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New Italians

Tasters had a lot of fun and all of the wines were well appreciated last week. The first surprise was how much people really enjoyed the 2015 Gianni Gagliardo Favorita Fallegro.
June 21, 2017

On the other hand that’s what winemaker Stefano says is supposed to happen. The wine showed delicious flavors buoyed by the lightest sparkle. Aperitivo anyone?  The second white was completely different as the 2014 Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gigminano Fiore is a wine of contemplation. This showed a refined complexity and sophisticated palette. Both of these sold out and we had to re-order.

The 2012 Giacomo Vico Langhe Rosso led off the reds. This was simply made to be a very good everyday table wine and tasters agreed.  The Barbera in the blend provided much of the fruit while the Nebbiolo spiced things up. The 2015 Revelli Dogliani Superiore San Matteo showed tasters what great Dolcetto can be. The concentration and balance led to a lot of retasting on this one. Michael E., who has developed quite a liking for top Dolcetto in the past few years was suitably impressed.

The 2013 Dei Vino Nobile di Montepulciano came across as a classic Tuscan Sangiovese in its youth. The aromatics are still a bit closed yet all the components are clearly there. Then came the showstopper. The 2008 Castellucio Ronco dei Ciliegishowed beautiful aromatic complexity, rich complex flavors and a long youthful finish. That was in the bottle we opened at 4:00. We had another bottle that had been open a week and tasters were just amazed at how that showed.


2015 Gianni Gagliardo Favorita Fallegro:  Flowers, pear and a hint of sea salt. Pleasantly fresh.   Very Good Plus  18.99/bottle 17.09/mixed case 16.14/case


2014 Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gimignano Fiore:  Aromas of ripe fruit, flowers, tea, and saffron. Richly flavored and refined. Will also age well.  Very Good Plus to Excellent.  21/bottle 18.90/mixed case 17.85/case




2012 Giacomo Vico Langhe Rosso:  Plums, strawberries cherries with gentle tannins and spicy overtones. Very Good Plus  16.99/bottle 15.29/mixed case 14.44/case


2015 Revelli Dogliani SuperioreSan Matteo:   Aromas of red berry and anise. Rich cherry fruit and almonds with chewy tannins and vibrant acidity.  Excellent  32/bottle 28.80/mixed case 27.20/case


2013 Dei Vino Nobile de Montepulciano:   Cherries, balsam and spice. Rich flavors with great balance and structure.  Medium bodied with a long finish.  Excellent  30/bottle 27/mixed case 25.50/case


2008 Casteluccio Ronco dei Ciliegi:  Dramatic aromas of rich berry and spice. Meaty and smoky overtones. Full bodied with silky tannins and fresh acidity.  Excellent 27/bottle 24.30/mixed case 22.95/case


Special 6/21 New Italian case: Two bottles of each of the above for a special price of $248


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            - Peter Hemenway


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