This Month's Picks
Vinitaly is the largest wine exhibition in the world and now in its 53rd year. Even though many of us have been going there for years, it’s still a much-anticipated event in the Liberty Wines’ calendar. As usual, many of our top Italian winemakers were among the huge number of wine producers at the fair (4,600 from 135 countries) and were showing current and new releases – a total of 18,000 wines.
Senior Brand Manager and Italian specialist, Patrizia Baldini, selects her top picks from among the thousands of wines on tasting there:
Poggio al Tesoro Cassiopea is an elegant rosé from Bolgheri. The grapes for the blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot are sourced from Le Sondraie, their three-hectare vineyard. The Bolgheri denomination was originally solely for rosé wines, but their production has been superceded by the success of the red wine over the past 20 years. This dry wine shows that it remains a superb area for producing elegant rosés.
The Dal Cero family, owners of Ca’ dei Frati, is celebrating 80 years of winemaking this year. Their long history demonstrates the continuing importance of quality for this iconic, leading producer in Lugana. We tasted the new vintage of Ca’ dei Frati 'I Frati' Lugana which has a lovely richness on the palate with a crisp, clean acidity.
The Cesconi Pinot Grigio 2017 has great elegance and minerality on the palate, which is unique to Pinot Grigio from Trentino. To highlight this aromatic style, Cesconi has updated their label and changed the bottle shape to an Alsatian one, highlighting the proximity in style.
The Filetta di Lamole Chianti Classico from Fontodi illustrates the elegance that comes from this higher, cooler village in Chianti Classico.
A Mano Rosato 2018 is now 100% Primitivo. Mark Shannon and Elvezia Sbalchiero are committed to this variety so “Primitivo Rosato” now appears on the label. They have increased the production of Rosato and dedicated more Primitivo to it. They are now working on a selection of their best Negroamaro to go under the Prima Mano label and will be made only in the best vintages. The 2017 will be released in the autumn.
Mandrarossa presented their new single-vineyard wines: Bertolino Soprano Grillo 2017 and Terre di Sommacco Nero d’Avola 2016. These intense and elegant wines are the result of a 10-year project of soil mapping on the Mandrarossa vineyards with Alberto Antonini and Pedro Parra.
The lovely Tuscan dinner we host with our producers at Vinitaly really brings home the beauty of the 2016 Super Tuscan wines: Flaccianello, Cepparello, Bucerchiale, Fontalloro and Villa di Capezzana all capture the incredible power and elegance these producers are known for.