Rustic Italian Reds II
In this second set of wines, we feature some of the other bottles from the same producers, showcasing a different side to their winemaking yet offering the perfect balance of bright, structured, as well as aged.
Featured here (left to right):
(Tuscany, Italy) Fattoria di Sammontana - Sangiovese 2018
A very crisp and pure unoaked Sangiovese from Tuscany. Lovely bright fruit and great energy. Medium bodied at most, but structured & dry. Fantastic with food in particular. Made by Daniele & Dario, the fourth generation at this Tuscan estate. Within the range they make a balanced mix of traditional Sangioveses along with experimental wines vinified in clay amphoras (see the orange wine section.
(Piemonte, Italy) Cascina Zerbetta - Piangalardo 2017
This estate's top bottling. A blend of Barbera with a little bit of Merlot grown on Terra Rossa, a heavy red clay soil that results in wines of a certain concentration and structure. Following fermentation the wine spends 18 months in old 500L barrels. Black cherries, plums, and tar along with spices and smoke, it features a great balance of structure and freshness to keep this full-bodied wine very drinkable. Will need 10-15mins of air upon opening and will keep improving over the course of a few days, if you can make it last. Made by Paolo Malfatti, a Piemonte native who planted his vines on previously unused land in Monferrato in the late 90's. In this picturesque corner of Italy's Northwest, vines grow alongside organic hazelnuts and wild plants.
(Piemonte, Italy) Borgatta - 'La Borgatta' Barbera 2014
Aged and serious Barbera from a 83-yr old producer. Rustic, complex, yet lean and strikingly elegant. The fruit is very much alive and vibrant, yet it is now also showing notes of leather/ tobacco, and spices. The 2014 vintage was cooler than normal, resulting in a fresher wine but with every bit as much character. For fans of Barbaresco! Made by Emilio Oliveri, who has been working a tiny 2 hectares of land since the 60's with his wife Marisa. Now in his 80's, he is still going strong and still producing some of the best Piemonte wines we have come across in a very long time. These are wines ‘come si faceva una volta,’ a representation of tradition, of old methods, and of pure dedication. Wines infused with the energy of two of the kindest souls one is ever likely to meet.