Italian wine night #4 – 10 varietals from Italy
Last week I took a class at the San Francisco Wine Center, taught by Mauro Cirilli, formerly wine director at Perbacco and now NorCal District Manager for North American Sommelier Association – Indigenous Varities of Italy. He quickly taught us about 10 varietals, of the 600 or so grown in Italy.
Lots of fun, and here are my tasting notes:
BioVio Riviera Ligure di Ponente Pigato di Albenga 2010 (Liguria)
Light, fresh, with greenish hues. Nose: mineral salts, kumquat, apricot, basil, thyme. Palate: bone dry, high acid, saltiness, minerality.
Aia Vecchia Vermentino 2010 (Maremma, Toscana)
Very pale color. Nose: not very aromatic, orange peel, pear, a little grass. Palate: Dry, a bit warm.
Valentini Trebbiano d’Abruzzo 1998 (Abruzzo)
Brilliant golden-yellow, clean. Nose: intense, complex. Ripe apple, dry fig, nutty, toasty, cardamom. Palate: dry, weighty, warm.
Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco Grasparossi di Castelvetro Enrico Cialdini NV (Emilia Romagna)
Ruby color, effervescent. Nose: grapey, berry, violet. Palate: red fruit.
Castello di Verduno Pelaverga Basadone 2010 (Piemonte)
Pale ruby color. Nose: black pepper, tart red cherry, raspberry. Palate: dry, high acid, low tannin, light body.
Cataldi Madonna Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2008 (Abruzzo)
Ruby color. Nose: plum, currant, dry violet, cinnamon. Palate: dry, acidic, light, fruit tanins, medium body.
Cantina Andrian Lagrein Riserva Tor di Lupo 2008 (Trentino Alto-Adige)
Very dark color, inky. Nose: spice, violet, vanilla, forest berries, cocoa. Palate: dry, warm, soft, weighty, forest berries, cocoa, juniper, medium tannins.
Scacciadiavoli Sagrantino Montefalco 2000 (Umbria)
Ruby red, barely shows its age in the color. Nose: blackberry jam, tobacco, dry rosemary, hint of black truffle. Palate: dry, warm, still tannic. Alcohol level is American-high – around 14%.
Cantine del Notaio Aglianico del Vulture La Firma 2007 (Basilicata)
Dark color. Nose: dry black fruit, toastiness, cinnamon, paprika. Palate: dry, minerality, salty finish, tannins are present but not aggressive.