Tag: Italian wine

InSerrata Indaco Rosato Toscana 2019 Tuscany, Italy




This week’s #MerlotThursday is an interesting Rosé from Italy.

Neon orange in color with a peachy hue.

Strong nose of over ripen citrus fruits, apples, spices, light vegetables, cherries and raspberries.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with apples, citrus, raspberries, ripe limes, almonds, bitter herbs, earth and vegetables.

Spicy finish with bitter herbs.

This is an elegant Merlot based Rosé from Tuscany.

Soft and smooth with a nice mouthfeel. Gets earthier once it opens up.

Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. Paired nicely with Brie cheese and fresh berries.

A blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Sangiovese. Organic.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$28.

Orsolani Casa di Vinicola Spanna Nebbiolo 1976, Piedmont, Italy

This 46 year old Nebbiolo from Piedmont, is still drinking nicely, although definitely past its peak.

Cherry in color with a wide reddish rim.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity.

Showing cherries, brine, raspberries, currants, plums, bacon, earth, vegetables, spices, tobacco leaf, light forest floor, must, black pepper and vinaigrette.

I didn’t decant it, which was a good idea, as it did not last longer than an hour.

Good by itself, and better with food. I paired it with carpaccio.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

85 points.

Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia 2003 Tuscany, Italy

Dark ruby in color with a wide red/brick rim.

Pretty nose of currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, herbs, light vegetables, pencil lead, light vinaigrette, olives, peppercorn, leather, tobacco leaf, earth and dark coffee.

Full bodied and elegant, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cooked black plums, ripen cherries, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, earth, light vanilla and black pepper.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Tuscany. Smooth with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

This 19 year old is Interesting and tasty. Not from the best vintage, but still very yummy, and at its peak right now.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 3 hours of airtime.

Robert Parker 92 points. Wine Enthusiasts 91 points.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 24 months in oak barrels (30% new).

14% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$350.

Inserrata Winery  Rosso Toscano Insieme 2019, Italy

It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby/ purple in color with a wide reddish rim.

Pretty nose of sweet cherries, raspberries, black plums, spices, light oak, earth, eucalyptus, light alcohol, tobacco leaf, herbs and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, spices, earth, dark chocolates, peppercorn, light wood, vegetables, herbs, tobacco leaf and light forest floor.

Long tangy finish with fine grained tannins and pomegranates.

This is a very tasty Merlot – Sangiovese blend from Tuscany.

Needs 90 minutes of air time to smooth out the tannins, and remove some of the alcohol.

This 3 year old shows nice complexity already, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 years.

A good food wine that I paired with cheeses and nuts. Paired nicely with the Brie cheese.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$25.

InSerrata Inusuale Bianco Toscano Sangiovese 2019 IGT, Italy




Pale lemon in color with a golden tint.

Earthy nose with citrus, limes, earth, minerals, green apples, bitter herbs and vegetables.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, earth and vegetables.

Tangy finish with limes and bitter almonds.

This is a nice and easy drinking white Sangiovese from Tuscany.

Refreshing and earthy. Good by itself and better with food.

I paired it with a cheese plate and had it by the lake.

A small production of only 6,680 bottles made. This is bottle number 3,785. Organic.

13% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$25.

Antonella Corda Cannonau di Sardegna 2019, Italy

Light ruby in color with a wide reddish/brick rim and light intensity.

Fruity nose of raspberries, strawberries, earth, herbs and spices.

Light to medium in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, cherries, spices, peppercorn, dark chocolates, earth and light vegetables.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is an interesting Grenache from Sardinia. Light and easy drinking. A good replacement to Pinot Noir.

A good quality wine. The high alcohol is well integrated.

Fruit forward right out of the bottle, and and gets earthier as it opens up (45 minutes).

A good food wine that I paired with cheeses and crackers.

15% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$25.

In Serrata Wines Inebriante Rosé Tuscany, Italy


A very pretty color of light salmon with an orange hue.

Nose of raspberries, citrus, limes, lemons, light earth and minerals.

Light to medium in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, spices, limes, light earth, green apples and white pepper.

Nice finish with limes and herbs.

This is a nice surprise. This Sangiovese Rosé from Tuscany is drinking very nicely. Refreshing, crisp and better when properly chilled.

Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Good by itself or with food. Easy drinking and good for parties.

Not bitter nor tart, which I liked.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Really enjoyed it.

13% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$26.

Montaribaldi Palazzina Barbaresco DOCG 2017, Italy


Reddish in color with medium intensity and a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of cherries, raspberries, strawberries, sweet spice, earth, light herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Very dry on the palate with sweet strawberries, cherries, raspberries, spices, earth, dark chocolates, black pepper and herbs.

Tangy finish with huge tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a young Barbaresco from Italy. Needs 3 to 5 years to mature, and calm down a bit.

Looks lighter than it feels.

Not an easy drinking wine right now, but some bottle time will fix all that.

A good quality wine that would continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

This 5 year old is a good food wine, that I paired with pizza.

Aged in new French oak barrels for 22 months. A small production of only only 10,000 bottles.

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$36.

La Spinetta Pin Monferrato Rosso 1998 Piedmont, Italy




Deep ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with red and black fruits, light oak, spices, chocolates, licorice, bitter vegetables, light forest floor, earth, light vinaigrette, tobacco and black pepper.

Huge grippy tannins on the finish, with tangy raspberries.

This is a very interesting blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Cabernet Sauvignon from Piedmont.

This 24 year old drinks very much like a young wine with huge tannins.

Very tasty now and needs an hour to open up. Showing great complexity at this point.

Good right out of the bottle, and better with food. After an hour of airtime this becomes a beast.

Feels like a 10 year old Super Tuscan. Feels very young and does not show its age at all. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Robert Parker 91 points.

A blend of 50% Nebbiolo, 30% Barbera, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged for 20 months in all new French oak barrels.

13% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$55.

Terra di Seta Pellegrini Della Seta Chianti Classico Riserva 2016, Italy




Dark purple/ ruby in color with a reddish rim and medium intensity.

Strong nose of cherries, red currants, bitter herbs, earth, vegetables, light thyme, wood, spices, black tea and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Very dry on the palate with currants, sour cherries, tangy strawberries, light oak, spices, earth, bitter herbs, tobacco leaf, bitter vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium finish with round tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This is a nice Italian Sangiovese.
Tangy and spicy. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Still young and would be better in 5 years. Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and bring the tannins to play. The high alcohol is nicely integrated, so watch out.

A good food wine that will pair nicely with pizza.

100% Sangiovese grapes were grown at 1,500 feet of elevation and aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. Kosher and not Mevushal.

15% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$35.