- Los Vinos y el Menú
- Información sobre los vinos
- Notas regionales
- Vinotables rating de los vinos
Jairo Sánchez, Alfonso Sánchez y Peter Scherer
TIPO : Blanco: Abierta. Rojos: Ciega
Mario Aguilar, Carlos Algandona, Orlando Mason, Italo Mikow, Carlos Paldao, Alfonso Sánchez, Jairo Sánchez, Peter Scherer
LOS VINOS Y EL MENÚ
Par esta esta degustación los presentadores han seleccionado vinos de distintas regiones de Italia con excepción de vino blanco (Riesling – Erótica de Chateau San Michelle de Columbia Valley en USA). Los tintos son un Cabernet Sauvignon de Toscana, una mezcla tipo Burdeos de la isla de Cerdeña y un vino de Calabria de corte entre Nerello Calabrese y Sangiovese.
- Ste. Michelle, Eroica, Riesling, 2012” (USA)
- Nerone di Calabria, Crisera, Nerone 2010 (Calabria)
- Castello Monsanto, Nemo, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 (Toscana)
- Isola dei Nuraghi, S’Irai, Pala, Cannonau Blend 2008 (Cerdeñna)
- Calamares a la Plancha con salsa picante (media)
- Ensalada Verde con salsa vinagreta liviana y balsámico
- Pasta con salsa de hongos y queso
- Carne asada a la parrilla con zucchini braseado
- Postre o café
INFORMACIÓN SOBRE LOS VINOS
(All information obtained and condensed from several Internet articles)
Ste. Michelle, Eroica, Riesling, 2012” (USA)
The Washington Post (Dave McIntire) gave Eroica a three star exceptional rating, along with Poet’s Leap, which I had presented during our most recent Riesling tasting. David opines that the original partnership between Ste. Michelle — not only WA largest winery but also the world’s largest Riesling producer – and famed Mosel producer Ernst Loosen is a reliably delicious example of New World Riesling. Compared with the Poet’s Leap, it is a tad sweeter (but by no means a sweet wine; Riesling fans will understand that subtle distinction) But it shows classic fruit flavors of apricot and peach I also has beguiling subtlety that kept drawing me back to the glass.
Alcohol:11% ; Price: $TBA
“The best Eroicas glide across the palate with a drive informed by lime zest and apple, all held by a mineral tether. This 2012 by contrast, while not lacking for energy, lingers beautifully, its scents going more the route of grapefruit and apple, the flavors weightier, the hint of petrol giving the wine intensity, length, even gravitas. ”
94 PointsWine & Spirits
“Sweet and mouth-filling with a racy acidity that balances this botrytis-enhanced wine beautifully; juicy with lovely flavors and a long finish; a collaboration between Ste. Michelle and Ernst Loosen. ”
93 PointsTasting Panel
“And last of the whites and one of the top Rieslings I was able to taste from Washington, the 2012 Riesling Eroica offers up racy, well-defined aromas and flavors of star fruit, citrus rind, green apple and edgy minerality on the nose. Medium-bodied, off-dry through the mid-palate and clean and fresh on the finish, it’s a delicious, textbook Riesling that would be a prefect meal starter or to pair up with spicier fare.”
91 PointsThe Wine Advocate
Nerone di Calabria, Crisera, Nerone 2010 (Calabria)
(Taken from the Crserá web page.) Winery associated with Ecostrada of Wine and taste of the Costa Viola. The term Costa Viola originates from Platone (Plato) who, navigating round the coast of Calabria, was struck by the various shades of purple on this extraordinary landscape at sunset. Purple is also the colour of the grape, over the centuries, from this strip of land which is cultivated by the so-called practice of heroic viticulture. This term originates from the morphology of the territory, steep and hanging above the sea and along which the populations were induced to build armaciere, dry stone walls which allowed on one hand to hold the soil from landslide, while on the other create the ideal terraces to cultivate the grapevines.
L’ARMACIA, ONE OF “VINI ESTREMI”
The Costa Viola is the only area in Calabria that is counted by CERVIM di Aosta (centre of research and studies for the development of mountain viticulture) amongst the terraced areas where viticulture is practised on steep slopes or mountains. The centuries-old stone walls along the 20km stretch of Reggio Calabria’s Costa Viola (estimated to be about 4,000km of walls) have seen generations of “heroic winemakers” operate in extreme conditions due to the orographic nature of the territory with slopes greater than 100% and prohibitive costs in terms of working hours and manpower.
The Winery: You can read more and see impressive pictures at Crisera
The Wine. This wine is made from vines planted on the steep and of sunny Calabrian hills (about 600-800 mts high) and late harvested so to get the highest aromatic concentration. Produced according to the old fashion Light pressing of whole cluster, static clearing, maceration for 48 hours. After the fermentation in small oak butts, the wine spends 14 months in the steel tank with continue batonnage, and other 6 months in bottle before being released to the market.
With this process we obtain a wine with alcoholic strength of about 14%, an overall acidity of 7 grams per litre, a 3.3 pH, and very low volatile acidity of 0.4 grams per liter. Deep ruby color hard transparency observed better with hard reflected light, with elegant, noble and compact tannins. Oxygenation brings persistent and very spicy wine flavors.
The “Nerone di Calabria challenges trained palates satisfying them in full, specially when matched with red meat, grilled food- either spiced or not- gravies, cold cuts and ripe cheeses. Serve chill less than 15º centigrade (60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit).
“Deep and intense dark red ruby almost opaque unless looked at against the light. Intense and elegant tannins and elaborated to please demanding palates. Spicy aromas enhanced by decanting that also brings up intensity and depth. ideal for red meats, fungi, salami and cheeses”.
The Grape. Nerello Grape – Nerello Cappuccio and Nerello Mascalese. The two varieties often grow side-by-side, most commonly in the volcanic soils around Mount Etna (for Etna DOC wines) and on the La Piana di Catania plain just to the south. At the very northeastern tip of Sicily (where the island comes within a mile or two of mainland Italy) the pair are again found together in the hills above the port of Messina. Here they are grown for use in the powerful, yet graceful, red wines sold under the Faro DOC title. Across the Strait of Messina in Calabria, a number of little-known DOCs permit the blend in their red wines. Among these are Lamezia, Sant’Anna di Isola Capo Rizzuto and Savuto.
Both Nerello Cappuccio and Nerello Mascalese can be produced as varietal wines, but they are more commonly blended together to combine their relative merits. Sometimes these blends are boosted significantly with judicious addition of Nero d’Avola, Sicily’s most popular wine grape variety (which sometimes goes by the synonym Nerello Calabrese). Nerello Mascalese is typically the dominant partner in the blend (50-60 percent of the Faro blend and 80 percent of the Etna blend), and is widely regarded as the superior variety of the pair.
Both forms of Nerello are late-ripening, with berries high in both tannin and acids – two key prerequisites for wine intended for aging. Nerello Mascalese has thicker skins than Nerello Cappuccio, and consequently produces wines with higher levels of tannin. Its fruit character tends toward the darker end of the spectrum, making it the more “serious” of the two. Nerello Cappuccio might be viewed as slightly more “feminine”, with its intense, lifted perfume and an elegant touch and clearly defined acidity.
Wines made from the two Nerellos in combination tend to have savory, earthy flavors, which have earned them a reputation as being slightly Burgundian. This combines with a heady perfume – more Piedmontese than Burgundian – of red cherries and roses.
Alcohol 14%; Price: $TBA
Experts Ratings: .
Critical Acclaim. Sommelier Journal. Comparatively light bodied, with hints of raspberry, strawberry, and lemon-lime soda. Enjoyable, and you don’t need a steak to match it.
Rating: Not available
Castello Monsanto, Nemo, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 (Toscana)
Parker’s WA gave the wine a 94 point rating. It opined that it is a plump, engaging wine loaded with ripe dark fruit. It shows awesome richness and an elegant, refined personalty, even if what comes through is more vineyard character than varietal expression. With air and food, this wine could be enjoyed today, although it is best left alone in the cellar for at lest a few years. The use of oak is much more harmonious than the II Poggio. This is a stunning wine, not to mention one on the top wines from Tuscany in 2003. It sounds like I was blown away by this wine, I was. Though not inexpensive in absolute terms, I would have been pressed to name another Tuscan wine the delivers this level of quality and pure drinking pleasure for the money. Anticipated maturity : 2010-2028.
The comparison with Chianti Classico Riserva II Poggio, a highly rated Sangiovese crafted by the same Castello di Monsanto winery, derives from a tasting organized by Wine Advocate. In this tasting, Nemo, a pure single-vineyard cab, had also outpointed Tignanello, Solaia and Sassicaia. 2003 has been considered jaw dropping, by those who profess to know. Participants agreed that “sugars were historically high, but more surprisingly, acids remained bright and vibrant”.
Alcohol 13.8 %; Price: $TBA
Experts Ratings: International Wine review gave this wine 91 pts.; WA 94 pts.
Isola dei Nuraghi, S’Irai, Pala, Cannonau Blend 2008 (Cerdeña)
The Appellation :Isola dei Nuraghi IGT is the main IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) title used on the Italian island of Sardinia. While most of Sardinia’s 15 IGT titles cover specific valleys and traditional wine-growing areas, Isola dei Nuraghi covers the entire Sardegna administrative region. This includes not just the main island but also the smaller islands that lie off the Sardinian coast (the most significant of which are Sant’Antioco and San Pietro, off the island’s south-western corner). Sardinia’s wine industry is small and most wineries are small and located on the western side of the island. Its wines are quite different from the rest of Italy and the varieties used are mostly those prevalent in South Eastern Spain and South France this are used to produce mostly blends that can include some native little known grapes. Carignan, Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon are widely used. Other varieties include Cannonau, Giro, Malvasia, Monica, Moscato, Nasco, Nuragus, Semidano and Vermentino.
The Wine. This wine is blend of Garnacha and Carignena and is an example of the heavy influence of Spain and South France on the styles and varieties used in Sardinia. Hence it may resemble to wine drinkers to the wines of Catalonia or South Rhone.
Alcohol: %; Price: $TBA
Expert ratings: WE 90 pts.
REGIONAL NOTES (TBA)
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