Wine Tasting with Alma Wines
|Photo credit: Alma Wines|
|Alessandro Berselli, Jean-Francios Coquard, Marco Olivieri
Photo credit: Alma Wines
We were delighted to receive three wines to taste: Supreno, Berselli & Olivieri Signature Merlot and Berselli & Olivieri Signature Cabernet Sauvignon.
Supreno is from Alma’s Masseria Supreno Estate in Puglia, where they produce both reds and whites. This particular wine, Supreno Sangiovese, was made from 80% Sangiovese grapes, Italy’s most widely planted grape along with 20% Merlot. This wine underwent maceration and fermentation for at least 15-20 days and *barrique aging for 12+ months and 30% new oak. The Supreno Sangiovese was a deep ruby to the eye. To the nose, it smelled of dark berries, licorice and chocolate. On the palate were notes of cherry, strawberry and even ripe plums. It had soft to medium tannins, a lingering finish and was medium bodied. This wine would pair well with typical Tuscan fare. We paired it with cured meats, cheeses and olives. This versatile wine would go well with lighter foods, as well as most meat-based dishes, such as spaghetti Bolognese or lasagna, as an apperitivo or by itself. It was 13.8 % ABV. As a big fan of Chianti (made mostly from Sangiovese grapes), this wine was both familiar and enjoyable.
Our tertiary wine was Berselli & Olivieri Signature Collection Cabernet Sauvignon. This Vino Varietale was 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Alma’s Lombardia, Sicilia and Toscana Vineyards. The Cabernet boasted a 14% ABV and was a dark, ruby red color. It had a interesting, earthy smell, along with dark chocolate and fruit. The palate was also of dark fruit, such as raspberries and chocolate. It was rich, intense and medium to full bodied, with a smooth finish. We continued enjoying this wine with our next course, Truffle Ravioli, prepared by our Chef-in Training, Evan. The Truffle Ravioli paired very nicely with the Cabernet, and it is likely that it would have also paired well with the other wines.
Although each wine was tasty, our preference was the Cabernet Sauvignon, the Sangiovese and then the Merlot. Maybe our order of preference was affected by our pairings-maybe not. Either way, it was a pleasure and an honor to taste Alma Wines. The soul of Alma is exactly what you get when you taste Alma’s Wines. There is no question that the founders and winemakers put their heart and soul into their wines. We intend to taste more wines from Alma, as they use this revolutionary négociant method to produce many different varietals throughout Italy.
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*Barrique-is an aging method that takes place in barrique oak barrels, or small oak cask barrels, typically used to age Bordeaux. Barrels must have a specific size and shape in order to be classified as barrique, and it is usually one that holds 59.44 gallons (225 liters).
**Thanks to Alessandro Berselli and Alma Wines for sharing your wines and your passion.
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