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Tasting #39 – September 22, 2014 13:00 hs  – Wines of Abruzzo, Lazio, and Sardegna – Capri Restaurant – McLean VA

 

CONTENIDO

  • I   –    Presentadores
  • II  –    Participantes
  • III –    Los Vinos y el Menú
  • IV –    Información sobre los vinos
  • V  –    Notas regionales
  • VI –    Vinotables rating de los vinos
I.     Presentadores:
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Mario Aguilar, Orlando Mason y Cecilio-Augusto Berndsen
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II.    Participantes:  (as of September 19, 2014)
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Mario Aguilar, Orlando Mason, Cecilio-Augusto Berndsen, Alfonso Sanchez, Jairo Sanchez, Juan Luis Colaiacovo y Orlando Reos.
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III.    Los Vinos y el Menú
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Los vinos que presentaremos son:
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  1.  Podere Castorani – Riserva 2009, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
  2.  Montiano 2001 – Montefiascone, Lazio
  3.  Stellato Vermentino Pala- 2011, Sardegna
  4.  Viniola Riserva 2010 – Cannonau di Sardegna
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El Menú:
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  1. Rockfish grillé con pure de berenjena
  2. Spaghetti con ragu y salchicha – raspaduras de queso provolone
  3. Ensalada mixta
  4. Medallones de filete con zucchini, zanahoria y otras legumbres, en salsa de hongos.
IV.  Información sobre los Vinos
Wines from Italy purchased at MacArthur Liquor

1. 2009 Podere Castorani – Riserva. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. APV 14%. from $30 to $40

Podere CastoraniPresenta un rosso rubino con riflessi violacei, con intensi sentori di frutti bosco e liquirizia e leggere note di vaniglia, cioccolata e rosa appassita. Il sapore è pieno ed avvolgente con tannini setosi ed eleganti. Retrogusto di frutta matura, tabacco e con note balsamiche.  from vinepoint.com.it

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Ha vinto i premi più importanti delle guide Duemilavini e Gambero Rosso: 5 grappoli e 3 bicchieri. Alla vista colora il calice di un intenso color rosso rubino, impenetrabile e impreziosita da nuances viola. Il profumo speziato, le note di piccoli frutti di bosco, di liquirizia, i leggeri sentori di vaniglia, cioccolato e rosa appassita caratterizzano il bouquet olfattivo di questa speciale riserva. Il palato é pieno ed avvolgente, con tannini setosi ed eleganti che rendono il retrogusto lungo e persistente che lasciano in bocca note balsamiche e di tabacco. ll Montepulciano è ottimo con piatti molto saporiti come le lasagne abruzzesi oppure con polpette e in genere, tutte le paste fresche per cui l’Abruzzo è famoso. Quello di cui bisogna tener conto in questo caso è la grande acidità, che caratterizza questo vino e che gli permette di contrastare qualsiasi sugo di pomodoro o comunque a base acida. from Saldiprivati.com

Wine-Searcher appraisal: 92/100
Participants Rating: 88/100
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2.  2001  Montiano – S. Pietro, Montefiascone, Lazio.  Merlot  APV 13.5%  or  14%, $53  € 25.

 

 

montiano_laziofrom suzieandpeter.com:      Montiano Merlot, IGT Lazio 2007, Falesco, 14% (Montecchio (Terni), Umbria; Production = 55,000 bottles) – Ubiquitous Italian winemaking consultant Riccardo Cotarella was in fine fettle, proclaiming he’s “never been a believer in boundaries as far as quality goes”, lambasting Italians for promoting varieties over terroir, and saying he particularly enjoyed this wine, “not for the profits it’s given us but for what it’s proven about areas that were previously considered inauspicious”. For this project, Merlot was grafted over Trebbiano in an area near Lake Bolzano (Cotarella: “the traditional wine here was nothing special”). And the results are impressive, an elegant red, pleasantly filigree in texture and refined in structure. Savoury, old-world style with some creamy oak and gently raisined fruit. Ripe fruit, fine sinewy tannins: in Susie’s words, a stylish rendition of Merlot that is beautifully savoury/sweet. 7.5/10

from DoctoWine.it       Falesco is a small miracle in northern Lazio, in the volcanic area near Lake Bolsena where traditionally wines were made for quantity and not quality (a local wine is Est! Est!! Est!!! that today is more famous for the history of its name than the wine). The region does not have a great variety of indigenous grapes, especially for red ones. For this reason the Cotarella brothers planted international grapes although they still grow local ones like Roscetto. Falesco is a very well-made Mediterranean Merlot. It has a fruity nose with raspberry, wild strawberry, black plums and touches of sweet spice. The mouthfeel is broad and the tannins, while present, are not aggressive. A nice, distinctly fruity finish.

Acclaim:  Wine Searcher and Wine Spectator: 90/100, Gambero Rosso 3/3

Participants rating: 88/100

 
 

3.  2011 Pala Stellato Vermentino di Sardegna,     APV 14% $31

Stellato_Vermentinofrom Wine Enthusiast:      Stellato is the quintessential seafood wine that opens with yellow flower, citrus, pear and apple aromas. There’s a grassy accent of dried hay at the back, and the wine is crisp and bright in the mouth.

from winereviewonline   (This is on the 2006 vintage) –  The first impression is an exhilarating aroma mingling both floral and mineral/wet stone fragrances, followed by a bright constellation of fruit flavors balanced by crisp acidity (Stellato translates as ‘full of stars’).  The wine can age beautifully for at least five years, taking on a more honeyed aspect as it evolves. 89  Marguerite Thomas May 8, 2007

Acclaim: Wine Enthusiast 87/100
Participants rating: 90/100
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4.   2010 Cantina Dorgali ‘Viniola’ Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva.  Blend: Cannonau (Grenache) 95% and Rebsorten 5%.   Sardinia, Italy.   APV  14%     $22

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viniola_cannonauFrom the various Cannonau, all top quality, that were submitted this time, the Viniola stands out, a Riserva ’10 with intense notes of crisp, red fruit, but also hints of eucalyptus and myrtle. Delicate and graceful on the palate, a hint of tannin melts into the matter and blowing the wine in a satisfying finale. Three glasses. ” (Gambero Rosso 2014).

Participants rating: 88/100

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V.   –   Notas Regionales

Abruzzo

abruzzo_map (from Winesearcher.com)    Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is one of Italy’s most famous wines, and can be found on wine store shelves all around the world. This classic, well-rounded, plum-scented Italian red is made from Montepulciano grapes grown in the Abruzzo region, on Italy’s Adriatic coast. It is quite distinct from Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which is a Sangiovese-based wine from Tuscany.The Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC title was created in 1968, and covers a vast area of eastern Abruzzo. It spans all 75 miles (120km) of Abruzzo’s coast …more

Abruzzo is a region on the east (Adriatic) coast of central Italy, situated halfway up the ‘boot’. Its immediate neighbors are Marche to the north, Lazio to the west and south-west and Molise to the s…more

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Lazio

Lazio

Lazio

 Lazio IGT is the region-wide IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) title used for the Lazio region of western central Italy. It is in fact one of six IGTs used in Lazio, but is the by far the most widely used – largely because it covers the entire region

 

Wines produced under the Lazio IGT title may be red, white or rosé in color, and still, sparkling, sweet or dry in style. The sweet wines are even sub-categorized down into passito (from dried grapes) and vendemmia tardiva (from late-harvest grapes). Merlot-based red is the predominant style produced under this title, but there are few strong patter …more

Lazio is a region in central Italy, and home to the ancient capital city of Rome. Like many Italian wine regions, Lazio’s vine heritage is ancient. Its first inhabitants were the Etruscans, though it was the Latins who gave the area its original name Latium. The Romans brought the region into another era by improving trade and agriculture, although after the collapse of the Roman Empire the land was neglected. Only in the 1870s, when Rome became the capital of Italy,…more

 

Sardinia

 

Sardinia

Sardinia

Sardinia, 150 miles (240km) off the west coast of mainland Italy, is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Covering roughly 9,300 square miles, it is almost three times the size of French-owned Corsica, its immediate neighbor to the north, and only marginally smaller than Italy’s other island region, …more

 

VI  –   Vinotables rating de los vinos

To be posted

 

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