Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona is located in the town of Montalcino in the Tuscany section of Italy. The winery produces red wine, grappa, and olive oil. While they are best known for the Brunello di Montalcino (two non-Riservas and one Riserva), they produce five other red wines as well, using a number of different varietals.
The 2009 Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Rosso Toscana was “mostly Sangiovese” (that is a quote from the winery’s website and they did not respond to a request for further information). The restaurant I sourced the wine at listed the breakdown as 50% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 10% Syrah. The wine was aged in Slavonian oak barrels and barriques (aging time unavailable). As a result of the varietal blend, the designation was IGT.
I had previously tasted the Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso and greatly enjoyed the wine. As I was dining at Basil T’s, in Red Bank, NJ, I came across the Ciacci Piccolomini Rosso Toscana IGT on their seasonal wine list. Their seasonal list is designed to move vintages that are at or nearing their peak. The list also offers a discount of 50% on the price. So, instead of the typical restaurant markup, you are paying close to retail for a bottle of wine. It’s a nice deal.
I decided to give this IGT a taste.
Castello di Ama is based in the town of Ama in the province of Siena in the Tuscany region of Italy. In addition to red, white, and rose wines, they also produce olive oil.
The 2011 Castello di Ama Rosato was 93% Sangiovese and 7% Merlot. The wine was produced by means of the saingee method. It was aged in stainless steel tanks for 4 months. Its ABV was 13.5%. The wine was bottled in February of 2012 and had an IGT classification.
Although I was very pleased with the Caves de Donnas Larmes du Paradis, the kind people at Basil T’s, a local restaurant, insisted I try the 2011 Castello di Ama Rosato.
I was very glad they made the recommendation.
Leone de Castris is based in the town of Salice Salentino in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. The winery produces no less than 26 red, white, and rose wines (that’s a lot of wine!), 3 sparkling wines, grappa, and olive oil.
The 2011 Leone de Castris Five Roses was 90% Negroamaro and 10% Malvasia, more specifically, Black Malvasia from Lecce. The wine was aged for a minimum of one month in steel tanks, and for an additional month in the bottle prior to release. The listed ABV was 12.5%. The wine’s classification was IGT.
In my search for an Italian Rosati for the coming summer months, the kind gentlemen at Basil T’s, a local Italian restaurant, had recommended I try the Caves de Donnas Larmes du Paradis and the Leone de Castris Five Roses.
Leone de Castris lays claim to Five Roses being the first Rose bottled in Italy, back in 1943. With that reputation and the positive experience I had with the Larmes du Paradis, I was looking forward to tasting this wine.
Donnas is a small town in the Valle d’Aosta region in northwest Italy. Valle d’Aosta is bordered by France on the west, Switzerland to the north, and Piemonte to the south and east. Caves de Donnas produces red, white, and rose wines with grapes harvested from the local cooperative vineyards.
The 2011 Caves de Donnas Larmes du Paradis Rose was 100% Nebbiolo. The label listed ABV was 12.5%. The wine’s classification was DOC.
During the summer of 2011, I tasted a few superb Italian Rosati. My first tasting this year did not fare well with the 2011 Librandi Ciro. Basil T’s, a local restaurant, has several people who are quite knowledgeable in the area of Rosati. They recommended I try the Caves de Donnas and two others (posts coming up shortly).
After my tasting with Librandi, I was unsure how this one would go.
In the Tuscany section of Italy, near the town of Siena, one can find Fattoria di Felsina. The winery produces a total of six red wines and one Chardonnay.
The 2006 Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia was 100% Sangiovese. The wine was aged in new oak barrels for 16 to 18 months, and then spent an additional 6 to 8 months aging in the bottle. Its ABV was listed at 13.5% and the wine carried a DOCG classification.
I came across this wine while dining at Basil T’s in Red Bank, NJ. This restaurant has an extensive wine list (14 pages long with 12-20 wines per page – only Italian wines). I had success here in the past with a 2004 Castello di Ama Chianti Classico, so I thought I would give a new Chianti a try.
Castello di Ama is based 45 minutes from the town of Siena in the Tuscan region of Italy.
They produce red, white, and rose wines, as well as olive oil.
I found this wine while having dinner at Basil T’s, a local Italian restaurant.
The 2004 Chianti Classico is a Sangiovese blend. The grapes used to produce it are 80% Sangiovese and 20% Malvasia Nera, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Nero.
The end result is a very classic Chianti.
Sul Bric is a red blend produced by Franco M. Martinetti in the town of Monferrato in Piemonte, Italy.
The blend is 50% Barbera and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. Despite the components, this wine does not have that modern SuperTuscan/new age feel to it. It is much more old world in style and flavor.
A very, interesting bottle of wine.