Saturday, September 19, 2015

TWITs - Red Wines of the Piedmont - September 26th, 2015 - hosted by Abbie & Matt

TWITs September 26th, 2015  - hosted by Abbie & Matt
2p-4p ET

Theme:  Red Wines of the Piedmont

Bring:  TWITs should bring a bottle of red wine from the Piedmont region of Italy within the specified price range (Up to $20/bottle for Singles, between $20 - $40/bottle for Couples).  We will do our usual blind tasting method.

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Fun Facts:
Piedmont, in Italian, means at the foot of the mountain. - shows the Piedmont Vintages and when to drink or hold, etc.

***  Several of the bottles had the word "Albeisa" on them.  We looked it up. "The purpose is to showcase and to distinguish even more the superb wines of the Langhe and Roero hills. In fact, only the wines from the official denominations of this area may be bottled in the Albeisa. The Unione Produttori Vini Albesi is a non-profit organisation whose primary mission is to more fully develop and promote the wine production of the Alba area by means of events, such as the "Nebbiolo Prima" (preview tasting for the world wine press), and by the creation of promotional materials, such as the new Riedel-Albeisa tasting glass."

Tasting Notes:
Welcome Wine:  We opted to serve a white wine (albeit it was made from a red grape varietal) for our welcome wine.  This was to make sure we didn't accidentally serve one of the same wines that someone may have brought for the tasting.
2012 Costello di Verduno, Belis Perennis, Vino Bianco $21.99 @ Le Caveau
100% Peleverga Piccolo, 13% alcohol

1) 2012 Costello di Verduno Langhe Nebbiolo ~ $21 @ Brookhaven Wines
100% Nebbiolo, 14% alcohol
red brick color, this is lovely, oh yeah, cranberry, fruity, earthy, spicy, fruit, rich, berries and currant, guessing a 2011 or 2012 and 14% alcohol (Marilyn was on the money), peppery finish

2) 2011 Renato Ratti Colombe Dolcetto d'Alba $22 @ Brookhaven Wines
100% Dolcetto, 12.5% alcohol,
grandma's old chest, musty, oaky, old wet wood, fell from a tree, purply color, leather, smooth, not grippy, quite quaffable, a little fuzz on the tongue, effervescent essence, front palate, fuzzy on tongue, light bodied, cotton candy ball, evaporates, dry, fleshy, reminds Val of Beaujolais, needs a hearty meat, would be good with food, not as good on its own.

3) 2011 Michelle Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti, Superiore, La Orme - $15 @ Minks
100% Barbera, 13.5% alcohol
oh I love the nose, fruity, berry, caramel, buttery, oh wow, shortbread cookie, sweeter, butterscotch, butternut squash, spice, chili, creamy chocolate pepper

4) 2009 San Lorenzo Barbera d'Alba, Bartolo Mascorello - $42.99 @ Le Caveau
100% Barbera, 14.5% alcohol
candy palate, funk on the nose, chocolate, soft palate, soft mushy, scented candle, koolaid, cranberry juice concentrate, mushy, cherry pie, light, slight tannins, grapey.

5) 2010 Pelissero, Lange, Nebbiolo - $30 @ Le Caveau
100% Nebbiolo, 13% alcohol
candied orange, chocolate, citrus, coffee at the end, grapefruit, dark roast, anise, caramel, chocolate, good body, well balanced, Marilyn guessing 13.5-14% alcohol, 2010 or 2011, rusty red color, earthy, mossy, citrus and spice on the end, pairs well with chocolate!

6) 2011 Franco Serra Lange Nebbiolo - $18.01 @ Marietta Wine Market
100% Nebbiolo, 13.5% alcohol
rusty red color, translucent, chocolate, bitter, cacoa, pixie stick, sweet tarts, berries, it's very light, cigar, tobacco

7) 2010 Brovia Barolo, Nebbiolo - $67 @ Le Caveau
100% Nebbiolo, 14% alcohol
ooh it blooms! currant, turpentine, hay, leathery, forest floor, wet wood, Lovely!
opened 3 hours ago, and decanted for 2 hours, could cellar for 20 more years, but we accelerated the aging process but letting it breathe.

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