Italian night

Tasted October 4, 2017 by wineamateur with 169 views

Introduction

Tasted blind and, with the exception of the fizz, all from Italy

Flight 1 (9 notes)

White - Sparkling
1992 Chateau Beaux Hauts Pinot Meunier En Tirage Recently Disgorged USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
Others picked this immediately as in the classic blanc de noir style; the lack of bubbles after the initial fizz in the glass was suggestive of its age. A ripe, biscuity style but still fresh. Very enjoyable.
White
2012 Mastroberardino Fiano di Avellino More Maiorum Italy, Campania, Fiano di Avellino DOCG
Very appealing Fiano with a nice beeswax and mineral character, and a hint of honey
Red
2007 Ca' del Baio Barbaresco Marcarini Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
This had a lightness of touch and finesse that marked it out as Barbaresco, though made in a modern-ish style with a premium on dark stone fruits. Quite decadent but still with a most attractive freshness
Red
2000 Azienda Bricco Rocche (Ceretto) Barolo Prapò Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
flawed
Corked - damn it! Especially disappointing as it was the first of a case. There was enough fruit and structure, though, to give hope for other bottles
Red
2000 Elio Grasso Barolo Gavarini Chiniera Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
Super Barolo, at peak. The high altitude of the vineyard has, I think, helped this maintain its classic Grasso purity of fruit and freshness even in this relatively warm year. That, and the tar and roses, had me thinking La Morra rather than Monforte, but I can live with that in this case.
Red
2012 Alessandro e Gian Natale Fantino Laboro Dissubbediente Italy, Piedmont, Vino da Tavola
Actually, this had "Disobedient" in English on the label, but I presume it is the same wine. It's officially a vino da tavola (vino rosso) rather than a Barolo, but is reputedly declassified Riserva from the Dardi vineyard. This had the freshness of the 2012 vintage that I find so appealing, with fine tannins, and classic strawberries, roses and tar flavours on nose and palate. Structured but showing really well now.
Red
2013 Francesco Rinaldi e Figli Barolo Cannubi Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
Youthful but already showing beautiful Cannubi texture, combining richness with finesse
Red
2004 Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
flawed
Corked - damn it!
Red
2011 Frank Cornelissen MunJebel Rosso 8 MC Italy, Sicily, Terre Siciliane
A superb, really exciting wine, with vivid fruit bursting past the initial acetone aromas on the nose. Evolved gloriously over the course of an evening

Closing

The Cornelissen was probably WOTN, but pushed v close by the Grasso, with plenty of promise too from the Ca del Baio, Fantino and F Rinaldi offerings. Indeed all the unflawed bottles were really enjoyable. Just a shame we had two corked wines.

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