W.E.T.C.O.W. Wine Tasting Event #17 – Wines of Umbria

arnaldo-caprai-montefalco-rosso-umbria-italy-10092381Event # 17 was hosted by the Dubins, who chose to present Wines from the often-overlooked Umbria Region of Italy.

The Wines:

Colle Solato Grechetto Vermentino Umbria IGT 2011 – $11.99

A blend of two classic native Italian grapes, this crisp and refreshing white brings fresh aromas of apple and pear blossoms carried across the palate with a refreshing acidity. Made by famed enologist Riccardo Cotarello, this crowd-pleaser will pair will with light fare. 50% Grechetto and 50% Vermentino. Pale straw color. The nose is very aromatic and opens with orchard blossom and pear. Light bodied and fresh, this wine shows a crisp fruitiness along with notes of lemon and fresh cut grass. Pretty high in acidity with a lingering finish it is a great pair for shellfish and seafood.

 

Falesco Vitiano Rosso Umbria IGT 2010 – $8.99  

Riccardo Cotarella’s numerous consulting engagements take him all over the world, but it is Falesco, his estate in the rolling hills of Umbria, that he calls home. Falesco is a family affair, with Cotarella’s brother Renzo, and daughter Dominga involved in running the winery. The sprawling property covers 670 acres, 370 of which are under vine. Quality is incredibly consistent when one considers that nearly 3 million bottles emerge from these cellars each year. Riccardo Cotarella’s numerous consulting engagements take him all over the world, but it is Falesco, his estate in the rolling hills of Umbria, that he calls home. Falesco is a family affair, with Cotarella’s brother Renzo, and daughter Dominga involved in running the winery. The sprawling property covers 670 acres, 370 of which are under vine. Quality is incredibly consistent when one considers that nearly 3 million bottles emerge from these cellars each year.

Santa Cristina Umbria IGT 2011 – $11.99

The “classic” Santa Cristina (a red wine) was produced by Marquis Niccolò Antinoir, father of Marquis Piero Antinori, in 1946. At more than 60 years from its date of original production, the constant commitment to high quality has made Santa Cristina an important reference point in the overall panorama of Italian wine. This dedication to quality and the constant search for innovative ideas and techniques led, in 2009, to the creation of a family of products united not only by a common name but above all by a common philosophy of production, one based on the indissoluble link between the vineyard and human hands. From the winemaker – “Straw yellow in color, the wine is intense and complex in aroma with notes of bergamots, orange flowers, and sweet spices such as cinnamon. On the palate it is soft and savory, with a return of the aromatic notes of the nose on the finish and aftertaste.”

Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Rosso 2009 – $19.99

winemaker’s notes: Brilliant rich ruby red. The aromas are sensationally intense, with notes of ripe red fruit and delicate hints of vanilla. Full bodied, rich, and dry with a long finish.

Antonio Galloni , Robert Parker, 90pts. Silky tannins frame a core of  expressive red fruit… Flowers  and spices add complexity on the  supple finish. Caprai’s Montefalco  Rosso is a more important wine  than its modest price suggests.”  The Rosso is 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino and 15% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2019

 

SCORING RESULTS (All) Umbra Italy-(All) 11-30-12

Taster

Colle Solato

2011-$11.99

Vitiano –

2010-$8.99

Santa Cristina

2011-$11.99

Montefalco Rosso

2009-$19.99

 

 

Al B.

88

86

85

91

Sue B.

89

88

78

85

Eric D.

86

88

91

93

Zelma D.

91

90

81

90

Felix G.

85

85

71

87

Lisa G.

91

85

76

85

John M.

85

88

81

89

Marlene M.

90

88

73

85

John O.

86

90

83

91

Angie O.

91

84

81

89

 

 

Average Score:

87.2

87.2

80

88.5

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