Monthly Archives: January 2018

I veroni, Chianti Rufina Riserva Quona

The name I Veroni is derived from the wide terraces surrounding the farm where many years ago tobacco leaf and grain from the Arno valley was dried.  For some time, Lorenzo Mariani, the dedicated winemaker of the I Veroni vineyard in Chianti Rufina, near Florence, had been thinking about developing his wines and giving them new impetus. The new labels were presented for the two most famous wines of the farm, Chianti Rufina and Chianti Rufina Reserve. Both wines are now produced exclusively from the grapes of a single vineyard and are named after the origin.

Today the farm which lies in the Pontassieve Hills (240-280 meters), spreads over 50 hectares and is close to the church of S.Martino a Quona. The vineyards cover 15 hectares and 20 hectares are planted with olives.

I Veroni now has a dynamic range of 3 distinct Chianti Rufina wines which are true to the authentic character of the Sangiovese- Rufina tradition and 4 IGT wines : two red wines , a Rose’ and White blend .

We tasted: Chianti Rufina Riserva Quona 2014 DOCG

I Veroni Chianti Rufina Reserve is produced with a long fermentation with only selected Sangiovese , this wine is aged in French oak barrels of 500 litres for 16-18 months before being bottled and stored for a further period of 8-10 months.

On the nose has hints of black fruits, ripe red fruit, spicy aromas, notes of tobacco and a limited presence of oak. The palate is full and velvety, with a well-integrated tannic component, long in the finish. Ideal in paring with pasta and risotto with meat sauces, red meat and seasoned cheese.

 

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Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Silvio Nardi

We are in the picturesque town of Montalcino which still preserves its charm as an ancient medieval village. At the beginning of the 20th century, Montalcino was no more than a tranquil village of the Tuscan countryside: a few houses, shops and vineyards. The terrains of the Tenute Silvio Nardi have shared in the history this area.

The Tenuta is composed by Two estates, two slopes, West and East eight plots, several terroirs…
The finesse and identity that Sangiovese grosso expresses in each vineyard of the two estates, so different in their soils and climates, are undeniable.

Manachiara, exposed to the east where sun rises, offers full bodied and powerful wines.
Casale del Bosco, in the west side where sun goes down, offers elegant and complex wines.

We tasted: Brunello di Montalcino 2012

This Brunello composed of 100% Sangiovese is characterized by a ruby red color with garnet highlights. The nose opens with an intense and complex bouquet, with hints of berries, anise  enriched with pleasant spicy notes and delicate hints of vanilla. On the palate it is pleasantly warm, with soft tannins. The wine has a great structure, with a notable persistence.

Perfect to accompany roasts and game, it is ideal paired with aged cheeses.

 

 

San Leonardo 2011

The Tenuta San Leonardo was formerly a monastery and for over 3 centuries has served as the residence of the Marquis Guerrieri Gonzaga family, its proud custodians. Today, the San Leonardo estate is a garden of vineyards and roses, protected by the massive barrier of the Alps, which blunt the force of the cold northern winds, while the valley floor benefits from, and in turn releases, warmth from nearby Lake Garda. The Tenuta remains an ancient world, in which winemaking practices, still uncompromisingly artisanal, yield wines that are true gems of Italy’s wine tradition, marked by freshness, harmony, and an innate elegance.  Inside the ancient walls of the Estate San Leonardo have always cultivated the international varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. In the north region however, they cultivate the Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.

The vineyards are approximately 30 hectares in total, sited at a relatively low elevation of 150 metres. All of the vineyards are in well-drained, nutrient-poor soils that yield grapes whose wines boast levels of anthocyanins that are unusually high, and not just for Trentino.

We tasted: San Leonardo 2011

This is a legendary wine, one of the most famous and award-winning Italian reds, the San Leonardo represents the magical result of a tradition that is defined in all over the world as a “bordeaux blending” bringing together the colours, aromas and savours of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot aged in small oak barrels.

It is a ruby red wine, light garnet toenail. Elegant and delicate aroma, it is expressed on cherry and plum notes, dark spices and tobacco. In the mouth has a splendid entrance, intense. The twisting tannins accompany a sapid background and contrast the generous softness, directing a taste of spectacular breadth and taste, as only the great reds can make.

In the food pairing is ideal with game, roasted duck, lamb also with aged cheeses from cow’s milk. For the dessert cheese/vanilla soufflé, snails, truffles and dark chocolate.

A Chinese buys top winery in Bordeaux

Chinese businessman Peter Kwok bought a prestigious grand cru in Bordeaux region, one more gem in his growing collection of French wines Chateaux.

Peter Kwok

The transaction was signed in the last days of 2017. Bellefont-Belcier, already bought by a Chinese in 2012 had been sold to a Cypriot in 2015. A new page is written for this area of Saint-Laurent des Combes in Gironde, which aims to make quality and the highest steps of Saint-Emilion.

Bellefont-Belcier, it is a great name of Saint-Emilion, a classified growth which was the first classified growth bought by a Chinese industrialist in 2012. This property of 13,5 ha is located between the Château Larcis Ducasse and the Château Roteboeuf, on the west of Saint-Emilion, not far from Château Pavie 1er cru classé A

Bellefont Belcier is the 7th castle acquired by Peter Kwok, after Château Tour Saint Christophe, Château Haut-Brisson, Château La Patache, Tourmaline Enclosure, Enclos de Viaud and Château Le Rey, Peter Kwok, is a businessman from Hong Kong, born in Vietnam. He never hid his love for French culture. He was the first “Chinese” investor to buy a vineyard in its entirety in 1997 with Château Haut-Brisson.

Like other areas, the vineyard will be managed by the team of Vignobles K with Jean-Christophe Meyrou as general manager whose goal is to bring Bellefont-Belcier to a higher level of quality.

According to the French renowned expert the property  has welcomed VIP guests including Royals, namely Juan Carlos of Spain.

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Russians lead among buyers of Italian wines

Exports of Italian wine reached a record six billion euros ($7.2 billion) in 2017, up 7.0 percent on the previous year thanks largely to Russia, Italy’s largest agricultural union said on Wednesday.
They are interested in everything from the full-bodied to the fruity were glugged with glee in established markets, with sales up eight percent in Britain, six percent in the United States and three percent in Germany.

Sales in China increased by 25 percent, though they were still relatively limited compared to the import of French wines.

But Russia proved the most partial to an Italian glass or two, with sales there leaping 47 percent on a 12-month comparison.

Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia

From its position on the hillside close to Bolgheri, the Ornellaia estate lies hidden in the foothills around Bolgheri that face the Mediterranean coast. The cool maritime breeze caresses this exceptional Estate and its surrounding olive groves throughout the summer months. During the winter the hills give protection from the cold northern winds.

Ornellaia’s obsession with excellence is at all levels. Every choice they made is of absolute importance and implies an all-consuming attention to detail. At no point in the production process are shortcuts allowed or tolerated, and this is how they succeed harvesting grapes that are of the very highest quality irrespective of the climatic conditions in that particular year.

Ornellaia believes that wines should be the truest expression of the terroir from which they come. The diverse nature of the Estate’s soils – marine, alluvial and volcanic – coupled with this maritime climate create an environment in which red and white varietals can express themselves to the full.

We tatsted: Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia 2015 – Bolgheri DOC

Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia is a true “second vin”. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon,

Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot, Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia combines generosity and depth of flavour with an engaging and vibrant personality.

This wine has intense ruby-red and noble color. It presents elegant fruity scents of cherries, black cherries and blueberries, which are enriched by tones of spices, coffee, liquorice. In the mouth is soft, lush and persistent tasting, expressive in the fruit and silky in tannins. The long persistence gives deep closure.

It goes very well with dishes based on noble poultry or feathered game. To try with hen in red wine.