Monday, 22 April 2019

2010 Brunello Di Montalcino Poggio Alle Mura, Castello Banfi

2010 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Alle Mura, Castello Banfi
Banfi bought the Poggio Alle Mura estate in 1984 with its eleventh-century castle (shown on the labels, both old and new). I have tasted some older vintages before the Banfi era and some after, see below.
The 2010 has a very deep, aristocratic, seamless nose with gorgeous notes of sun warm tiles, cherry compote with fresh rosemary, expensive leather, tobacco and a hint of band aid. Very complex and fine. Needs some time to really open up in the glass. Still primary fruit even though you can sense some tiny, tiny mature aromas. Very, very fine.
The taste is velvety and rich with notes of ripe black cherries, rowan berries, dark chocolate, cured meat and Tuscan gravel. Dense, polished tannins. Power and finesse. Very, very long. No problem to drink this beauty today but I would give it 5+ more years in the cellar for an even greater experience.
94p   (tasted 2019/04)

1964 Brunello di Montalcino, Poggio Alle Mura
1970, 1971, 1974 & 1975 Brunello di Montalcino, Poggio Alle Mura
1977 Brunello di Montalcino, Poggio Alle Mura

1997 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Alle Mura, Castello Banfi
1999 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Alle Mura, Castello Banfi

Saturday, 20 April 2019

The Barolo Boys In Piedmont - Eating & Drinking

As I have said many times before, I love the food of the Langhe - the Carne Cruda, the Vitello Tonnato, the Tajarin, the Coniglio and the Intestines - all of them perfect matches with the Langhe wines. Here are some pictures from the mandatory visits, and two new ones.

Osteria Veglio
The place to go to in La Morra, when you don´t want to drive all the way up to La Coccinella. My second best restaurant in Langhe, always delivering the goods. A very good wine list, pricewise, but the focus is on the newer vintages.

The best intestines dish I have ever had!

We exchanged some wines with the table next to us and we got to taste this 48 year old Barbaresco

Centro Storico

You always have to visit Ciccio. Down to earth, stunning food and a wine list - especially Champagne - to die for. Ciccio hasn´t updated the wine list for some time....always on his way....just ask him and you will always get a treat!

Osteria Battaglino
A new acquaintance for me and a very nice one. Situated in Dogliano, this elegant place has really fine food and a great wine list. I will be back!

Stunning, juicy Coniglio!

Repubblica di Perno
Oh dear. Everyone can have a bad day at work, I get that. But when that bad day is shown on my plate, I´m not happy. We have visited a couple of times before and have been floored by the food. Far from it this time. The pasta tasted like something bought from a supermarket - and cooked too long -  and the coniglio was dry and with no depth in flavour. The wine was stunning though.

La Coccinella
Our home away from home, and hands down the best restaurant in Langhe. We actually feel like we are coming home when we come through the door, the food is just magical and the wine list is superb. It takes a while to drive up here (and drive back home) but it is worth it. Every time.

My favourite dish - veal - and a perfect companion to any Baroli!

Magazzino 52
After five hours at Ba&Ba we needed some food (and wine...). This restaurant came higly praised by Alessandro from La Coccinella and Jenny Marengo, so we went there and got impressed by the food and the wine list. A place too seek out if you ever are in Torino.

Friday, 19 April 2019

The Barolo Boys In Piedmont - Visits To Trediberri & Elio Sandri

Two fantastic visits.
Two extraordinary, passionate and philosophical wine makers - Nicola Oberto and Elio Sandri.
Two very different visits compared to others. The regular estate visit consists of a cellar visit and then a sit down tasting in a tasting room. Not here.

First out in the vineyard where the soil is explained, then the vines, the altitudes, the sun exposure and so forth.

Then into the cellar and the tasting starts. Tasting from cask, from tank, from cement, from bottle. Pouring, explaining, discussing the wines. Back and forth in the cellar, tasting this, tasting that.
I left without a single tasting note on paper...
I loved the wines.
Two fantastic visits.


Elio Sandri