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.
Azienda Vitivinicola Paolo Scavino is located in the Langhe section of Piemonte in Italy. The winery produces a full line of red and white wines, using a number of varietals with their focus on Nebbiolo and Barbera.
The 2004 Paolo Scavino Barolo was 100% Nebbiolo. The aging process consisted of 12 months in French oak barriques, followed by 12 months in French oak casks, and a final year in the bottle prior to release. The wine’s ABV was 14.5%. It carried Italy’s DOCG classification. There were 1500 cases of this wine produced.
I came across this wine at Wine Sellers, a local liquor store. I knew the Paolo Scavino name, but hadn’t tasted any of their wines.
I purchased two bottles of the 2004 Paolo Scavino to put them to the test.
On the 24th of April, 2012, Undici restaurant hosted a wine dinner for Podere Cantina Oddero.
Oddero, located in La Morra in the Piemonte region of Italy, is run by two sisters, Mariacristina (Cristina) Oddero and Mariavittoria Oddero. The Oddero family has been producing wines at their estate since the 18th century. At the dinner, I had the good fortune to meet with Christina and her niece, Isabella, who is the winery’s spokesperson.
Over the course of the evening, we tasted seven wines expertly paired with four courses by Undici’s executive chef Giovanni (this man is one great chef!). There were actually five courses and eight wines, but I missed the dessert course. Great Italian wine plus great Italian food resulted in a great wine tasting experience.