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5th

Apr

Italian Indulgence


I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came to the Wines of
Italy tasting on Friday 4th April at Corks Out Heswall. Great people, great wine, and the cheese went well too!

The Cheese of the night was a Cornish Cruncher Balsamic Onion.

For those of you who missed it, here’s a quick low-down on the wines that were showcased.

WHITE WINES

 

WHITE WINE #1

Monte Schiavo Verdicchio Classico- £8.99

The Monte Schiavo is made from 100% Verdicchio. It is a fresh wine with fantastic aromas of grapefruit and lime. The palate is fresh and fruity and very easy drinking. Mouth watering minerality and a nutty finish give the wine a noticeable complexity and body. Overall this wine is full although very refreshing and pairs well with seafood.

Overall Rating: 7/10

WHITE WINE #2 

Vesevo Beneventano Falanghina - £12.99 

The Vesevo Beneventano has been fermented on a low temperature resulting in a fresh aromatic quality wine.  There is a hint of perfume along with citrus fruits and mineral notes, resembling pear drops. It has a full ripe palate and a long finish. Overall, a fresh elegant wine with a touch of honey on the finish.

We tried it with some cheese and antipasti and this wine really does take on new flavours. The aromatic qualities are enhanced and the honey flavours really come through.

Overall rating: 7/10

WHITE WINE #3 

Ca Dei Frati I Frati – £17.99

Grapes for the Ca Dei Frati Lugana 'I Frati' come from various vineyards of the estate in the Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC.  The south facing vineyards and their natural amphitheatre shape allows the grapes to ripen fully.

This wine is, to the surprise to the tasters, un-oaked! But it has been left on the Lees (sediment formed from fermentation) which adds an unmistakable depth, richness and pleasant viscosity. Other flavours are white flowers, peaches and ripe lemons which stabilise a great acidity to leave a long, fresh finish.

Overall rating: 8/10

 

RED WINES

 

RED WINE #1 

Valpolicella Alpha Zeta Ripasso - £13.99

Traditionally Ripasso with the winemaking method that re-fermented the young wine with the skins from Amarone grapes, but this wine uses a new and more expensive approach of fermenting the young wine together with dried grapes in the January following the vintage, giving the wine more body and depth.

This wine is 95% Corvina/Corvinon, 5% Rondinella and packed full of red and black cherries, with the ripasso adding a dried cherry intensity, with a cherry-pie character.

Some tasters preferred this with food, maybe try with Pates or smoked gammon?

Overall rating: 7/10

RED WINE #2

Chianti Classico Tenuta Fontodi 2009 - £21.99

The wine was then racked into 225 litre French oak barriques (Troncais andAllier) where it remained for 12 months before bottling. The wine was then left to mature in bottle for six months before release.

Deep ruby red in colour, with perfumes of sour cherry and plums with notes of leather and tobacco. Great depth of flavour, with juicy fruit and supple tannins, giving the wine a silky-smooth texture. This wine has a great structure and a fine mineral note on the finish.

Overall rating: 7/10

RED WINE #3 & Wine of the Night!

Barbera Poderi Alasia Il Cascinone Rive 2011 - £14.99

Aged in a mix of new (2/3) and one year old (1/3) French oak barriques where it underwent malolactic fermentation and aged for 18 months. Following bottling, the wine was left to develop in bottle for 6 months before being released.

A deep garnet coloured Barbera with vibrant aromas of black cherries and prunes with chocolate and toasty oak undertones. With an abundance of vibrant red currants, black cherries and a touch of spice showing through on the palate, ending with a rich, voluptuous texture, and an never-ending fairytale finish.

Overall rating: 9/10

Want to get join in the fun and taste some fantastic wines we have to offer here at Corks Out, why not book yourself on one of our In-Store Tastings.

Or come along to Heswall Hall on Thursday 29th May, and see what delicious wines, champagnes, spirits and more, we would like to spoil you with…Over 100 in total & Tickets Only cost £15, which you can buy in-store or on-line.

So #WineLovers, I’ll leave it there.

Cin Cin! & remember, Drink Responsibly.

Steph

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