|What:||High End Italian Tasting|
|When:||17 Sep 09 ,18:30 -20:30|
|Where:||The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining SW1Y 5AF map|
There are some excellent Italian wines to be tried at this tasting.
Sebastian Payne has been buying some expensive (perhaps ‘high end’) red Italian wines, and when we look at the price of some of these wines, we think that we might pay that for a French wine, but an Italian…? So, by sharing the costs among the members of the Dining Club we can all find out what is so good about these bottles. Many wine writers wax lyrical about some of these wines, so this could be a very interesting couple of hours while we find out if they are worth the hype and money. We’ll be in the Institute’s Library, which is a very attractive room for an un-hurried tasting.
We will start with a Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Frizzante, a pale gold sparkling wine with a refreshing bouquet and a very pleasant aperitif for the coming summer. The following wine is a Grechetto, 2006, the finest white grape in
This wraps up the whites, and now we go onto the reds, where there is some serious wine to be tried. A lot of these wines are for the long term, and those presented here are just becoming accessible, with modern wine-makers producing wine for drinking earlier but with a view to a 20 year cellaring.
Ferraris are traditionally red. Surely no coincidence that although Italian wine-makers produce some delightful and interesting white wines, it is the red wines that have power, finesse and length, and grab our attention. Bearing this in mind, our first is The Society’s Exhibition Tuscan Red, 2005, from Montalcino, where the brunello grape gives us full, ripe mouthfuls. Understandably, a popular wine with the Society’s members.
We’ve been offered Il Poggione Brunello Montalcino 2001, which is a wonderful example of its type. Trouble is that it is still very young, but opportunities like this rarely come along, so let’s enjoy its ruby-red garnet colour. The aroma is intense, stylish, with hints of berries and fruit, and to taste, it is ‘smooth and elegant, with polished tannins and an enduring finish’. Robert Parker gives it a score of 93 – we have to try it.
2004 was a very good vintage for
We will move away from the Tuscan region to
Now across to
The north of
The last wine of the evening is Barbaresco Santa Stefano di Nieve 2001, from Bruno Giacosa, and Mr Parker says he would buy this man’s wines without tasting them first. An intense bouquet of violets and liquorice, typical of Nebbiolo, it is a full bodied wine with a wealth of noble tannins, perfect for long cellaring.
Many of the wines tonight cost more than your ticket. This is a great opportunity to explore ‘high end’ wines from