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Issue 193, March 2020
Contents


Editorial    Summary of Editorial column
 The Sustainability of Wine
Wine, for over fifteen years now, has been continuously subject of debates and fads, and it apparently managed to pass unscathed through the events in which it has been involved in. A subject that seems to be suitable for… [more]



Wine Tasting    Summary of Wine Tasting column
 Contrasts of Locorotondo and Langhe Favorita
The color of Langhe Favorita
Two different wines in every aspect, from geographical to enological ones, bring in our glasses the contrasts of two equally different regions: Apulia and Piedmont… [more]
 Wines of the Month
Passito 2016, Assuli (Sicily, Italy)
Sicilia Perricone Furioso 2016, Passito 2016, Lessini Durello Riserva Dosaggio Zero Cuvée Augusto 2013, I Ferretti Rôl 2013, El Cencio 2016, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Firmus 2015, Alto Adige Terlano Sauvignon Blanc Winkl 2018… [more]


Events    Summary of Events column
 News



 Aquavitae
Islay Mist Blended Scotch Whisky Original Peated Blend, Macduff (Scotland, United Kingdom)
Review of Grappa, Distillates and Brandy, Islay Mist Blended Scotch Whisky Original Peated Blend… [more]
 Wine Guide Parade
December 2019… [more]



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The Sustainability of Wine


 Wine, for over fifteen years now, has been continuously subject of debates and fads, and it apparently managed to pass unscathed through the events in which it has been involved in. A subject that seems to be suitable for discussions of all kinds – not least, controversy and debates – anyone who has dealt with wine in the recent decades has witnessed the many social, productive, cultural and economic changes that have had as protagonist the beverage of Bacchus. Many times, it seems everyone is asking things not directly related to it or demanding wine to be this or that and, in spite of this, it is forced to suffer everything in order to satisfy the whims and fads of the moment. After all, when something reaches notoriety and becomes the dominant element in people's culture and customs, it inevitably becomes the object of praise and criticism, not least, requests and condemnations, guilty of who knows what ignominious guilt. The same would happen – undoubtedly – in case wheat gained the same popularity as wine. Everyone would be likely debating about the beauty of durum and common wheat, we would witness heated debates focused on the noble Triticum Durum and Triticum Aestivum, and then moving on to Triticum Monococcum and Dicoccum because today everyone is talking about them.


 

 Moreover, one of the topics on which we are lately debating is focused on two words in particular – sustainability and environment – and, of course, wine is clearly involved in these kinds of discussion. I want to be clear before proceeding further in order to avoid unnecessary misunderstandings. Talking about these issues is clearly wished and welcome, therefore it is essential there is greater attention from all kinds of society – civil and political – in every country in the world. The environmental changes that have affected the planet in recent decades warn us, in fact, it is necessary to become aware of man's activity, the damage it has produced as well as its consequences, highlight behaviors and speculations that clearly need to be changed. This is – trivially – the only planet that, at least for the moment, hosts us and allows life forms, as we know them, to progress and evolve. In this specific case, the ancient Latin adage mors tua, vita mea (your death, my life) does not seem to make much sense, as the death of others, although it may be distant and far, will sooner or later become inevitably ours too.

 When we talk about the environment, the association to sustainability is always implicit. In this sense, we mean the sustainable development of productive activities – industrial and agricultural – in order to make them compatible with the safeguarding and protection of the environment, as well as favoring the fair distribution of the resulting wealth. Sustainability also has the additional and noble goal of allowing the satisfaction of current needs without compromising those of future generations. The attention paid to these topics in recent years has introduced new forms of economy based on sustainable and environmentally friendly principles, generally defined as “green”. Wine, and with this the vine, have clearly undergone the effects of these “new trends” and wineries, especially in recent years, are trying to adopt more “sustainable” agricultural, viticultural and enological practices. What exactly are these practices is not exactly and always clear and, sometimes, in all frankness, they seem to be promotional operations with the aim of preserving or acquiring new market opportunities.

 In this sense, there would be nothing wrong: wineries undeniably are business companies and, as such, they need to make an economic profit from their work and commitment, both by consolidating the current results and trying to get new ones. This obviously does not mean profit is the only reason for any company, but it is certainly a fundamental factor in keeping a company healthy and productive. I also believe it is superfluous to underline that, in general terms, agricultural activities directly depend on the fate of the environment, especially the small ones, and are clearly aware it represents a heritage for them, certainly the most important one. For this reason, any agricultural company, and having a minimum of ethical and moral awareness, I would also add, intelligence, has a strong interest in keeping the environment in which they work to stay healthy and productive. The loss or any damage to the environment, in fact, produces, in the medium and long term, enormous economic loss to any agricultural enterprise, including those making wine.

 Sustainability associated to the world of wine, in general terms, does not seem to have the same impact on the environment which is recorded in other agricultural activities dedicated to intensive and speculative cultivation. If we consider, in fact, the average size of wineries, most of them are quite small compared to other agricultural companies dedicated to other crops and much more productive in quantitative terms and with vastly wider land acreages. Of course, everything is important for the common cause of sustainability of the environment, including wineries, either large or small. Again, it seems the attention is always paid in particular to wine, constantly asking it to be dressed according to the “fashions” of the moment, to follow any trendy topic and that crowd the quarrels fought with keyboard strokes. Organic, biodynamic, ancestral, natural, artisanal, young, indigenous, anarchist, carbonaro, traditional, typical and now also sustainable and respectful of the environment. In this list – I'm sure of this – I have certainly forgotten some adjectives that in recent years have been associated with wine and the many absolute enological truths.

 Environmental sustainability, of course, is a serious and important issue, both for an ethical and moral matter and for the existential interest of all, while pointing out “this environment” is the only one we have and in which we all live in. All of us are clearly involved and all – according to the limits of everyone's possibility and responsibility – are called to do our duty. Including wine, of course, and the figures involved in its expression, from the producer to the consumer. What needs to be done in order to create a “sustainable” wine, however, is not entirely clear. This is also because, so it seems to me, everyone believes they know exactly what a sustainable wine is, while opposing all those who do not believe in the same principle. It has already happened in the past – and will continue to happen – that the “schools of enological thought” face each other in a duel, strenuously fighting wars that no one has ever won, creating only opposing factions of religious dogmas evidently sacred and indisputable. Of course, a sustainable development respecting the environment is a topic that should concern everyone, especially seen as a duty towards future generations. Hoping – as often happens – it does not turn into an ideological war and in which the only ones to suffer the worst consequences are the environment and wine.

Antonello Biancalana



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Two different wines in every aspect, from geographical to enological ones, bring in our glasses the contrasts of two equally different regions: Apulia and Piedmont

 When one thinks about the viticulture of Apulia and Piedmont, the style of wine which is mainly associated with both regions is unequivocally red. As for Piedmont, the association with Nebbiolo and Barbera is evidently implicit: Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera d'Alba and d'Asti, wines produced with these grapes, are probably the most mentioned ones, although the list is much longer. The same consideration can obviously be made for Apulia, a region characterized – in the common enological imagination – for its red wines. Primitivo di Manduria, Salice Salentino Rosso, the many interpretations of Negroamaro represent, also in this case, a clearly reductive and limited list if compared with the variety of the enological production of Apulia. In both regions, however, the production of white wines is particularly active and – although in many cases they do not enjoy the reputation of the red wines produced in the respective regions – they play a very important and identifying role in both territories.

 The two wines we are going to pour into the glasses of this month's tasting by contrast are, in fact, two interesting representatives of the enology of the whites of Piedmont and Apulia, certainly among the best known. In fact, our tasting by contrast will have as protagonists Langhe Favorita –  representing Piedmont – and Locorotondo, among the best known white wines of Apulia. The two wines differ, in addition to their geographical origin, for their enological characteristics and, in particular, the composition of the grapes. In fact, it should be noted Langhe Favorita is generally a mono-varietal wine, that is, produced with only one grape, even if – it must be said – the production disciplinary allows the use of other white grapes grown in Piedmont. Locorotondo, on the other hand, is always produced with at least two different grapes and, according to the production disciplinary, it can also be added other indigenous white varieties of Apulia.

 

Locorotondo


 

 Locorotondo wines have been among the first whites of Apulia to be known outside the borders of this region and, for certain aspects and for a long time, they have represented – in the imagination of enthusiasts – the Apulian white wine par excellence. Locorotondo wines are classified as Denominazione d'Origine Controllata (DOC, Denomination of Controlled Origin) and the territories in which production is allowed is part of the provinces of Bari and Brindisi. Locorotondo represents a particular case in the viticultural and enological scenario of Apulia. In this area, in fact, only white berried grapes are grown and all the wines belonging to the DOC are white, including sparkling and sweet styles. A decidedly particular fact, considering the vocation and tradition of Apulia for the production of red and rosé wines. In the vineyards of Locorotondo, in fact, dominate Verdeca and Bianco d'Alessano, two indigenous white grape varieties of Apulia.

 These are not the only grapes found in the vineyards of this area, as the production disciplinary of Locorotondo also provides for the use of other white varieties allowed in Apulia. In particular, in Locorotondo – although the dominant part is represented by Verdeca and Bianco d'Alessano – we also find Bombino Bianco, Minutolo and Malvasia Bianca. As for the composition quotas, the production disciplinary provides for Verdeca for a minimum of 50% and Bianco d'Alessano for 35%. The remaining 15% can be completed with white berried grapes allowed in Apulia, such as those listed above. As for the two primary grapes of Locorotondo – Verdeca and Bianco d'Alessano – there are no certain information about their origin, however it is believed they are indigenous varieties of Apulia. Of the two, Verdeca is the most productive one, a characteristic making it preferred to the less productive Bianco d'Alessano. Given the enological characteristics of these two grapes – which make not excessively full-bodied wines – Locorotondo is generally vinified in inert containers.

 

Langhe Favorita

 The Langhe area – among the most important wine areas of Piedmont – is particularly known and famous for its red wines, in particular those produced with Nebbiolo and Barbera grapes. In this area, however, white berried grapes are also grown, varieties having a deep and important relationship with Langhe, just like the red ones. In fact, it should be noted, in addition to Favorita – the grape protagonist of this month's tasting by contrast – in the Langhe we also find other important white berried varieties, including Arneis, Nas-cetta and Rossese Bianco, as well as an important presence of international grapes. Favorita certainly is one of the best known white berried grapes of Langhe and Piedmont, a variety that has created an important link with this territory despite it is not exactly native to these lands. In fact, it should be noted Favorita is actually a Vermentino biotype even if in Piedmont there is a tendency to consider it as an autochthonous variety.

 It is believed this variety was introduced from Liguria and its presence in the Langhe territory has been known since the end of the 1600s. Favorita – despite the long presence in these lands – has experienced alternating events of notoriety and enological glory, and it was almost forgotten after the second half of the 1900s. In the past this variety was also appreciated as a table grape, thanks to the sweetness and compactness of its berries, characteristics that – it is believed – are the reason of its name, called the favorite grape, therefore ”Favorita”. Variety with good versatility and productivity, in the past, precisely in the early decades of the 1900s, Favorita was also used for the production of sparkling wines. In the Langhe area, Favorita is generally vinified in inert containers, in particular the steel tank, with the primary purpose of preserving and allowing the expression of its aromas as well as the gustatory finesse of which, the most typical and appreciated one, is acidity.

 

The Tasting


The color
of Langhe Favorita
The color of Langhe Favorita

 Before starting this month's tasting by contrast, let's proceed by choosing the two wines we will pour into our glasses. Getting the bottles that we will evaluate this month should be quite easy, in fact, finding wines belonging to these two denominations is decidedly simple. In both cases we will pay attention to the enological production techniques, by making sure the fermentation and aging have been carried out – both for Locorotondo and Langhe Favorita – in inert containers, preferably in steel tanks. We will also pay attention to the composition of the two wines. It should in fact be noted – as often happens for Italian denominations – mono-varietal wines, in our case, Langhe Favorita, provide for the use of a small quantity, generally 15%, of other varieties. We will therefore make sure the Piedmontese wine is produced exclusively with Favorita. As for Locorotondo, we will choose a bottle possibly produced with Verdeca and Bianco d'Alessano only. Both wines belong to the most recent vintage and are served at a temperature of 10 °C (50 °F) in tasting glasses.

 Let's pour the wines of our tasting by contrast into the respective glasses and begin the evaluation by examining their appearance. The first wine we consider is Locorotondo and, to do this, we tilt the glass over a white surface – for example a napkin or a sheet of paper – and look at the base. The Apulian wine presents itself to our eyes with a bright greenish yellow color, not particularly intense, and a very high transparency. Let's now observe the nuance of Locorotondo, always keeping the glass tilted over the white surface, paying our attention to the edge of the wine near the opening. The nuance confirms the color already observed at the base, that is, greenish yellow, decidedly pale and light. Let's now pass to the evaluation of the appearance of Langhe Favorita, by tilting the glass over the white surface. The color of the Piedmontese wine has a decidedly more intense and full hue, in which straw yellow and a high transparency are clearly seen. The nuance of Langhe Favorita, observed at the edge of the wine, towards the opening of the glass, reveals a greenish yellow hue.

 Locorotondo and Langhe Favorita express very different olfactory qualities to the nose. The reason, of course, must be found in the characteristics of the grapes used in their production and, not least, the peculiarities of the environmental and climatic conditions in the respective territories. Like already said, Locorotondo is mainly produced with Verdeca and Bianco d'Alessano, to which are often added Minutolo, Bombino Bianco and Malvasia Bianca. The dominant grapes of Locorotondo – Verdeca and Bianco d'Alessano – generally make wines with delicate and subtle aromas, albeit of good finesse, in which we mainly recognize sensations recalling white-fleshed fruits, such as apple, pear and sometimes hints of exotic fruit such as pineapple. The world of flowers in the Apulian wine is often represented by hawthorn and broom. The olfactory profile of Langhe Favorita is decidedly more intense and full, in which – in many aspects – the typical sensations of Vermentino are clearly recognized, of which, we should remember, the Piedmontese variety is a biotype. Also in this case dominate aromas recalling white-fleshed fruit, apple and pear, as well as yellow-fleshed fruit, for example plum and peach. We can also perceive hints of exotic fruit, also in this case frequently expressed by pineapple. The floral world is mainly represented by hawthorn, broom and acacia.

 Let's resume the tasting by contrast of this month and evaluate the olfactory profiles of Locorotondo and Langhe Favorita, starting – as in the previous phase – from the Apulian wine. By keeping the glass in vertical position and, without swirling, we proceed with the first smell in order to appreciate the opening of the wine, that is, the first aromas which are perceived from the glass. To the nose, the wine reveals medium intensity aromas reminiscent of apple, plum and hawthorn, delicate and of good finesse. Let's now swirl the glass, an operation allowing the development of the wine's aromas, and proceed with the second smell. The profile of Locorotondo is completed with pear and broom, often followed by peach, chamomile and a touch of exotic fruit in which we recognize the pineapple. Let's now pass to the olfactory evaluation of the Langhe Favorita and, by keeping the glass in vertical position and without swirling, we evaluate the opening of the Piedmontese white. From the glass we perceive intense aromas of apple, pear and plum, followed by a floral touch in which we recognize hawthorn. After having swirled the glass and performed the second smell, the profile of Langhe Favorita is completed with peach, broom, citrus fruits, acacia and, sometimes, hints of almond.

 Let's now pass to the gustatory evaluation of Locorotondo and Langhe Favorita, starting – just like in the previous phases – from the Apulian wine. The first characteristic we evaluate is the attack, that is the initial sensations perceived as soon as the wine is introduced into the mouth. Let's therefore take a sip of Locorotondo: we perceive an average structure and a good acidity, balanced by alcohol which is not however high. In the mouth we perceive the flavors of apple, plum and pear combined with the pleasing character of the wine, mainly expressed by the not so strong structure. Let's now pass to the gustatory evaluation of Langhe Favorita and, after having taken a sip, pay attention to its attack. In the mouth we can perceive the pleasing crispness of acidity and, compared to Locorotondo, we notice a much fuller structure and a higher alcohol intensity. In the mouth we perceive, clean and intense, flavors of apple, pear, plum and peach which are often followed by a pleasant hint of almond.

 Let's now proceed to the end of the tasting by contrast of this month and evaluate the sensations both wines leave in the mouth after swallowing, in particular the taste-olfactory persistence. The finish of Locorotondo confirms, even after swallowing, its moderate structure in which, however, we can continue to perceive the pleasing crispness given by acidity. The Apulian wine is characterized by a good persistence which allows the perception of the flavors of apple, plum and pear, as well as a hint of exotic fruit in which we can recognize pineapple. Let's move on to the evaluation of the final sensations of Langhe Favorita. The Piedmontese wine, just like the Apulian one, is characterized by a good taste-olfactory persistence, in which we can continue perceiving the flavors of apple, pear and peach, with a slight sensation in which can be recognized almond. Moreover, compared to Locorotondo, in Langhe Favorita we continue to perceive a fuller structure in addition to its pleasing acidity.

 



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Wines of the Month


 

Score legend

Fair    Pretty Good    Good
Very Good    Excellent
Wine that excels in its category Wine that excels in its category
Good value wine Good value wine
Prices are to be considered as indicative. Prices may vary according to the country
or the shop where wines are bought




Sicilia Perricone Furioso 2016, Assuli (Sicily, Italy)
Sicilia Perricone Furioso 2016
Assuli (Sicily, Italy)
Perricone
Price: € 23.00 Score: Wine that excels in its category

Intense ruby red and nuances of ruby red, little transparency.
Intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant, starts with hints of plum, black cherry and blueberry followed by aromas of violet, raspberry, blackberry, face powder, tobacco, chocolate, mace, pink pepper and vanilla.
Properly tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable.
Persistent finish with flavors of plum, black cherry and blueberry.
Aged in cask.
Broiled meat and barbecue, Stewed meat with mushrooms, Roasted meat, Cheese



Passito 2016, Assuli (Sicily, Italy)
Passito 2016
Assuli (Sicily, Italy)
Grillo
Price: € 28.00 - 50cl Score: Wine that excels in its category

Brilliant amber yellow and nuances of amber yellow, transparent.
Intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant, starts with hints of raisin, dried apricot and dried fig followed by aromas of candied fruits, citrus fruit peel, quince jam, honey, date, peach jam, lavender, lychee and almond.
Sweet and round attack, however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, pleasing roundness.
Persistent finish with flavors of raisin, dried apricot and dried fig.
8 months in steel tanks, 12 months in bottle.
Confectionery, Fruit and jam tarts, Hard cheese



Lugana Selva 2018, Selva Capuzza (Lombardy, Italy)
Lugana Selva 2018
Selva Capuzza (Lombardy, Italy)
Turbiana
Price: € 12.00 Score:

Intense straw yellow and nuances of greenish yellow, very transparent.
Intense, clean, pleasing and refined, starts with hints of apple, plum and citron followed by aromas of pear, hawthorn, broom, pineapple, peach, almond and mineral.
Crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable.
Persistent finish with flavors of apple, plum and citron.
Aged in steel tanks.
Pasta with fish, Sauteed fish, Sauteed white meat, Fried fish



Riviera del Garda Classico Rosso Superiore Mader 2015, Selva Capuzza (Lombardy, Italy)
Riviera del Garda Classico Rosso Superiore Mader 2015
Selva Capuzza (Lombardy, Italy)
Groppello (30%), Barbera (30%), Marzemino (30%), Sangiovese (10%)
Price: € 13.00 Score:

Intense ruby red and nuances of ruby red, little transparency.
Intense, clean, pleasing and refined, starts with hints of cherry, plum and blueberry followed by aromas of violet, blackberry, chocolate, tobacco, black pepper, vanilla and menthol.
Properly tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, pleasing crispness.
Persistent finish with flavors of cherry, plum and blueberry.
18 months in barrique.
Broiled meat and barbecue, Roasted meat, Stewed meat with mushrooms



Alto Adige Terlano Sauvignon Blanc Winkl 2018, Cantina Terlano (Alto Adige, Italy)
Alto Adige Terlano Sauvignon Blanc Winkl 2018
Cantina Terlano (Alto Adige, Italy)
Sauvignon Blanc
Price: € 15.30 Score: Wine that excels in its category

Pale straw yellow and nuances of straw yellow, very transparent.
Intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant, starts with hints of gooseberry, peach and nettle followed by aromas of elder flower, passion fruit, grapefruit, pineapple, apple, broom, pear and mineral.
Crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable.
Persistent finish with flavors of gooseberry, peach and passion fruit.
7 months in steel tanks and cask.
Risotto with fish and crustaceans, Vegetable soups, Dairy products, Sauteed crustaceans



Alto Adige Terlano Bianco Riserva Nova Domus 2017, Cantina Terlano (Alto Adige, Italy)
Alto Adige Terlano Bianco Riserva Nova Domus 2017
Cantina Terlano (Alto Adige, Italy)
Pinot Bianco (60%), Chardonnay (30%), Sauvignon Blanc (10%)
Price: € 23.20 Score: Wine that excels in its category

Intense straw yellow and nuances of straw yellow, very transparent.
Intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant, starts with hints of apple, plum and banana followed by aromas of pear, tangerine, passion fruit, grapefruit, melon, hawthorn, acacia, sage, mineral and hints of vanilla.
Crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, pleasing roundness.
Persistent finish with flavors of apple, tangerine and passion fruit.
12 months in cask.
Stuffed pasta with fish, Broiled fish, Roasted fish, Roasted white meat



Friuli Isonzo Friulano 2018, Luisa (Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy)
Friuli Isonzo Friulano 2018
Luisa (Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy)
Friulano
Price: € 18.30 Score:

Brilliant straw yellow and nuances of straw yellow, very transparent.
Intense, clean, pleasing and refined, starts with hints of apple, plum and pear followed by aromas of hawthorn, citrus fruits, pineapple, broom, almond and mineral.
Crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable.
Persistent finish with flavors of apple, plum and almond.
6 months in steel tanks, 2 months in bottle.
Pasta with fish, Sauteed fish, Broiled crustaceans, Dairy products



I Ferretti Rôl 2013, Luisa (Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy)
I Ferretti Rôl 2013
Luisa (Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy)
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso
Price: € 34.15 Score: Wine that excels in its category

Intense ruby red and nuances of garnet red, little transparency.
Intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant, starts with hints of black currant, plum and black cherry followed by aromas of violet, blueberry, cocoa, tobacco, leather, mace, thyme, licorice, vanilla and menthol.
Properly tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, pleasing roundness.
Persistent finish with flavors of black currant, black cherry and plum.
30 months in cask, 24 months in bottle.
Broiled meat and barbecue, Roasted meat, Stewed meat with mushrooms, Cheese



Soave Superiore Runcata 2017, Corte Giacobbe (Veneto, Italy)
Soave Superiore Runcata 2017
Corte Giacobbe (Veneto, Italy)
Garganega
Price: € 22.00 Score:

Pale straw yellow and nuances of straw yellow, very transparent.
Intense, clean, pleasing and refined, starts with hints of apple, peach and broom followed by aromas of pear, hawthorn, chamomile, plum, rosemary, sage and almond.
Crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable.
Persistent finish with flavors of apple, peach and pear.
12 months in cask, 8 months in bottle.
Pasta with fish and crustaceans, Sauteed fish, Mushroom soups, Sauteed white meat



Lessini Durello Riserva Dosaggio Zero Cuvée Augusto 2013, Corte Giacobbe (Veneto, Italy)
Lessini Durello Riserva Dosaggio Zero Cuvée Augusto 2013
Corte Giacobbe (Veneto, Italy)
Durella
Price: € 28.00 Score: Wine that excels in its category

Intense straw yellow and nuances of golden yellow, very transparent, fine and persistent perlage.
Intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant, starts with hints of apple, plum and bread crust followed by aromas of pear, grapefruit, hawthorn, broom, chamomile, yeast, kiwi, almond and mineral.
Effervescent and crisp attack, however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable.
Persistent finish with flavors of apple, plum and grapefruit.
The base wine is fermented and aged in cask and barrique. Refermented in bottle on its lees for at least 50 months.
Stuffed pasta with fish, Stewed fish with mushrooms, Roasted white meat



El Cencio 2016, Spada (Veneto, Italy)
El Cencio 2016
Spada (Veneto, Italy)
Corvinone (80%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%), Merlot (10%)
Price: € 22.00 Score: Wine that excels in its category

Brilliant ruby red and nuances of garnet red, little transparency.
Intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant, starts with hints of black cherry, black currant and blackberry followed by aromas of violet, blueberry, plum, raspberry, chocolate, tobacco, pink pepper, vanilla and menthol.
Properly tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, pleasing roundness.
Persistent finish with flavors of plum, black currant and blackberry.
Produced with dried Corvinone. 2 years in barrique.
Broiled meat and barbecue, Stewed and braised meat, Roasted meat, Hard cheese



Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Firmus 2015, Spada (Veneto, Italy)
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Firmus 2015
Spada (Veneto, Italy)
Corvina (45%), Corvinone (30%), Rondinella (20%), Molinara (5%)
Price: € 28.00 Score: Wine that excels in its category

Brilliant ruby red and nuances of garnet red, moderate transparency.
Intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant, starts with hints of blackberry, plum and dried violet followed by aromas of black cherry, blueberry, raspberry, tobacco, chocolate, cinnamon, mace, licorice, vanilla and menthol.
Properly tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, pleasing roundness.
Persistent finish with flavors of blackberry, plum and black cherry.
3 years in cask.
Game, Roasted meat, Stewed and braised meat, Hard cheese






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Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Firmus 2015, Spada (Veneto, Italy)
Islay Mist Blended Scotch Whisky Original Peated Blend
Macduff (Scotland, United Kingdom)
Distillate of Barley and Cereals
Price: € 16.50 - 70cl Score:

Brilliant amber yellow, crystalline.
Intense, clean, pleasing and refined with aromas of peat, cocoa, malt, vanilla and hazelnut with almost imperceptible alcohol pungency.
Intense flavors with perceptible alcohol pungency which tends to dissolve rapidly, pleasing roundness.
Persistent finish with flavors of peat, malt and cocoa.
8 years in cask.





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December 2019

The best 15 wines reviewed in our Guide and voted by DiWineTaste readers

Rank Wine, Producer Votes
1 Maremma Toscana Rosso Mandriolo 2018, Moris Farms 10283
2 Montefalco Sagrantino Collepiano 2015, Arnaldo Caprai 9693
3 Nebbiolo d'Alba Piadvenza 2014, Casavecchia 9622
4 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Balciana 2016, Sartarelli 9559
5 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico 2018, Sartarelli 9465
6 Anima Umbra Rosso 2017, Arnaldo Caprai 8997
7 Montefalco Rosso Vigna Flaminia-Maremmana 2017, Arnaldo Caprai 8959
8 Cuvée Secrète 2017, Arnaldo Caprai 8865
9 Morellino di Scansano Riserva 2016, Moris Farms 8629
10 Maremma Toscana Bianco Santa Chiara 2018, Moris Farms 8427
11 Anima Umbra Grechetto 2018, Arnaldo Caprai 8022
12 Morellino di Scansano 2017, Moris Farms 8002
13 Montefalco Rosso 2017, Arnaldo Caprai 7993
14 Maremma Toscana Rosato Rosamundi 2018, Moris Farms 7977
15 Etna Bianco 2018, Giovi 7973






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