The area of “San Marco de Corticellis” was an ancient Langobard agricultural court, located in an Umbria area already known for its microclimate, particularly suitable for wine and oil production. Those same lands, between the 13th and the 19th century belonged to the properties administered by the Bishop of Spoleto until, in 1881, the lawyer Francesco Antonelli (also from Spoleto) took over the property. [Read more…] about Trebbiano Spoletino Anteprima Tonda 2018, Antonelli San Marco
Talking about Alsatian viticulture without mentioning Zind-Humbrecht is a rather complicated speculative exercise, since it is the winery that, perhaps most of all, has contributed to the development of this region. The Domaine was born in 1959 from the union of the lands of the Humbrecht and the Zind families, two dynasties that for centuries cultivated the vine in Gueberschwihr (Humbrecht) and Wintzenheim (Zind), in Alsace, united by the marriage between Léonard Humbrecht and Geneviève Zind. [Read more…] about Riesling Roche Granitique 2018, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht
According to official sources, the Frick family has been growing vines for 12 generations, in the village of Pfaffenheim, nestled in the Upper Rhine, a few kilometers south of the city of Colmar, in the southern quadrant of the appellation Alsace AOC. The descendants of this family, Jean-Pierre, married to Chantal, and his son Thomas Frick, cultivate 12 hectares of vineyards, spread within a radius of 15 kilometers from the winery, from 3 different Grand Cru (Steiner to Pfaffenheim, Vorbourg to Rouffach and Eichberg to Eguisheim), vinifying them under the Domaine Pierre Frick label. [Read more…] about Pinot Noir Stangenberg 2018, Pierre Frick
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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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
The wine production of the Antinori family boasts, among its ranks, real wine monuments, able to warm the hearts of their fans around the world. On the other hand, it is still one of the oldest Maison, now in its twenty-sixth generation, with Albiera, Alessia and Allegra Antinori, daughters of the Marquis Piero Antinori, after more than 600 years of history. [Read more…] about Il Bruciato 2018, Antinori
The well-deserved fame of the Le Macchiole winery is a subject on which all Italian and international wine critics agree. On the other hand, there are not many wineries that can boast the production of three red wines that, systematically, are at the top of the production of the Bolgheri area. The history of this winery begins almost 40 years ago, in 1983, when Eugenio Campolmi, assisted by his wife Cinzia Merli, bought the first 4 hectares of vineyard on Via Bolgherese, an area still quite unknown for the production of wine. [Read more…] about Bolgheri Rosso 2018, Le Macchiole
Gulfi is a winery founded in the homonymous locality of Chiaramonte Gulfi, in the south-western quadrant of the Iblei Mountains, in the province of Ragusa, by Vito Catania, an entrepreneur of Sicilian origins transplanted to Milan who, in 1996, decided to return to his homeland, to take over the wine tradition that his family had developed over three generations. The winery management has always been inspired by the productive philosophy of Salvo Foti, [Read more…] about Nerojbleo 2018, Gulfi