Last Tuesday was just one of them days. I arrived at the Union Station about 11:45 a.m. for Gambero Rosso's 2013 Tre Bicchieri tasting and found myself the first in line. Long story short, I realized it didn't start until 2 p.m. which limited my available time frame. I became determined. That is how I ended up trying 16 wines in 16 minutes.
That's power tasting. Obviously I couldn't take notes but having worked in a Italian restaurant that boasted over 650 wines in two and a half years - all my memories of tasting Italian wines came right back to me.
MARCHEGioacchino Garofoli Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Podium 2010 - Garofoli is the oldest winery in Marche and one I have never tried. I adore Verdicchio and it hails so deservingly here in this region. Fresh fruit flavors with an elegant body content, this racy wine is the perfect answer to any season of the year. This wine can evolve and would make a great addition to any list regardless of its menu.Velenosi Rosso Piceno Superiore Roggio del Filare 2008 - I was Italian in my past life, but Sangiovese is not my preferred poison. However, when you blend it in a bottle with Montepulciano, it's as if I am reunited with an old friend. I'm talking black berries - all of them, introducing themselves one at a time as the wine lingers on my tongue. I love the wines of Rosso Piceno because they have the ability of being rustic and playful at the same time.
EMILIA ROMAGNACleto Chiarli Lambrusco di Sorbara del Fondatore 2011
PIEMONTEMassolino Barolo Vigna Rionda Riserva 2006
TOSCANATenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto 2009
VENETOVilla Sandi Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze Vigna La Rivetta 2011
LOMBARDIANino Negri Valtellina Sfursat 5 Stelle 2009
SARDEGNAAgricola Punica Barrua 2009
LIGURIACantine Lunae Bosoni Colli di Luni Vermentino Etichetta Nera 2011
SICILIAPlaneta Chardonnay 2010
ALTO ADIGECantina Produttori Colterenzio Sauvignon Prail Praedium 2011Cantina Tramin Gewürztraminer Nussbaumer 2011
CALABRIALibrandi Magno Megonio 2010
There you have it. My 16 wines in 16 minutes.
Via Mariano Pallottini