Italy’s chances in Brazil next year are in no small part resting on his left foot, I would think. Hoping he stays healthy.
The bells of Piazza San Marco at midday–what a radiant sound!
Generally not a Merlot drinker, but when it comes from Italy (bias alert level: maximum) I tend to enjoy it a lot more. Less oak, typically, methinks.
100% Merlot. A deep ruby red colour. An explosion of fruit with an unending range of black fruits, in particular blackberry and blueberry wrapped in a soft veil of vanilla. In the glass the aromatic components evolve towards tobacco, chocolate and a touch of coffee.
The complexity is immediately apparent to the palate with a fullness that remains throughout the tasting. Full, vigorous, fresh and extremely enjoyable.
Price 95 € Score 93/100 MWCH Glasses Via Castellare.it
- 2006 Tenuta Monteti Monteti Toscana IGT (coolclimatewine.wordpress.com)
- Tami Project – Frappato IGT 2011 – Sicily, Italy – So Good Had to Buy Some More (manoavino.com)
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In case anyone wonders what to get me for Xmas.
- 2001 Bruno Rocca Barbaresco Coparossa – Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco (12/20/2013)
Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of tobacco, hint of roasted meat, black berries, dark plums and flowers. Flavors of black berries, plums, black raspberries and black cherries. Bright acidity, firm tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold. (93 points)
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An all stainless aging process Sangiovese; sounds like a winner and the way to enjoy a gourmet pizza.
Friends are always recommending new pizza places to Michele and I. Recently two friends recommended the same place, one of them a wine producer from Campania, we just had to go. The name of the place is Pizzetteria Brunetti at 626 Hudson Street. The test of any pizzeria is the pizza margarita and this one was very good as were the others that we ordered.
With the pizza we drank a wine that I have not had before so it was two firsts for me.
The hillside vineyards are at 200 meters above sea level, along the Orcia River. The soil has a high percentage of clay, which helps maintain water reserves from winter and spring rainfall..
The grapes are harvested in mid-September, when reaching sugar levels of 22-23 percent. Fermentation is in stainless steel tanks and lasts for about 15 days…
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A neat little snippet of video shot in the Palazzo Ducale in Venezia; this swords and crossbows collection gives you an idea of just how bloody and ugly military confrontations back in the day would have been.
Forgive our clients shooting this snippet in profile view, but it’s a great little example of the romance and serene mystery found in these quiet little cloisters in Florence. Doug’s offering a little insight into what makes this spot so special. It’s the added benefit of having him as your private Florence (or Rome…or Venice…or Siena…or Verona…or Vicenca…etc) guide. His knowledge is a treasure trove you should have with you as you explore this miraculously ancient place.