Tag Archives: red wines

Villa Montepaldi: Teaching Means Doing, Too

Villa Montepaldi is one of the older estates in Chianti Classico. It now belongs to the University of Florence, which uses it as a teaching and reserach facility. They’re doing it right, too; the wines are quite nice. Continue reading

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Le Caniette: Wines from The Marches

Le Caniette is a historic winery of the Marches, though it didn’t start out that way: when Raffaele Vagnoni purchased the property in 1897 and moved in with his family, they did make wine, among other things, but also concentrated … Continue reading

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Bardolino: Chiaretto Spumante, Chiaretto, and… Bardolino

It would seem obvious, but how one approaches a vintage presentation has a profound influence on how one sees the wine. And for the past few years, I have approached the Bardolino presentation in steps, starting with the Bardolino Chiaretto … Continue reading

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Benvenuto Vino Nobile: A Shift in Direction?

This year the producers of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano presented the 2010 vintage, together with Riserve from 2009 and a few older riserve and vineyard selections. To be quite honest, I wasn’t expecting that much when I sat down in … Continue reading

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Antinori’s Le Mortelle Estate: Something New in the Maremma

Antinori purchased Le Mortelle, a sizable property not far from Castiglion della Pescaia (a town on the Tuscan coast) in 1999, and spent a number of years deciding exactly how to proceed – Le Mortelle was originally part of a … Continue reading

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Three Older Wines

Like most people who write about wines, I often receive samples to taste – two of each kind the winery makes, lest one of the bottles be corked. The open bottles get drunk or given away, as do the lighter … Continue reading

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The First IGP Day in Langa

Working though oceans of rain that have hammered central and northern Italy, the Giovani Promettenti landed in Langa to taste Barolo and Barbaresco (next year, we promise to add Roero!). This morning at 9:00 sharp Carlo Macchi, with Luciano Pignataro, … Continue reading

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