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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.

 

 

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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.

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.

 

Colli della Toscana Centrale Gagliole

The magic of the Tuscan countryside, in the heart of Chianti, fascinated and captured Monika and Thomas Bär – Bettschart right from the start, a love at first sight that left no doubt about what would in the future be their Land of Dreams. Their love for Tuscany and for its world-class wines became, as the years succeeded each other, a strong passion.

One part of the vineyards, amounting to 10 hectares, is in Gagliole (Castellina in Chianti). These vines are predominantly planted on age-old terraces, studded with olive trees among the vine-rows, a method of crop-cultivation in use since the Middle Ages, creating spectacular landscapes that excite the wonder of visitors from every part of the globe.
A further 10 hectares are located in Panzano, which lies in the famous Conca d’Oro, a natural amphitheatre which offers ideal growing conditions for every grape variety.

We tasted: Colli della Toscana Centrale Gagliole IGT 2014

This red wine contains Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

Gagliole is characterized by a beautiful ruby red color. The nose offers elegant aromas of ripe fruit, with hints of undergrowth and sweet spices, made from small wood. On the palate it expresses an excellent structure, with tannins present but well polished. The finish proposes very pleasant fruity and spicy sensations.

This wine is perfect for dishes based on grilled red meats and stewed meats. Also excellent for accompanying aged cheese platters and very elaborate first courses.

Taurasi Feudi di San Gregorio 2012

Irpinia, a historical region of the Campanian Apennines, is a unique vine growing and wine producing territory, where vineyards have always coexisted with fruit trees, woodland, olive trees and herbs

Established in 1986 by two Irpinian families, Feudi di San Gregorio has its roots in the town of Sorbo Serpico in the province of Avellino. Since its early days, the winery focused on the preservation of authentic top quality productions and on the definition of a premium quality standard to meet the highest and most severe market requirements. The territory’s orography causes a system of winds that gives the region good rainfall and creates a microclimate that sets it apart from the other Campania areas.

today represent a real oenological renaissance of southern Italy, promoting a wine culture for the rediscovery of Mediterranean flavours.

We tasted: Taurasi Feudi di San Gregorio 2012

The noblest expression of Aglianico, this wine takes its name from the place of origin of the grapes: the area of Taurasi. The color is ruby red with garnet reflections. We found an intense and complex nose, with hints ranging from ripe red fruit to cinnamon spice, nutmeg and anise. The palate is soft and balanced, supported by a good freshness that makes it a long-lasting wine. This is an excellent wine for drinking with the finest roasted red meats and poultry braised in Aglianico.

Il Picchio 2013, Castello di Querceto

At Castello di Querceto the majority of the varieties grown are red with only a small percentage of white.
Of the red grapes, Sangiovese grosso obviously takes pride of place, with numerous other varieties including Canaiolo nero, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Colorino, Merlot, Mammolo, Ciliegiolo and Malvasia Nera.

The white grapes include traditional varieties such as Malvasia del Chianti, Trebbiano toscano and San Colombano as well as Chardonnay. Top quality and environmental sustainability in wine making are the estate’s founding principles. Castello di Querceto  decided not to use chemical fertilisers preferring organic ones and to use natural and integrated techniques in pest control, supplementing this where it is not sufficient with especially mild plant protection treatments.

The harvest normally takes place from the 25th of September to the 25th of October and is mainly done by hand with careful grape selection.

We tasted: Castello di Querceto Il Picchio Gran Selezione 2013

This is a very nice Chianti Classico from Il Picchio vineyards. The colour is ruby to garnet colour, intense jammy black fruits. It has a very minerally nose, cool and stony with flavours of berry and currants. On the palate it reveals ripe cherries and vanilla. It has a definitely a relatively high acidity and firm tannins. In the food paring it is ideal with grilled and game meats, white truffles, stews and aged cheese.

Stupore by Campo alle Comete Bolgheri DOC

Bolgheri is, above all, a state of mind, a way of life, the rarefied atmosphere of a world thought to no longer exist. As in a mosaic, the single pieces which compose it are of precious materials and colors, but observing them one by one there is no perception of the overall picture. Nature here remains in a pristine state; woods dominate the hillsides which, running parallel to the coast, protect it from winter’s worst cold. And, to the west, sparkles the blue of the sea, a sea which mitigates with its breezes the dog day heat of July and August. The vineyards, often wedged into the green of forest spaces or of ancient olive groves, dominates, together with the silent whistling of the wind, a landscape drawn discretely by the human hand.

The Campo alle Comete estate is located at the foot of Castagneto Carducci, the only municipality that holds the prestigious DOC Bolgheri denomination. Here is also born the “Stupore”, a wine that brings the peculiarity of Tuscan coast to full expression.

 We tasted:  Stupore Campo alle Comete 2015 Bolgheri DOC

“Stupore” is a red from Bolgheri in which four different varieties of international vines meet, which together make up an absolutely excellent blend.
This wine has a beautiful ruby red, deep and intense colour. On the nose it expresses fruity notes of cherry and fresh plum. The taste turns out to be soft, balanced and fresh. Excellent length and sapid the final. It is perfect with meat and especially poultry, it is excellent to accompany stuffed honey duck.

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