If you have followed vinblogg you may have noticed that we have a bubbly favorite in Italian Berlucchi from Franciacorta. Now we finally got the chance to visit this cult producer. And what wonderful impression we got from this meeting.
The area Franciacorta is a green oasis located in Lombardy. The producer Berlucchi was founded by Franco Ziliani during the magical year 1961 (my birth year by the way) and is currently the best sparkling wine producer in Italy, known far across the borders for its quality wines. They currently produce about 5 million bottles and stands for quality from the first to the last drop which impresse me a lot.
The property is located in a beautiful rolling countryside just south of Lake d'Iseo and next door to the Franciacorta Golf Club. Go and visit them because the property is a real gem and you will be greeted by wonderful people who love their profession and their products.
Berlucchi produces super bubbly regardless of which of their wines you choose. In Sweden there are currently three of their wines and Berlucchi61 is a big personal favorite in the past, but there is obviously room for more. So when I got the chance to test their Berlucchi61 Rosé I fell head over heels.
Berlucchi61 Rosé The wine is made of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay harvested during the period from late August to early September. The color is perfect light pink with nose hints of minerals, strawberry and a nice citrus.
Taste is seductively good bubbly with delicious aromas of amazing minerals, citrus, wild strawberry and strawberry cream. So perfectly balanced that tou want a sparkling rosé to be. For me personally, this is the best Italian bubbly I've ever tested together with Cellarius Rosé from the same producer. Kudos to Berlucchi for the quality journey that they are on. For no doubt that the Franciacorta area can deliver fantastic world class sparkling wines.
Berlucchi61 Rosé fits most food, from seafood to pasta dishes or even as an aperitif with your loved one.
We had the honor to test the full range of Berlucchi wines and was hugely impressed. (A must is to buy their Cellarius Rosé) I have only chosen to write about the wines currently available for purchase in Sweden. Hopefully more Swedish wine consumers will discover Berlucchi and hope that we can buy the full product range in Sweden from this great producer in the future.
Grazie mille to Paolo Ziliani for the opportunity to visit the Berlucchi and wonderful Francesca Facchetti who was a fantastic guide presenting the property and its bubbly history. Berlucchi fan 4 ever.
We have enjoyed a relaxing holiday in Sicily last two weeks visiting both the Cefalu regionen and Castellammare del Golfo. It was amazing, but more on that here on winblogg in August.
After all the fantastic food and vulcano wine consumed during the trip we needed to neutralize our taste buds for the Nordic cuisine. And a grape that makes is best is in my opinion the Riesling grape, especially when it has grown slightly south of Frankfurt in Germany. Is there anything better than a warm summer where wonderful minerals meets citrus and with a perfect acidity. Is there any wine lover that does not get going with that combo? Earlier in the spring, we tested Von Buhl Riesling with great pleasure. And now it is time to turn to organic producer Sander from Reinhessen.
Sander eco Riesling from 2015 for the wine bargain price of 11 euro (in Sweden) The scent is wonderful, full of minerals (like smelling the dirt) together with a lovely freshly squeezed citrus and a delicate touch of honey. A true benchmark Riesling smell in my opinion.
The taste is perfect for summer grilled seafood dishes. Here you will find a perfect acid similar to the sounds of the opera Elektra by Richard Strauss. Combine that with a beautiful minerals, fresh fruity, citrus, fresh herbs and a final hint of honey. So good for just the price close to 10 euros, makes it into an obvious wine bargain made for summer.
Valtellina producer Mamete Prevostini has done it again. All of their wines are true wine art in higher Nebbiolo school and a pleasure every time we get the opportunity to open a bottle. Now in early March Swedish Systembolaget release their Botonero 2013 from the municipality e di Sondrio Teglio, more a rock'n'roll wine compare to its siblings.
Botonero 2013 from Mamete Prevostini
Grill wine of the year A light ruby color reveals nothing of the power available in the glass (like a wolf in sheep's clothing). The fragrance reveals so much more with an amazing combination of violet and charcuteries that create a great desire for more. And from the first sip, you are totally sold. For meaty aromas together with violets, rosemary and fantastic tannins creates an amazingly good red wine.
So perfect for spring grill in connections with juicy steaks and of course a wine-selection if you want to be praised for your good taste. Although it's only February, yet I dare say that for this money, it is no doubt that Botonero 2013 is one of best wine bargains this year.
This summer we visited the area around the Italian Lake Garda. From this area, you reach the red Valpolicella, white Soave and bubbly Franciacorta within an hour. So beautiful area that is combined with world-class wines and exquisite food.
The area of Soave is located about 30 minutes from Lake Garda and is a beautiful area where life is lived quietly with great dignity. Here are some of Italy's most exciting white wine producers. If you have followed our wineblogg we have told you about the wines from the female wine geniuses at Suavia www.wineblogg.com/#post282 that made me fall in love with the wines of the area. For these sisters can manage white wines like few others on this planet.
The visit was one of last summer's greatest experiences. We meet Alessandra and Valentina Tessari. Two of the three sisters who for several years have managed the property in a very successful manner. The girls show great humility for their success as winemakers. That makes it extra fun to share our experiences from meeting this super producer. And they make some of Italy's best white wines I dare say without the slightest hesitation.
Garganega 100% The estate produces mainly Garganega grapes, and they come from 60 year old vines grown on 120-280 meters above sea level. The wine tested contain the same grape as their amazing seafood wine Monte Carbonare, but with a completely different palate.
Le Rive Soave Classico 2011
WOW wine Golden yellow color and a touch of green signals great character from the beginning. The nose is so enjoyable with masterful minerals along with nettles, yellow apples, citrus and light touch of honey.
The taste is just wow, and absolutely perfect! It starts with palate filled with an outrageously comfortable silky oiliness. Absolutely fabulous taste nuances of minerals in world class with yellow apples, citrus and acacia honey. So incredibly good that it is hard to put describe this total perfection. The flavor is in the +120 seconds is a gift from God that has given us a magically good life elixir. One of the best white wines I've ever tested.
The wine goes well with pasta dishes as well as poultry and cheese.
The sisters Tessari has done it again and the latest release improves shows that quality increased even further, to a level of absolute world class. Grazie mille Suavia for an amazing memory and divinely delicious wines. I will forever be a loyal fan.The wine will obviously be a hot candidate for this year's wine of the year award @ Wineblogg when the jury will meet on 23 January.
Wine tipsPosted by Per-Olof Diderot Mon, November 02, 2015 20:04:52 We continue the Spanish wine taste journey with a wine from the comet area Priorat, neighbor to Montsant . Priorat has got a fantastic boost is obvious with a great combination of the unique soil called Licorella, but not the least impact from the area's innovative winemakers who have combined wine culture with ultra modern ideas.
Property Celler de l' Encastell is located in the town of Porrera about 40 km west of Tarragona. Carme Figuerola and Raimon Castellvi created this property as late as in 1999. And in this passionate vineyard the entire family is committed to building hugh wine love. To manage a unique soil in the best way is a gift only the best winemakers is given, and this is certainly one of them. They produce only 25 000 bottles, but with the greater quality.
Marge -13 from Celler de L'Encastell
The wine is made from about 60% Garnacha and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The color is dark red as the finest bull's blood.
Wine love! What a great wine love I found. Delightfully filled up with notes of cherry, rosemary, fresh herbs, vanilla and perfect tannins. A wonderful wine full of youthful power like the handsome Spanish young bull. Will be amazing with a few years of aging, on the other hand great to drink already today. An outrageously good wine that is more than well worth the wait for. Because if you only have patience, you will be richly rewarded within 2-4 years, the wine has just begun to open up like a true quality wine will do. Perfect for the most dishes with red meat.
Wine tipsPosted by Per-Olof Diderot Sat, October 10, 2015 14:05:56 Most of you wine lovers know, that in Burgundy they handle the Pinot Noir grape best of all. And for the grape Nebbiolo the Barolo district is of course on top.
But what happens when you bravely choose to produce Pinot Noir in Barolo? This summer Wineblogg have visited the wine genius Giulia Negri in La Morra . She is widely known as the Barolo Girl and everything she touches turns into fine wine art. The village where Giulia property is located 6 km from the town of Barolo and this fairy tail village high up with magical views of the Piedmont is a must to visit when in the area.
Barolo Girl! When we finally got the chance to meet her in person for the first time we met a wonderful soul. So down to earth and with a huge passion for the wine "craftgirlship". Her eyes say's everything how much she is willing to spend efforts to achieve perfection into every bottle that leaves the beautiful property. We also had the opportunity to meet her mother and close friends when we tested their wines in the property's garden. Have never felt so relaxed at a estate wine tasting along side with all these lovely people. So much soul warmness together with world class wines in the glass. Could it be any better?
If your name is Negri, coming from La Morra and making wine, there are great expectations. But why be burdened by this legacy when you can create a whole new dimension to the wines of this enchanting wine area. That she makes the future in a bottle can not be mistaken. A mix of tradition and expressive wines where the taste becomes more dominant and tannins accompany to perfection instead of taking over the whole experience.
This new wine oracle's journey can not be described better than her own words, "now that the Barolo Boys have grown up, time may have come for us, the Barolo Girls". And we wine lovers are ready to join this exciting wine voyage.
And now the wine!
Giulia Negri Pinot Nero La Tartufaia -12 from Langhe for just under 20 euros Giulia likes to benchmark with other wine areas, especially from France and the Burgundy region. It really shows in this amazingly good Pinot Noir from the fantastic Barolo/Langhe area.
The color is beautiful ruby red and the smell is wonderful with rich complex notes of wild raspberries, rosemary and a finishing touch of vanilla in true perfection.
The taste just makes me so happy... As Pinot Lover I have found favorites from both Burgundy, Hermanus, Oregon and New Zealand. But this is something that allowed me to open the senses extra with a combined elegance together with power. I taste flavors of dark forest raspberry, cherry, juniper, rosemary and absolutely perfect tannins. A fabulously good Pinot Noir from a wine star where only the sky is the limit.
Seductive So seductively good and suitable for most food. A personal favorite that I can warmly recommended you to buy before rest of the world has discovered this magical wine art. For then we are talking about completely different price levels compared to the cost per bottle today.
Will later this autumn write about her Barolo wines that are perhaps even better. So come back to Wineblogg and you're guaranteed to get good wine tips for everyday and also special occasions. Why drink other than the best tasting wines, when life is that short.
During the summer's Italy trip I finally got the chance to visit Piedmont with my favorite areas Barolo and Langhe. The area is located about 45 minutes drive south of Turin. Will be back with a full travel report about this wonderful experiences. But first I have to tell you about a wine that we tasted for the first time, at a nice restaurant in Cherasco. We found to our delight a Langhe Chardonnay . This Chardonnay was a true example of wine love. In the restaurant it only cost 14 euros (but even better 6 euro at the vineyard). It enchanted us to the point that we were "forced" to try a spontaneous visit to the vineyard.
Azienda Agricola Marengo Poderi La Collina www.poderilacollina.it is located in a small village called Dogliani about 20 minutes from Cherasco. It has excellent sun exposure, which gives a little more ripe grapes than Piedmont in general, which we appreciate. When we tried to visit them we where extremly lucky that the owner and winemaker Piergiorgio Marengo was just about to leave for a wine delivery in Turin.
Poderi La Collina Langhe Chardonnay 2014 for 6 euro The aroma is elegant, full of minerals like the scent of a gravel pit with green apples and a light citrus touch. The taste is so outrageously good for those few euros. A fully divine Chardonnay fruit appears with wine love nuances of minerals, green apples and blood grapefruit. So grape typical and money/quality wise one of the greatest white wine surprises of our entire trip. And it does mean a lot given all the goodies we got the opportunity to test during the trip. If you follow Wineblogg this autumn you will understand what I am talking about.
Unfortunately the wine is not sold in Sweden at the moment, but if we are lucky, there are some curious Swedish importer who read this blog post. And next year we will hopefully have more time to visit this exciting property a little by the side of the more famous areas. For their red is also just as sensationally good.
Recently returned after four weeks of winblogg tour to Italy and France, where we have gathered both enegrgy and the desire to tell the story about all the great encounters with magical talented producers we have had. Think about what European wine industry creates today and the potential there is for continued development. Just so happy to be European with so great wines only a day trip away.
In the autumn I will present a series of great producers and their wines that I have discovered during my trip. But first up is a wine I bought in June from the Sicilian star producer Tenuta Terre Nere. Those of you who follow Wineblogg,com know I have great love for this particular producer.
Star wines from Sicily! Sicily is making great progress as wine-producing Island with fantastic conditions and delicious impressions from what the the weather, and the volcanic soil brings. Tenuta Terre Nere's property is situated on the northern slopes of the Etna volcano near the city of Randazzo. Wine area has long been considered one of the finest in the fields of wines on the Island. The property currently consists of over 30 acres and has vines that are between 50-140 years with the exception of 6 hectares of newly planted. Vine area is between 600 to 1000 meters above sea level.
Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco -14 Previously, I have written about some of the producers red wines, but now time for a white wine from the Etna slopes that creates great volcano wine love. Grape combination is somewhat unknown to most of us wine consumers (outside Sicily) with a mix of Carricante 60%, 25% Catarratto, 10% and 5% Grecanico Minnella. But do not be deceived, for here is quality in every drop.
The fragrance is a true imprint from Etna with seductive fruit and flowery ending. The combination of mango, peach, orange and minerals along with herbs creates desire. The taste is so darn good with volcanic minerals, mango, mandarin and herbs in a delicate balance. So nice balance of acidity and minerals and a pleasant oiliness together create a fantastic white wine.
I tested the wine in June and now again and I am just as happy about this high quality. Etna has spoken again and mark my words, next year there will be a wineblogg tour there for us and why not at the same time in combination with a hot yoga retreat that is also close to my heart.
Now we hope for a really hot August with fine summer evenings after work. And thank you once again for your continued follow of our Wineblogg.com.
Super Toscan Many of you readers have probably heard of wines called Super Tuscans and even better tasted some of them. The name was intruduced by Robert Parker after he had been spellbound by experimental wines from the lovely Tuscany. But history has its beginnings in the early 40's when Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta settled in Bolgheri regionen along the Tuscan coast. On his newly purchased horse ranch he planted Cabernet Sauvignon vines from Chateau Lafite in Bordeaux. The property was named Tenuta San Guido and the wine was given the name Sassicaia. Wine guru Piero Antinori in 1968 managed to persuade Roccheta to sell 600 cases of the wine to the international wine market. And 10 years after winning a prestigious wine competition in London where it was named the world's best Cabernet Sauvignon wine.
Since then there are many Super Tuscans wines, now sold at very high prices, and are you curious you can find a list of the wines via this link. (Luckily I had time to test several of these wines before all the fame got to the price) http://tuscany-wine.com/super_tuscans.htm
The estate Tenuta di Biserno is located in the town of Bibbona sixty km south of Pisa, just next door to the Bolgheri region. Here the wine legend Lodovico Antinori built up a fantastic property with vines of the classic French grape combination (Bordeaux blend) Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The property has about 67 ha with a complex soil consisting of silt, sand and clay. The soil is very rich in minerals, which is also reflected in the wines from the area. Microclimate is unique, with hot summers balanced by a cool Mediterranean wind.
Il Pino 2010 from Tenuta di Biserno The color is beautiful dark brick red and the fragrance seduces my mind all the way into the deepest neuron level. The nose of dark Italian chocolate and featherweight shades of black currant form a senseless seductive scent that signals master class.
The taste is so perfectly pure and balanced with a combined power. Thousands of silky layers of taste aromas pleases. As being in a seven star luxury hotel with all inclusive. Here you get a pure aroma book of chocolate, minerals, together with tasteful spiciness and perfect silky tannins. The wine is consumed slowly drop by drop with extreme enjoyment. Only to bow towards the producer of this world class wine. This wine is from now on one of my true favorites.
Cabernet Franc dominates Only champions can master wines where Cabernet Franc is the dominant grape. But when it happens it create great wine magic. And this wine contains a high proportion of Cabernet Franc and is an outrageously good evidence of what the grape can achieve in their best moments.
Swedish winemaker The property's winemaker is Helena Lindberg from Sweden which makes this story even better. Because my taste experience tells me that there must be a woman's senses and touch to create this purity of flavors and at the same time beautiful elegance.
Food and wines from the north Italian valley of Valtellina has recently become a big favorite in winebloggs kitchen. Everything from bresaola (air-dried meat) to silky powerful Nebbiolo wines in world class.
Some time ago I wrote about an extraterrestrial Nebbiolo experience from the Valtellina producer Mamete Prevostini www.diderot.se/#post562 And now the time has come to have the honor to test a masterpiece in the shape of the producers Sforzato.
Sforzato - Dried grapes like the Amarone method The production of Sforzato is based on a technique in which the harvested grapes are partially dried before vinification begins much like the equal famous Amarone method. The grapes are dried directly after being harvested - usually from September until December/January. During that time, the grapes lose about 40% of its liquid. Only wine made from Nebbiolo belonging to the Valtellina DOC area may be used for this type of wine. A Sforzato hold at least 14% alcohol and stored for 2 years. The classification is DOCG. Source: Clubamarone.se and wikipedia.se
Albareda 2011 Sforzato di Valtellina DOCG The color is dark velvet red like the finest royal cape. The scent is still youthfully compact with nuances of dried fruit, plum jam and cherry. Scent image signals that this is an extremely complex wine that needs time to show its absolutely best.
The taste is dense as fog (Nebbia), with stunning stylish character of ripe cherry, anise and a perfect spiciness. Wonderful flavors overwhelms my mouth and the wine has already a fine balance between the light sweetness with a dry silky fruit. So perfect, for example together with Parmigiano Reggiano cheeses and Italian charcuteries.
Nebbiolo perfection This is a fantastic wine (probably the best Nebbiolo I have tested) that shows what perfection means from this fantastic grape. So buy this wine now, but promise me to save it for at least three years before seeing the day light again. For this world-class wine is worthy of all the attention when it comes to winning big on storage to bring up all the nuances that are still hidden in the interior of this elixir. Once again Mamete Prevostini has shown that their wines are from the finest of schools, and this wine is worthy of all praise. It holds so much wine love like the finest marriage.
Without the slightest doubt is Mastroberardino from Campania, the best producer I encountered from the south of Italy. Everything from their magnificent Aglianico wines to white wines with great finesse. Under the leadership of Antonio Mastroberardino, the family have done amazing things for the Campania wine industry. And one example of this leadership is that they have rescued and relaunched vines from the ancient Greco di Tufo grape, which were close to extinction. Nova Serra is made from carefully selected Greco di Tufo grapes with great grape typical complexity and grown on premium position beneath the seductive suger top village Montefusco.
A Maestro's last imprint The great maestro Signore Antonio Mastroberardino, which meant so much to Mastroberardino and especially for wine production in Campania and southern Italy sadly passed away in the beginning of 2014. So this vintage of Nova Serra Greco di Tufo was his last, and most likely is was the best vintage ever. A worthy master imprint on our wine heaven.
The future is already here Now the producer is managed by the multi-talented and extremely likeable Pietro Mastroberardino. Together with his team and especially Antonio Dente who is the most knowledgeable oenologist I've ever met. No coincidence that he was handpicked from university of Napoli to lead Mastroberardinos vines into the future. I have had the great honor to meet both on my last visit to the property. And later this spring you can read our special blog article about my amazing meeting with the producer's vineyards in historic Pompeii.
Photo of Antonio Dente - Maestro and oenologist at Mastroberardino and a person I have every respect and admiration for
Nova Serra Mastroberardino -13 Greco di Tufo The wine comes from the wine slopes approximately 500 meters above sea level beneath my favorite Campania village Montefusco. The soil is composed of volcanic material that gives the wine a unique character.
The color is so beautifully sunny, just like the sunsets over the Campania region. The scent is filled with volcanic minerals, gooseberries and green apples. The taste is amazing with a perfect acidity, oiliness and wonderful gooseberry aromas that settles like a silky creamy layer, like my mother's gooseberry cream. This wine is without any doubt the best white wine I have ever tested from Italy. Just the acidity in the wine is worth a blog article by it self, because it's just so fabulously good. This must be the perfect wine. So impressed by the Mastroberardino's craftsmanship. And you don't have to think that much of what this wine fits together with, for this creation is so much personality that it complements most dishes. But if you force me to make a suggestion it may be a Risotto Frutti di Mare or a fresh salad with Mozzarella di bufala from Campania.
(The label has details from a painting by De Rosa, located on the ceiling of vineyards basement)
And from one masterpiece to another! Tonight's winner at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 is Grande Amore with Il Volo if I can decide. #ForzaItalia
I love Italian wines, as you probably already have guessed. The country has so much to offer in respect of flavor nuances depending on its diverse terroirs, with everything from Sicily in the south to the Alps in the north. Now my wine journey come to an area that I have never written about before. The wine region of the Valtellina is a valley in Lombardy, northern Italy on the border with Switzerland. Today, the area includes known ski resorts, bresaola, good cheeses and magical wines. And historically the valley has played a key role as an alpine pass, where people moved between Italy and Germany.
And in Valtellina the producer Mamete Prevostini plays an important role, one of the best producers (if not the best) in the region. The family has been producing wines in the valley terrace since the mid 40's. First selling wine only to their restaurant's customers and from mid 90's to customers worldwide. The area's dominant grape is Nebbiolo, a grape of great character who often have a high acidity with natural roughness and perfect for dark meat dishes and aged hard cheeses.
San Lorenzo Sassella 2011 Valtellina Superiore Mamete Prevostini The color is bright ruby red, but do not be fooled for this wine is after all made from Nebbiolo. But with a silky character that differs so compared to all other Nebbiolo wines I previously tasted.
Fabulous wine experience The wine has after a proper aeration become fully fledged and ready to take us to an outer space experience. The scent is so incredibly feathery elegant and balanced with hints of hazelnut, cherry and fine oak character. The taste is angelic with a silkiness that exudes class. With a excellent silky style it is still a robustness with clear Nebbiolo fingerprint. Lovely and sweetness simultaneously with a dryness which is unique. aromas of cherries and hazelnuts flows as graceful over the palate like gondolas in Venice or why not a ski teacher up there in the mountains. Its a masterpiece handling Nebbiolo in this way, with a combination of the silkyness and at the same time power. This is truly a fabulous wine experience that perfectly suits an Italian buffet with the very best in long mature hard cheeses and prosciutto. But you can also have it together with a good meat stews and your home made luxury pizza (preferably with a little saltiness of the food when the wine's natural sweetness and acidity creates a perfect symbiosis)
I'm completely charmed and promise on the spot that the wine is included in our annual wine of the year evaluation in the end of 2015.
If you are an Amarone lover, you can also try the producer's magic Sforzato Albareda that is made of dried grapes which also means that it is slightly sweeter in nature. My advice is that you try San Lorenzo Sassella first, which is an excellent introduction to the art of managing Nebbiolo on a silky smooth manner while maintaining power of the amazing Nebbiolo grape. When you are finished with this taste journey you are better equipped to take on what the super-concentrate sforzato can offer.