Guido Porro Gianetto Barolo DOCG 2011

 

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Estate: Guido Porro is a 4th generation winemaker, from a family whose land has always been passed down from father to son. Located in the renowned Barolo producing commune of Serralunga d’Alba in Piedmont, Porros’ vineyards are in a south-southwest facing amphitheatre. Here in the ‘Lazzarito’ cru, grapes receive full sun and protection from the wind. Focusing on traditional methods in both the vineyard and cellar, Guido Porro has a reputation as “under the radar”. His wines receive many accolades for their natural expression of the grape, however his unassuming character doesn’t have him seeking the spotlight.

Winemaking: Vineyards are farmed using sustainable methods. Spontaneous fermentation and aged for 3 years in massive Slavonian oak casks. Gianetto is a southeast facing vineyard with clay and limestone soil, with vines only 8 years old. 2011 is the first vintage of this single vineyard wine. The young age of the vines contributes to its early drinking ability.

Tasting Notes: Transparent dark ruby in colour with the distinctive Barolo aromas of rose, cherry and tarry earth. Super fruity and lively with cherry, raspberry, crushed black peppercorn and tarry earth. Wooly tannins coat your mouth. The finish hasn’t quite realized its full potential, but it’s plush and velvety, abounding with earth and spice.

100% Nebbiolo
Barolo DOCG
Italy
14.5% Alcohol
Estate Bottled by Azienda Agricola Guido Porro
$40 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2030

Capezzana Barco Reale di Carmignano DOC 2014

Estate: Wine production in the Carmignano region of northern Tuscany dates to around 1000 B.C. when the Etruscans inhabited the area. The Capezzana estate, located 20 km from Florence, on the slopes of Monte Albano and close to the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, has been making wine for over 1200 years. A preserved rent contract now in the Florence Archives details the production of wine and olive oil specifically at Capezzana, dated 804 AD. Since the 1920’s, the Contini Bonacossi family have owned and run this celebrated, historical estate. Today, the estate consists of 670 hectares, of which approximately 100 are vineyards and 140 are olive groves. Barco Reale di Carmignano is the estate’s “everyday wine”, although grapes are from vineyards in historic Medici Royal lands, from the property “Barco Reale” or “Royal property” mentioned in Cosimo de Medici’s “Decreto Motu Proprio” in 1716 [where it takes its name from].

Winemaking: Sustainable viticulture. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, aged in Allier barrels for 6 months, followed by at least 3 months in bottle prior to release.

Tasting Notes: Transparent garnet in colour with inviting aromas of cherry, strawberry, autumn woods and spice. Rich cherry and strawberry fuse with an undercurrent of sour cherry and woodsy spice. Smooth tannins and peppery spice highlight the dry, fruity finish. Well balanced and super versatile at the table.

Wine Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: Wonderful with first courses, pastas and red and white meat entrees.

70% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Canaiolo, 5% Cabernet Franc
Carmignano DOC
Italy
Estate Bottled by Tenuta Capezzana S.R.L.
13.5% Alcohol
$14
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Château des Charmes ‘Paul Bosc Estate Vineyard’ Pinot Noir St. David’s Bench VQA 2014

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Estate: Paul Bosc, a fifth generation French winegrower who holds degrees in Viticulture and Oenology from the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France, founded Château des Charmes in 1978. Paul brought his young family to the Niagara on the Lake region of Canada in the 1960’s “with the idea that growing our own grapes was the best way to make fine wine”. The estate consists of 280 acres of vineyards in four locations all within the Niagara-on-the-Lake region.

Paul established himself as a pioneer in the region, from planting traditional French varietals to employing cutting edge techniques such as installing wind machines to protect the vines from the cold. In addition to being recognized for their progressive, groundbreaking work with traditional French grapes and methods, their wines have garnered accolades for their balance, finesse and quality. Paul Sr still has an active role in the vineyards, his son Paul Jr is President of the estate, and Paul Jr’s wife Michèle is the Director of Marketing.

Philosophy: “We are custodians of the land.” Crafting wines that are “food friendly and age worthy. We hope you will call them delicious”.

Winemaking: Committed from the very beginning to sustainable practices, the family is a charter member of Sustainable Winegrowing Ontario. Chemical treatments are never used, and sustainable methods such as hedge vine canopies, and under drainage are utilized. Naturally occurring yeasts are used for the majority of the wines. All by-products from the winemaking process [stems, skins, seeds] are returned to the vineyards as natural fertilizer. Their extensive cellars are geothermal and do not require any heating or cooling, especially impressive considering how cold Canadian winters can be.

Grapes were sourced from estate vineyards in the St. David’s Bench sub-appellation, the appellation taking its name from the name of the Bosc’s vineyard [St. David’s Bench]. The vineyard is dedicated to single varietal bottlings. The area is unique for its limestone rich runoff water from the escarpment that contributes to the minerality found in all the wines that come from that vineyard.

Tasting Notes: Transparent garnet in colour, very aromatic, with black cherry, black pepper, mushrooms, forest floor and hints of truffle radiating from the glass. A delightful cherry bomb, with all the cherries [red, black, sour] supported by silky tannins. Black pepper and forest floor return on the earthy, mineral driven finish. Lovely on its own or with a wide variety of dishes.

100% Pinot Noir
St. David’s Bench VQA
Canada
13% Alcohol
$36 [Canadian Dollars]
Enjoy now thru 2018

Vigneti Massa ‘Terra Sic Est’ Rosé 2016

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Estate: Walter Massa is one of the most in demand, pioneering winemakers of the moment. Working with indigenous grapes in the village of Monleale in the southeast corner of Piedmont, Walter is known as the “Maestro of Timorasso” after rescuing the native grape from near extinction. Focusing on native grapes [Croatina, Barbera, Freisa, Nebbiolo] he farms his 22 hectares of 8 distinctive vineyards using organic and sustainable methods.

The name ‘Terra Sic Est’ has its roots in the Latin phrase ‘Sic Est’, which can be translated as ‘that’s how it goes,’ or ‘what you see is what you get’. Walter is a fan of motorcycles; therefore ‘Sic’ can also be used to pay respect to the late, renowned professional motorcycle racer Marco Simoncelli [nicknamed Sic], who was in a fatal motorcycle accident in 2011.

Winemaking: Grapes were hand harvested from vineyards with calcerous and clay soils. The two grape varietals were vinified together, fermented and aged in stainless steel. Only native yeasts are used.

Tasting Notes: Transparent ruby red in colour with aromas of fresh raspberry and clean minerals. Vivid raspberry, cherry, strawberry and a slice of red apple are wrapped in silky tannins. A hint of herbs and clean minerality compliment the fruity finish. Drinking more like a light red than Rosé, this is versatile at the table and so incredibly easy drinking, consistently one of my favourite Rosés.

Blend of Barbera and Freisa [I was not able to locate varietal percentages.]
Italy
Estate Bottled by the Producer Massa
12.5% Alcohol
$18
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VRAC Red Cotes du Rhone 2016

Brand: Vrac translates to “bulk” or “loose”, whilst ‘En Vrac’ translates to “bring your own bottle”. These phrases refer to the French practice of locals filling their own vessels with wine directly from the winery’s tanks. The producer intended to reflect that custom with VRAC, and crafted a simple, French countryside jug-style wine.

Winemaking: 90% of the fruit is de-stemmed, with the remaining 10% left as whole clusters. Fermentation occurs in open concrete and stainless steel vats. After pressing, the wine is aged in steel tanks.

Tasting Notes: Inky red violet in colour with aromas of fresh, juicy berries, earth and a floral hint. Plush blackberry, raspberry, black pepper and smoky earth are backed by food friendly acidity. Finishing dry and fruity. Straightforward, a great fusion of jammy berries and earth. Consistently a fantastic value.

Red Rhône blend [I could not verify varietal percentages, typically Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.]
Estate Bottled by La S.C.A. V.E.A.
14% Alcohol
$20 [3L box equivalent to 4 750ML bottles]
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