Basil T’s is a local restaurant that often hosts small wine tastings. The management at Basil’s is well versed in the Italian wine universe, both by regions and by price. They do a good job with these mini-tastings.
The tastings take place over a two hour period. Typically, four or five different wines are served. They also offer Italian cheese and salami alongside the wines! (I haven’t decided if the cheese makes the wine taste better or the wine makes the cheese taste better. I will have to do more testing in this area.) Wine tasting participants are provided a glass and move from one bottle to another sampling each wine. The room can get crowded at times. While it is not the optimal environment for wine tasting, you do get to try a selection of wines you normally wouldn’t get to try in a short period of time. All wines are available for purchase.
On to the wines:
2010 Poggio de Goleri Cygnus
An interesting white. 100% Pigato from Liguria. Comparable to a Chardonnay. Worth a try. I ordered a bottle and will note findings in the future.
2009 Fontalpino Do ut Des
A red blend from Tuscany. 1/3 Sangiovese, 1/3 Cabernet Sauvignon, 1/3 Merlot. Sharp, bright flavors. This was my favorite of the evening. I ordered some and will report back once bottles are in hand.
2009 Mater Domani Negroamaro Marangi
100% Negroamaro from Puglia. This wine is aged in steel and cement…..yes, cement! And it tasted like it. A very, strong flavor in the finish, almost plastic-like. This one is an acquired taste and I am not the acquirer.
2007 Basilico Aglianico del Vulture
100% Aglianico from Basilicata. I had high hopes for this, but things didn’t work out as I’d planned (they never do!). Strong licorice and expresso on the palate. Hey, I’m drinking wine, not coffee and Sambuca. I passed on a second glass. Really overpowering finish.
2007 Martinetti Sul Bric
From Piemonte. 50% Barbera, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. Apparently, they only had a few bottles at the tasting because someone dropped a case on the way in and shattered multiple bottles. I only had a glass, but it seemed good. I ordered a bottle and will report after greater study.
There you have the good and the bad.
Thanks to Bobby, Bry, and Vic at Basil T’s for a most enjoyable tasting.