Highlights from Great Wines of Italy, NY
Zachys also partnered with James Suckling to deliver the goods for the Great Wines of Italy event and for subsequent orders. This wine and liquor store, located in Scarsdale, NY is a “true destination for premium wine and spirits tastings,” and they also have an impressive collection of wine and spirits.
Now that we are finally coming down from our Italian “wine flu,” we wanted to highlight a few of our favorites from the tasting event.
The Wining Hour’s Favorites:
Nino Franco Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore Rustico NV (91 points) This was our first stop, and as lovers of prosecco, we were off to a great start. This truly set the tone for a wonderful Italian wine tasting! Nino Franco is one of the oldest wineries in the Valdobbiadene wine region. The Superiore Rustico was absolutely refreshing, creamy and delicious. It was difficult not to return to this table for glass after glass. Made from 100% Glera grapes.
|2010 Banfi Brunello Riserva|
Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura Riserva 2010 (99 points) This Brunello was captivating and demanded attention. In fact, it was an outstanding example of everything a Brunello should be-rich, bold, full of body, powerful and enduring. Full of chocolate, dark berry flavors and leather. This bodacious Brunello dances down the palate and speaks to the heart.
Cusumano Sicilia Tenuta San Giacomo Sàgana 2013
(93 points) This was a delicious, fruity Sicilian Nero d’Avola that is elegant and rich with a persistent finish.
Donnafugata Sicilia Mille e Una Notte 2010 (94 points) This was another Sicilian Nero d’Avola that was full of fruit, intense, structured and complex. In addition, Donnafugata Grillo Sicilia Sursur 2014 (90 points) was one of the few white wines I tasted and enjoyed at this event.
Contratto Piemonte For England Rosé Pas Dosé 2011 (95 points) Ahhh…a bubbly that we could drink all day, every day. This pink sparkler is made from 100% old vine Pinot Noir, which makes it a Blanc de Noir. It was dry, delicious and smelled of spicy baked apples. Contratto is on our list for our next visit to northern Italy. Contratto Rosé Pas Dosé is one that all lovers of bubbly or sparkling wine will enjoy.
|2012 Le Pupille Saffredi|
Fattoria Le Pupille Toscana Saffredi 2012 (100 points) Although all of these wines were expertly selected, when asked for his recommendation, James Suckling specifically pointed me in Le Pupille’s direction. Of course, we were not disappointed. How could we be? As a lover of Toscana, I was surprised that I had never heard of Saffredi. Blueberry, rosemary, licorice, rich berry fruits–this full-bodied Tuscan blend has it all. According to James Suckling, “It’s the greatest Saffredi ever, cementing its reputation as the Lafite of Tuscany. This needs at least five years in bottle but it’s entrancing to drink now. A must-buy for Super Tuscan lovers.”
|Luce Della Vita
Luce Della Vite Toscana Lucente 2013 (92 points) This awesome Super Tuscan is a blend of Merlot and Sangiovese. It is full-bodied, with lots of fruity tannins. We also tasted Luce Della Vite Toscana 2012 (94 points) and plan to add both of these to our wine cellar. One can never have enough sangiovese.
Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro Gran Selezione 2010
(95 points) Spicy black cherry flavors for all Chianti lovers. Smooth finish.
Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010 (97 points) This Brunello immediately caught my attention and made me do a double-take. This one must be added to my collection. It is packed with rich, dark fruit flavors. The nose was intoxicating with spicy dark cherries, licorice and vanilla. In fact, we still smell it now. Full-bodied with a lingering finish.
|Castello Romitoria Brunello 2010|
|2012 Antinori Superiore
Guado al Tasso
Antinori Bolgheri Superiore Guado al Tasso 2012 (96 points)
This is a well-balanced Cabernet Sauvignon, with lots of blackberries, black current, black coffee and spice. Delicious!
While the aforementioned wines certainly do not cover all of the ones we enjoyed at this event, we chose to further our relationship with these particular wines.
Great Wines of Italy provided a fantastic networking opportunity, as it facilitated the meeting and greeting of many top Italian winemakers, importers and distributors. Great Wines of Italy was tastefully done–from the tasty tidbit accompaniments to the expert showcasing of one outstanding wine to the next. This was, by far, a grape…or great wine-tasting experience. We be certain to attend future events.
Also read about our experience at James Sucklings Great Wines of the Andes, featuring Argentina and Chile.
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Have you tasted any of these wines? What is your favorite Italian wine?
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