On the Road with the Grape Guy

On the Road with the Grape Guy is a on-going feature that follows me from event to event ... I post my thoughts, feelings and reviews of what happened and what I tasted ... basically it is here that I review the events I attend and the things that thrilled me.

Anteprima Sagrantino : Rosso / Trebbiano / Grechetto

03 Sep 2020

(February 2020) ... MONTEFALCO – I am for the second time doing the Anteprima of Sagrantino, I was waiting to turn my visit into  a magazine article, but due to CoVid it will have to wait for 2021. So let’s start here instead, Sagrantino is a tough wine that requires years of age to round out and come into its own. I have been at dinners where producers open wines from past vintages that are just starting to come around and I’ve even tried 18-year-old versions that were beautiful, with acidity that would blow your mind, and tannins that still hung on – a real eye-opening experience as to the age-ability of this grape variety.

GrechettoThe exciting news this year, is that there were more wines to try and not just the Rosso wines, there were the Trebbiano and Grechetto wines (whites) as well. Obviously, the whites are much more ready to go (if not all completely finished), but also there were the Rosso wines (including the Riservas) made with Sagrantino, but also Sangiovese (which makes up to 90% of the blend). Rosso wines are most approachable now (yet still have wonderful age-ability) – it was these wines I found most surprising during my touring of wineries and tasting; for those of you who think Rosso is just a “drink now” wine – think again.

As a rule during these anteprima I do not score unfinished wines (aka: barrel / tank samples), too much can go wrong between barrel and bottle that can compromise or otherwise change the wine … if that happens that score from a barrel sample can come back to bite me, if the finished wine isn’t as I perceived it from barrel – so I have just stopped the practise of giving final scores to these wines.

The wines of this report are broken down into four categories: Grechetto / Trebbiano Spoletino / Rosso / Rosso Riserva … and in keeping with my policy of scoring only “finished” wines I treated everything as “unfinished” and rated them on their future potential on a scale of Good – Better – Best ... and also look for my reports of the tours and tastings I did this year – coming in October.

10 Grechetto Tasted …

Good Potential

Benedetti & Grigi NV Montefalco Grechetto DOC “Adone”
F.lli Pardi 2019 Montefalco Grechetto DOC
Tenuta Colfalco 2019 Montefalco Grechetto DOC

Better Potential

Benedetti & Grigi 2018 Montefalco Grechetto DOC

Best Potential

La Veneranda 2019 Montefalco Grechetto DOC
Scacciadiavoli 2019 Montefalco Grechetto DOC


14 Trebbiano Spoletino Tasted ...Trebbiano

Good Potential

Briziarelli 2018 Trebbiano Spoletino Spoleto DOC “Rosso Matone”
Colle Mora 2018 Trebbiano Spoletino Spoleto DOC
F.lli Pardi 2019 Trebbiano Spoletino Spoleto DOC

Better Potential

Colle Ciocco 2019 Trebbiano Spoletino Spoleto DOC “Tempestivo”
Le Cimate 2018 Trebbiano Spoletino Spoleto DOC

Best Potential

Ninni 2018 Spoleto Trebbiano Spoletino DOC “Poggio del Vescovo”


40 Rosso Tasted ...

Good Potential

Antonelli 2017 Montefalco Rosso DOC
Arnaldo Caprai 2017 Montefalco Rosso DOC
Fattoria Le Mura Saracene – Goretti 2017 Montefalco Rosso DOC
Fattoria Colleallodole Milziade Antano 2016 Montefalco Rosso DOC
Il Torrione 2015 Montefalco Rosso DOC
Perticaia 2016 Montefalco Rosso DOC
Romanelli 2016 Montefalco Rosso DOC
Tenute Lunelli Castelbuono 2017 Montefalco Rosso DOC “Ziggurat”

Better Potential

Adanti 2015 Montefalco Rosso DOC
Colle Ciocco 2016 Montefalco Rosso DOC
Fongoli 2015 Montefalco Rosso DOC “Bicunsio”
Ilaria Cocco 2016 Montefalco Rosso DOC “Camorata”
Tenuta Alzatura-Cecchi 2016 Montefalco Rosso DOC
Vignabaldo Group 2016 Montefalco Rosso DOC “Nido Del Falco”

Best Potential

Montioni 2017 Montefalco Rosso DOC
Tabarrini 2016 Montefalco Rosso DOC “Boccatone”


13 Rosso Riserva Tasted ...Rosso Riserva

Good Potential

Adanti 2014 Montefalco Rosso Riserva DOC
Dionigi 2014 Montefalco Rosso Riserva DOC
Fongoli 2015 Montefalco Rosso Riserva DOC “Serpullo”
Terre Di San Felice 2017 Montefalco Rosso Riserva DOC

Better Potential

Romanelli 2015 Montefalco Rosso Riserva DOC

Best Potential

Antonelli 2016 Montefalco Rosso Riserva DOC
Arnaldo Caprai 2016 Montefalco Rosso Riserva DOC

 

Report from : Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Anteprima 2020

18 Aug 2020

 

(February 2020) – Tuscany … Seems like it has been forever since I went to this tasting in Florence, Italy – and I do miss the country so much, it is true that absence makes the heart grow fonder; but now let’s look at step one of this tasting and the reason we are all there – to taste the newest vintage of Chianti Classico Gran Seleziones.

ParmesanThis year 198 wineries participated and 480 wines were on display: 214 Chianti Classico, 153 Chianti Classico Riserva and 113 Gran Selezione. Vintages ranged from the 2018 Chianti Classico to a 2007 Riserva. The tasting occurs over the course of two days during the Chianti Classico Anteprima 2020 and is the largest organized tasting of the week.

This year my focus was on the upper tier wines, the Riserva and Gran Selezione, … if you would like to see the results of my Annata tasting they can be found on a separate report linked at the bottom of this post(Riserva is linked there as well). This year I was able to taste 100% of the Gran Selezione … which is not always the case because these wines go quickly on day one.

Colonia Felsina GSThe current Gran Selezione wines come from the 2017 vintage (11 were on display), but everybody wanted to show off those from the stellar 2016 vintage (60 in all – more than half of the Grans on display) … not to take anything away from the work that went into creating the 2017 wines, but the 2016 showed very well … in fact, my top two wines are both 2016s. 2015 was also a wonderful vintage (over-shadowed by 2016) and the 31 wines up for tasting from that vintage showed more delicacy and elegance while the 2016 showed both power with some backing elegance. IN both vintages the fruit seems to reign supreme and the oak a background player.

The Gran Selezione wines from both the 2016 and 2015 vintage are wines built for the cellar, while a larger number of the 2017s will need to be tasted to fully appreciate where this vintage is going. The 11 wines were not enough of a sampling to truly wrap one’s palate around the vintage and how it takes to the Gran Selezione style

Below is a list of the wines that truly represented, to me, the best of the Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG wines I tasted (in alphabetical order by producer / by star rating) – everything rated is a “finished” wine.

(All scoring is out of 5 stars)

 

Classico BannerChianti Classico Gran Selezione range of wines tasted
2017 / 2016 / 2015 / 2014 / 2013 / 2012  (DOCG) …

Three Plus Stars …

Castello di Bossi 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
Il Palagio di Panzano 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Le Bambole”
Ricasoli 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Roncicone”
Viticcio 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Prunaio”


Three and a Half Stars …

Antica Fattoria Machiavelli 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Vigna di Fontalle”
Borgo Scopeto 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
Ca’ di Pesa 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Burrone”
Cantina Castelvecchi 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Madonnino della Pieve”
Casa Emma 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
Castello di Ama 2017 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Lorenzo”
Castello La Leccia 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Bruciagna”
Dievole 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Vigna di Sessina”
Famiglia Nunzi Conti 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Vigna Elisa”
Fattoria di Lamole 2013 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Vigna Grospoli”
Fattoria di Montemaggio 2012 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
Fattoria Le Fonti 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Poggino”
Le Fonti 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
Oliviera 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Sandro Bandini”
Poggio Torselli 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
Principe Corsini 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Zac”Chianti Bottles 480
Ricasoli 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Colledila”
Rignana 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Villa di Rignana”
Rocca delle Macie 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Sergio Zingarelli”
San Fabiano Calcinaia 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Cellole”
Tenuta di Lilliano 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
Vecchie Terre di Montefili 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione


Three and a Half Plus Stars …

Bibbiano 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Vigna del Campannino”
Borgo La Stella 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
Castello di Fonterutoli 2017 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
Castello di Fonterutoli 2017 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Badiola”
Castello di Volpaia 2017 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Coltassala”
Concadoro 2012 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
Famiglia Cecchi 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Villa Rosa”
Fontodi 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Vigna del Sorbo”
Le Filgare 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Lorenzo”
Losi Querciavalle 2013 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Losi Millennium”
Principe Corsini 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Don Tommaso”
Santo Stefano 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
Vignamaggio 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Monna Lisa”
Villa Montepaldi 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione


Four Stars …

Castello di Fonterutoli 2017 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Vicoregio 36”
Castello di Radda 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Vigna il Corno”
Castello di Verrazzano 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Sassello”
Rocca di Castagnoli 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Stielle”
Villa a Sesta 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Sorleone”

Badia A Passignano GSFour Plus Stars …

Felsina 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Colonia” - (video coming soon)
Marchesi Antinori 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Badia a Passignano” - (see video review)

 

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Links to the other reports in this series …

Report from : Chianti Classico Riserva - Anteprima 2020

Report from : Chianti Classico - Anteprima 2020

 

 

 

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