February 13, 2008 - Jack (Updated Feb. 19)
2006 Miani Ribolla Gialla Wine Blogging Wednesday #42
This month's theme is Italian Reds in Seven Words.
This month's host is Andrew of Spittoon.
The round-up is here.

We chose two Italian reds that aren't from
the most well-regarded areas for rossos.
2004 Jermann Capo Martino

2001 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT
Now at $110-$125 (I paid $70)

Flaccianello is Az. Agr. Fontodi's top wine, and is a Super Tuscan made from 100% Sangiovese. It spent 16-18 months in barrel. A top star of the vintage. However, the bitter finish of this wine bugs me.

Joanne's Seven-Word Tasting Note:
Licking dusty rocks while chewing sweet cherries.

Jack's Seven-Word Tasting Note: Thelma, Louise partying with bodacious red wine.

Their US importer is Vinifera Imports - they have no website. But, Chris (WineDoctor) has an excellent profile of them, here.
2006 Miani Ribolla Gialla

2001 Tenute Loacker Cabernet Sauvignon-Lagrein Kastlet
Alto Adige - Südtirol
$25-$32, difficult to find

Our wine from Loacker is their 50-50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Lagrein. This is quite an appealing blend!

Joanne's Seven-Word Tasting Note: Drink while reading The Castle of Otranto.

Jack's Seven-Word Tasting Note: Cherry smoke. Long, drying red fruit. Biodynamic!

Tenute Loacker makes wines in both Alto Adige and Tuscany, and I've been told they are all biodynamic now.

Their West Coast US importer is Wine Appellations Limited, who tell me the 2002 vintage is the current one. Other importers can be found here (but the other two US ones listed might not be up-to-date).

(Do not confuse Tenute Loacker with the Loacker confection/wafer/chocolate company, located in the same region of Northern Italy.)




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