lunedì 29 aprile 2013

 Viña Tondonia 

Viña Tondonia is a beautiful vineyard of over 100 hectares, situated on the right bank of the river Ebro, where the most typical Rioja wines are grown. 

Viña Tondonia Rosé Gran Reserva 2000

Last night I had this absolutely gorgeous rose wine from a winery in Rioja. Vineyards here are planted at a range of altitudes from 500 to 800 metres; the soil are a mix of limestone based clay with high proportion of iron. The Cantabrian mountains protect Rioja from the worst of the Atlantic influence thus the continental climate is the key for the long growing season in this region and the altitude mitigate the hot summer that occurs in Spain. The training system are generally bush wine and also help to reheat the sun accumulated during a day in the cool night which in Spain the temperature between day and night can drop even 20°. Planting are dominated by black grapes varieties 75% of Rioja are red wine with 15% rose. The grapes varieties were 20% Tempranillo, 60% Granacho and 20% Viura.
Tempranillo is a thick skinned grape, naturally low in acidity, and so it needs sufficient warmth to achieve physiological ripeness, hot climate can cause the wine the lack in acidity for perfect structure. Consequently the hot summer temperature are moderate by the altitude.
Graciano are used to add black fruit aroma, acidity which is higher in respect to Tempranillo and also give structure and help the wine to age.
Viura also called Macabeo is high in acidity and gives perfume to the wine.  

Perfect cherry rose with red skin onion color with a tawny rim. Wonderfully intense and complex. Elegant nose of dried tomatoes, pumpkin seed, matches, leather, lavender, iris and rose wood with a voluptuous saltiness and preserve cherry and raspberry in the palate; well drinkability and freshness clay minerality on the palate. Pleasurable acidity ...
I love Spain... Chiccios

domenica 21 aprile 2013


Sangiovese, the grape of Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti, Carmigniano, Torgiano, and many of the new barrique-aged wines of Toscana, is one of the world noble varieties. Sangiovese is the prominent grape of most red wines of central Italy. It is frequently blended with other grape varieties, but it is the Sangiovese that gives the character, perfume and structure to these wines. This widely grown variety is believed to have originated in Toscana. At various times known as Sangioveto, San gioveto, Sangioghetto and S. Zoveto. This name is according with one theory, derived from Sanguis Jovis "Blood of Jove". The wine tend to be medium in color, not dark red, medium body, dry and firm, with a tannic spine and a floral bouquet, a wine that for the most part, ages moderately well. There are a number of sub varieties of the Sangiovese and no less than fourteen clones. Among the more noted are the Sangiovese piccolo, Sangiovese grossO, know as Prugnolo Gentile in Montepulciano and Brunello in Montalcino. There are special clones in Chianti Classico and Ruffina and the sangiovese of Romagna which is grown in Emilia Romagna is yet another, as also in Umbria especially in the D.O.C.G. Torgiano rosso riserva. In the last decades a number of experiments have been made with ageing Sangiovese in barrique, which when done well, adds an extra dimension to the wine. Besides interesting aroma and flavor, the tannin in the oak gives the wine a better capacity to age, developing a smoother texture and more complexity in the course of its evolution.
My last sangiovese wines were:
Le Cinciole Chianti Classico 2008
Bright ruby red with intense viscosity and visible legs slowly down the glass. Beautiful intensity on the nose, youthful with crusched violet, raspberry and redcurrant, cinnamon, leather and traces of tobacco; open and balsamic tones. Lively with a pronounced tannin and savoury and the back of the palate. 12 months on oak.
The farm of Le Cinciole is located in the heart of D.O.C.G. Chianti classico zone. the winery farms 11 hectares of vineyards. the choice is focused on Sangiovese also a splendid Bordeaux blend is made.
The second one was Montevertine in Radda in Chianti 
the vintage was 2009 
Clear Ruby red splendid and shining on the glass, intensity and viscosity play a good role on the sight. Cherries, talc, raspberries, sour red plum, damp earth, white pepper, bay leaves and juniper berries.
Excellent progression in the palate with fruity notes and well crafted tannins. 24 months in barrels.
An icon of the italian sangiovese made by Martino Martinetti, Giulio Bini and Giulio Gambelli who passed away not long ago..

 And also just to stay in theme with Tuscany i had this awesome grand cru Chocolate