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On the Road with the Grape Guy

On the Road with the Grape Guy is a on-going feature that follows me from event to event ... I post my thoughts, feelings and reviews of what happened and what I tasted ... basically it is here that I review the events I attend and the things that thrilled me.

Delaunay Tasting

11 Mar 2020

 

(October 2019) … What a story Laurent Delaunay tells about his grandfather starting the business in the late 1800’s, his father selling off the business and then he buying it back almost 100 years later after its founding – in the meantime he’s also been plying his trade in the southern of French region of Languedoc making a name for himself with the Les Jamelles branded wines … a tasting of 6 wines from both houses shows why Laurent is at the top of his game in both regions.

The Wines …
(click on the wine name for a full review)

Les Jamelles 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
Les Jamelles 2016 Merlot

Edouard Delaunay 2017 Septembre Chardonnay
Edouard Delaunay 2017 Septembre Pinot Noir
Edouard Delaunay 2017 Santenay Beauregard
Edouard Delaunay 2017 Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Crats

 

 

Grandi Marchi Tasting 2019

04 Mar 2020

(September 2019) …

So what is the Grandi Marchi?

It’s “a collaboration of winemaking visionaries from across Italy” … “The founders of the Grandi Marchi recognized that by joining forces they could better promote and enhance the great wines of Italy.”

The Grandi Marchi has 19 members, many you have heard of if you are a fan of Italian wines (ie: Antinori, Col D’Orcia, Gaja, Pio Cesare, etc.) but all with a similar set of goals and criteria, such as:

1)    All family owned
2)    Been in operation for at least 25 years
3)    All own their estate vineyards
4)    Recognized for their quality and production practises
5)    All support collaborative efforts

Plenty of wines tasted at this event; if you consider there are 19 members, each pouring three wines (or so) results in about 57 wines in the room – here are the interesting wines tasted during the event:

Three & a Half StarsAntinori Cont'Ugo

Folonari 2016 Cabreo Il Borgo Rosso
Ca’del Bosco 2016 Corte del Lupo, Rosso
Michele Chiarlo 2018 Nivole, Moscati d’Asti
Umani Ronchi 2018 Vellodora, Terre di Chiati Pecorino
Carpene Malvolti Rosé Spumante Brut


Three & a Half Stars PLUS

Alois Lageder 2016 Lowengang, Chardonnay
Folonari 2016 Il Pareto Rosso
Argiolas 2018 Costamolino, Vermentino di Sardegna
Ca’del Bosco Cuvee Prestige Rosé
Carpene Malvolti 1868 Brut, Prosecco
LamuriCol D’Orcia 2016 Banditella, Rosso di Montalcino
Gaja 2017 Sito Moresco
Lungarotti 2017 Rubesco
Masi Modello Prosecco Brut
Mastroberardino 2018 Novaserra, Greco di Tufo
Michele Chiarlo 2015 Palas, Barolo
Pio Cesare 2015 Barbaresco
Pio Cesare 2017 Barbera d’Alba
Rivera 2017 Violante, Castel dei monte Nero di Troia
Tasca 2018 Regakeali Bianca
Umani Ronchi 2016 San Lorenzo, RossoLungarotti L'U Rosso
Umani Ronchi 2015 Centovie, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo


Four Stars and ABOVE
(click on wine name for full review)

Antinori 2016 Cont’ Ugo, Bolgheri(****)
Argiolas 2016 Korem(****)
Lungarotti 2016 L’U Rosso(****+)
Michele Chiarlo 2016 Le Orme “16 Mesi” Barbera d’Asti (****)
Tasca 2017 Lamuri, Nero d’Avola (****)

 

 

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