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Red Wine – Italy
“Moròpio” Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico 2011, Antolini, Veneto (xx.x% abv)
The Antolini brothers have been farming 7.5 hectares of vineyards near the town of Marano di Valpolicella about 10 kilometres east of Lake Garda since 1992. Made mainly from Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella grapes together with a small percentage of Molinara from the vineyard of Moròpio. Amarone is made from partially dried grapes, which lose between 25% and 45% of their weight during the drying process. Ruby red with an intense bouquet of dried flowers and black cherry, this wine is elegant, a little sweet, warm and smooth.
Barolo Fracassi Mantoetto, 2011, Piedmont
Quoting our friends and Passione Vino: “Umberto Fracassi Barolo from the ancient town of Cherasco, not far from the more famous Barolo town of La Morra is like the Burgundy equivalent of this great region. It is subtle and elegant and has a lovely soft warmth at its heart which wraps you up and keeps you cosy on cold winter nights. Production is traditional all the way, 35 day macerations, long aging in ‘botti’, indigenous yeast. Umberto, now in his late seventies is actually the ‘Marchese’ of his town, very apt indeed as Barolo is the ‘Wine of Kings, King of Wines’. His personality is reflected in his wine, warm and humble but with underlying complexity and great ageing potential.”
Brunello di Montalcino 2010, Pieve di Santa Restituta, Angelo Gaja, Tuscony
Angelo Gaja is credited with developing techniques that have revolutionised winemaking in Italy and terms such as “the undisputed king of Barbaresco” have been bestowed on him. Originally based in Piemonte joined the family firm in 1960 when in his early twenties. This wine bears the hallmark of the legendary Gaja estate – they bought into Pieve Santa Restituta in 1994 and have helped it to become a superb producer of modern Tuscan wine. Located in the south-west of the Brunello di Montalcino appellation, this is consistently excellent.