At our VINO restaurant, we are constantly looking & tasty Italian wines to add to our offerings. Here are a couple, which came highly recommended–“trophy” styled wines–which is a category really growing in popularity across the country. They are certainly each mega intense & are very swashbuckling in style. We, however, only bought one of them.
2011 Dipoli Sauvignon Blanc “Voglar”–here is a Sauvignon with the presence & swag of early Didier Dagueneau bottlings, similarly produced from the vision & passion of one man. The importer noted–“a pure Sauvignon Blanc grown in chalky dolomitic limestone soils on near-vertical slopes (1800 to 2000 feet in elevation), fermented and aged in acacia casks—is characterized by gorgeous exotic fruit with abundant minerality“. This wine is certainly a “stand alone” star–really mega intense & structured, yet is still so pure, quite stylish & refined.
2009 Braida Barbera d’Asti “Bricco dell’ Uccellone”–Barbera is a grape variety which has a lot of interesting attributes. The challenge pre-mid 1980’s, was finding ways to harness its mojo in fulfilling its real potential. Braida was certainly one of the stars to bring this grape variety to the limelight with their Uccellone bottling. It was also suggested to me to search for Barbera in the Asti appellation, as the Alba appellation usually reserved their best sites to the Nebbiolo grape variety, which is how I came upon 3 producers–Coppo, La Spinetta & Braida. The Bricco dell’ Uccellone bottling hails from the Rocchetta Tanaro vineyard, located roughly 500 to 600 feet in elevation with predominately clay & sandy soils, which helps in the savory, masculine edge the resulting wines have. The 2009 was aged in French barrique (225 liter) for 15 months. Definitely a stud to search out for, although insiders would say the high acclaim certainly has decreased the availability & increased the prices.