Saturday, 31 August 2013

A Bottle of Bubbly - 1999 Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs

A found this beauty on a restaurant list for a bargain price and it was as good as I hoped it to be. With a duck liver first course it behaved beautifully.

1999 Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs
The nose is wide open with gorgeous notes of spring flowers, yellow pears, butter cookies, wet stones and some cap gun smoke. Medium intense with a fine depth and a beginning maturity. Very, very good.
The taste is smooth, fresh and yummy with lovely yellow sweet fruit paired with notes of fudge, pan fried nuts, summer flowers and lots of crushed rocks. The finish is long and full of finesse. This is in a great drinking phase but I wouldn´t be surprised if it could get even better with 5+ years cellaring.
92p   (tasted 2013/08)

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Pour Me More Fucking Merlot! :-)

After saturdays wine dinner at Jeanette & Miran its hard to agree with Miles in his judgement - "I´m not drinking any fucking Merlot". But I guess he wasn´t thinking about the kind of Merlot we drank...

There were lots of other great stuff also - Dönnhoff, Keller, Pol Roger, Lamy and Taylor - but that will be a separate post - this one highlights four stunning bottles of Merlot.
All bottles were decanted three hours before the first pour and were tasted double blind.

1997 Redigaffi, Tua Rita
This inky monster has a deep, tight, concentrated nose with masses of sweet dark plums, blackberries, dark cookie dough, bonfire and a lovely flowery note. Very deep, complex and structured. Impressive stuff!
The taste is dark, intense and massive with notes of black cherries, blueberries, blood & iron and in the finish the sweet flowery note as on the nose. The finish is counted in minutes. A big, bold structure but with finesse and refinement. Still young, this should have no problem going on like this for the coming 10+ years.
95p   (tasted 2013/08)

1999 Messorio, Le Macchiole
This is even better than the previous glass! The nose is deep, velvety and immensly seductive with stunning notes of blackberries, plums, lightly peppered veal meat, pressed flowers, forest floor and expensive leather. It has a gorgeous creaminess to the fruit. So, so fine.
The taste is dense and tight but with an impressive balance, nerve and intensity. Notes of ripe plums, licorice, forest floor and dark chocolate fills the mouth. The finish is very long and rewarding. Silk and iron in a stunning mix. This should also hold well for a looong period of time.
96p   (tasted 2013/08)

2000 Galatrona, Tenuta di Petrolo
In every other context, this should have been a great bottle of wine, but in this company it doesn´t have the dimensions of the others. But there is much to like - the nose is deep and intense with notes of black cherries, blueberries, black olives, hot earth and a bit of rust. A lot of warmth. Very good.
The taste is young, warm and steady with notes of sweet blueberries, plums, hot tiles and green raisins. The tannins are a touch foursquared. A long, warm finish. Very, very good, although I think we caught it in an awkard stage.
90p   (tasted 2013/08)

2004 Masseto, Tenuta dell´Ornellaia
First - a rant - this now cost somewhere in the range of 550 - 600 Euro - #¤%"#¤%/)&%¤#!!! Rant over.
This is what dreams are made of, and it still isn´t close to maturity. The nose is the pure expression of beauty, soil, care and breed. There are gorgeous notes of fresh violets, ripe plums, black cherries, a bonfire in the distance and a hauntingly beautiful perfumed scent. It has to be smelled to be believed. And still very young.
The taste is like a cashmere wave of the most perfect ripe fruit there is over your tongue, with additional notes of veal meat, warm tiles, a Tuscan gravel road and Zegna leather. The finish is long, fresh as a daisy and ends with an aristocratic backbone. In 6-10 years this will be a perfect wine. Thanks Miran!!
98p   (tasted 2013/08)

Saturday, 24 August 2013

In Search of Brunello di Montalcino´s Soul - Chapter XXXIII

This tasting was held in our monthly tasting group, and it was my time to open some bottles. I decided on six bottles of Brunello from two of the most historic properties in Montalcino - Fattoria Dei Barbi who produced their first Brunello in 1892 and the inventors of Brunello - Biondi-Santi.
All wines decanted one hour before the first pour.

1968 Brunello di Montalcino, Fattoria Dei Barbi
Even with one hour in the decanter this opens very mature and mushroomy on the nose, but actually grows and pull itself together with some time in the glass. Fine notes of dried cherries, cranberries, licorice, tea bags, pipe tobacco and lots of undergrowth. A high and interesting nose. Perfect maturity.
The taste is tight, mature and warm with notes of lingonberries, cranberries, autumn leaves and cigarette ashes. There is a fine acidity here and the tannins are soft but noticeable. Long and balanced. Very, very good.
90p   (tasted 2013/08)

1978 Brunello di Montalcino, Fattoria Dei Barbi
The ten year younger sibling is even better. The nose is deep and penetrating with gorgeous notes of ripe cherries, rose petals, forest floor, cigarette ashes, dried rosemary and a touch of banana peel. Pure and complex. Very fine.
The taste is tight, fresh and mature with notes of cherry candy, cranberries, licorice, cigarette ashes and forest floor. A very good warmth. Long and stylish. In a perfect drinking stage.
91p   (tasted 2013/08)

1988 Brunello di Montalcino, Fattoria Dei Barbi
The 1988 version from Fattoria Dei Barbi is more linear than the two previous vintages. The nose is medium deep with notes of violets, hard cherry candy, autumn leaves and some floral notes. Good but the fruit is a tad compressed.
The taste feels youngish with notes of black cherries, rosehips, black tea, balsa wood and violets. The finish is long, warm and with some perky tannins in the end. This could get better with some time in the cellar.
87p   (tasted 2013/08)

1977 Brunello di Montalcino Il Greppo, Biondi-Santi
Too bad!! This bottle have been manhandled somewhere along the line. If I had gotten this blindfolded I would have guessed an old Sercial on the nose. The taste is dry and foursquare. The level was fine, the cork was fine, but alas...
No rating   (tasted 2013/08)

1995 Brunello di Montalcino Il Greppo, Biondi-Santi
But the 1995 made up for the bad 77. A gorgeous, deep and complex nose with notes of the finest cherries imaginable paired with scents of rosemary bushes, Earl Grey tea, violets and some Cohiba aromas lingering in the background. This has structure and hedonism in a great package. A tad mature on the nose but it has far too go still.
The taste is tight, intense and packed to the rim with sweet/sour cherries, cranberries and lingonberry jam. The tannins are big and bold yet finely polished. The finish goes on for over a minute. Notes of licorice, forest floor, violets and sweet minerals adds to the complexity. A beautiful wine that will be even better in 3-6 years time.
95p   (tasted 2013/08)

2004 Brunello di Montalcino Il Greppo, Biondi-Santi
Oh, what a youngster! There are stuffing here for something great in due course but today you just get glimpses of what will come. The nose is tight, concentrated and a tad withdrawn with notes of hard cherry candy, dried herbs, pressed flowers and cigarette ashes. After some time in the glass there is a fine perfumed note. Very young. And promising.
The taste is young, tight and potent with notes of just ripe cherries, hard cherry candy, balsa wood, cigarette ashes and road dust. The tannins creeps up on you in the finish and makes a mark. A fine warmth. Give this baby 10+ years and it will become great.
91p   (tasted 2013/08)

Friday, 23 August 2013

Just Bought

This Brunello beauty arrived today, in time for an upcoming tasting of 2001 Brunello's - only Riserva and special cuvees...:-)

Giuseppe Sesti bought this estate in 1975, and he planted his first vineyard in 1990. Kerin O'Keefe calls the Phenomena "a fabolous Riserva". I hope she's right!

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

A Bottle of Bubbly - 1985 Lanson

As a pre wine to get the taste buds going before the tasting of the Brunello´s shown in the previous post I opened this bottle. We caught it in perfect maturity!

1985 Lanson
The nose is deep, round and mature with lovely notes of ripe red apples, blood orange peel, dry fudge, white raisins and lots of mushrooms. Opens up nicely in the glass with some dry lemoncello notes after a while. Interesting, elegant and yummy!
The taste is fine, mature, a bit soft but with lots of sweet fruit and still enough bubbles to get that nice tingly feeling on your tongue from a mature Champagne. Notes of mushroom cream, dried fruits, autumn apples, dry fudge and sweet minerals. A very fine bitter note in the finish. This is drinking great now but shouldn´t be kept any longer.
91p   (tasted 2013/08)

Monday, 19 August 2013

Preparing For Tonight

Will open these bottles at a tasting tonight - really looking forward to that!

Any guesses...? :-)

The bottles tasted - 1968, 1978 and 1988 Fattoria Dei Barbi & 1977, 1995 and 2004 Biondi-Santi - notes to follow!

Friday, 16 August 2013

Four Bottles of Barolo

The Nebbiolo level in my bloodstream has sunken to a dangerously low level the past weeks. Granted, there are Rossese and other wines flowing around there, but I can´t let the Nebbiolo level get too low, there´s no telling what might happen!
So the past couple of days I have opened these bottles, and I feel much better, more alive, it have almost been like a touch of blessing...

1980 Barolo, Fontanafredda
A mature, round, sweet nose with notes of moist undergrowth, dried mushrooms, rose petals, coca cola candy and wet dog. Intriguing. Not that deep or complex, but yummy in its own way.
The taste is velvety, light and very much alive with notes of dried raspberries, autumn leaves, dried mushrooms and old, stale chocolate. A little dry at the end. Nice, but this has started its journey towards its demise.
78p   (tasted 2013/08)

Fontanafredda & Conterno Fantino

1990 Barolo Brunate, Ceretto
Besides a perfectly aged Grand Cru Burgundy, there is nothing that eclipse the aromas of a perfectly aged Barolo. Ok, a perfectly aged Madeira is also magical, but I digress.
This beauty offers up an ethereal nose with lots and lots of crushed rose petals, dried strawberries, dried ceps, cigarette ashes and some balsamic scents. Hauntingly deep and refined. Beautiful!
The taste is aristocratic, deep, complex and full of mature flavours. Lovely notes of rosehips, dried wild strawberries, lingonberries, mushrooms and autumn leaves. Very long and balanced, the finish just lingers on and on. Simply amazing!
94p   (tasted 2013/08)

2004 Barolo Sori Ginestra, Conterno Fantino
Absolutely stunning! Albeit young of course, but this has the stuffing for a great future. But even today it delivers utter enjoyment. The nose is deep, complex, tight and focused with notes of sweet black cherries, licorice, black tea, freshly picked roses and pipe tobacco. A gorgeously perfumed note. Very deep. A sheer beauty.
The taste is very young, tight and concentrated with notes of hard cherry candy, rosehips, black tea and expensive leather. The finish goes on for over a minute. The tannins creeps up on you in the end. This still needs another 8+ years in the cellar.
93p   (tasted 2013/08)

2007 Barolo Albe, G. D. Vajra
At first this young Barolo is a bit ungainly, but it opens up nicely in the decanter. Fine notes of rosehips, red cherries, tea bags, hard cherry candy and rosépeppar. Medium deep. Still very young.
The taste is young and tight with notes of lingonberries, hard cherry candy, licorice and forest floor. Even with considerable air there is a touch of foursquareness in the finish. Perhaps a couple of years in the cellar will smooth it out. Very good with food.
84p   (tasted 2013/08)

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Drinking Tonight - 2010 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Viti Nuove, Poliziano

With a nice bowl of fresh pasta, chicken filets cut in pieces and quickly fried with garlic, mustard and a dollop of cream and lots of parmesan shaving, I opened this reliable Italian.

2010 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Viti Nuove, Poliziano
As with the 2008 it needs some time in the glass and decanter to open up. But when it does the nose is filled with aromas of sour/sweet cherries, dried thyme, sun warm gravel and lightly peppered meat. Very fresh and good.
The taste is young, fresh and juicy with notes of sweet cherries, leather, gravel and dried herbs. The tannins are light but finely polished. The finish is medium long with a nice warmth. A very food friendly wine. Drinking great now and the coming 5-8 years.
87p   (tasted 2013/08)

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

The Rossese Report - Part II

As I ended Part I with, Maurizio picked me up at Alessandros and drove us up narrow roads to Ka*Mancine cellars, while heavy rain poured down (actually the only rain we got during our stay).
Again, a great visit with fine wines and a charming host!

Maurizio started to open bottles from the 2012 vintage. Since he doesn´t assign the Superiore designation to the wines he can release them earlier. Maurizio started up the winery (again) in 1998. His grandfather was a vigneron but Maurizios father hadn´t continued that line of work, so Maurizio started all over again, but with some good conditions - the vines in Beragna was planted in 1872...
And that was the first bottle  Maurizio opened.

2012 Rossese di Dolceacqua Beragna, Ka*Mancine
A cool, fine, young nose with notes of lingonberries, dried strawberries, fresh herbs and some white pepper aromas. Stylish. With air some earthy scents appear. Very, very good.
The taste is young, tight but elegant with fine sweet red fruit paired with a refreshing acidity and a long smooth finish. Notes of licorice, cranberries, dried strawberries and gravel. There is a creaminess to the fruit. Really good.
88p   (tasted 2013/07)

2012 Rossese di Dolceacqua Galeae, Ka*Mancine
The Galeae shows more depth than the Beragna and somewhat darker fruit. The nose is deep, tight and promising with notes of sweet lingonberries, leather, crushed white peppers, earth and licorice. This is going places. Really fine.
The taste is young, tight and concentrated with notes of lingonberries, raspberries, a hint of dark chocolate (although this wine have seen no wood) and a fine earthy note. The mouth feel is creamy but with a tight core that cleans the mouth effectively. Beautiful acidity. This is a must buy!
91p   (tasted 2013/07)

2010 Rossese di Dolceacqua Galeae, Ka*Mancine
Actually Maurizio didn´t have any 2010 left of the Galeae, but somehow a 6 bottle pack had been returned, and he was kind enough to open a bottle. A what a wine!
The nose is open, sweet and the aromas is that of a maturing Premier Cru Burgundy, with stunning scents of sweet raspberries, rotten vegetables, dried strawberries and moist undergrowth. There is a hint of crushed white peppers also. Just lovely!
The taste is tight, intense and less mature than on the nose. Lots of intensity and character. Sweet notes of raspberries, mulberries, licorice, dried herbs and gravel. There are some perky tannins in the end. Great wine!
94p   (tasted 2013/0)

Maurizio is experimenting with some oak for a small part of the 2012 Galeae. It will be interesting to see how that will come out.

(2012) Sciakk Rosato, Ka*Mancine
Maurizios Rosato is very fresh on the nose with notes of just ripening raspberries, wild strawberries, sweet minerals and rhubarb. Very salivating.
The taste is young, fresh and lively with notes of sweet lingonberries, dried strawberries, forest floor and dried herbs. A really fresh acidity. Very, very good.
88p   (tasted 2013/07)

In a Enoteca I found the 2011 vintage of Galeae and curious how Maurizio have handled this more difficult vintage, I bought a bottle.

2011 Rossese di Dolceacqua Galeae, Ka*Mancine
No problems here! This is actually as good as the 2012. The nose is upfront and fresh with notes of sweet lingonberries, rosemary bushes, cranberries, dried herbs and crushed white peppars. With air some fine earthy aromas unravel. Very, very good.
The taste is cool and elegant yet taut with notes of sweet lingonberries, rosehips, forest floor, dried herbs and white peppers. A very fine acidity. The finish is long, intense and ends with a fine dry twist. This should evolve into a even more stunning wine the upcoming 5-7 years. I just bought a 6-pack for 76 Euro! This wines are tremendous value.
90p   (tasted 2013/07)

The charming Maurizio

Monday, 12 August 2013

In Search of Brunello di Montalcino´s Soul - Chapter XXXII

1975 was a great vintage in Brunello - Kerin O´Keefe calls it "A breathtaking vintage still going strong". And here was another beauty from that vintage!
As good as the 1979 Riserva tasted a while back.

1975 Brunello di Montalcino, CastelGiocondo
The nose is velvety, perfectly mature with lovely notes of dried cherries, blueberry cream, autumn leaves, rosehips, dried roses, tobacco and forest floor. Still lively. Very pure. Gets more floral with air. Deep and refined. Just gorgeous.
The taste is pure, elegant and as velvety as the nose, with notes of ripe cherries, violets, licorice, autumn leaves and some cold cofffe notes in the end, which is long and smooth. Soft tannins that still are noticeable. Fully mature but not yet in decline, and I would guess it will stay at this peak in its life for another 3+ years. Beautiful.
94p   (tasted 2013/08)

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Drinking Tonight - 2000 Stielle, Rocca di Castagnoli

Mature vintages of this Tuscan wine keeps popping up at the state monopoly. I have in the past enjoyed the 2001 and the 2004.
This time it was the 2000 that I put the corkscrew in. I didn´t have my hopes up, since 2000 is an lesser vintage in comparison to the 2001 and 2004. But lo and behold - this outperformed the previous vintages tasted - not by much, but still.

2000 Stielle, Rocca di Castagnoli
A wide open, yummy, fine nose with notes of sweet black cherries, plums, violets, coffee powder, autumn leaves and Tuscan gravel. Round, generous and hedonistic. Very, very good. This is almost fully mature.
The taste is taut, warm and fine with notes of black cherries, cigar smoke, warm tiles, rosemary bushes and gravel. Some autumn leaves in the long, warm finish. This is drinking beautifully right now and surely for the coming 5+ years. Really good!
89p   (tasted 2013/08)

Thursday, 8 August 2013

The Rossese Report - Part I

Where is it?
We´re in the car, driving slowly through the small village of Soldano, looking for Tenuta Anfosso. We are driving to slow, since the Italian driver behind us honks the horn (which the always do anyway...:-))
There it was! A relatively small sign a few meters from the road. Ok, where to turn the car around? More honks from behind.

Finally arrived, and Alessandro great me with a big smile. My better half takes the car and heads down to the beach, leaving me in the care of Alessandro and his wife, Marisa.
The rest of the visit is a mix of my poor Italian, Alessandros poor English, and to our luck Marisas good English. And of course, lots of fine wines, sine Tenuta Anfosso is one of the best producers of Rossese di Dolceacqua. Info here.

Rossese di Dolceacqua have since 1972 its own DOC. To make a wine within the DOC rules it has to be made out of at least 95% Rossese, the rest can be indigenous varietals. Alcohols levels have to be 12% for the normal Rossese di Dolceacqua and 13% for the Superiore. The Superiore cannot be released before November 1 the year after the harvest.
The origin of Rossese is unknown, many opinions place its origin in Greece. What is a fact is that Rossese and Tibouren (grown in Provence) are identical. If it was spread from France to Italy or the other way around is not (yet) determined. But it have been planted for centuries in Liguria - the Admiral Andrea D´Oria (1466-1560) used to celebrate the Genovese Fleets victories with Rossese!

Alessandro asks what I want to taste, and being my modest self I ask - everything? :-) So we start of with a unicorn in the wine world...
(2012) Antea, Tenuta Anfosso
The first wine poured is really a unique one. Antea is made out of Rossese Bianco di San Biagio, an extremely rare Ligurian grape. And if that wasn´t enough, it comes from pre phylloxera vines. Alessandro knows that the vines are older than 1888, but not how far back in time they reach. This grape is not included in the national register of grape varieties in Italy, therefore only could be used for table wines. And its not allowed to put the vintage date on the label, the vintage could instead be recognized by a lot number on the label. That´s why the vintage above is in brackets.
Alessandro makes about 1.500 bottles a year.

How about the wine then? I´ll tell you - it´s stunning! The nose is deep and intoxicating with a very own character to it. There is some dry sweetness here. Notes of lemons, lime, rocks and white flowers arises from the glass. Aristocratic in some peculiar way. Would love to have some more time with this one. Very, very good.
The taste is dry, fresh and salivating with a high, piercing acidity and notes of wet rocks, lemon peel and presses flowers. The finish is long, pure and intense. There is something special about it for sure, and I really, really like it.
91p   (tasted 2013/07)

(2012) Sciacau, Tenuta Anfosso
The Rosato is made out of 100% Rossese grapes and can, as the white wine above, not have its vintage on the label, under the current DOC rules.
The nose is light, finely balanced and elegant with notes of just ripe raspberries, rhubarb and gravel. Very good.
The taste is light, elegant and salivating with notes of lingonberries, raspberries, dried herbs and gravel. A fine fresh acidity. Gulpable. Very, very good.
87p   (tasted 2013/07)

Then it was time for the Rossese wines. Alessandro explains that 2011 was a difficult vintage, it was almost necessary at the harvest to pick grape by grape. The 2012 was on the other hand a fine vintage and a easy harvest. Going back, the 2010 was an excellent vintage. I will be looking forward to the Luvaira and especially the Poggio Pini 2012 when they are released in November.

2011 Rossese di Dolceacqua, Tenuta Anfosso
The "normale" Rossese is open for business with fine scents of mulberries, blueberries, earth and some light peppery aromas. Medium deep. Good.
The taste is warm, medium bodied and good with notes of lingonberries, blueberries, dried herbs and some undergrowth. The tannins are light but supports the fruit nicely. This is for drinking now and the coming 3-5 years.
85p   (tasted 2013/07)

2011 Rossese di Dolceacqua Superiore Poggio Pini, Tenuta Anfosso
This beauty comes from the vineyard Poggio Pini which is about 1,3 ha big. Even from this more difficult year, this shows it class from start to finish. The nose is deep, elegant and profound, with notes of ripe raspberries, mulberries, spices and warm earth. And over everything else there is a wonderful perfumed note that brings an extra dimension to this wine.
The taste is ripe, tight and elegant with lots of warmth, structure and breed. The fruit is a mix of red and black berries combined with notes of assorted peppers, scorched earth, dry licorice and dried flowers. The finish is long, warm and complex. Still young, this needs another 3-5 years in the cellar to really show of and it will keep for 10+ years.
93p   (tasted 2013/07)

2011 Rossese di Dolceacqua Superiore Luvaira, Tenuta Anfosso
The Luvaira, from a 2,5 ha vineyard, is bigger and broader than the Poggio Pini. More black than red fruits, more depth and power. The nose is big, tight and warm with lots of sweet mulberries, black cherries, rosemary bushes, black pepper and undergrowth. Very young and concentrated.
The taste is big, tight and intense with juicy notes of black cherries, blueberries, meat stock, undergrowth and dried spices. Very young. This has more to it than then the Poggio Pini, but it doesn´t have its charm and finesse. But give this 7+ years in the cellar and I imagine it will come out extraordinary.
90p   (tasted 2013/07)

A couple of days later, in a Enoteca, I ran in to the 2009 vintage of both the Poggio Pini and the Luvaira. Of course I bought them both - and drank them!

2009 Rossese di Dolceacqua Superiore Poggio Pini, Tenuta Anfosso
A fine, deep, somewhat mature nose with notes of black cherries, blueberries, rotten vegetables, undergrowth and the same wonderful perfumed aroma that was present in the 2011, although this is sweeter and darker. Very, very fine. Some notes of smoke after a while.
The taste is big, complex and layered with some maturity and notes of blueberries, dry licorice, warm earth, hard cherry candy and sweet, sandy tannins. Very, very good. Kept the bottle for three days and it kept very well. Stunning wine.
92p   (tasted 2013/07)

Poggio Pini - pic from Tenuta Anfosso´s webpage
2009 Rossese di Dolceacqua Superiore Luvaire, Tenuta Anfosso
A big, open, warm nose with notes of cherry candy, cherry jam, moist earth, dried balsam vinegar and smoke. Hints of cigarette ashes. Very warm. Deep.
The taste is big, tight and warm with lots of concentration and power with notes of sweet and sour cherries, blueberry jam, licorice, warm undergrowth and old leather. Somewhat rustic. Long and warm. Very good but I prefer the perfumed note and cooler character of the Poggio Pini.
88p   (tasted 2013/07)

Luvaira - pic from Tenuta Anfosso´s webpage
And finally, last year I tasted the 2008 Luvaira on our vacation in Liguria.

2008 Rossese di Dolceacqua Superiore Luvaira, Tenuta Anfosso
A big, ripe, dark and warm nose with notes of sweet blueberries, black cherries, licorice, old leather and some smoky aromas. Very deep. But a tad unbalanced. Very warm.
The taste is big, semi mature and warm with notes of sweet lingonberries, raspberries, moist undergrowth and bonfire smoke. A long, warm, intense finish. Very good. Wears its heart on its sleeve. This is on its way to maturity, give it 3-5 years more in the cellar.
87p   (tasted 2012/07)

I had arranged a visit to Ka*Mancine right after the visit to Tenuta Anfosso, and I had understand it to be walking distance between the two. I was wrong and it wasn´t...
When I explained to Alessandro that I was going to walk to Ka*Mancine he looked at me. Walk? And he pointed right up the nearest mountain. Ok then, what to do?

Alessandro then phones Maurizio (they share their last name - Anfosso - and are related in some way, but my poor Italian prevented me from understand really how) and 30 minutes later Maurizio picks me up and we went up to his cellar. During our wait for Maurizio we talked about all things outside wine (yes, there are others things in life! :-)) with some salami and cheese and finishing the Rosato off.
A great visit, some amazing wines and truly wonderful people!

Part II - a visit to Ka*Manzine.