An Italian love affair with @oeno_official 🇮🇹
It was wonderful to meet and chat to so many fantastic producers at the Oeno trade tasting this week with some exciting wines sampled from Oregon, Greece and China. But predictably for me it was Italy that stole my heart, with some firm favourites listed below:
🍷@Borgogno1761 Era Ora Langhe Riesling 2020- the first white wine to come from this iconic red producer and totally took me by surprise. The marriage of Riesling with Langhe terroir has resulted in a wine with incredible freshness and racy acidity with notes of lemon peel, honeysuckle green apple and white peach.
🍷@Borgogno1761 No Name- a bit of a cult favourite I had been wanting to try this one for a while and was not disappointed! In essence this is a Barolo but not classified as such because it was rejected by the appellation authorities, even though two other samples which were produced in the same way were accepted. The Nebbiolo grapes for this wine come from all the estate’s vineyards, which constitute five of the best Crus in the Barolo area.
🍷@PoderiGianniGagliardo Paulin Dolcetto D’Alba- bursting with ripe red fruit, it’s fresh but soft and rounded.
🍷@Coppo1892 Tenuta La Rocca Gavi 2020- I’m a big Gavi fan and this one was mouthwateringly good.
🍷 @Coppo1892 L’avvocata Barbera D’Asti 2020- so vibrant and fresh, full of red fruit, perfectly smooth and easy drinking.
🥂 @Nicola_Gatta_Metodo_Classico – showcasing his range of traditional method sparkling wines. Though the vineyard lies within the Franciacortia region, he chose to declassify his wines from the association, producing wines that are more akin to grower Champagnes in style. I thought they were all brilliant but in particular loved the Molener Extra Brut NV. 50/50 PN and Chardonnay with a whopping 90 months lees ageing. 👌
🍷@Allegrini.Winery La Poia 2017- a beautiful example of Valpolicella, affectionately referred to as ‘La Joya’ for the irrepressible pleasure it brings every time it is opened.
🍷 @FedeGraziani_Winery- two wonderful wines from the slopes of Mount Etna produced by Italian Sommelier and oenologist Federico Graziani. Maraneve Etna Bianco- a blend of Carricante, Riesling Renano, Gewurztraminer, Chenin Blanc and Grecanico. A great white with a unique style, super fresh, delicately floral and a lovely salinity. Rosso di Mezzo- a blend of Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, Alicante and Francisi. Described as a work in progress, reflecting the present and the future of the vineyard, it’s vibrant and silky smooth, a slight savoury edge with dried herbs and a smoky flint note.