Nice open mineral oxidative notes. Quite leesy cheesy texture not showing the fruit as much, less aromatics.
Le Verrane Barbera 2012
Nice soft earthy meaty herbal subtlety. Bright fresh evocative vibrant bubbly wine.
Ronco Malo Barbera d’Asti 2012
Bright floral notes but some pretty stink. Tight lean savoury mealy tannins, expressive but fresh, nice and clean on the palate.
Mai Dire Mai 2012 Cabernet
Fairly classic. Not bad, not outstanding. Quite a bit of tannin.
Bricco della Serra Dolcetto 2010
Very very stinky nose, very wild explosive.
Moscato d’Asti 2013
More subtle and mineral now, lighter more focused textural. But still lovely musky concentration. A great wine.
Alessandra Bera from Vittorio Bera
Le Verane 2012 (Frizzante Barbera, bottle re-fermentation)
Fresh light bright clean yet dry. At bottling 4g of residual sugar is left, meaning some bottle variation in terms of bubbles and dryness. Showing nice balance of fruit and herbal savoury notes.
Reminds me of the 2013 Moscato d’Asti from Bera already in Australia, much more generosity of fruit compared to the 2012, bright yet lean. The wine is filtered through paper under pressure at bottling to retain frizzante.
Ronco Malo Barbera d’Asti 2011
Deep dark fruits, brooding earthy. Extremely fresh and lively, alcohol perfectly in balance, lot’s of goof acidity and focused tannins.
Monferrato Dolcetto d’Asti 2010
Roasted tomatoes stuffed with rosemary turmeric and a bit of pork. Wild savoury meaty yet soft and rich, freshness and persistence, fruit comes late on the palate.
Monferrato Dolcetto d’Asti 2009
Showing way more fruit but so many other things as well. Vibrant fresh fruits and savoury meats as well, somewhat tighter.
I had to pinch myself many times this week to make sure this is all real, as I feel like I’m in a dream. It is hard enough to get the opportunity to taste some of these wines back at home, but to be able to not only taste but also experience the wines one after another is amazing, and I feel truly blessed. The weather was gorgeous for my third day in this magical region, a clear blue sky greeted me and made the view from above Monforte d’Alba that much more spectacular. One of my realised dreams continues, as many of my wonderful hosts continue to introduce me to some of the regional cuisine. The previous day I enjoyed lunch with Giovanni from Massolino, where I had carne crudo (raw meat), which is simply minced beef with olive oil, garlic and pepper, and some freshly prepared ravioli with oil and thyme, and tagliatelle with a meat and tomato sauce. For lunch on this day I tried some thinly sliced cold cuts of beef with a mayonnaise, egg and tuna sauce, along with steamed turkey with a hazelnut sauce and steamed vegetables. My lovely host at the B&B invited me to enjoy dinner with them in the evening; chicken soup with rice, prosciutto crudo and roasted finnochio, and a castgna cake to finish. All washed down with some Moscato d’Asti. A gastronomical delight all around.
|Turkey with hazelnut sauce and steamed vegetables