I first reviewed the 2007 Terrabianca Campaccio (Black Foil) a week ago. You can read my comments on the wine and about the foil controversy here.
I emailed the winery and received a prompt response on the foil issue. They denied any difference in the wine (would they say otherwise?) in their email reply.
Tonight, I sampled the 2007 Terrabianca Campaccio (Red Foil), and my results lend some credence to those who think there are two versions of this vintage.
Similar to last week’s tasting, I decanted the wine for 2 hours.
The nose had the same floral notes, but the pepper and clove were lighter this time. Red fruit came out later on, as with the prior tasting.
There were notable differences on the palate, the red fruit was not as forward and the vanilla was lacking. Morever, there was a touch of bitterness.
The finish also saw a large discrepancy. Whereas the Black Foil was a “Nice, mild finish with tamed tannins.”, the Red Foil was fairly harsh, and again, bitter. The ABV is listed at 13.5%, but appeared to come through a bit on Red Foil.
With so many differences, I would conclude the Red Foil was not the same wine as the Black Foil.
The one flaw in my methodology was food. I should have tasted with the identical meal as last week. I did not. Tonight was beef, as opposed to last week’s Salmon with Citrus Salsa Verde. I should have planned the comparison better. I will give the Red Foil another tasting, this time with the same food. I will also enlist some help and conduct a blind test of Red Foil versus Black Foil.
For the moment, I would pass on Red and go on Black.
Until the next tasting!