Monthly Archives: November 2017

Poggio Lupo, Della Luna Merlot 2016

 

The wine estate Poggio Lupo is a young company founded from the dream of Massimo, Manuela and Marco Morgante.

The farm is located in the municipality of Allerona, in the province of Terni (Italy). The territory is characterized by the presence of clay-sandy soils comprising gray-blue clays, dating to the lower middle-sized pliocene. The vineyard stretches for about 32 hectares and is placed in a natural amphitheater with a south-eastern exposure that allows a great solar irradiation throughout the day.

The vineyard is made up of international varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Merlot Cabernet, Sauvignon and Petit verdot. The wines of Poggio Lupo derive from sustainable agriculture for a clientele attentive to the environmental issues in the search for products coming from a low impact agriculture and respectful of nature.

We tasted:

Della Luna Merlot 2016

It is a ruby red wine with purple shades. The olfactory bouquet features sweet spicy scents and red cherry and black berries. In the mouth is well balanced and of good persistence.

This wine is aged for 6 months in steel with batonnage on fine lees and for at least 3 months in bottle.

For the food pairing it is ideal with traditional Umbrian dishes like croutons with liver pans, salami, and semi-matured cheeses and with the stuffed cake (Capocollo, sausage, sausage and vegetables).

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Miolo Quinta do Seival Alvarinho, Brazilian wine with Portuguese essence

Label was the big winner in the category ‘Brancos de outras castas e cortes‘ in the Great Event Wines of Brazil

A wine with a Brazilian signature and Portuguese essence: Quinta do Seival Alvarinho is the first Alvarinho wine made in Brazil with one of the grapes icons of Portugal. The Miolo winery invested in its adaptation in the terroir of the Southern Campaign in Rio Grande do Sul, in order to extract unique characteristics and express the whole personality of a great wine.

The first vines of alvarinho were planted in 2003, in our vineyards in the Southern Campaign / RS. It is a liquid relic. It is a unique wine of a Portuguese variety very much in vogue, but still little cultivated in Brazil. The Quinta do Seival Alvarinho is a label that reminds us of our Portuguese heritage and the historical connections between the two countries “, summarizes Adriano Miolo, superintendent of the group.

Versatile and medium intensity aromatic, has notes of peach, mango and honey. Its straw-yellow color translates all the elegance of the wine, whose label is a re-reading of the baroque, artistic movement of great influence in the Portuguese aesthetics of the XVI to XVIII centuries.

The high quality of this white wine with Brazilian DNA and Portuguese soul has just been recognized in the Great Wine Tasting 2017. Among the hundreds of samples tasted the Quinta do Seival Alvarinho stood out as the great winner in the category “Brancos de outras castas e cortes” being one of the 30 winners of the competition, which reinforces its perfect adaptation to the terroir of the Campaign and the excellent work that Miolo has been developing with the caste.

In addition to the Quinta do Seival Alvarinho, 8 other Miolo wines elaborated in the Rio Grande do Sul projects won Gold Medals at the tasting: Miolo Millésime Brut 2012, Miolo Tempranillo Reserva 2015, Miolo Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Miolo Reserva Pinot Noir 2016, Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut Rosé, Miolo Cuvée Tradition Demi-Sec, Miolo Cuvée Giuseppe Chardonnay 2015 and Miolo Selection Pinot Grigio / Riesling 2016.

From the vineyards of the brand in the Valley of the São Francisco (BA) also received Gold Medals the sparkling Terranova Moscatel and Terranova Brut Rosé, and the red Testardi Syrah.

November flavors: the new olive oil by Tenuta di Trecciano

On the typical red clay soil, a medieval villa and 22 hectares of vineyards and olive groves this is Tenuta di Trecciano.

In the Chianti Senese 22 hectares of Vineyards and Olive groves, laying in a beautiful valley with the typical red clay soil. The territory is rich in ancient churches and castles, that represent an important heritage to be protected, and where man’s economic activity has been able to respect the natural environment.

Olive oil is an ever-present food on the tables of Italians and, just like wine, depending on the production areas, can be characterized by a wide variety of quality. To better and fully appreciate its value, it is important to know its origin and also how it is produced.

Tenuta di Trecciano let us discover olive oil, starting with its history and typical Tuscan olive varieties.

History
Source: http://www.olioextraverginetoscana.it

In all the Mediterranean basin civilizations, the olive tree has always been considered a sacred tree and the oil extracted from its fruits was used not only as food but also for religious and ritual purposes: Egyptians it considered it as a gift from the gods; through trade the Phoenicians help spread the production throughout various territories, calling it “liquid gold”; the Greeks and the Romans used it for medicinal purposes and as fuel in the votive lamps; the Jews used it to “flatter” their King, Christians have always used it in important rites. Olive oil represents one of the fundamental products of Mediterranean agriculture, of undeniable nutritional value for its chemical composition and organoleptic characteristics that are highlighted when using it as a dressing/seasoning.

Tuscan Olive varieties
Source: http://www.olioextraverginetoscana.it

Each oil is bound to its own territory, and thus is a synthesis of each native varietal of olive from which it is produced. There are hundreds of varieties of olives, for oil, for food or for both. They come in different shapes and sizes, each may be characterized by a different ratio between pulp and seed and therefore contain different quantities of oil, on average ranging between 10 to 16%. The trees’ productivity depends on several climatic and cultivation style factors, which also help determine the production in its two-year cycle.
Here at the Tenuta di Trecciano we cultivate the most typical Tuscan varieties: FrantoioMoraioloLeccino and Pendolino.

http://www.trecciano.it

Tenuta di Trinoro triumphs at Merano WineFestival

The Wine Hunter names Palazzi 2015 as Best Wine


The best wine at the Merano Wine Festival 2017, the prestigious wine show that attracts producers from Italy and across the globe, is Palazzi from Tenuta di Trinoro, the cult winery of so many wine-lovers.

Palazzi stood out from all the Platinum wines (over 95 points) that had been selected by The Wine Hunter Helmuth Köcher (award.winehunter.it) and which this year too included world-class wines such as Saffredi, Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia, Le Pergole Torte, D’Alceo, and Il Marroneto—to mention just few examples from Tuscany, Tenuta di Trinoro’s winegrowing region.

“I am extremely proud of this recognition, which is such a tribute to our interpretation of Merlot,” commented . “Here in the Val d’Orcia, in our clay-rich soils, this grape gives us a remarkably fleshy, deep wine.

“The 2015 growing year was essentially trouble-free, with rains coming regularly and at substantial intervals right up to November, allowing us to bring in exceptional-quality Merlot without any haste.”  

Today, the results are on full display in the bottle—if one can find one of the 3,700 produced.

The 2017 Vintage, the epitome of Bourgogne elegance

In 2017, everything came good for the Bourgogne winegrowing region in terms of both quality and quantity.

And after several years of harvests that suffered the whims of  the weather, 2017 has provided volumes set to satisfy the market, with wines that are already promising great things to  come from this elegant vin tage.

After spending the winter building up their strength, the vines profited fully from a very warm spring, with budburst
in early April ensuring a head start in terms of the growth cycle that was maintained right up to the harvest. The  plants progressed from  stage to stage free from hindrance, and by mid-June, were flowering before rapid fruit set.
An early vintage was confirmed.  During the summer, a few spells of heatwave alternated with more mixed weather.

However, ripening continued  at a good pace and by  the end of August, the first grapes were being picked, two weeks ahead of average. Harvesting  continued until mid-September as each plot reached peak maturity. The grapes were in exceptional health and required virtually no sorting. Everyone was very enthusiastic about this fabulous fruit, its peak ripeness, and the volumes produced. The only downside were a few areas hit by spring frosts, where yields were below norms.

Vinification went without a hitch and the mood was one of serenity for this vintage wh en the Bourgogne  winegrowing region returned to more habitual levels of quality and quantity.