Thursday, March 12, 2009

Morellino Riserva Calestaia 2005

Federico Vincenzi is an Italian sommelier and a wine writer with the Masters Degree in Economics. He has been consulting top restaurants in Italy and Switzerland and has received many awards, including ‘Sommelier of the month’ and 'Meilleur Formateur en Vin de Champagne'. Federico lives in Milan where he founded OENOGOURMET



Vintage: 2005


Varietal: 100% SANGIOVESE

Winemaker: Paoletti, Bernini, Schuster

Oak: Triple grapes selection. Maceration on skins for 20/25 days. Pre-maceration at 12°C. Fermentation in steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation in wooden barrels.
the wine lays for 24 months in French oak barrels (from 5hl up to 25hl capacity).
Once bottled the wine stays in our cellar for a minimum of 12 months.

Alcohol: 14%

Average Price: € 23

Tasting Notes: From the Southern part of Tuscany – Maremma Toscana – Calestaia is dressed in a garnet red colour, still ruby red reflections. On the nose great intensity and complexity of the bouquet. The perfumes remember yet mature fruit and jam. In particular, the blueberries’ jam, blueberries in alcohol, plums, dry plums, jam of plums and the smells deriving from the refinement in wooden barrels. Among these you recognize cinnamon, black pepper and clove. Then scents of citrus fruits, orange-peel, furthermore, chocolate.
The palate is distinguished by aristocracy. The typical tannin of the Sangiovese is already damped by the refinement in wood. Also the “acidity” component is very delicate and suffused and does not cover the great softness and roundness that visual analysis had anticipated.
Robust body and clean equilibrium among the components of alcohol and sugars and among the components of mineral salts and acidity. A very persistent wine, with a lovely aftertaste.

Drink now through 2020.

Food Pairing Suggestions: You need to choose a big, hearty dish. Red meat, feathered and furry game also accompanied by mushrooms or truffles.
This “Riserva”, in addition, is excellent with cheeses: aged tomes, parmesan, Tuscan pecorino

General rating: 4 tastevins

: “sit-down bottle” and “classic”.

Tasting date: March 2nd 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

2005 Pommard, Vincent Girardin

Winery: Vincent Girardin

Vintage: 2005

Appellation: Pommard

Varietal: Pinor Noir

Oak: 16 months 33% new French

Average Price: $32.00

Tasting notes: This ruby-coloured Cote de Baune is a very delicate and fruity experience. The nose is filled with red and dark berries, and the overall feeling of the wine is that this one is a very nice drinker. Be careful when opening one of these, it will lead you to drink more than one bottle. A good long finish with soft tannins and strong fruits covers your tongue for several minutes.

Food Pairing Suggestions: I want poultry with fruit and nuts-salad and thyme potatoes. Pork and beets. And of course - do I have to mention - fried foie gras with your favorite adding.

Winery Notes: Vincent Girardin is a fairly new producer, but he already owns parcels everywhere in Burgundy. He makes excellent soft, long lasting, easy drinking and easy enjoyable wines. His wines are always good priced, so take a closer look at the wines from this serious producer.

Rating: 3,5 for an excellent wine. Share this with your friends or sit down and enjoy on a Thursday night.