"Barbaresco Sorì Tildin"
Two late-harvested varieties of Nebbiolo, Michet and Lampia, vine-grown near
Sorì Tildin, which is in Barbaresco.
The Wine Maker
Via Torino 36, 12050 Barbaresco (CN)
Tel: 0173/635158 Fax: 0173/635256
After the wine-making and fermentation at tightly controlled temperatures,
the wine is aged in 225-liter barrels and later in glass. The result is a near-perfect
wine, with the right amount of tannin and a good balance, an intense and
penetrating aroma, while being dry and refined to the palate.
The wine is best if purchased well before consumption. It should be placed in a
crystal decanter and served with
rich dishes (e.g., roasts and wild-game, but also aged cheeses).
Also, if correctly preserved, this wine will improve with age for several years.
"Barolo Bricco Rocche Ceretto"
Two varieties of Nebbiolo, Michet and Lampia, vine-grown in the winery
Bricco Rocche in La Morra di Catiglione Falletto (CN).
Aziende Vitivinicole Ceretto
Località san Cassiano 34, Alba (CN)
Tel: 0173/282582 Fax: 0173/282383
A brief maceration of the grapes follows the de-wining and the
malolactic fermentation, and then the wine is barrel aged.
This wine-making process is a trademark of the Azienda Ceretto, and
allows the consumer to have the product after only two years of glass aging.
As a result, the wine enjoys a longer life of approximately 14 or 15 years.
The Barolo Bricco Rocche Ceretto has a grananulated red color and a aroma that
is strong and long-lasting. Dry and harmonic, this wine is quite subdued and
goes quite well with a great variety of dishes.
"Brolio Chianti Classico Riserva"
Sangiovese (70%), Canaiolo (20%), Malvasia for Chianti (10%) from the Castello di Brolio Winery.
The Wine Maker
Barone Francesco Ricasoli s.r.l.
53013 Gaiole in Chianti (SI)
Tel: 0577/749066 Fax: 0577/749716
After the traditional red wine-making process, the Chianti Classico
Riserva is bottle aged for four to eight years. With a granulated clear
color, is has an intense aroma with hints of fruit and earthy flavors.
With good substance, dry and robust, it is complex and well-rounded and
very pleasing to the palate. It should be served at about 18°rees; C, and if
necessary it can be decanted in a crystal caraffe. It makes a perfect accompaniment
for very flavored dishes, such as grilled red meats, large roasts and aged cheeses.
"Brunello di Montalcino Biondi Santi"
Sangiovese Grosso, which in Montalcino are called "Brunello."
The Wine Maker:
Azienda Agraria " Il Greppo " di Franco Biondi Santi
Località Greppo, 53024 Montalcino (SI)
Tel: 0577/848087 Fax: 0577/849396
This is the most celebrated wine of the Brunellis. It is fermented at a
controlled temperature after red wine-making and then aged for at
least four years in average-sized Slavonian barrels.
With an intense color, persistent aroma and great personality, it is a
wine with great body. It remains, however, elegant, dry, and perfectly
balanced, so it can work splendidly with dishes that use
meat sauces, beef fillets, large roasts, wild game, and aged cheeses.
"Recioto Amarone della Valpolicella Bertani"
Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella, and other typical Valpolicella grapes.
Casa Vinicola Bertani s.p.a.
Località Novare, 37020 Arbizzano di Negrar (VR)
The grapes are harvested towards the end of September and are left to
dry for several months. Then the red wine-making process begins and the
wine is aged for a long period, first in Slavonian oak barrels and then in
bottles. The Bertani wineries let their wines
mature for a period twice as long as the minimum of four years
observed by most wineries.
L'Amarone Bertani has a granulated and intense yet light brick-like color and
a highly pronounced smell in which one can discern plum, blackberries, and
The wine has a full and strong body with good substance, but is soft,
harmonious, and fascinating in a certain way.
This wine should be bought well before consumption and served above 16 degrees
celsius. It makes an excellent complement for
stews, meat-based main dishes and aged cheeses.
If stored correctly, this wine can be profitably aged for more than 10 years.