I know it’s going to be a good weekend when the message from VINTAGES in my inbox says Hot New Italians (okay I may be using a little poetic license – but that’s how I internalized this week’s theme…Only in Italy: 11 Native Grapes).
My brother in wine, Rob, who curses and blesses me for turning him from a beer guy to a wine lover, went shopping for “a” bottle…or 5.
Some of our worthy picks this weekend:
Beni di Batasiolo Riserva Barolo 2006 – One of my favourite words in the Italian language – this Barolo it was more than worthy. It could last for 10 years or more. We decanted for about an hour. Sight, Sniff and Savour all got top scores. It was a slow sipper because we wanted the goodness to last as long as possible $39.95
Marenco Suri Dogliani 2011 – just a few kilometres from Barolo in Italy’s Piedmont region, it is a whole lot friendlier to your wallet. I really enjoyed this wine. It is a well-balanced medium- bodied wine that I would gladly have with a plate of charcuterie or some Italian meatballs. $17.95
Salcheto Vino Nobile de Montepulciano 2011 $29.95 – Love this wine. A sommelier once told me that a wine often tastes 20% if you have been to the winery. I agree if you like the wine. A great experience will keep that winery in your heart and on your shopping list forever. But it can work in reserve too. I have been to a few that, in my opinion, were way overrated and in those cases, I rarely give them a second chance. Salcheto was the former. I have been there a number of times and each time was better than the last…and each visit our wine order was bigger than the last. One of the most environmentally- conscious wineries in Europe. If you are going to be in the Montepulciano area – don’t miss it.
Enjoy and let us know if there is an Italian at your table worth sharing.