giovedì 31 ottobre 2013



US press

2012 Prosecco Superiore Col de L’Utia

In the Wall Street Journal, Will Lyons wrote that “Prosecco has always been a regular in my cellar.” 

He added: I think the best time to serve it is toward the end of an afternoon, as its natural sugar gives a welcome lift. This example delights with its gentle style.”

Pieropan Soave

This is one of the wines recommended by Jon Bonné in the San Francisco Chronicle. He wrote: “Veneto’s Soave region has been rallying in recent years thanks to a quality push from its top producers. 

Their family’s wines were always a great example of Soave, even when the area was known mostly for plonk, and the wines coming from Andrea and Dario Pieropan should woo back even skeptics. 

Aged in glass-lined concrete, it’s the perfect mix of soaring acidity and ripe texture: fresh sorrel and mint, plus richer pear and sweet corn flavours.”

Le Fraghe Bardolino

Bonné also recommended this wine, writing: “Even compared to their cousins from Valpolicella, the wines of Bardolino have gotten scant attention in recent years, during the era when wine had to be either deep red or bright white. 

Today we live in a more complex world. Not far from Lake Garda, Matilde Poggi grows her Corvina and Rondinella to make the perfect fresh red for an age of nuance. 

Fragrant with candied violets and lilies, and full of tangy strawberry, it’s got a sass – especially with a slight chill – to fit San Francisco’s belated summer.”

2011 S’Andrea in Colle Il Rosso

This wine is recommended by Michael Dresser in the Baltimore Sun. He wrote: “This medium-bodied Italian red shows plenty of the fine character of the Sangiovese grape even though it doesn’t carry the name of an exalted wine region. 

It’s a floral wine with good, up-front black cherry fruit and an appealing spiciness. The vibrant acidity makes it a natural to serve with tomato-based sauces. It’s a solid choice for near- and mid-term consumption.”

2006 Torraccia del Plantavigna Gattinara

This was Irene Virbila’s “wine of the week” in the LA Times, she wrote that “this wine proves there is reason to explore this tiny pocket of Piedmont.”
She added: “Though it is the 2006 vintage, the wine has just been released, so it’s quite mature. It tastes of dried plums and dark cherries laced with spice, and it is 100% Nebbiolo. 

Tannins are smooth, and the wine seems to pick up weight the longer it’s open. Pop the cork on this to enjoy with grilled meats or duck breast, with roasted birds and prime rib. It goes well with pasta too: agnolotti, tortellini and pasta with chicken livers or a simple pork ragù.”

2009 Colli Aretini Paterna

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov led his tasting panel “on a neighbourhood prowl through the city of Chianti”. He wrote: “I’m in love with the Sangiovese grape. This is no new infatuation. I’ve always loved Chiantis, the wines of Montalcino and the various other expressions of Tuscan Sangiovese.”

He added that this wine was ranked top by his panel, writing: “Number one was the 2009 Paterna from Colli Aretini, from the hills above Arezzo, which had all the purity and balance I love in a good Sangiovese wine. Earthy, pure and balanced, with persistent flavours of red and dark fruits and minerals.”

2008 Colli Senesi Pacina

In describing his love of Sangiovese, Asimov added: “Well-made Sangioveses are fresh, gorgeously aromatic and energised by vibrant acidity. As they age, they mellow. They can become earthier and maybe a touch leathery. But always, the best are focused, precise and transporting.”

This wine was ranked second by Asimov’s tasting panel, he wrote: “Number two was the 2008 Pacina from Colli Senesi, which was likewise clear and harmonious. The wines from Colli Senesi seemed to be the easiest to find. They accounted for 12 of the 20 bottles and 5 of our top 10. Pure and harmonious, with aromas and flavours of flowers and cherries.”

UK press

Dolcetto D'Asti (Mark&Spencer)

This wine was recommended by Hamish Anderson in the Daily Telegraph. 

He wrote: “The Piedmont region may be known best for big-hitting, expensive reds such as Barolo (see below), but in the variety Dolcetto it has a juicy, approachable trump card, making it rather like a northern Italian Beaujolais. 

This has savoury elements allied to ripe, dark cherries, and it is brilliant value. (£6.99, M&S).”

Asian media

Baglio di Pianetto Nero d’Avola

This wine was picked out by winebuzz.hk, writing: “Nero d’Avola is considered as one of the most important grapes used in Sicilian Wine. 

It is know for it sweetness and full body. Powerful like a Syrah, Nero d’Avola is a sure bet for pairing with heavy meat dishes.”