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Recapturing the vibe (Montalcino, Italy – Day Two)

It’s such a relief to simply be in holiday mode after most of the past 14 months have been spent not only travelling but researching and arranging appointments and then writing as much as I can. I have joined my parents who have flown up from Melbourne for us to travel in Italy for my last six weeks in Europe. Not only is this a great experience for me not having seen them for over 14 months, but also my mother brought me as a baby to Italy for five months whilst she worked on her masters in a dialect from Campania. I may have mentioned in a post back in April that I was actually returning to Italy after almost 30 years, and now my mother and I are reunited in Italy as well. As I am travelling I won’t be doing much writing in the hope of making the most of the trip with my parents, but they are interested to visit a few wineries whilst we are here so I will write about them. I raved to them about how beautiful Montalcino was, and as we were staying a few nights in Siena to the north and we were passing through, I made an appointment to a winery that I didn’t visit when I was here before.

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Poggio di Sotto – 17/12/2012

Rosso di Montalcino 2007
Very light delicate pure colour, fine and lovely brick colour. Bright and fresh on the nose, good red fruit but showing some lovely maturity and finesse. Light clean and yet subtle and pure. Wonderfully light fresh and clean, good fruit concentration without being dark and dense. Not simple fruit, refined and balanced with some lovely savoury notes as well. Good core of acidity but lovely soft round tannin structure.

Brunello di Montalcino 2007
A little darker and denser showing a little sweet cherry oak character. Slightly rosy red floral elements as well. More complex and a little closed still, certainly ripe and juicy. Bright fresh lovely dark red fruit, wonderfully fresh with excellent acids, still youthful in fruit and tannins, but dense with plenty of complexity and time to develop over time. The same soft ripe rich tannin structure but plenty of freshness and mouth-feel very important.

Poggio di Sotto

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Chianti to coast (Tuscany, Italy – Day Three)

So far on my journey it’s been a wonderful experience meeting people from each winery and discovering their similar but also different philosophies. Peoples’ philosophies may relate to the management of their vineyards, such as whether they use sustainable practices, are organic or biodynamic. In the winery they may change how they use equipment and additives, what their maturation program is, and how they have designed the layout of their facility. Wineries have different approaches to how they brand and communicate their wines, and also how they welcome visitors to their wineries. The thing to remember is that no one philosophy is the best or right one, as every country, region, producer and audience/market is different. What is most important is to select the right approach for that winery and place, and this is how I have determined to assess whether the philosophy has been successful. Within the space of one day I visited four wineries that had similar but different philosophies, but were all successful in themselves and offer something different. Between the first and last winery I had covered a fair amount of ground, leaving very early and finishing late.
The Black Rooster greets every day in Chianti Classico

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