Sunday, January 21, 2018

Wine Review: Falesco Vitiano Rosato 2016

Wine Review: Falesco Vitiano Rosé 2016

Over the course of this week I'm be reviewing three wine's by Falesco's Vitiano label. I started off with their 2016 Bianco, now I'm on their 2016 Rosato, and then finally I'll taste their 2015 Rosso. Falesco is located in Italy's Umbria and was founded in 1979 by two legendary winemakers, Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella. In 1995 they introduced the Vitiano label, seeking to find a balance between tradition of native grapes and the versatility of international varieties. Basically, Vitiano is their affordable, easily-approachable label for the average consumer.

The 2016 Rosato is 30% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Aleatico. The vineyard was planted in 1985 at 990 feet above sea level on sedimentary clay with calcareous deposits. It has a brief maceration of two days to extract color and flavor, and then it's fermented in stainless steel tanks for ten days. 40,000 bottles were produced and it has an ABV of 12%.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Wine Review: Falesco Vitiano Bianco 2016

Vitiano Bianco 2016

Over the next week I'll be reviewing three wine's by Falesco's Vitiano label. I'm starting off here with their 2016 Bianco, then their 2016 Rosato, and finally their 2015 Rosso. Falesco is located in Italy's Umbria and was founded in 1979 by two legendary winemakers, Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella. In 1995 they introduced the Vitiano label, seeking to find a balance between tradition of native grapes and the versatility of international varieties. Basically, Vitiano is their affordable, easily-approachable label for the average consumer.

The 2016 Bianco is 50% Vermentino and 50% Verdicchio, all from experimental vineyards planted by Falesco and the University of Viterbo. The sedimentary clay around the estate is just what those vine varieties want to make their best representation of their wine. The wine sees cold soaked maceration, fermentation in stainless steel tanks, and then three months of aging in stainless steel tanks before it sees another month of bottle aging.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Wine bloggers share their favorite posts

Below, in their own words, wine bloggers tell me what post of their own is their favorite and why. It was a fun project, as round up posts usually are. But understanding why a writer likes a certain piece they have written above all their others gives you some extra information, and telling information, of who they are. And really, who we are is what makes the blogging world so great. You need to bring a piece of you, preferably all of you, if you want to make it worth the time for yourself and your readers.

That is an important part of Lori Sullivan's pick. Lori inspired this article when I met her a few months back. She was "in the area". The distance from Plymouth, Massachusetts, to South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, is not "in the area" to a Cape Codder like myself. That's *gasp* OVER THE BRIDGE! But she lives in Texas and Texas is huge. The entirety of New England probably feels like a neighborhood to her. Lori is awesome, by the way. There's skulls on her glasses. She goes to metal concerts. She's funny. She took a good portion of her day to go see me where I work.

During our conversation, she was explaining to me why she doesn't blog much anymore. That led to her telling me what her favorite post of her own was. It's a deeply personal story and something only she could write. Over the next few days I started wondering... I have favorite posts but which one is THE favorite? And then... wait... everybody has to have their favorite posts, but what is THE favorite for them? I've been tweeting with and reading the work of most of the following people for years, and this was something I suddenly really wanted to know about them! So I asked.

Get ready for some excellent reads, because these are all great. I'll get to my own favorite at the very end because this isn't about me. It's about my amazing wine blogging friends.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Wine Review: Artezin Mendocino County Old Vine Zinfandel 2016

Artezin Mendocino County Old Vine Zinfandel 2016

Holy crap, it feels like I've had this bottle forever. To be honest I've been kind of dreading it, because Artezin looks like a great thing with a great crew behind it but... it's *yuck* Zinfandel. I'm not going to get into my issues with Zin for the hundredth time, but let's just say that myself and Zin have issues.

Artezin, a part of the Hess Family Wine Estates, was founded in 2002 and has had Randle Johnson as its winemaker since the beginning. Artezin is focused on expressing classic Old Vine Zinfandel from Mendocino and parts of Sonoma by working with family-owned farms that have been growing Zin for generations.

The 2016 Mendocino Zinfandel is 84% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, and 2% Carignan. It was aged for fifteen months in French and American oak, and has an ABV of 14.9%.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Wine Review: Jenny Dawn Cellars Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016

Jenny Dawn Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016

To learn more about this winery, that will be based out of Kansas by November of 2018, check out my review of their 2016 Chardonnay. I suggest you do that anyways because that Chard is pretty awesome. Doooo iiiiit. Go ahead, reeeeeeeead it. Here's the link again.

Like their Chardonnay, I know very little about the winemaking process. I do know that it was fermented in stainless steel and aged in French oak barrels for eleven months. And that the ABV is 13.8%. So with that said, it seems like a perfect time to talk about the music I'm listening to while reviewing this wine.

Demon Knight soundtrackToday's music selection is one of the most iconic sountracks of the 1990's: Demon Knight. As a kid I loved Tales from the Crypt. I watched the show, I read the comic books. Hell, I still have the comic books and will still open one up every once in awhile. The show made a movie in 1995 called "Demon Knight" and it was amazing for a fifteen year old like myself, buuuuuut... it really doesn't hold up at all. The soundtrack, however, will hold up for eternity. 

It starts off with Pantera's Cemetery Gates, which is just incredible. Ministry's Tonight We Murder pops into my head all the time. Then there's Machine Head, Megadeth, Melvins, Rollins Band, Biohazard, and Sepultra. It's a metal eargasm. The song that launched Filter's popularity, Hey Man Nice Shot, made its big debut on this album and opened the movie. And how can you forget Gravediggaz, basically a Wu-Tang Clan spinoff, and their song 1-800-Suicide. So yeah, this wine is seeing some headbanging action tonight. Now let's drink some wine!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Wine Review: Jenny Dawn Cellars Sta. Rita Hills Chardonay 2016


Jenny Dawn Sta. Rita Hills Chardonay 2016

As soon as I saw that I had been followed on Twitter by Jenny Dawn Cellars I knew I had to try their wines. Why? Because even though they're not settled in yet, Jenny Dawn will be a Kansas winery by the end of 2018. KANSAS! Cool, right?

How could you not throw your support in for people wanting to make fine wine in Kansas? Seriously, I don't see how any wine lover wouldn't be excited about people making wine in non-traditional (or what we consider non-traditional) places. I've seen snobs scoff at the idea and I want to stick my middle finger an inch away from their stupid faces. Russian River started off as lumber yards, now get your head out of your ass. Ahem... anyways... in all honesty, I just wanted to try some wine from Clark Kent's home state.

Jennifer McDonald of Jenny Dawn Cellars
JENNIFER MCDONALD
IMAGE CREDIT: bizjournals.com
But because they were just founded in 2016, their first vintage was both sourced from and made in California. They will continue to buy their fruit exclusively from California, but they'll have a winemaking facility up and running in Wichita by November of 2018. It'll be the base of their operations and will also include a tasting room, store, and event venue. They're also planting an apple orchard in Wichita to make apple wine, which is basically apple cider but with higher alcohol. All of this will make Jenny Dawn Cellars the first urban winery in Wichita.

Speaking of firsts, Jennifer McDonald is also the first African American CEO of the winemaking industry in the entire state of Kansas. She founded Jenny Dawn Cellars, named after a Kansas wildflower, with fellow entrepreneur Lesley Selvidge. Both of these lovely ladies have a ridiculous amount of degrees and education. Meanwhile, some dumbass that graduated from a tech school for offset printing is about to review their wine. Let's drink! I've got their 2016 Chardonnay and their 2016 Pinot Noir!

Monday, January 1, 2018

January Wine Pick: Merotto Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG "Colbelo" Extra Dry

This WINE PICK of the month was written for the Luke's of Cape Cod website.

Merotto Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG "Colbelo" Extra Dry

Prosecco is a region in northeast Italy's Veneto, given the classification of a DOC. This means that wine must meet specific requirements in the vineyard and winemaking to officially call itself and be labelled a Prosecco DOC. Without going into too much detail, Prosecco is a sparkling wine fermented and secondary fermented (where it gets the carbonation) in big stainless steel tanks called autoclaves, and it's made mostly from the Glera grape variety.

The quality tier above DOC in the Italian classification system is DOCG, and within the Prosecco DOC is the Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG. Valdobbiadene is a village among the hills of Trentino in Veneto. Because they're known to produce impressive Prosecco well above the average quality, they've earned themselves the DOCG classification.

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