Monte del Fra Bardolino 2012 (Corvina / Rondinella / Sangiovese) – 14.57 – Monte del Fra “Hill of Monks” produces wines that are clean, fresh and fruit driven. The taste is noticeably Italian being stylish, perfumed and elegant. On the palate it’s medium bodied with moderately intense sour cherry fruit supported by greenish vegetal acidity and by fairly light tannins that flow into a moderately sweet cherry laced finish with green tannic underpinning.
Elio Filippino Barbera d’Alba “Nuela” 2012 – 14.57 – Intense fragrance with hints of ripe fruit. Full, balanced, with a touch of wood on the finish. This is the wine for family dinners. It is excellent with local “bagna cauda” (mixed vegetables with a dip of garlic, oil and anchovies) and meat dishes such as “bollito” (boiled meat and vegetables), it is also a good companion for fully ripe cheeses. The grapes are pressed and the stalks removed: the resulting must ferments at a controlled temperature for 5-7 days. After racking, the new wine is put in stainless steel vats to preserve its fresh fruit characters and then in Slavonian oak barrels until spring. Finally it is bottled, ready for the table.
Maravalle Tenuta Vitalonga Sangiovese Umbria IGT 2012 – 12.97 – This Sangiovese is a young, fruity wine aged in stainless steel vats. This wine smells of red fruits, green herbs, pepper and cinnamon. These are typical characteristics of this grape variety. The Sangiovese is surprisingly fresh, balanced and elegant. The sweet and balanced tannins are the distinguishing features. We love this Sangiovese as a perfect aperitif. Bottom of Form
Castello San Sano Chianti Classico 2011 – 21.57 – 90 Sangiovese, 10 Canaiolo. Manual selection of the best old vineyards of Sangiovese and Canaiolo company. Maceration without stalks is performed at a temperature of 28 ° C for 10-12 days. Malolactic fermentation in cement, followed by a maturing part in barrels of 5 hl, for a minimum period of 15 months. Blend of wines in cement tanks. Bottling filtration with very wide and then in bottle for at least 12 months. This is a great winery, and Jenna helped get me a great tasting there. Hopper and Rowan Hovland got in trouble with the tasting room attendant for wanting to climb the olive trees.