Bolgheri is located in the town of Castagneto Carducci in the Tuscany region of Italy. It is home to several wineries, including Podere Sapaio. Podere Sapaio produces two red wines and olive oil.
The 2008 Podere Sapaio Superiore was a red blend, composed of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. The wine spent 18 months aging in oak barriques, and then an additional 12 months in the bottle, prior to release. The label listed ABV was 14.5%. The Italian classification was DOC. There were 2,500 cases of this vintage produced.
There are a number of Super Tuscans that rank among my favorite wines to drink. As I was looking over the wine list at Undici in Rumson, NJ (They have over 600 wines, solely from Italy. Check out the list under “Menu” on their website. It is pretty impressive.), I came upon the 2008 Podere Sapaio. Knowing the region, but not the wine, I decided to give it a try.
Given my success with other Bolgheri wines, I had high hopes for this bottle.
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.
Bodegas del Palacio is located in the town of Cambados in the Rias Baixas region of Spain. The winery produces three white wines using the Albariño variety, as well as orujo, a Spanish liqueur.
The 2010 Albariño de Fefiñanes was 100% Albariño. The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks. The labeled ABV was 13%.
In the midst of my research into the Albariño variety, I came across a timely blog post by David Lincoln Ross on his visit to Bodega del Palacio de Fefiñanes in Galacia. On the basis of his comments, I set upon a search for the winery’s product.
I was able to locate the 2010 Albariño de Fefiñanes. This turned out to be a good thing. In fact, I need to find some more of these.
Chimney Rock Winery is located in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley in California. The winery produces three red wines, two white ones, and one rose wine.
The 2007 Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon Tomahawk Vineyard was 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine spent 18 months in French oak barrels (75% new and 25% old). The wine’s ABV was 14.2%.
I had recently reviewed Chimney Rock’s 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon blend. In researching that wine, I discovered the winery also produced a pure Cabernet Sauvignon, the Tomahawk. As I was impressed with the Cab blend, I felt obliged to track down (and sample!) some of the pure Cab (strictly in the name of research, mind you).
I managed to procure two bottles of the 2007 Tomahawk Vineyard Cabernet. I tasted both of them on separate evenings over the past week. My notes were fairly consistent.
Now, I need to find some more.
Wow. This was my first 20-year old Barolo and it was fantastic. I need to find some more of these!
The nose was earthy with red fruit. Cherries exploded on the palate with ultra smooth tannins, settling into bright red fruit. The finish was long and lingering with very, very mellowed oak, a mild hint.
Undici, a local restaurant, had it on their seasonal list, which often moves older vintages. It may turn in the next few years, but was drinking superbly tonight.
So…I only need another 14 years for the 06 Barolos I am holding……