGT Italy, Marche, Marche IGT
87 points
50%-50% Sangiovese and Merlot here, nice nose, rich with ripe fruit, berry and cherry, pulp-y, round, sweet spice, fresh plum. The palate shows ripeness too, med to full body wine, red and black fruit, nice acidity and body, a wine for food, some tight tannins, med finish
White
2015 Umani Ronchi Pecorino Vellodoro Terre di Chieti IGT Italy, Abruzzi, Terre di Chieti IGT
88 points
Pecorino here giving a wine that is fresh, with round and a bit green fruit, green apple and pear in the palate, nice body and acidity, simple, straightforward but very enjoyable, rather short finish
White - Sweet/Dessert
2013 Umani Ronchi Maximo Marche IGT Italy, Marche, Marche IGT
90 points
Sauvignon Blanc, botrytis, 13%, served from 375ml bottle. Harvest in the 2nd half og November, 2-3 passes to complete the harvest, fermented for 2 months in inox tanks, 12 months oak tonneau, 220gr of sugar, pH 3.80, 8gr acidity.
Ripe apricot and peach, tin pineapple, some indian spice nuances, there is green pear element here as well. The palate is full, ripe apricot, peach, dried apricot, nice body and complexity, nice long finish flavored with dried apricot and soft oak notes. Outstanding quality
Red
2013 Umani Ronchi Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Jorio Italy, Abruzzi, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, higher intensity, red fruit, oak more upfront, shows again the sour/bitter note of the previous wines, chocolate, coffee and toast notes, tight palate, aggressive, not fruit in the palate, acetaldehyde in the med finish
White
2014 Umani Ronchi Le Busche Marche IGT Italy, Marche, Marche IGT
89 points
Verdicchio & Chardonnay in equal proportions, half aged in barrique and 500lt barrel. The nose is flinty (!), rounder than the previous wines, ripe fruit, more upfront on the almond, thin oak frame, ripe fruit, the palate is round as well, more oak in the palate than the nose, dried nuts, nice acidity and long mineral finish
White
2013 Umani Ronchi Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Casal di Serra Vecchie Vigne Italy, Marche, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore
89 points
Verdicchio del Castelli di Jesi, 12 months aged in steel, 6 months in bottle before release. I was told the grapes come from 40-50 yo vines. The palate shows great intensity compared to the nose, ripe green fruit with apple and pear more upfront, round, a nutty element as well, beautiful, med finish
White
2013 Umani Ronchi Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Riserva Plenio Italy, Marche, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico
89 points
70% inox and 30% fermented in 500lt for 18 months, green ripe apple, raw almond, in the palate equally green, complex, mineral, ripe apple, nice structure and acidity, med length
Red
2014 Umani Ronchi Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Podere Italy, Abruzzi, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
86 points
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo doc. Fresh red fruit, nice intensity with some reduction as well, soft tannins, red cherry and berry, round, easy to drink by the glass, short to med finish. Great price
Red
2015 Umani Ronchi Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Montipagano Italy, Abruzzi, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
84 points
Nice fresh and ripe red fruit in the nose, some red cherry and cinnamon, nice acidity, though the same reduction as the Podere 2014, only more upfront, there is a strange sour/bitter aroma. In the palate, the wine is round, soft red ripe fruit, a bit fuller than the Podere, a bit higher acidity and tannins, unripe red fruit finish
White - Sparkling
N.V. Umani Ronchi Extra Brut Italy, Abruzzi, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
88 points
Methodo classic, 80% Verdicchio and 20% Chardonnay, based on 2011 vintage. Clear in the nose, green fruit, lime and lemon, yeast notes, nice carbonation, some green fruit notes as well, nice structure but very complex, green apple in the med finish. A nice sparkling wine
White
2015 Garofoli Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Macrina Italy, Marche, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico
83 points
Verdicchio, soft and quite green in the nose, green and not quite ripe apple, the palate is rounder though, riper fruit, the SO2 kicks a bit, simple, almost indifferent
Red
2011 Michele Chiarlo Carpineto Farrito Italy, Piedmont, Vino da Tavola
88 points
95% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Sangiovese. Nice dense color and nose, rich ripe fruit, red and black fruit, green bell pepper, forest floor, tobacco, plums, fig, some dried fruit nuances, nutty, thin oak frame. The palate is the same as the nose, rich ripe fruit, med body and finish of dried fruit
Red
2011 Michele Chiarlo Barolo Tortoniano Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
88 points
Tighter and denser in the nose, darker fruit, nice chocolate and coffee notes, some leather and earthy bits too. The palate is nice, sweet cherry, high acidity, tighter still, coffee and strong oak influence, a small alcohol bite ruins the balance med body and finish
Red
2012 Michele Chiarlo Barbaresco Reyna Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
88 points
Nice nose filled with red cherry, leather, a small herbal touch, some chocolate and coffee notes, fine tannins, complex, subtle, easygoing, med finish, lack reals strength and feels a bit empty in the midpalate

Flight 4 - Day 4 (56 notes)

Red
2012 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva Coltassala Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG
92 points
Sangiovese with 5% Mamolo, 18 months in oak 30% of which is new. Rich dense fruit, black fruit, nice oak, sweet spice, in the palate is soft silky, nice tannins, same flavor profile as the nose, nice rich mouthfeel, med to long finish. Outstanding and excellent quality for price
Red
2014 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG
88 points
90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot, 12 months in 30hl oak.
Very nice and clear red cherry and berry, nice oak frame, good density, soft tannins, refreshing acidity, good body, balanced, med finish
Red
2007 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Il Puro Casanova Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG
90 points
Made from 25 clones of Sangiovese. High intensity of leather notes, ripe and dried red fruit, oak, sweet spice, nice body and mouthfeel, great concentration, soft, aged complexity
Red
2012 Castello di Volpaia Balifico Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
92 points
The nose is ultra-dense and rich, beautiful black fruit, ripe red and black cherry, nice oak frame, a touch of alcohol (14,5%) but not too aggressive with prunes and the end. The palate is equally rich, nice tannins, good body and concentration, a bit alcoholic but alright, beautiful oak, a bit drying with long finish. This needs time, but outstanding quality and a great way to end the Vinitaly fair.
Red
2013 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG
90 points
Sangiovese 24 months in oak. Beautiful dense fruit, ripe red cherry, berry, nice oak frame, vanilla, sweet spice too, while in the palate the wine is offering nice sweet spice, balance and rich mouthfeel, very nice ripe fruit and med to long finish
Red
2014 Passopisciaro Sicilia Contrada Chiappemacine Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
90 points
Limestone/volcanic soil at 500m altitude, the wine has a dense nose, ripe fruit with some spices as well, sweet nice oak, tight tannins but not aggressive, nice acidity, beautiful ripe red cherry, nice body. Outstanding
Red
2013 Passopisciaro Sicilia Franchetti Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
90 points
Petit Verdot at 900m altitude. Very dense nose, rich ripe fruit, more on the black berry side, ripe to almost dried plum, seductively rich profile. The palate is equally rich, dense, dominant black fruits, nice tannins, nice structure, plush, tannins that are still tight, nice long finish. Very interesting wine, very expensive (in Athens)
Red
2014 Passopisciaro Terre Siciliane Contrada Rampante Italy, Sicily, Terre Siciliane
92 points
Round red fruit, sweet spice, more aromatic than the rest, cinnamon, caramel, very sweet oak, while the palate is light, almost ethereal at first, red fruit, cherry and berry, tight tannins, still very fresh, med body and finish 92+
Red
2014 Passopisciaro Sicilia Contrada Sciaranuova Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
92 points
Red fruit and quite floral, sweet spices, sweet oak, the nose is rounder too. In the palate, the wine follows the same pattern, the fruit is sweeter, tight tannins, oak, sweet spices, very fresh but it feels it will become something great, tight and med to long finish. Outstanding
Red
2014 Passopisciaro Etna Contrada Guardiola Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC
91 points
Nice nose filled with red fruits and sweet spices, its more on the ripe strawberry rather than the cherries the previous had. The palate is dried, more herbal, red fruit, intense, alcohol bite, red cherry, berry, tight oak, long finish
Red
2014 Passopisciaro Sicilia Contrada Porcaria Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
91 points
650m altitude, dense nose, ripe fruit, red cherry and berry, cinnamon and nutmeg, ripe currant, very welcoming nose, the palate is equally nice, nice oak frame, tight tannins but nice, great concentration, long finish with a touch of alcohol. Outstanding
Red
2015 Di Majo Norante Sangiovese Terre degli Osci IGT Italy, Molise, Terre degli Osci IGT
88 points
Clean red cherry, berry, strawberry, sweet spice, thin oak layer, in the palate is equally soft, sweet ripe fruit and spice, nice structure, round with a bit of alcohol burn, med finish 88+
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2012 Di Majo Norante Molise Apianae Italy, Molise
89 points
Moscato del Molise, 14.50%, Passito with 15 yo vines, the grapes shrivel on the vines, malolactic in oak, 12 months in steel vats and then 6 months bottle ageing before release. Nice profile, overripe white fruit, tropical fruit, pineapple, apricot and peach, syrup, some spice notes, sweet oak. The palate is round, sweet ripe peach, tropical fruit, apricot, nice acidity, nice body and mouthfeel, not cloying, rosewater infused med finish
Red
2012 Di Majo Norante Molise Don Luigi Italy, Molise
Montepulciano 15yo vines, 12 months in oak and 6 months in bottle before release. The nose is a bit strange, high notes of red apple, red fruit, spicier, sweet but not too much. The palate is round, lacking complexity, quite tight, 14% alcohol, tight tannins, again high notes of red apple, med concentration and almost mineral finish
Red
2012 Di Majo Norante Aglianico Molise Biorganic Italy, Molise
88 points
Nice nose, ripe red fruit, clear red cherry and berry, nice tannins, med body and nice concentration, nice finish of ripe fruit
Red
2013 Di Majo Norante Aglianico Molise Contado Riserva Italy, Molise
88 points
Aglianico de Molise. The nose is nice and rich, a bit of alcohol burn, ripe red fruit and sweet spice, thin oak frame, feels tighter than the previous wines, the palate follows the same pattern, nice sweet fruit, ripe red and black fruit, tight tannins, thin oak, med body and finish
Red
2012 Di Majo Norante Biferno Ramitello Italy, Molise, Biferno
89 points
80% Montepulciano 20% Aglianico, 13.50%. The wine has a beautiful nose, dense red and black fruit, round and sweet oak, sweet spice, the palate is nice, round, soft, dense fruit, black fruit, nice texture, rich perfume, nice body and density, good med finish flavored with red ripe apple, plum and cherry
White
2013 Di Majo Norante Falanghina Molise Italy, Molise
88 points
Nice nose, rich sweet fruit, green and fresh, nice acidity, nice body, round, fresh med finish
White
2015 Conti Zecca Luna Salento IGT Italy, Puglia, Salento IGT
89 points
50% Chardonnay and 50% Malvasia that spent 6 months in new oak.
The oak is nicely integrated in the wine adding a nutty frame in an otherwise abundant ripe stone fruit. In the palate, the wine is rather rich but the SO2 is still quite evident, nice acidity and complexity, nice finish of ripe green apple
Red
2012 Conti Zecca Terra Italy, Puglia, Salento IGT
89 points
85% Aglianico, 15% Negroamaro, 14 months in 2nd use barrique and 12 months in 3000lt Austrian oak.
The wine shows a rich nose, expressive, with nice sweet spice and ripe fruit. The palate shows a rich profile again, alcohol again shows its face (14%), high intensity, med finish with tannins on the dry side.
White
2015 Conti Zecca Malvasia Bianca Malvasia di Salento Italy, Puglia, Salento IGT
88 points
The nose shows ripe fruit, pear, green fruit, round and fresh. In the palate, the wine is equally fresh, with nice body and finish.
Red
2012 Conti Zecca Negroamaro Italy, Puglia, Salento IGT
89 points
2 months in 3000lt oak barrels.
The nose shows rich ripe red fruit, sweet spice with nice oak frame. In the palate, the wine is round with nice tannins, a touch of alcohol (14%), high acidity, sweet fruit in a rather dry altogether finish.
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2014 Cantine Due Palme Canonico Salento IGT Italy, Puglia, Salento IGT
88 points
100% Negroamaro in oak for 4 months, Salento IGP.
Nice clean ripe red cherry and strawberry, almond, sweet spice, lacking complexity, straightforward, very easy to drink on its own
Red
2014 Cantine Due Palme Susumaniello Serre Salento IGT Italy, Puglia, Salento IGT
89 points
Salento IGP, 6 months in new French oak. Nice blackberry fruit in the nose, plums, old world wood traces, sweet palate due to ripeness of the fruit and possible alcohol (even though its only 13.50%), nice tannins if not a bit tight still, nice body, ends with red fruit infused med finish
White
2015 Cantine Due Palme Salice Salentino Bagnara Italy, Puglia, Salice Salentino
100%, Fiano Salento IGP, a bit more round fruit with pear and apple, nectarine, green freshness, the palate is round again, quite ripe, a bit greener in the palate than the nose, easy again to have on its own
Red
2011 Cantine Due Palme Primitivo Ettamiano Salento IGT Italy, Puglia, Salento IGT
89 points
9 months in American oak.
Very nice round ripe red cherry and strawberry, plums, nice oak frame, chocolate and coffee notes, very rich fruit in the palate as well, full, nice mouthfeel, med tannins and finish
White
2014 Cantine Due Palme Selvabianca Italy, Puglia, Salento IGT
100%,Vermentino Salento IGP, nice nose with green nuances of pear and apple, nice palate, round, soft mouthfeel, fresh and easy, good on its own
Red
2010 Cantine Due Palme Salice Salentino Selvarossa Terra Riserva Italy, Puglia, Salice Salentino
90% Negroamaro 10% Malvasia Nera. The nose is rich with ripe black fruit, some reduction too, but in the palate the wine gets better, rich and ripe, tannic with long finish
Red
2013 Cantine Due Palme 1943 Italy, Puglia, Salento IGT
90 points
Equal proportions of Primitivo and Aglianico (bottle number 3629), 1st vintage, 5000bottles
Very rich nose, full ripe red and black fruit and oaky, 15% alcohol kicks in quite a lot, high intensity of every particle with a long finish
White
2015 Cantine Polvanera Falanghina Puglia IGT Italy, Puglia, Puglia IGT
87 points
High intensity in the nose, rich, quite green still, dry, unripe lasting finish
Red
2012 Cantine Polvanera Primitivo Gioia del Colle 17 Vigneto Montevella Italy, Puglia, Gioia del Colle
90 points
15ha plot of 60-70yo vines, 2 years in steel tanks and 1 more in bottle. Very rich nose showing massive cherry and berry aromas, sweet spices, rich beautiful nose, while the palate is equally massive, again quite sweet, very ripe red cherry and berry, red apple, almost like apple-pie, rich silky tannins, nice body and complexity, med finish
Red
2009 Cantine Polvanera Aglianico Puglia IGT Italy, Puglia, Puglia IGT
89 points
2 years steel tanks and another 4 years in bottle before release. Ripe red cherry, berry plums, the palate is quite rich again, fine tannins, very fruity in the palate, a few cinnamon bits here and there, nice mouthfeel, med to long finish
Rosé
2015 Cantine Polvanera Rosato Puglia IGT Italy, Puglia, Puglia IGT
88 points
Aleatico (40%), Primitivo (30%), Aglianico (30%). Nice cherry color, same aromas of cherries and berries, round palate (5gr), ripe red cherry, a few tannins, nice body and acidity
White
2015 Cantine Polvanera Minutolo Puglia IGT Italy, Puglia, Puglia IGT
88 points
Nice aromas of green apple and pear, green freshness, 4gr of sugar which justifies the roundness of the palate, pear dominated palate, would be great on its own, straightforward, easy, short finish
Red
2014 Cantine Polvanera Primitivo Gioia del Colle Italy, Puglia, Gioia del Colle
88 points
15yo vines, 12 months in steel tanks. Nice red cherry and berry, prunes, nice sweetness, less tannins but fine, nice ripeness of fruit, med body and finish
White
2015 Cantine Polvanera Bianco d'Alessano Puglia IGT Italy, Puglia, Puglia IGT
88 points
In the nose the wine reminds you of the Falanghina, rounder and more reductive palate, yellow flesh fruit, nice acidity (iron rich soil)
Rosé - Sparkling
2014 Cantine Polvanera Brut Rosé Italy, Puglia, Puglia IGT
86 points
Primitivo harvested 2 weeks earlier, spent 12 months on yeast. Red cherry but not exactly ripe, nice acidity, 12 gr of sugar, red cherry in the palate, a bit tough, some tannins, med length aggressive finis
White
2012 La Spinetta (Rivetti) Langhe Sauvignon Blanc Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC
89 points
Quite forward pyrazine derived profile, spicy and green, its gets rounder with time in glass as the fruit gets more tropical. The palate is round again, flinty, green and tropical, with ripe pear infused med finish 89+
Red
2011 La Spinetta (Rivetti) Barbera d'Asti Cà di Pian Italy, Piedmont, Asti, Barbera d'Asti
84 points
100% Barbera offering ripe red fruit, some earthy notes, dried leaves and sweet oak, the palate is full, some medicinal off flavors there, aggressive, med tannins with short finish. I remember this one to be better
Red
2012 La Spinetta (Rivetti) Barbaresco Vürsù Vigneto Valeirano Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
90 points
Very impressive in the nose, earthy, red fruit, old world like, leathery, sweetness from the alcohol (14,5%). The palate is round, powerful tannins, dried red fruit, quite fresh but very promising, spice and coffee infused med to long finish.
Red
2012 La Spinetta (Rivetti) Barbera d'Asti Superiore (Bionzo) Italy, Piedmont, Asti, Barbera d'Asti Superiore
89 points
Vines 80-100yo. The nose is quite rich with lovely smoky barrel, the fruit is in the back, offering sweet ripe red fruit and spice. The palate is round, ripe red fruit, smoky oak again, full body, 14,5% alcohol that shows, ripe fruit again, red apple and cinnamon, powerful acidity, quite fresh with long finish
Red
2012 La Spinetta (Rivetti) Barolo Vigneto Garretti Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
91 points
Ripe red fruit, leather, earthy, some balsamic notes, beautiful sweet oak, dense nose. The palate follows the nose, dense, tight still, nice fruit and concentration, long finish
Red
2005 La Spinetta (Rivetti) Barbaresco Riserva Vürsù Vigneto Starderi Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
93 points
Served from magnum. Very dense and powerful nose, rich and concentrated, earthy with loads of red ripe fruit, coffee, fresh tobacco, almond. The palate is equally impressive, very rich with baskets of ripe red fruit, cinnamon, nice oak frame, earthy and leathery, still tight tannins, long finish. Outstanding
Red
2011 La Spinetta (Rivetti) Barbaresco Vigneto Bordini Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
87 points
Nice ripe red fruit, allspice, round nose though, the palate is equally round, red fruit again, dry tannins but the wine is still very young, some earthy notes as well, goes away rather fast.
Red
2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
88 points
The nose shows higher intensity than the Langhe but lacks clarity, red fruit and flowery notes. The palate feels fresh, showing red cherry and currant, nice tight tannins, nice mouthfeel and clear red cherry in the med to long finish. With the proper food, I guess you could drink it now, but better hold for 2-4 years. 88+
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2014 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC
88 points
Nice clean red fruit, flowery, some spice notes too, round in the palate, red fruit again, nice acidity, tight tannins, lacking serious complexity, med finish
Red
2012 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG
88 points
Dense nose, high intensity, red cherry and berry, light dried fruit after some time in the glass, cherries and currants, 14,5% alcohol that shows, oak quite evident, med body and density, med finish
Red
2008 Isole e Olena Syrah Collezione Privata Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
87 points
Steel fermented, 18 months in oak and then 3 more years in the bottle.
Sweet but also dense fruit, some tobacco and spice, quite toasty with black fruit as well. The palate is round, alcohol burn (14%), ripe fruit and fruit in alcohol, thin oak frame, lacks in concentration and finish.
Red
2009 Isole e Olena Syrah Collezione Privata Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
87 points
The fruit is brighter, black fruit, tobacco, a few flowery notes, the alcohol is evident again, lacks in body and concentration, short to medium black fruit finish, the oak is more upfront.
Red
2012 Isole e Olena Cepparello Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
90 points
The vines for this wine are 20-30yo. Nice sweet profile in the nose with ripe red cherries, berries with vanilla. In the palate, the wine follows the same pattern, ripe red fruit, powerful acidity, thin oak frame, med complexity, short to med finish, should be nice with a few years on its back
White - Sweet/Dessert
2006 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Vin Santo del Chianti Classico Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Vin Santo del Chianti Classico
91 points
Served from 375ml bottle, Malvasia-Trebbiano with 20% Sangiovese, small 100lt oak barrels for 7 years and then 1 year in the bottle, 130 gr/lt of sugar.
Beautiful honey like color, very rich in the nose, overripe apricot, peach, tin apricot, honey, syrup, candied walnut, nice frame, sweet spice. The palate is quite round, balanced, the profile the one from the nose, nice acidity, oak/nutty nuances, great mouthfeel, med to long coffee infused finish. Outstanding
White - Sparkling
N.V. Castello di Volpaia Bollicine di Nikà Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
Pinot noir wine, nice nose, red fruit in nose and palate, good acidity, citrus, red cherry, med finish
White - Sparkling
2009 Castello di Volpaia Spumante Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
Pappery off flavor, nice carbonation and refreshing acidity, good structure, citrusy profile
Red
2013 Isole e Olena Cabernet Sauvignon Collezione Privata Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
88 points
+5% Cabernet Franc in this one. The wine shows a nice beautiful nose, classic Cabernet Sauvignon, full of green bell pepper, toasted oak, tobacco, black berry and cherry. The palate is soft, nice tannins with a touch of alcohol, almost sweet in the palate, easy to drink, lacking in body, med finish filled with black fruit.
Red
2012 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Maestro Raro Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
92 points
Pure Cabernet Sauvingon here, offering dense red and black cherry and berry, some floral notes, nice oak frame, prunes, rich in the palate, dense black fruit again, quite full, rich but elegant oak work, extrovert, long finish, nice tight tannins, very fresh.
Red
2011 La Berta Sangiovese di Romagna Superiore Riserva Olmatello Italy, Emilia-Romagna, Sangiovese di Romagna
87 points
Ripe but dry red fruit, oak, herbs, the palate shows high acidity, red fruit with some vanilla notes, med body and finish

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