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I had already been to the preview of Sole of the Veronelli Gold Guide several times, but choose Palazzo Te in Mantua was the spring that made me consider this event "unmissable". I love Giulio Romano and Mannerism since the time of the Art School and I had already been there several times. In the hall of the giants I cried: art and beauty create emotions in me that I struggle to handle. The editors of the Veronelli Gold Guide assigns the Special Prize☀️ independently of the valuation in cents. The suns are wines with a story to tell, made up of capable hands and ancient traditions, the courage to innovate and the desire to create the same wonder in the spectator that Giulio Romano aspired to when passing from one room to another.

She stood out among the curators Alessandra Piubello, an extraordinary professional who inspires me and with whom I believe I have a lot in common. His presentation in the horse hall was thrilling and not at all rhetorical. A concrete poem made up of profound reflections and love for that Italian spirit represented by wine. Wine intended not only as a food, but as an emblem of the Italian culture and mastery that we “envy” all over the world and must make us proud.


Veronelli gold guide 2022: Tasting notes of the 10 Suns at the Preview - Spazio Te

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Veronelli Vini Sole 2022: White wines

Oltrepò Pavese Riesling Superiore Vigna Martina Le Fleur 2019, Isimbarda winery

My tasting. Brilliant and consistent straw yellow. Very intriguing, intense and elegant nose with resinous notes and a hint of hydrocarbons, fresh date and mountain pine. In the mouth it is very pleasant, very fresh with a wide mouth. When moved to hardness, it needs a few years in the bottle, acquires a citrine taste. Long finish of bergamot.

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Collio Pinot Grigio Riserva Mongris 2017, Marco Felluga winery

My tasting. Wine that makes me think again about Pinot Grigio, an incredible nose! Brilliant straw yellow with golden-green nuances, consistent. The nose is intense and delightful, with buttery notes of white chocolate and mineral nuances, the wood feels a lot. Mango, vanilla, pineapple and acacia flowers. In the mouth it is very consistent, with a still very marked acidity that suggests a long aging potential in the bottle. Long buttery finish.

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Fonte Grotta Moscato Secco Colline Pescaresi 2020, Secolo IX cellar

My tasting. Brilliant straw yellow with greenish reflections. The nose is very intense, with notes of ripe pear, fresh and dried apricot, lavender, black tea with lemon zest. In the mouth it is ample, enveloping, coherent, citrine, with a slightly demanding pseudocaloric but balanced by a great acidity. Savory. Not very long, but extremely pleasant to drink.

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Veronelli Vini Sole 2022: red wines

Monferrato Rosso 1491 2015, Castello di U Crockery winery

My tastingRuby red with impenetrable violet reflections, very consistent. The nose is very intense with very spicy notes with ink, black cherries in alcohol, undergrowth and fermented tobacco. In the mouth it is consistent with a slightly rough tannin and a lot of flavor. Fairly consistent taste, more "simple" than the nose. Long on the finish, not ready yet because it lacks a bit of softness. It completely paved my palate, I just didn't like it.

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Maremma Toscana Sangiovese Acrobata 2015, Pian del Crognolo winery

My tasting. Almost impenetrable ruby ​​red, consistent. Quite intense nose with spicy notes of cinnamon, milk chocolate, black mulberry both fresh and in jam, dark sugar, tobacco leaf, ferment, leather, rhubarb, shoe polish. In the mouth it is very pleasant, coherent, fresh, with well-blended, soft, rather savory tannins. Quite long finish of sweet spices.

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Serrapetrona Rosso Morò 2018, Fontezoppa winery

My tasting. Impenetrable ruby ​​red, quite consistent. The nose is very delicate with ethereal notes, solvent, pipe tobacco, dried rose. In the mouth it is very particular, not particularly coherent with “perfume” notes, so much is it floral. Very structured, the tannin is still a little rough but still pleasant. Long spicy finish.

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Etna Rosso Riserva Saeculare 2012, I Custodi winery of the Etna vineyards

My tastingImpenetrable ruby ​​red with brick reflections, very consistent. Intense nose with notes of red fruit in jam and spices. Cloves, licorice root, dry hay, gentian. In the mouth it acquires a taste of camphor (which does not excite me particularly, but improves with the second sip). In the mouth it has very dense tannin, looks much younger than its age and still has great potential in the bottle. Very elegant with a long and savory finish. There is still a bit of softness missing, certainly a couple of years in the bottle will allow it to express its full potential.

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Veronelli Vini Sole 2022: passito / meditation wines

Valle d'Aosta Chambave Muscat Flétri 2019, La Vrille winery

My tastingIntense and brilliant golden yellow, particularly consistent. Intense and characteristic nose with notes of fresh apricot and jam, candied fig, sage fried in butter. In the mouth it has an extraordinary balance, a lot of freshness, soft, with a non-invasive sugar also balanced by a nice flavor. Long buttery finish. Surely the most precise of the tastings, it is exactly what you expect from a Chambave Muscat… with an edge!

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Zhabib Terre Siciliane Zibibbo Passito 2020, Hibiscus winery

My tasting. Very consistent bright copper. On the nose, the very intense explosion of lavender "covers" a little the other scents that appear shyly at a later time. Delicate chamomile flowers, dried fig, dried apricot, eucalyptus honey, tea tree. In the mouth it is  intense, dense, coherent, it moves on to chamomile and takes on a delicious taste of candied mandarin "with a drop". Great balance between sweetness and flavor, it will also be the perfect serving temperature, but you can hardly feel the sugar. 

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Zero Infinito Perpetuo SA, Pojer & Sandri winery

My tasting. Intense and really bright amber, quite consistent. The nose is intense with notes of sweet licorice, peanut, orange, flor oxidations. In the mouth it is dense, very fresh, long. If, like me, you appreciate this kind of wines, I suggest you discover it Adorado 1967 by Bodegas Menade.

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The tasting was organized to perfection: it is a pleasure to taste the wines with time to take notes and comfortably seated. Regarding the choices of the Sole, I must say that I was happy to discover wines that I did not know and a couple of wineries I did not know existed, including Isimbarda and Hibiscus. However, I believe that in Italy there are many wines with great personalities from different companies that deserve to shine among the only ones of the Veronelli Oro Guide. Who knows I won't find them next year!

Thanks to Luigi Veronelli Permanent Seminar - Association for the culture of wine and food - invitation and see you soon!



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