Tag Archives: Italy

Weekly Wine – Giorgio

30 Nov

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Giorgio & Gianni
2015
Italy
750ml
13% ABV
$9.80 (LCBO)

This is an organic wine. It says so on the label. Vin Biologique pour mes amis francophones.
The wine is very forward. It is not a subtle wine. The flavour is quite explosive and dominates the palate. But I`m not sure what that flavour is. Are there berries? Cherries? Citrus? Apples? Mangoes? Pinnaple?
I can’t tell.
It is wine flavour so I guess that works.
It is inexpensive wine flavour. There is no mistaking that pedigree – organic or not. It leaves a sour taste after a few sips. You’ll want some water to sip after a glass or two. Or something to nibble. Or to brush your teeth.
Is the after flavour a turn off? It will be for some. It has a very unrefined edge to it. Is it the acidic nature, the sulphites or just the wine as a whole. My betting is the latter.
This is a disquieting wine. I would like to like it because it is organic – good for me and mother earth – but it just doesn’t go down to well.
And isn’t that what you want wine to do.

Weekly Wine – Fantini

19 Oct

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Fantini Farnese Chardonnay
2015
Italy
750ml
12% ABV
$7.95 (LCBO)

First sip is OK.
Second sip – is a little bit sour.
Third sip – actually not that bad. The wine is all right.
There is lots of citrus here. Some peach. Some apple – the green Granny Smith apples. Perhaps that’s the sourness, which is actually a nice sourness. The sourness of the wine is the first hit you get, and it startles you a bit but it mellows out after a while.
There is a bit of sweetness but it is very well tempered and does not get in the way of the flavour. It is a very nice well balanced medium bodied wine. It gets better the more you sample it. Not that the first or second sips are bad. The first sips are a bit harsh initially. But this goes away quickly.
This is an nice wine that’s OK as a table wine with a meal, or a snack.

Weekly Wine – Fizzy Oggi

7 Sep

SONY DSCBotter Oggi Moscato Frizzante
Year: N/A
Italy
750ml
8% ABV
$8.95 (LCBO)
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What a surprise.
I unscrewed this wine and it started to fizz.
I had no idea – it was a bubbly wine.
It is a Frizzante wine – which is a wine that has less carbonation, about half to a third, than that of a Champagne or sparkling wine. It has more carbonation than a Portuguese Vinho Verde though.
This is something new…
The initial taste reminded me of a semi stale bottle of ginger ale. The bubbles are there but not quite as strong. The sweetness was/is overpowering. This is a sweet wine. But much like a semi-stale bottle of ginger ale has something going for it.
There is flavour. It is quite a fruity wine which just enhances or exacerbates the sweetness – this depends on your outlook and tolerance of sweet wines.

Weekly Wine – Adesso

18 May

AdessoCesari Adesso Merlot d’Italia
2014
Italy
750ml
12% ABV
$7.95 (LCBO)

Cheap Italian wine.
What would I do without you? Spend more money no doubt.
This is wine that is inexpensive and it tastes inexpensive. There is no fooling anyone here. Like cheap furniture gussied up to look respectable, there is no hiding the fact that this is some of the least expensive wine you can buy in Ontario.
It is dry, but a little too dry – you want a sip of water after sipping it. There is a weird aftertaste – a little acidic, a little sour, a little distasteful. You can feel the sulphites on your tongue but they are not the cause of all the woe.
That’s because there is really not too much woe here. You bought a very inexpensive wine – under eight bucks.
Wadda you want?
There are no great sins here but then again nothing really positive with this wine.
It is wine.
It is cheap.
Enjoy it for what it is.

Weekly Wine – Mezzamondo

27 Apr

MezzNRpMezzomondo Negroamaro Puglia IGT
2014
Italy
750ml
13% ABV
$8.95 (LCBO)

I could have sworn I had reviewed this wine. But I haven’t.
I friend had given this to me while we were sitting up at their cottage in Northern Ontario.
It was a very nice evening and what I remember of the wine was that it was unremarkable and OK. The other wines we drank – one over 10 and one under, evoked a storm of controversy over colour, smell, taste and all the other wine snob things.
This one was had quickly and succinctly without nary a comment.
This could be a good thing or a bad thing…
Featureless wines are not exactly a desirable concoction. Why would one consume something that has no character.
Then again – bad characteristics, even the slightest one, can forever mark a wine as undrinkable.
This wine is OK – from what I can tell – neither bad no good.

Weekly Wine – Tini

20 Apr

Tini Sangiovese Romagna DOC
2014
Italy
750ml
12% ABV
$7.75(LCBO)

I kept this bottle on the shelf longer than most because I really liked the classy looking label and the fact that it was under eight bucks.
That’s a low, low price and I was quite hesitant to try such a wine for fear that it was really low grade kill.
But the day came when the cupboard was bare and this one last wine tempted me with what I must reiterate is a very nice clean looking and very upmarket label.
The wine falls somewhere between its price and what the label suggests this wine is. It has a very heavy body with lots of flavour – It is an uncomplicated flavour, not much nuance, but it is not too bad. It is a fairly heavy wine though, LCBO states that it is medium bodied, but it really gives the impression of a weighty wine. Perhaps it is the sour aftertaste…
It is not bad for the price. I have had worse wine for a dollar or two more, but I am not convinced that I would buy this again.

Weekly Wine – Primitivo

9 Mar

SONY DSCOggi Botter Primitivo IGT
2014
Italy
750ml
13% ABV
$8.95 (LCBO)

I like finding new wines that are good and inexpensive. This is one of them.
The Oggi brand has a few types of wines in Ontario. I’ve reviewed two of them already and was afraid that I might have bought this as a double.
Never had this wine before and I sure will buy it again.
It is nice and dry. It has a full body that is not too overpowering. There is some fruity flavour but I cannot put my finger, tongue, on it. Some such berries – the flavour is sublime and pleasant. There is a bit of acidity in the body of the wine but it is quite nice and complements the dryness and the flavour of the wine.
This is a very nice well balanced wine. It does not have a great wow factor, it doesn’t really stand out but it is a solid wine you can have at any occasion.

Weekly Wine – Casal Thaulero

24 Feb

SONY DSCCasal Thaulero Mer-Cab Terre Di Chieti IGT
2014
Italy
750ml
13% ABV
$8.25 (LCBO)

I like being surprised.
I was quite dreading trying this wine. Not only is it under ten bucks it is under nine dollars. It is very close to eight bucks.
The first sip did not bring a grimace to my lips but a genuine smile – what a pleasant wine. I has a very prominent body and is definitely not on the light side. The fruit flavours – berries, cherries – is quite pronounced, to the point that after a few glasses this heavy flavour started to irritate me. This is definitely wine that should be consumed with food. (Isn’t that all wine?) The label suggests “grilled meat, chicken or pasta.” That doesn’t leave out much but fish. I would suggest something sharp and spicy – that would give a nice balance to this surprisingly fine wine.

Weekly Wine – Famiglia

10 Feb

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Dragani Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Doc
2013
Italy
750ml
12.5% ABV
$8.15 (LCBO)

I was dreading opening this wine. There was something about this bottle that unsettled me. The label is actually OK. It looks fine and not cheap. That can’t be the problem. The price – just a smidgen over eight bucks sounded some warning bells but I’ve had passable wine at this price. Perhaps it was the name – Famiglia. There’s a pizza chain in New York City that is called Famiglia and I had a really bad slice there – perhaps that’s it.
With these reservations I opened the bottle to share with good friends while enjoying a raclette meal. What a shock – this wine was not bad. It was not too heavy or light. There were no objectionable flavours on aftertastes. It was not too fruity nor did it overpower the flavour with acidity.
A nice wine at a very reasonable price – hail to this famiglia.

Weekly Wine – Novello

13 Jan

SONY DSCNegrar Novello Del Vento Igt
2015
Italy
750ml
12% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

New wine is always exciting. The reason – it is new. It tends to be a bit raw. It tends to be a bit unrefined. It tends to be a bit of a wild ride.
Look closely at the label – see the man, I’m assuming it to be a man because who ese would be so stupid, sticking his head in a lion’s mouth. That is the experience of drinking new wine – especially on the low end of the price spectrum.
And this wine … well the first sip felt like I stuck a small fury animal in my mouth. Perhaps that is a bit harsh. It was akin to what I imagine licking my daughters Guinea Pig would be like. I never even contemplated doing this deed by the way.
That being said – about half the bottle is gone and this wine is starting to grow on me. It is raw, untamed, biting … its initial harshness is then mollified by a burst of fruit flavour – not the fresh picked fruit off a vine or tree but that of nibbling some concentrated fruit.
This wine is not subtle.