Italy

Italy
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, January 15, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2005 Tenuta Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino – Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino The nose was very earthy, with lots of dried cherry and tobacco. Perfume and spice round out everything. The palate is extremely dusty, with loads of black cherry and spice. The mid-palate adds some spice, and it has a very tasty tobacco finish. (91 Points)

2007 Paitin di Pasquero-Elia Barbera d’Alba Campolive – Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d’Alba A load of tobacco leaf and musty earth on the nose. That is followed by dark berry fruit and a touch of spice at the end. Fairly good acidity and dusty tannins on the palate. Here the dark fruit is more primar, with the earth and tobacco playing a supporting role. (90 Points)

2005 Corte alla Flora Vino Nobile di Montepulciano – Italy, Tuscany, Montepulciano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano A heavily perfumed and fruity nose. The fruit is mainly dark berries. There is also a little spice and some dusty earth. The palate is more earthy than the nose. The tannins are firm and supported nicely by the black currant and raspberry fruit. The finish was long and spicy. (90 Points)

2008 Casanova di Neri Rosso di Montalcino – Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino Somewhat tight on the nose, there are some dusty earth and dark berry aromas. The palate was much better than the nose. It had nice tobacco and earth flavors, supported by raspberry and black currant. The tannins were tame and the acidity was good, especially on the finish. (89 Points)

2006 Elio Grasso Barbera d’Alba Vigna Martina – Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d’Alba A nose of meat with chocolate sauce, with hints of raspberry jam and vanilla. Smooth on the palate, the flavors are the same as the nose, but turned a notch. (88 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2001 Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Campolongo di Torbe – Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico The complexity on the nose is lovely. Figs and leather, stewed plums and roasted coffee beans, and a hint of spice at the end. Soft and juicy on the palate, the acidity really shines. The stewed plums stands out, but the leather, figs, and coffee beans are there as well. The spice on the finish is a nice ending. (92 Points)

2004 Paitin di Pasquero-Elia Barbaresco Vecchie Vigne Sorì Paitin – Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco A smoke covered nose of black currant and raspberry. The floral and earth notes are very interesting. The palate is very rich and dusty. Here the earth flavors are more prominent, but the berry flavors are very sour. I find this appealing. (90 Points)

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