March 29, 2011

Wine school – Italy

Second round of wine school started last week. This time we are taking a closer a look at different countries and what's typical for their grapes and wine. First out was Italy, which still is a little bit of blank area for me. Both grape variates and wine can be a bit difficult to learn as there are so many and there are no specific rules how it should be. Compare that to France where everything is in strict order...

Rotari Rosé 2006
Probably one of the best sparkling wines coming out of Italy. Wins different prizes year after year. Pale orangery pink colour. Fruity notes of wild strawberries and bread. On the palate rather dry with again wild strawberries and bread.

Terredora Fiano di Avellino 2009
Medium golden colour. Subtle notes of mature fruit and flowers with hints of pear, apricot, citrus and honey. Fruity and a bit sweet palate but still dry.

Zecci Classico 2009
Light yellow going towards golden. Notes of pears, citrus and oak. On the palate rather dry with a long finish of mature plums, minerals and oak.

Rocca Guicciarda Riserva 2006
Deep ruby colour. Strong cherry notes with hints of chocolate and tobacco. A rich palate full of fruit and species such as sage.

Barolo Serralunga d'Alba 2005
Garnet-red colour with ruby highlights. Intense notes of vanilla, spices and withered roses. A full-bodied velvety palate of cherries, cocoa and oak. Very long-lasting finish.

A (Alpha Zeta) Amarone 2007
Deep ruby colour. Intense notes of ripe black cherries and plums. On the palate it is full bodied and rich, with cherry, vanilla and coffee flavours. Long finish.

Next wine school is going to be about Spain. Unfortunately I'm in Poland that night, and most likely not drinking Spanish wines. Sigh!

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