Table 6 - @Sarah
No particular rhyme nor reason to our table order, but we fancied a refreshing fizz after that Aussie punch-up, so sauntered over to Sarah’s for two. she was most obliging.
2012 Alfred Gratien Blanc de Blancs 12.5% £ 39.00
This is a delight. Wonderful bright fresh lemon floral (almost elderflower) nose. Sometimes I wonder if Champagne prices are worth it, but as Missy Elliot says, “Ti esrever dna ti pilf nwod gnaht ym tup i”
Clouds! Bread! Lemon! Ether!
2016 Alfred Gratien Brut 2006 12.5% £ 42.00
A richer style, almost doughy with apple flavours and a more precise finish.
Round! Deep! Smooth! Mousse!
2018 Piemonte Cortese 12% £ 6.25
Recently I’ve been on the hunt for sub-£7 wines to a) counter the money I’m shelling out on EP offers and b) see if I can add to my list of wine rack staples while keeping my more frugal wife happy. This can be added - great value, light and delicate but with plenty of aroma and a satisfying finish. Cue the arguments about Italian whites.
Fragrant! Floral! Citrus! Easy!
2017 Nosiola Trentino, Mastri Vernacoli Cavit 12% £ 7.25
Such is the expansive world of wine that even an MW can find something new to them, here in the form of the Nosiola grape. I found this a grower not a shower, but worth the patience.
Nuts! Fragrance! Pale! Summer!
2018 Pipoli Greco-Fiano, Vigneti di Vulture 12% £ 9.50
This doesn’t seem to be up on the website yet, but not only was it delicious, and two of my favourite Italian white grapes, but the product code is the same as my share number, so I’m destined to buy some.
Tropical! Intense! Full! Beach!
2018 Etna Bianco Fondo Filara, Nicosia 13% £ 12.50
More mineral than the previous wines, although I have to admit I was struggling to get a huge amount out of this wine (more fuel for the Whitalian debates). I think better off not as part of a flight of 75.
Stone! Direct! Refreshing! Peach!
2016 Soave Classico Calvarino, Pieropan 12.5% £ 18.00
Ah, now, here’s a wine that sings Shaddap You Face to the Whitalian naysayers. What’s-a matter you?
Open! Rich! Pineapple! Nuts!
2017 Cirò Rosso Gaglioppo, Santa Venere 2017 13.5% £ 9.95
And with that, onto the reds, and another grape discovery. I wonder if you had many bunches you could call them a gaggle of gaglioppo. Grimacing I gargled a gaggle of gaglioppo grape juice as I gawped at the gift I was given. Wait, where was I?
Spice! Cherry! Refreshing! Wild!
2016 Barbera d’Alba Superiore Conca del Grillo Silvano Bolmida 14% £ 12.95
I’ve previously found it hard to find a Barbera I really liked. That has all changed, along with my mispronunciation of it. Wonderful smoky, black fruit on the nose and a great balance.
Smoke! Raspberry! Smooth! Sweet!
2016 Nebbiolo d’Alba Drago, Poderi Colla 13.5% £ 15.50
On to a trio of Nebbiolos that aren’t Barolos, a priviledge to taste as although cheaper, they’re still in the hesitent range for me. My notes on this one include ‘dry and fragrant’, ‘floral on the wind’ and ‘wood-panelled library’. So.
Fragrant! Tight! Revealing! Subtle!
2016 Langhe Nebbiolo A Mont, Paolo Conterno 14.5% £ 18.00
Probably my favourite of the three. Richer and riper tasting with lovely depth of flavour and some woody, leathery notes. Cracking.
Strong! Full! Ripe! Long!
2016 Langhe Nebbiolo, Massolino 14.5% £ 23.00
For me this suffered a little bit following the other two as I think it’s probably a bit young, but the quality if clearly evident.
Pucker! Intense! Tannin! Long!
2016 The Society’s Exhibition Chianti Classico 14% £ 12.50
There were a few Exhibition wines available at the tasting and they all demonstrated the strength of the label, so hats off to the buyers. This is just a lovely, classic example of the type, powerful and intense and crying out for some saucy meatballs or a grilled steak.
Classic! Power! Spice! Acid!
2016 Rosso di Montalcino, Poggio Antico 14% £ 24.00
And so to the wine which I was most looking forward to. To be honest, @Ewan could have sent me downstairs with a bottle and I’d have been perfectly happy to wax lyrical all day long. I adore wines from Montalcino and lament the dearth on the WS list, so imagine the joy I felt when @Sarah casually mentioned a Brunello en primeur (2015) arriving later in the year. Yes. Brunello. En primeur. TWS. Those things all in the same sentence. To say I’m excited is like saying Sebastian knows ‘a bit’ about Italian wines.
Anyway this wine is amazing. Buy some.
Meat! Cherry! Wow! Delicious!