The only thing I like about it travel by train is that it is very compatible with my life as a wine blogger: in fact right now I'm writing to tell you how my day went! Given that I have a hunger that I would eat a Lilliput with all his family, I will try to survive the minutes 40 that separate me in Brescia. I drink so it is an interesting manifestation, and as far as today has not reached the dusting of the last edition a Olgiate Molgora (Read HERE the article of the previous edition),Hotel Excelsior Gallia in Milan it remains an ideal location, especially for its convenience from the Milan Central station!
I could tell you that today I drank so many wines to lose count, but actually I took notes on mine Moleskine Wine Journal (that you can buy on Amazon HERE) and on my iPhone, so I'm perfectly aware of what I've tasted. Before telling you which 10 wines have stolen my heart in this edition, I want to make a small introduction.
Just recently, an elusive (and somewhat impromptu) wine expert has made an argument about the natural wines. Promoting the naturalness of things, basic, is absolutely right, too bad that in that case an infinite story was born on social media due to the carelessness with which the subject was addressed. I am absolutely not a Taliban of natural wines, I do not consider the sulphurous the number one enemy of the enthusiast and I'm not a fanatic of the "cork stopper at all costs". In the same way the word "Organic" on a label that I like is a great added value! Io Bevo Così is the event created by Andrea Pesce and Andrea Sala (in the cover photo ed) of That's wine dedicated to natural wines. This is the second edition in which I participate, and I must say that there are also very interesting wines, provided you know how to "select". Natural, in fact, must never be at the expense of quality, and I accept that he defends himself with sword only wines of this type only if you do not even eat a pasta or an industrial biscuit. Today the labels ofchiarathere were 600, some of them with that typical "that" of peasant wine, or "rustic" that does not make them in line with my tastes at all. Among these, however, I also made exceptional discoveries.
I drink like this: the 10 best wines I've tasted in this edition
1. Gilles Azam: Crémant de Limoux Brut Nature
I was struck by his penalty label of green leaves with a pink goat. And then nothing else. I taste it, the nose is clean and delicate, with floral and fruity aromas. In the mouth it enters soft, delicate, with a really creamy bubble and an enveloping that conquers you. The finish is quite long, with great drinkability. It reminded me of when I wandered in my 500 in the Languedoc in search of bubbles… Not to be missed because it is a sparkling wine that has managed to blow me away, both in dress and in taste. Free wine cellar at 16 €.
2. Marco Sambin: "Psychè" 2016
Garganega 100%. The time spent on the skins gives it a beautiful coppery yellow color. On the nose notes of tea with bergamot, apricot, honey, linden flowers, salted caramel and nutmeg. In the mouth it is intense, fresh, opulent and has a finish that oscillates between tobacco leaves and very long brioche. To combine with everything or nothing, better for meditation. Not to be missed because it is a surprising and particular wine with a great value for money. Free wine cellar at 12 €.
3. Barraco: "Altograde"
100% Marsala Pre-British cricket in oxidative style. Very low yield per hectare for these vines that have reached 45 years of age on red soil with limestone. Only 700 bottles for this wine that spends 7 years in chestnut barrels filled only the first 2 years. The color is a beautiful bright amber yellow, the nose is an explosion of peaty and almond notes, broken only by a caramelized fig and a bouquet of dried flowers. On the palate it is elegant and savory, warm and fresh, with a very long finish. Not to be missed because it is a gem, like the splendid Milocco, the Nero d'Avola from late harvest that has been 8 years in small chestnut barrels and reminded me of a Porto LBV of the good ones! Franco cellar in… oh my God I didn't ask him! I was too enchanted by the tasting ... bear with me, I ask!
4. Mas Des Agrunelles: "Les Mauves" 2015
Cinsault 100%. Of a beautiful ruby red, the nose is pleasant and very fragrant with a definition of surprising perfumes. The violet flowers, the slightly ripe strawberry, the fresh and jam cherry, the pink pepper are very recognizable. In the mouth the hints of sweet spices prevail. Balanced, soft and fresh. Excellent potential for pairing with a large number of different dishes! Not to be missed because it is a wine with excellent value for money. Free wine cellar at 16 €.
5. San Biagio Vecchio: "Yellow Sand" 2013
Albana 100%. I tasted both vintages, this and 2016. I tasted 2016 at the previous edition of Io Bevo So when it wasn't ready yet and I would say that in these 8 months it has evolved a lot. If on the one hand 2016 is the daughter of a very hot summer, on the other hand it has been managed very well and is a wine capable of giving great satisfaction. But 2013 is on another planet! The nose is enriched with strawberry jam and dried fig. On the palate it is fresh and elegant, and can evolve even better. Great flavor and good persistence. If 2016 is perfect for hard and semi-hard cheeses, 2013 is to be tried with all goose meat preparations. Try to hear if there are still some magnums in the cellar! Not to be missed because it is a particular wine, capable of lending itself to multiple occasions for pairing. Free wine cellar at 14 €.
6. Bretz: Weiburgunder 2001
100% Pinot Blanc. I had already tasted it at the previous edition of Io Bevo Così and it had already convinced me, but in recent months it has only improved. Of a beautiful intense straw yellow, it has a complex nose that oscillates between fresh notes and ripe notes. Chamomile flowers, fresh orange, candied pear, green apple, white peach and vanilla stand out. On the palate it is fresh and at the same time ripe, very soft and long. Wine not very easy to pair, I would probably take the path of a slightly cooked sliced duck on the plate or a veal tartare! Not to be missed because it is a masterfully executed wine. Free wine cellar at 19 €.
7.Oreste Tombolini: “Brandisio” 2010
Primitivo 100%. It takes its name from the admiral's grandfather from whom he inherited the cellar and the passion for wine. The barrel cellar in music therapy is interesting: the music emits vibrations capable of gently rocking the wines that evolve in wood. The barrel is perfectly dosed. The nose is gorgeous, with notes of cocoa, strawberry, cherries in alcohol, sweet spices and a tobacco leaf finish. On the palate it is alcoholic and soft, however fresh and with good balance. Intense and persistent with a very long finish. Perfect to be paired with dishes with important cooking, such as Boeuf Bourguignon by Julia Child, read here the perfect recipe in 10 steps! Not to be missed because it is a fascinating wine like the Admiral who produces it. Free wine cellar at 40 €.
8. Stefanago Castle: Pinot Nero Cruasé 2011
Pinot Noir 100%. Beautiful pink intense peel of onion, on the nose notes of butter, red fruits in jam, brioche bread, white pepper fade into delicate toasted notes. In the mouth it is fresh and soft, with a still marked acidity and endowed with great persistence. Perfect to accompany the whole meal, it prefers risottos also with important ingredients. Not to be missed because it is a Ancestral Method sparkling wine made well. Free in the cellar for € (I didn't understand what I wrote, I have to check, but they look like 20 €).
9. Il Casale: Chianti Riserva 2006
100 Sangiovese%. After a maceration of 30 days, 8 passes years in cement and 2 years in large chestnut barrels. Of a beautiful impenetrable ruby red, with a nose in which there are fascinating tertiaries. Notes of leather, cherry in spirits, graphite, dry rose. On the palate it is surprising for its potential for evolution, which makes it a suitable wine to take and keep for a few more years. Soft, structured and with a very long finish. After dinner with cheeses such as the Morbegno crotto, in general it is perfect for cheeses of great structure and persistence. Not to be missed because it is an important wine that will win over lovers of the genre. Free wine cellar at 25 €.
10. Andrea Occhipinti: “Alea Viva” 2015
100% Aglianico. After a short maceration of 6 days it spends 18 months in concrete. Beautiful ruby red color with violet reflections, very fragrant nose of red fruits. On the palate it enters really soft, very fresh and endowed with a great pleasure and an interesting acidulous tip. Perfect for an aperitif, in combination with fried snacks or cold cuts cut with a knife. Not to be missed because it is a wine with a truly excellent drinkability. Free wine cellar at 12,50 €.
The day ended with Davide who picked me up from the station in Brescia and we went to eat at a low-level Japanese in Sarezzo who, if I remember correctly, is called Sakura and who made me drink all night… patience! (Notes: the wakame seaweed is indefinable, the sushi seems to be made by an elderly man with Parkinson's and is devoid of any aesthetic grace. The inedible tempura of prawns was so greasy. The fish of acceptable quality for an All can you eat. Udon instead they are very good.)
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