Well priced Barolo; Boroli Barolo 2010

This is a well made Barolo from Boroli in Piemonte.  My texts do not reveal much on this producer, although you can fossick around on their website at the link below.  The 2010 vintage, a great one in the region, tasted here has typical nebbiolo aromatics of roses, dried roses and sour cherry.  The palate […]

Massolino Serralunga d’Alba Barolo 2012

This is a very good Barolo from Massolino in the Barolo subregion of Serralunga d’Alba.  There’s a bit more about Massolino in this interesting article from Stephen Brook in Decanter on some of the top Barolo and Barbaresco producers (see the link here). The 2012 vintage has aromatics of herbs, roses and bright cherry.  The […]

Viticoltore Mauro Molino Barolo 2011

I am developing a bit of an interest in the wines of Barolo.  This cannot be viewed as anything other than unfortunate development for my bank balance!  I dutifully looked up this producer – Mauro Molino – in my newly purchased Barolo and Barbaresco reference book, The King and Queen of Italian Wine by Kerin O’Keefe […]

Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Asili 2001

This is an impressive Barbaresco from Produttori del Barbaresco.  Fashioned from the nebbiolo grape in Piemonte in north western Italy, the wine is sourced from Asili, one of the best vineyards in the Barbaresco subregion.  In its drinking prime, the 2001 tasted here has classic nebbiolo aromatics of tar and roses.  The palate has fine […]

Traversa Starderi Barbaresco 2010

I tasted this nebbiolo from Traversa blind among what I must say was an excellent tasting of Barolo, Barbaresco and Brunello wines.  It’s a delicious wine that merits your attention.  Its aromatics are typical in style, reminding of tar, herbs, violets and rosemary.  The palate is fleshy with long length and flavours with characters of […]

Poggiotondo Chianti Superiore 2012

There’s always a slight legal mystery tour with European wine labels.  “Chianti Superiore” is another. From what I can tell, and feel free to correct me if you have found better sources, this label means it cannot be from the Chianti Classico subregion, must have a minimum alcohol of 11.5% and the wine must wait, […]

Malvira Langhe Nebbiolo 2012

When nebbiolo works it is just such an attractive wine.  This one from Malvira from the Langhe region in north western Italy is a great example.  It has floral and bitumen aromatics.  The palate has medium length, grippy tannins and a lovely balance to it.  One to buy. Rating: Good to Very GoodAbv: 13.5%Price: $40Vendors […]

Poggiotondo Organic Chianti 2014

Organic Chianti.  Not something I’ve seen before, I think, but why not.  The aromatics are pleasingly typical of sangiovese in its Chianti guise.  Dust, earth and ripe black cherries.  The palate is mid weight, textural and savoury.  Lovely Chianti for $20. Rating: GoodAbv: 13%Price: $20Vendors and website: http://www.poggiotondowines.comTasted: 2016

Bartenura Moscato 2014

From Bartenura, this Moscato is an IGT Provincia di Pavia from Lombardy in northern western Italy.  It’s an IGT I see little of and a little digging reveals that the region’s styles are diverse, ranging from reds to rosés right through to sparkling white wines such as this.  This (sparkling) Moscato has aromatics of lychee, […]

Poggerino Chianti Classico 2005

Poggerino’s Chianti Classico is a label I have largely forgotten about for no particular reason.  This  example drawn straight from the cellar wears its ten years of age with seemingly little effort.  Still developing rather than mature, its aromatics remind of licorice, earth and crunchy blackberries.  The palate, initially stern, warms to food and relaxes […]