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Trembath & Taylor New Arrivals Tasting – 19/06/2013

Toscolo Vernaccia 2012
Lovely bright floral notes. Tight crisp a little green but fresh acids.

Marcarini Roero Arneis 2012
Bold full of fruit and juby, but still crisp fresh and light, with some nice carry on the palate.

Pieropan Soave 2012
Precise mineralic pure focused and very crisp. Light clean yet not without personality.

Villa Matilde Fiano di Avellino 2011
Beautiful shellfish expressive fruits. Pure and tight yet intense, a touch warm and generous but linear.

A.Mano Rosato 2012
Very floral rosy pomegranate musk. A little too light and without body and character.

Giovanna Tantini Bardolino 2011
Bright intense juicy plum and hints of clove. Soft mellow yet fresh and friendly. Sweet core of fruit lingers.

Hauner Salina Rosso 2011
Quite shy and subtle. Very savoury textural but enough flesh to fill the mouth and soften. Tough to assess without food.

Damiano Ciolli Silene Olevano Romano Cesanese 2011
A touch different, quite rustic stinky. Surprisingly dense and full, quite tannic and bold in dark fruit. Almost aggressive on the front.

Collemassari Rigoleto Montecucco 2011
Bold earthy rustic slightly oaky notes. Not as heavy and full as you’d expect, expressive but still light and fresh.

Poderi Colla Nebbiolo D’Alba 2010
Super tight and intense, will take a whole to open up.

Contorno Fantino Barbera D’Alba Vignota 2011
Earthy generous atypical of the variety. A little simple, product of the vintage.

Carnasciale Toscana IGT 2010
Spicy and peppery of all things. Broad generous and forward but earthy red fruits.

Pieropan Amarone 2009
Spicy and dark plum fruits. Bold intense builds in the palate, good whack on the back palate. Classic vintage expression.

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A.Mano – 4/05/2012

Fiano Greco 2011
Very bright and ripe with apricot and peach blossom aromas, great freshness and viscosity on the palate, good texture and depth.

Rosato 2011
Made from a blend of 75% primitive and 25% aleatico, and on the nose showed delicate cherry and strawberry notes in a slightly candied realm, very tight and precise on the palate with good raspberry acids and very subtle fruit sweet texture.

Negroamaro 2008
Quite perfumed, showing brooding earthy notes with delicate florals and dark sun-drenched fruits, and on the palate was bold yet focused and restrained with good intensity and clarity.

Primitivo 2008
Expressed primrose, violets, indian spice and aniseed aromas, and on the palate had lovely full and juicy black fruits, mellow tannins and soft texture.

Prima Mano Primitivo 2008
Comes from a single vineyard, and is only produced in exceptional years. More intense and serious than the previous wine, with more earthy dried black fruits on the nose, and sweeter more concentrated fruits and tannins on the palate, very mature and complex.

It's all about primitivo at A.Mano

It’s all about primitivo at A.Mano

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The new wave (Puglia, Italy – Day Three)

Probably the most exciting thing to discover about Italy is the new movement sweeping the wine industry. Wine production in every region has well and truly moved into the 21st century of wine production in various ways. The wine industry has well and truly moved out of the past, where there were many growers and vineyards mostly providing their high yield fruit to cooperatives to produce high volume simple wines to mass markets. Hygiene and technology have been well established in the vast majority of wineries to produce clean, stable and wines that are approachable and pleasant to a much wider range of tastes and markets. Taking inspiration from the French influence on the rest of the world, Italian growers have a much better understanding of their terroir than ever before. More importantly they now know much more about how their indigenous cultivars perform in their environments and sites, and how new practices in the vineyard can improve the quality of these unique varieties. The new wave is about making terroir wines that are made from one or more varieties that are the best reflection of their origin. We are in a golden age of Italian wine, and now is the best time to get involved with them as a consumer because as the quality continues to improve and the demand around the world increases, the prices won’t always be this affordable. The final two producers I visited in Puglia are part of this new wave movement, working very closely with growers in the region to provide them with the best fruit possible to make their wines in a modern yet respectful and traditional way.

Basilicata di Santa Croche

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