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Report from : Vino Nobile Anteprima 2020

02 Apr 2020

(February 20, 2020) ... MONTEPULCIANO – Throughout the Anteprima season in Italy I continue to use my usual rules of not scoring unfinished wines (aka: barrel / tank samples), but this year none of the Vino Nobile fit that bill, so I have a whole lot of scored and finished wines to tell you about. 73 wines were tasted in total, ranging from the current vintage (2017) to some Selezione and Riservas from 2015 (nothing older – because after 2015 is there really another vintage worth talking about?)

But first a word about the vintage … 2017 seems to have had a lot of problems, but nothing was insurmountable. A late spring frost took about 1/3 the crop so there was some natural selection in the vineyard – only the strong survive. The crop that did survive produced some good to very good results. If 2016 is describe as “excellent” then 2017 is one that is “good with difficulties”; there are fewer outstanding wines, as compared to 2016 (where 21 wines made the cut – whereas only 14 wines made it this year) but the ones that did are good and winemakers and producers worked hard at making them so – so in 2017 the good ones really do shine through … let’s get to the wines.

Below are the scored wines for current vintage of Vino Nobile.

Scored (Finished) Wines …

Nobile 2020 Antico Colle 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano ... (*** ½)
Cantina Chiacchiera 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano … (*** ½)
De’ Ricci 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano … (*** ½+)
Dei 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano … (*** ½+)
Fattoria della Talosa 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano “Alboreto” … (*** ½+)
Gattavecchi 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano … (*** ½)
La Ciarliana 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano … (*** ½+)
La Combarbia 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano … (*** ½+)
Metinella 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano “Burberosso” … (*** ½)
Podere Casanova 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano … (*** ½)
Tenuta di Gracciano della Seta 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano … (*** ½)
Tenuta Valdipiatta 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano … (*** ½)
Vecchia Cantina di Montepulciano 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano … (*** ½)
Vecchia Cantina di Montepulciano 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano “Redi” … (*** ½)


Vineyard Selection and Reserve Wines …

Bindella 2016 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva “Vallocaia” … (*** ½)Nobile Glass
Bindella 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Selezione “I Quadri” … (*** ½)
Carpineto 2016 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva … (*** ½+)
Fassati 2016 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva “Salarco” … (*** ½)
Icario 2016 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva “Vitaroccia” … (*** ½)
Le Berne 2016 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva … (*** ½)
Le Bertille 2016 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva … (*** ½)
Lunadoro 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Selezione “Pagliareto” … (*** ½+)
Tenuta Trerosa 2016 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva “Simposio” … (*** ½+)


"Older Vintages" ...

As part of the tasting there were a number of "Annate Precedenti” (past vintages) I usually take this opportunity to discuss these cellar dwellers and find out how they are holding up; but this year it seems a large proportion of these wines were from the 2016/2015 vintage (hardly what I would call "old") - they are pretty much still young enough to drink or hold; I decided to score these as well as most likely they are still available in some markets (or even in some cellars – to show the strength of the 2015 and 2016 vintage; of the 24 wines tasted 14 of them got scored, in comparison 14 of the 28 current vintage wines received a score – there was also a 2013 wine that got tasted and scored in these old vintages (showing that someone was brave enough to put another something other than the beauty of ’15 & ’16 on the table – so kudos to them).

Az. Agr. Tiberini 2013 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva “Vigneto Fossatone” … (*** ½+)
Az. Agr. Tiberini 2016 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano “Podere Le Caggiole” … (*** ½)
Cantina del Giusto 2015 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano “San Claudio II” … (*** ½+)
Cantina del Giusto 2016 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano “San Claudio II” … (*** ½)
Nobile LogoContucci 2015 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva … (*** ½)
Dei 2015 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva “Bossona” … (*** ½)
Fassati 2016 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Selezione “Gersemi” … (*** ½+)
Fattoria della Talosa 2015 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva … (*** ½+)
Godiolo 2016 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano … (****)
Il Macchione 2016 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano … (*** ½+)
La Ciarliana 2016 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano … (****)
Manvi 2016 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano “Arya” … (*** ½+)
Metinella 2016 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Selezione “142-4” … (*** ½)
Montemercurio 2016 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano “Messaggero” … (*** ½+)
Villa S. Anna 2016 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano … (*** ½+)

 

 

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