If you really love wine and what behind the bottle, you can’t miss this documentary. Yesterday looking into the collection of dvd, try to make a little order but after 5 minutes of work I find this movie, and with and excuse to stop tiding up, I watched again. Now I remember why I don’t read Robert Parker anymore.
Mondovino it’s a travel around the world with meeting of famous brand and unknown farmer, and try to explain what’s behind a bottle of Wine. There is a poetry behind every bottle that unfortunately many people are not able to play. And especially now were in the world the dispute between the bio, natural wines and the others start to be more and more intensive.
Before the advent of the various “Robert Parker” which in my personal opinion loves wine ready to drink in relative haste, there was no modern Brunello at all, but the new and growing market demand during the time have determinate its born. I must admit that I consider the modern Brunello still good, sometimes very good, even if more commercial. I have anyway to admit that it was the birth of a commercial product, as often happens, that determined the success of Brunello in the world. In fact it was impossible to think that a Brunello di Montalcino Biondi Santi or Soldera, old school, was for everyone. Few bottles, for sure excellent in quality, but with a prohibitive price, can certainly gain a large niche, but not conquer the public. For your information regarding prices we are around the $ 400 minimum for a Biondi Santi and $ 200 for a Soldera, if and only if you do not go to old vintages.
But what are the main differences between the traditional Brunello and the Modern one? Well first of all the barrels. is impossible to find a traditional Brunello is aged in barriques, instead of the barriques are generally preferred the large oaks barrels, while a modern refined in small barrels of 225 liters, precisely the barriques, although for some excellent wines, sometimes tend to cover a little taste of the wine with the taste of vanilla, which sometimes also covers defects.
Moreover the color of the modern Brunello is generally darker and concentrated, meanwhile a traditional Brunello has a red tending to garnet. Same thing on the nose, the first is harder and impact, while the second have different scents more various and refined.
Obviously I’m not here to say which one is the best, it depends on your tastes, but certainly I think it proper to make a distinction because these two types, which have the same name but are certainly very different wines.
Earlier I mentioned the fact that the modern Brunello has made the fortune abroad, in reality this is not exactly true, A Brunello Biondi Santi had been drunk at the wedding of Elizabeth of England and Duke of Edinburgh as long ago as 1947, tnato for example, but certainly in cellars such as Banfi is credited with bringing the production of Brunello at most important numbers that have allowed many enthusiasts, from the Americans to over the world, to know and appreciate the qualities of this extraordinary wine, which, in both versions, modern or traditional, will certainly be able to give great emotions.
So which Brunello are you?
Grape: Pinot Grigio 100%
Alcohol : 13%
Denomination : Colli Orientali del Friuli D.o.c
I was very surprized when I went in US recently to see how famous the Pinot Grigio is, and yesterday having the oppotunity to pick up a white wine, we were eating fish, I got this Pinot Grigio 2010 from Livio Felluga, which in my mind is the flag of the Pinot Grigio from Friuli. It is interesting to know that Livio Felluga has led, following a path taken fifty years ago, the renaissance of the wines from Friuli Venezia Giulia, driving its company, but in general the entire area, to be internationally known and recognized as one of the best area in the world, not only for Pinot Grigio, but for the white wines in general. Obviously no shortage of red wines but honestly speaking when I think about Friuli is not a red wine that come in my mind.
Coming back to the wine it present with a straw yellow, nose is elegant with scent of jasmine, white peach, apricot, orange peel.
In mouth is sapid has a good acid note, it is strong but in my opinion not perfectly balanced anyway It leaves a pleasant sensation of juicy fruit.
Here you have the message I just post on the wall of #Frescobaldi after the visit on their booth at the #Vinitaly
Let me say first that I love Frescobaldi wines, because this message will not be so friendly, I am sorry. Yesterday I have been at the vinitaly, in incognito, without saying I am a wine blogger, and to be frank the treathment recieved was absolutly unprofessional.
Despite to the fact that the wine for tasting were basic only, understandable but in this case do not shows Marmoreto bottles just behind, the girl didn’t answer to one of my question, she only give me a brochure asking me to do not keep it. I love your company, I do visit Nipozzano shop 2/3 times per year and it is always a fantastic experience you should try to replicate also at the Vinitaly, or do not do a tasting corner because loyal customers expects the same level ever.Thanks for your attention.
To be correct I want to report here the reply from Frescobaldi posted on facebook here http://www.facebook.com/FrescobaldiVini/posts/372098132824735
Chianti wine is one of the most famous Italian wine worldwide. Anyway during my travels outside Italy I always find Chianti, but the quality sometimes is good, most of the times so and so. For this reason in this post I want to give you my advise, on my personal top ten about Chianti. The order is random because they are all, in my opinion, more or less the same level: the best!!!
- Montesodi – Chianti Rufina- Frescobaldi winery
- Flaccianello – Chianti Classico – Fontodi winery
- Riserva Ducale Oro – Chianti Classico Riserva – Ruffino winery
- Castello di Brolio – Chianti Classico – Barone Ricasoli winery
- Castello di Fonteruoli – Chianti Classico – Mazzei winery
- Riserva Berandenga Rancia – Chianti Classico Riserva – Felsina winery
- Il Molino di Grace – Chianti Classico Riserva – Il Molino di Grace winery
- Bucerchiale – Chianti Rufina Riserva – Fattoria Selvapiana winery
- Brancaia – Chianti Classico – Brancaia winery
- Castello di Ama – Chianti Classico – Castello di Ama Winery
Follows all the wines reviewed one by one.
Falanghina grape is one of Italy’s oldest wine it was famous during the Roman emperor period and it’s extremely famous in Italy now. You can find it in every restaurant from north to south. Often the quality unfortunately it’s not at the top, and for this reason it’s important to identify some good wineries. This small winery Aia dei Colombi do a Falanghina like it should be. Both the nose and palate very fresh and pleasant with good acidity but does not disturb. The nose has light citrus references, while in the mouth has the right freshness and persistence. In their winey it cost 6€, which makes this wine a perfect starting point to appreciate the Falanghina
Rate it 3/5 and Best Buy
As you probably already know, majority of the big names of the Italian wine flank to their top wine, minor wine, but most of the time anyway excellent, this Rigoleto Collemassari it’s a good example of what I am talking about..
In this article I’ll start to describe this wine, that for sure, for one person that want to start tasting wine, could be a good approach, also for their pockets
Rigoleto 2008 – Collemassari
Big Brother – Grattamacco
From this wine I’ll start to give also a “technical” description:
Grape : 70% Sangiovese., 15% Ciliegiolo, 15% Montepulciano
Alcohol : 13,5%
Denomination D.o.c. Montecucco
I have to say that this Rigoleto Collemassari it’s really good, fresh, despite the alcohol grade, and tasty at the same time, I could define it light, but certainly not trivial. It’s biologic, so for sure it’s hard to have an headache the day after, also if you exceed with the quantity ( I can tell you from a personal experience ) . For a price, around 10€ it deserve for sure an high rate.
Rate 4/5 and best buy