On February 15th, I had the pleasure of attending the Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri tasting in new York City. It had been a few years since I attended this event and I was incredibly impressed by the venue and the organization. Hundreds of wineries were represented, and like my previous Tasting Report on Slow Wine-VinItaly, I attempted to spend the most time at wineries that were represented by owners or winemakers. This was not the case as frequently as it was with Slow Wine. However, when the owner was present, I was able to spend an extended amount of time speaking with them.
Gambero Rosso appears to be more of a "hit and run" tasting than the aptly named "Slow Wine". Tasters dart from table to table in an attempt not to miss "the next great wine" yet, in doing so, miss the gems hiding in plain sight. I'll explain more about this below, but the "sheeple" mentality was alive and well last week and I used it greatly to my advantage.
As with the Slow Wine article, given the size of the taste received and the fact that the wines were largely tasted without food, I will provide a range of scores below. Unless otherwise noted, all wines received the "Tre Bicchieri" designation. There were some producers offering additional wines.
My first stop was at the perennial producer from Le Marche, Umani Ronchi. Years ago, a good friend of mine turned me onto their "Super Marche" blend, "Pelago" and I have been a fan of theirs ever since. They were pouring their Tre Bicchieri white wine and were represented by the youthful, energetic family member, Michele Bernetti. He seemed humbled when I mentioned Pelago, and was very proud to point out that their white was named White Wine of the Year, by Gambero Rosso.
2009 Conero Riserva, Cumaro: This is a 100% Montepulciano from Le Marche which ages 12 months in barrique and an additional 8 months in bottle before release. It now bears the DOCG designation. This wine is very well done with rich berry flavors and aromas. Very polished with a long finish. Due Bicchieri. 88-90 points.2010 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Vecchie Vigne: This is also designated Classico Superiore, and the Vecchie Vigne refers to "Old Vines". This white is crafted in stainless steel with natural, native yeasts. The nose blew me away. Crushed white stone fruit and exotic tropical notes abound. I can see why Gambero Rosso noted it as the white wine of the year. It's amazing to smell. The flavors follow the nose with intensity and balance. Crisp, refreshing and delicious. Among the best whites from Italy I've ever had. 92-95 points.
2009 Picconero: 92-95 points. 2009 Valdisanti: 90-93 points.
Poggio di Sotto
2007 Poggio di Sotto Brunello: 92-94 points.
2006 Barolo Vigna Rionda Riserva: 94-97 points.
Badia a Coltibuono
2009 Chianti Classico Cultus Boni: 87-89 points
2009 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano: 91-94 points.
2008 Sagrantino Campo alla Cerqua: 93-95 Points2009 Montefalco Rosso: 92-94 points.
2009 Chianti Classico Riserva: 87-89 points. 2008 Il Blu: 83-85 points.2009 Ilatraia: 90-92 points.
2008 Vino Nobile Nocio dei Boscarelli: 89-91 points.
2010 Soave Classico La Rocca: 91-93 points
2009 Masseto: 96-98 points.2009 Ornellaia: 92-94 points.
2010 Visellio: 92-94 points.
Marchesi di Barolo
2008 Barolo Sarmassa: 96-98 points
Tenuta San Guido
2009 Sassicaia: 95-98 points.
Tenuta Sette Ponti
2009 Oreno: 94-96 points.
Casanova di Neri
2006 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto: 100 points!
2008 Sagrantino: 91-93 points.
2007 Brunello di Montalcino: 91-93 points.
2007 Amarone Classico Campo Masua: 91-93 points.
2009 Tignanello: 94-96 points.2006 Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino: 90-92 points.
2006 Vigna Elena Barolo Riserva: 84 points
2009 Barbera d'Asti Nizza "Romilda": 90-92 points.
2007 Sagrantino: 92-94 points.
Canalicchio di Sopra
2007 Brunello di Montalcino: 92-94 points
2009 Flaccianello: 94-98 points.2009 Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo:91-94 points.
2010 Montiano: 93-96 points.
2010 Gravello: 90-93 points.
Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro
2009 Il Bosco Syrah - Cortona: 92-94 points.
Via Mariano Pallottini