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Umani Ronchi Villa Bianchi Verdicchio 2012

Style: Dry white

Country: Italy

Region: Marche

Tasting note: Not familiar with Verdicchio? Don’t worry, it’s not uncommon (*cough* freak *cough*). If you are looking for an introduction to the variety then pick up a bottle of this lovely specimen. It displays all the hallmark Verdicchio characters of straw and fresh citrus acidity with richer flavours of melon and lemon pulp. A really nice balance of fruit richness and elegance, finishing with delicate jasmine petals and a salty edge.

Final Say: Hide your shame in the shadows no longer, grab it for $23 a bottle and be excluded from the world of Verdicchio no longer.

Score: 17.5 out of 20

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Maretti Langhe Rosso (Barbera/Nebbiolo) 2012

Style: Medium bodied red

Country: Italy

Region: Piedmont

 

Tasting note: Vibrancy all round, colour, nose and palate. Highly aromatic with white pepper, blueberry and smoky hints. The Barbera brings lifted fruit characters to the palate, blackberry, blueberry and a touch of pepper while the Nebbiolo adds a savoury, herbal edge. Grainy/chalky tannins.

 

Final Say: A fantastic cheapie packed with Piedmont charm. $17 a bottle

 

Score: 16.5 out of 20

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Tuck’s Ridge Turramurra Chardonnay 2009:

Region:Mornington Peninsula, Vic, Australia

Tasting note: A flinty nose with hints of line and subtle oak. Citrus, white nectarine and minerality on the palate. The oak is subtle and adds another dimension to the wine without being overpowering

Score: 18.5/20 (93 out of 100)

Querciabella Mongrana 2009 (Sangiovese/Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon)

Region:Tuscany, Italy

Tasting note: Relatively simple and uncomplicated, nice red fruit characters and spice.

Score: 15.5/20 (77 out of 100)

Quiciabella Chianti Classico 2008

Region:Tuscany, Italy

Tasting note: Savoury spice, raspberry and delicate plum on the nose and palate. Quite floral.

Score: 17.5/20 (88 out of 100)

Querciabella Batar Chardonnay 2009

Region:Tuscany, Italy

Tasting note: Liberal oak contact, this oak dominates the nose. Very full on the palate with characters of peach and melon, the fruit notes are bold enough that the oak does not dominate the palate.

Score: 18/20 (90 out of 100)

Lungarotti Rosso di Torgiano DOC Rubesco 2007:

Region:Umbria, Italy

Tasting note: An elegant style, dusty on the palate and spicey.

Score: 16.5/20 (83 out of 100)

Lungarotti Rosso di Torgiano Riserva DOCG Rubesco 2005:

Region:Umbria, Italy

Tasting note: Aged characters are only just gracing the palate of this wine, smokey, tobacco palate with a great earthiness.

Score: 17.5/20 (88 out of 100)

Marchesi Alfieri La Tora Barbera d’Asti 2009:

Region: Piedmont, Italy

Tasting note: White pepper, blueberry complimented by soft tannins. Very floral

Score: 17.5/20 (88 out of 100)

Marchesi Alfieri ‘Alfiera’ Barbera d’Asti 2009:

Region: Piedmont, Italy

Tasting note: A little more brooding in style, it still has those lovely pepper tones but enters more the cherry and prune spectrum of fruit characters.

Score: 18.5/20 (93 out of 100)

Matteo Correggia Roero Arnies 2011:

Region: Piedmont, Italy

Tasting note: Lifted citrus tones on the nose and palate. Great texture and nutty flavours.

Score: 17/20 (85 out of 100)

Matteo Correggia Roero (Nebbiolo) 2009:

Region: Piedmont, Italy

Tasting note: Brambly characters, herbaceous with a good tannin structure.

Score: 16/20 (80 out of 100)

Matteo Correggia Barbera Bricco Marun 2009:

Region: Piedmont, Italy

Tasting note: Silky, velvety mouthfeel. Pepper, spice and sour cherry.

Score: 17/20 (85 out of 100)

Matteo Correggia Nebbiolo Val di Preti 2009:

Region: Piedmont, Italy

Tasting note: Raseberry, menthol, mint on the nose and palate, as expected with Nebbiolo it has a big tannin structure.

Score: 17.5/20 (88 out of 100)

Matteo Correggia Roche d’Ampsej (Nebbiolo) 2007:

Region: Piedmont, Italy

Tasting note: Vanillian oak on the nose, cherry and violets. Needs a good piece of salami to tone down the tannins.

Score: 18/20 (90 out of 100)

Forteto della Luja Loazzolo 2005:

Region: Piedmont, Italy

Tasting note: A dessert wine made from dried muscat grapes, very delicate, orange blossom and honey characters. Barely showing a hint of age.

Score: 19/20 (95 out of 100)

 

Knappstien Handpicked Riesling 2011:

Region:Clare Valley, SA, Australia

Tasting note: Straw, citrus, lime juice and racy acid. One of the better ’11’s I’ve tasted so far.

Score: 18/20 (90 out of 100)

Fowles Ladies Who Shoot their Lunch Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2011:

Region:Strathbogie, Vic, Australia

Tasting note: Funky nose, palate of citrus, white nectarine and subtle oak.

Score: 18.5/20 (93 out of 100)

Fowles Ladies Who Shoot their Lunch Merlot/Lagrein/Tempranillo 2010:

Region:Strathbogie, Vic, Australia

Tasting note: Mediterranean style, savoury spice and fine tannins.

Score: 17/20 (85 out of 100)

Fowles Ladies Who Shoot their Lunch Shiraz 2010:

Region:Strathbogie, Vic, Australia

Tasting note: Holy white pepper! White pepper on the palate and nose but nicely rounded out by soft blueberry characters.

Score: 18.5/20 (93 out of 100)

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Umani Ronchi Casal di Serra Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2009

Vintage: 2009

Country: Italy

Region: Marche 

 

Overview: Umani Ronchi Casal di Serra Verdicchio dei Castelli Jesi, try saying that three times quickly. Just the variety itself is a tongue twister, Verdicchio. It’s easy to see why people are scared from these kinds of wines when the label is like some obscure riddle so let’s break it down. Umani Ronchi is the producer, Casal di Serra is what Umani Ronchi have named this wine, Verdicchio is the variety and Castelli di Jesi is the sub-region that the fruit has come from in Marche. This is a DOC Classico Superiore classified wine which means it comes from a region recognised for growing Verdicchio and is from a historic zone from which the wine has gained fame. Sometimes deciphering a label is half the battle.

Verdicchio is a variety that is not too common in Australia, the variety produces wines that developed as they age and typically display characters of citrus and straw. I’ve heard it to be likened to a Hunter Semillon. If you’re a wine wanker like me you might prefer to say that a Hunter Semillon is similar to Verdicchio in style.

Tasting note: Golden in colour, this is a sign of the wine’s development. A nose of honey and lemon. The palate is toasty with a hint of straw there is a touch of pineapple on the back palate but this wine mostly displays lovely savoury tones, rosemary, a soft acid and a mouth feel that is not creamy as such by incredibly full.

           

Final Say: Want a wine perfect for seafood? Then go out a grab a bottle of this wine. It has those savoury tones that are hard to find anywhere other than in Italian white wines. It sells for between $25-$30 a bottle, a steal for a wine that sits in the classification of DOC Classico Superiore.  

 

Score: 16.5 out of 20 A damn good drop. (83 out of 100)

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Prunotto Dolcetto DOC 2009

Posted: February 21, 2012 in Italy
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Prunotto Dolcetto D’Alba DOC

Vintage: 2009

Country: Italy

Region: Alba, Piemonte

 

Overview:

            In Australia our main interaction with the variety Dolcetto would be the Brown Brother’s wine Dolcetto & Syrah which, if you were looking for a nice thing to say about the wine you could say it was Australia’s take on Valpolicella, a light, sweet style of wine that you can chill made in Italy. That’s if you wanted something nice to say, the truth is it is not a serious wine and thus Dolcetto has a stigma attached that it is light and sweet. I can tell you that it a good Dolcetto is not a light, insipid wine. Dolcetto typically is a medium bodied wine with a soft edge but displays great spice and liquorice characters. It is not widely grown in Australia as it is susceptible to fungus diseases and the Australian humidity promotes fungus like Channel Ten promotes Glee.

The Prunotto Dolcetto displays these typical characteristics at an accessible price.

Tasting note:

            A beautiful ruby colour, (as mentioned before the colour of a wine tells us a lot about it, if the colour was dull or brown we could assume the wine has been oxidised) on the nose there are characters of pepper and blueberry. The palate is medium bodied, with intermingling flavours of cinnamon, pepper, aniseed and cherry with a great acid that keeps the palate cleansed.

 

Final Say:

            This is one of the better Dolcetto I have tasted, the key when buying a Dolcetto is that it comes from the Piemonte region in Italy, one of my favourite regions. The price ranges from $20-$24 so if you’re looking for something different this is definitely one to pick up. Enjoy with lighter red meat meals or game.

Score: 16.5 Well worth a try (83 out of 100).

All of the information above has come from my own brain and books; Wikipedia was not, at any stage consulted.

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