Tag: Italy

Omina Romana Diana Nemorensis I 2017, Italy

This week’s #MerlotThursday is from Italy.

Dark ruby in color with medium plus intensity.

Fruity nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, light oak, spices, earth, herbs, light vegetables and dark coffee.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, plums, raspberries, wood, peppercorn, earth, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite and bitter herbs.

Medium length on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Bordeaux blend from Italy is nice and easy drinking.

Tangy and spicy with a nice mouthfeel. Fruit forward with mild complexity.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself or with food. I paired it with a gorgeous view of the lake.

I had this vintage before and this time it’s a little better. Is it the view?

A blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$35.

Ca’ d’Or Winery Franciacorta Brut Rosé Non Vintage DOCG, Italy

Pale salmon in color.

Light nose of citrus, lemons, yeast, raspberries, minerals and herbs.

Medium bodied with small bubbles and medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with citrus, limes, green apples, grapefruits, strawberries, spices, earth, bitter herbs, light vegetables and white pepper.

Nice tangy finish with tangy cranberries.

This is a nice sparkling Rosé from Italy. Tangy and easy drinking.

Needs 30 minutes to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle. A good quality wine.

A good pool wine and good with food. I paired it with Parmesan cheese on a baguette.

Made in the traditional method. Spent 30 months on its lees.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$20.

Castello d’Albola Chianti Classico 2006 DOCG, Italy

Ruby in color with a wide brick/ orange rim.

Fruity nose of cherries, ripen strawberries, light wood, vinaigrette, dark coffee, earth, forest floor, spices, black pepper and tobacco leaf. Nice nose.

Medium-bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, currants, barnyard, vegetables, dark chocolates, diet cola, earth, leather, tobacco leaf, spices, wood, light cloves, herbs and peppercorn.

Nice tangy finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This 14 year old Chianti Classico is still drinking very nicely. Nicely balanced with a nice soft mouthfeel.

A good food wine and even good by itself. Need is an hour of airtime to open up.

Paired very nicely with the double cream Brie cheese.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

Ruffino Modus Toscana 2005 IGT, Italy

Dark ruby in color with a brick rim.

On the nose black currants, blueberries, light wood, earth, forest floor, tobacco, vegetables, Mediterranean spices, wet leaves, coffee, black pepper, over ripen cherries, vinaigrette and leather.

Full-bodied, smooth and elegant, with medium acidity and fat legs.

Dry on the palate with stewed blackberries, ripped black currants, licorice, earth, wood, light vanilla, Mediterranean spices, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates and wet leaves.

Long tangy finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice surprise. This is a very tasty Italian Super Tuscan. Tastes very much like a 20 year old Cabernet based Bordeaux blend from California.

Over the hill by now, but very interesting with great complexity and a yummy mouthfeel. Spicy with lots of earth notes and vegetables.

Wine Enthusiasts 90 points.

Thank you Wendy for sharing.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$20 (current vintage).

Anna Maria Abbona Langhe Rosso Cadò DOC 1999, Langhe, Italy

Dark ruby in color with a wide light brick rim.

Powerful nose of blueberries, raspberries, pomegranates, black currants, wood, licorice, earth, Indian spices, vinaigrette, forest floor, wet leaves and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, cranberries, strawberries, wood, licorice, earth, spices, leather, smoke, bell pepper, herbs, coffee, forest floor, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This is an aged Barbera from Piedmont, Italy. At this point, it is showing great complexity both on the nose and on the palate.

This 21 year old is over the hill by now, but still drinkable, especially with food. Died after 2 hours of airtime. It is always enjoyable to try these old wines. I loved smelling on it for a long time.

Thank you Paul for sharing.

I paired it with cheeses and olives. Was especially nice with the Brie cheese.

Mostly Barbera grapes with a small portion of Dolcetto. Aged for 18 months in oak barrels.

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

Ca’ d’Or Winery Franciacorta Saten Brut Non Vintage DOCG, Italy

Pale lemon in color with a green hue.

Light nose of lemons, citrus, green apples, earth, light peaches, minerals and white pepper.

Medium plus in body with tiny bubbles and high acidity.

Dry on the palate with citrus, lemons, green apples, grapefruits, herbs, spices, peaches, minerals, salt, light yeast and white pepper.

Medium finish with tangy limes.

This is a nice surprise. A very enjoyable sparkling wine from Italy. Nicely balanced with bright acidity.

Showing mild complexity and better after 30 minutes of airtime. Tasty and enjoyable.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with soft and hard cheeses and crackers.

100% Chardonnay grapes Aged for 7 months in oak barrels, and then 30 months on its lees.

12% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$37.

Ca’ d’Or Winery Franciacorta Saten Brut Non Vintage DOCG, Italy

Pale lemon in color with a green hue.

Light nose of lemons, citrus, green apples, earth, light peaches, minerals and white pepper.

Medium plus in body with tiny bubbles and high acidity.

Dry on the palate with citrus, lemons, green apples, grapefruits, herbs, spices, peaches, minerals, salt, light yeast and white pepper.

Medium finish with tangy limes.

This is a nice surprise. A very enjoyable sparkling wine from Italy. Nicely balanced with bright acidity.

Showing mild complexity and better after 30 minutes of airtime. Tasty and enjoyable.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with soft and hard cheeses and crackers.

100% Chardonnay grapes Aged for 7 months in oak barrels, and then 30 months on its lees.

12% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$37.

Terra di Seta Assai Gran Selezione Chianti Classico 2012 DOCG, Italy

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Strong nose of blueberries, cherries, light oak, light vanilla, spices, licorice, tobacco, herbs, earth, light vinaigrette, eucalyptus and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, coffee, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, peppercorn, light vegetables, pencil lead, tobacco, black olives, earth and light vinaigrette.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 8 year old Sangiovese is drinking very nicely now. Way better than I expected. Not my usual drinker, but I really enjoyed it. Has a great nose that I can smell on for hours. Soft and warm, elegant and smooth.

Showing a great mouthfeel with nice complexity. A good quality wine that will age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

Needed 90 minutes to bring out the complexity and the structure, but good right out of the bottle, too.

Tasty and good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and olives. Delicious and interesting.

Aged for 24 months in French Oak barrels. 100% Sangiovese grapes were grown at 1,500 feet of elevation. Kosher. Not Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$50.

Omina Romana Diana Nemorensis I 2017, Italy

It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here’s a nice Italian Merlot blend.

Dark ruby in color with a red rim.

Pretty nose with blueberries, black cherries, earth, vegetables, leather, peppercorn, tobacco and dark chocolates.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, spices, light wood, tobacco, earth, herbs, dark coffee and peppercorn.

Nice length on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Merlot based Bordeaux blend from Italy. Fruit forward and easy drinking. A nice everyday wine that will pair nicely with food or just by itself.

Right out of the bottle, it feels like a new world wine. Only after 30 minutes of airtime it comes to itself. Better after an hour of airtime, when tannins and more structure come into place.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

Omina Romana Cabernet Franc 2015, Italy

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. This week it’s a nice Cabernet Franc from Italy.

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, red currants, cherries, raspberries, wood, licorice, spices, milk chocolates, bitter herbs, light tobacco and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, sweet cherries, toasted vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, oak and black pepper.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 5 year old Cab Franc is drinking very nicely now. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Good by itself, easy drinking and well-balanced.

Good right out of the bottle and gets more complexity as it opens up, around 30 minutes.

I paired it with cheeses and olives, by the pool.

100% Cabernet Franc grapes.

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.