Il Tornese 2010
85% chardonnay, 15% riesling, fairly tropical fruit drive, with the chardonnay dominating the peach and apricot notes, full and fruity with generous approachability.
Le Vigne Nuove Sangiovese 2010
Slightly meaty earthy plum aromas, was juicy and plump on the palate with generous tannins and some cassis and liquorice to boot.
Notturno Sangiovese 2010
Showed softer sweeter black fruit, and was a lot more subtle and quiet, but had more oak and tannin elements.
Pruno Sangiovese 2008
Very full and intense, and had very prominent new oak characters overwhelming the plump dark fruit.
Cuvee Palazza Sangiovese 2009
More floral savoury notes, was very inky and focused on the palate, with tight savoury tannins.
Drie Dona wine library
You would think that after Vinitaly things would slow down, and producers would get an opportunity to recover. Unfortunately this isn’t the case, as often they are hosting guests around the timing of the fair, and also getting started on all the business they made (or missed) for the week. I myself gave myself half a day to recover and also get some emails out to producers I had met, before heading south of Veneto through Emilia-Romagna. The region itself is very large, and almost stretches from one coast to the other. It is generally separated into two areas; Emilia which is very flat and hot, and where Lambrusco comes from; and Romagna, closer to the coast and also more mountainous, known for the quality of its sangiovese wines. It is a shame that the region is not better regarded next to its neighbour Tuscany, but the region wasn’t as rich historically and has only been focussing on quality for the past 20-30 years. Not a lot of the wine is exported, but that is changing as quality is improving and there is better understanding about the wines produced from this particular part of Italy.
|It’s always nice to have some company in the vineyards