I attended Lay & Wheeler’s Italy tasting last night and wanted to share my enthusiasm for a couple of producers I tasted for the first time:
Azienda Agricola 499
The winemaker is Mario Andrion also of Castello di Verduno and there is a strong family resemblance at a fraction of the price of the more lauded Barbarescos and Barolos. I think this a great bargain.
The other revelation for me was this:
Vie di Romans
Not cheap but beautiful balance and precision. I was told to try their Chardonnay as well but it was not on offer last night.
Friuli in general showed well with the Ribolla Gialla blend of Le Due Terre proving excellent and there was a very delicious (= gluggable) lighter red made from scioppettino by Marco Sara.
I have to flag as well Ghemme where the Nebbiolo seems to have a lighter more floral touch - Valle Roncati’s was outstanding but appears to be sold out.
The notherly part of Piedmont was very exciting overall - there was also a lovely fragrant Pinot made by Ottin on show which I would highly recommend.
I don’t know what to make of it but the most exciting stuff I tasted certainly seemed to be border wines - either far North East or far North West. There’s clearly something to be said for sitting on the margins of a culture…