Saturday, February 7, 2015

Tre Bicchieri 2015 in NYC!- My Highlights

Hello everyone. There was a major wine tasting event last night (February 5th) in New York City- Tre Bicchieri 2015  The Gambero Rosso Italian Wine Guide is the most comprehensive review of the Italian wine market- a team of 70 tasters tried 45 thousand wines in over 5 months this year! The award- "Three Glasses" is the highest ranking (Excellent), with two "Two Glasses" (Due Bicchieri) categories (Very Good to Excellent) as well. This year, they awarded 423 wines with the highest ranking. At the New York event, there were a massive 180 stations, with many having up to three wines each! So to have less than 3 hours to try and assess all of these wines would be nearly impossible. It would have been better to spread it out over a weekend or 3 days (like the New York Wine Expo at the Javits Center). Nevertheless, I will share some highlights with all of you.

2013 Agostino Vicentini Soave Superiore Casale (Veneto)

This was one of the 5 Three Glasses-rated wines presented by Entoria Wine Imports. They handpick smaller producers with hand-crafted techniques, and practitioners of sustainable agriculture. This 100% Garaganega wine from old vines was a profound example of Old World, rustic styling. In the Burgundian shaped bottle, this wine had a beautiful straw yellow color. The nose exploded with mineral and floral notes ("lime and wet limestone")- more aromatic than most Soave. On the palate it was racy and full of the same floral/fruit and mineral notes. But the most interesting flavor was one of a fine hand-crafted beer! That would obviously come from some unique wild yeasts. This whole flavor profile, as out of control as it sounds, was all packed into a very balanced and elegant mouth feel. This wine would be the perfect compliment to any seafood or shellfish dish.


2012 Cavalchina Custoza Superiore Amedeo

From a province of Verona, this historic wine (a blend of 40% Garganega 30% Fernanda 15% Trebbianello 15% Trebbiano Toscano) has a yellow glow with subtle highlights of green. The aroma was one of delicate floral notes interspersed with a limestone/mineral quality. Well-balanced and complex on the palate, this was a special wine. (Marc DeGrazia Imports)

2013 Tenuta Di Tavignano Verdicchio del Castelli di Jesi Cl. Sup. Misco

Hailing from the Cingoli (province of Macerata) in Marche, this single vineyard Verdicchio offers a brilliant straw/yellow appearance. Flowers, ripe fruits (citrus), and a slight mineral note are present on the nose. The palate is greeted by a ripe fruit blend, with the mineral note present. Rich but not heavy, this is an elegant example of this varietal. (Marc DeGrazia Imports)

I will post this to get started, and keep adding the other highlights. These are all wines to be on the lookout for- as the make their way to the US market.