Viticulture is an activity known to the Sardinian population since about 5000 years, and the special relationship created on this island, over time, between man and wine is so deep that it can be compared only with that in the Caucasus region. Even if we wanted to consider only modern times, those who had the opportunity to visit Sardinia in the early ‘900 would have been struck by the impressive quantity of wine producers, considering also those who did it only for family use. [Read more…] about Entemari 2017, Pala
The ancient Roman emperors and, later, the German ones of Sacro Romano Impero, knew very well the high quality of the vines cultivated in the sunny basin of Bolzano, and were used to stock “Potzner, the wine produced there. Today, in the same area, stands the Cantina Produttori Bolzano, one of the most important cooperative wineries in South Tyrol, formed in 2001 by the merger of Cantina Gries (founded in 1908) and that of Santa Magdalena (founded in 1930). [Read more…] about Sauvignon Mock 2019, Cantina Produttori Bolzano
Few wine brands in the world can boast a history of over seven centuries, like the one that belongs to the Frescobaldi family, one of the most illustrious standard-bearer of the made in Italy wine in the world. The Frescobaldi, in fact, are a family whose first exponents moved from the Val di Pesa, where they owned land including the estate of Castiglioni (their oldest agricultural property), to Florence around the year 1000. [Read more…] about Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Ripe al Convento 2010, Marchesi Frescobaldi
According to their own reports, it seems that the Monmarthe family was present in Ludes, on the northern slopes of the Montagne de Reims, as early as 1737, as owners of land and vineyards. Nevertheless, it is necessary to reach 1930 for the creation of a real winery for the production of Champagne wines, thanks to Ernest Monmarthe who decided to become Récoltant Manipulant and give life to his brand, the homonymous Champagne Ernest Monmarthe. [Read more…] about Premier Cru Brut Privilège, Monmarthe
According to official sources, at the beginning of the 20th century Lady Maria Costanza, an ancestor of the family, cultivated the vine and, in a small winery in Campobello di Licata, produced wines appreciated by the local customer. It will be necessary to wait until the end of the ’60s to see the birth, by the hand of Giuseppe Milazzo, of the homonymous Azienda Agricola G. Milazzo, also in Campobello di Licata, but it can be said that the road was already laid out. [Read more…] about Bianco di Nera, Azienda Agricola G. Milazzo
Domaine Hubert Metz is an Alsatian winery located in Cave de la Dîme, about 40 kilometers southwest of Strasbourg in premises, built in 1728, intended to collect the ancient tithe tax until the French Revolution. According to official documentation, it seems that the Metz family has been viticulture in the area for at least seven generations, up to the present day with Céline Metz, the first woman in charge of the family business. [Read more…] about Pinot Noir Réserve de la Dîme 2018, Domaine Hubert Metz
Although the Maria Pia Castelli winery was founded only in 1999, in this short period of time it has already managed to become one of the reference producers of the Marche region. Founded by Erasmo Castelli, father of Maria Pia, the company boasts an extension of about eight hectares located at 200 meters above sea level on the southeast ridge of the hill of Monte Urano, in the province of Fermo. [Read more…] about Sant’Isidoro 2018, Maria Pia Castelli
The history of the Catena Zapata winery began in 1898 when Patriarch Nicola Catena left Italy to move to Argentina, a nation that at the time offered interesting opportunities for development to the willing who, from the poorest and most backward areas of Europe, mainly in Italy and Spain, emigrated there. From the first vineyard, planted in 1902, the Catena family continued to thrive, so much that Nicola’s son, Domingo, had already become, in the 1950s, one of the most famous winegrowers in Mendoza. The real turning point, however, will come only with Domingo’s son: Nicolás Catena Zapata (the maternal surname), a young and brilliant economist who had moved to California to teach economics at the famous Berkley University, and here, in his spare time, had explored the most famous wineries of the time. California was beginning to impose its wines to the attention of wine lovers around the world, and their production style eventually influenced Nicolás’ work when, in 1985, he took over the reins of the family business.
The development process, however, was just at the beginning because, studying the characteristics of the wines produced, Nicolás realized he was looking for a more elegant and refined taste, and so he made a decision that his contemporaries did not hesitate to stigmatize as crazy: planting vineyards at extreme altitudes. The first area affected by this revolution was the vineyard “Adrianna” (in honor of the youngest daughter), in Gualtarray, in one of the coldest areas of the Mendoza region, at 1500 meters of altitude. On-site studies showed that, in addition to a colder climate, which allowed harvesting perfectly ripe grapes, with a lower sugar concentration than the plain (and therefore a lower potential alcohol content), the grapes developed thicker skins, rich in polyphenols, and a greater amount of indigenous yeasts.
Exactly from a parcel of 2.2 hectares of this vineyard, called “White Bones” (white bones) because of the soil rich in calcareous fossils of animal origin, deposited on the bed of a river that in prehistoric times crossed the region, was born the homonymous Chardonnay “White Bones”. The grapes, after a manual harvest and a plant sorting, ferment and macerate, in barriques and tonneaux, for a period between 45 and 95 days, at a temperature of 16 degrees, then age between 12 and 16 months in oak barrels with frequent batonnage.
The 2018 vintage boasts a straw-yellow color of medium consistency with an olfactory fan that opens with notes of chlorophyll, vanilla, lychee and Chinese Mandarin, followed by lime, yellow plum, freshly cut grass and Normandy butter, with final echoes of burnt calcium and flint. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, dominated by an electrifying acidity, around which are grafted the sapidity and a slight spicy note, all enriched by the return of citrus and vegetable that persist for a long time even after a refreshing closure.
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The wines produced by Marco Buvoli, in Gambugliano, about 10 kilometers northwest of Vicenza, in the Castellari Mountains, between the Lessini and the Berici, have been for about fifteen years one of the most prestigious expressions of Italian sparkling Pinot Noir. Marco, on the other hand, is the son of Nevio Buvoli, one of the first Italian sommelier, who trained him to recognize the difference between a mediocre wine, a simply good one and an excellent one. [Read more…] about Metodo Classico Extra Brut Super Sei, Marco Buvoli-Opificio del Pinot Nero
Domaine Marcell Deiss was founded in 1947 by the homonymous owner, who was succeeded by his son Jean-Michel and, later, by his nephew Mathieu who currently leads, helped and advised by his father. In the scene of Alsace production, however, this winery has carved out a prominent role thanks to the work of the current owner. [Read more…] about Alsace Complantation 2018, Marcel Deiss