Petresco 2009 from Le Cinciole… an igt based in san giovese grapes make in the hart of Chianti classico. A kind of riserva aged 5 years (like brunello). Just divine!
I due grandi enologi Roberto Cipresso (chitarra blues di Montalcino)e Axel Heinz (chitarra classica di Ornellaia) commenteranno con le note delle loro chitarre, e a parole, alcuni vini della zona. Una serata da non perdere, unica nel suo genere. Per gli amanti di vino e musica. Saranno poi posti in degustazione altri 8 vini delle terre degli etruschi, presentati dal gruppo di Carlo Zucchetti. Roberto Cipresso presentera’ nell’arco della serata i suoi libri. Un’evento che permettera’ agli appassionati di conoscere di persona questi due grandi attori del vino nel mondo, nel contesto magico del borgo di Mazzolla.
Two great enologists – Roberto Cipresso (coming with his blues guitar from Montalcino) and Axel Heinz (with his classical guitar from Ornellaia) – will comment on locally-produced wines with the strings of their guitars as well as their words. A unique and sensual commentary – and unforgettable experience not to be missed. An evening for lovers of music and wine. in addition to the local wines, 8 wines from the land of the Etruscans will also be tasted thanks to the participation of Carlo Zucchetti of Divino Etrusco. During the evening Roberto Cipresso will also present his innovative and evocative books on wine.
The event will be held at 9 pm on Tuesday June 18th in the wine-cellars of Villa Viti, in the magical hamlet of Mazzolla, just outside of Volterra. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to meet these two big-names in the Italian wine world as they bring musical creativity and improvisation to the tasting of wine. Divino indeed!
135 producers participated at Benvenuto Brunello this year. An impossible feat to try them all, but impossible to resist the temptation to at least try! In the beautiful setting of Palazzo Pieri and the courtyard of the museum, there were flowing rivers of one of the world’s most important wines, sipped and analyzed by journalists, sommeliers and importers of every ilk and origin.
The morning was spent with my friend Roberto Cipresso, one of Italy’s greatest enologists and philosophers on wine, bouncing along the dirt roads of his winery La Fiorita. A great way to clear the mind and prepare the soul for an afternoon dedicated to contemplating the latest vintages of Brunello di Montalcino and its pious cousin of lesser fame, Moscadello di Montalcino. I am in awe of the saintly vintners who still produce this delicious nectar…
The vintage of Brunello Annata on preview was 2008. I have to admit that it did not elicit an enthusiastic response from me, so I won’t dwell too long on it. For those, like myself, who love Sangiovese with great body, strong acidity and important tannins, the ’08 is just not for us. For a Brunello it is surprisingly ready-to-drink, heavily fruity, almost fluffy.
The Brunello Riserva available for the first time was the 2007, and here the tune changes. Still on a musical note, you could almost say that the Riserva ’07 is a shockingly harmonious mix of Chopin’s elegance and the intense rage of Heavy Metal. It is a vintage with an absolute elegance that is already discernible, and yet can easily be aged for decades.
I was particularly impressed by La Fiorita’s ’07 Riserva, produced in only 6,000 bottles. Other producers who continue to create standard-bearing vintages are Franco Pacenti of Canalicchio, La Togata and Mastrojanni. I really enjoyed Siro Pacenti’s ’07, and found La Gerla’s Riserva degli Angeli simply divine. Also of note were the ’07s of Canalicchio di Sopra and Caprili. An excellent year as well for Capanna, which produces what I consider to be Montalcino’s very best Moscadello, and for Agostina Piero, that indomitable woman who produces a Rosso di Montalcino that gives most Brunellos a run for their money.
Leaving behind the din & clatter of the tasting rooms, I went to visit my friends at Il Greppo, where we previewed the Rosso and the Brunello. Here the Brunello won out, but in my opinion the ’08 Biondi Santi is not a true Biondi Santi…. of high calibre, no doubt, but the acidity and power that Biondi-Santi lovers are used to simply weren’t there in this vintage. Those with palates that prefer ready wines and greater subtlety will be happy.
And to finish the day off with a bang, we visited my friend Giacomo Neri to try this year’s masterpieces. The ’08 Casanova di Neri Brunellos have their characteristic fruitiness and softness, and the Brunello Tenuta Nuova and Brunello Cerretalto both brought tears to my eyes. Divine. No other words can describe them. If God drank wine he would no doubt be a regular visitor to the cellar of Giacomo Neri.
After 3 hours of tasting the latest vintage of Chianti Classico (and some Riserva) at the Stazione Leopolda in Florence, it is really hard to decide which wine is better then another. What I can say is that the quality of Chianti Classico is finally very high for most wine producers. Highlights? Well…Le Porte di Vertine is simply superb. Terrabianca from Radda in Chianti is probably my favorite, and the Castello di Monsanto from Barberino Val d’Elsa is incredible… (this is one of the few times that I completely agree with Wine Spectator’s ratings…in particular for the Riserva 2008 from Castello di Monsanto).
Another very good wine is from Tenuta di Arceno, where Lawrence Cronin, the enologist, makes a very intense Chianti Classico.