The Tre Bicchieri wine tasting event showcases wines from all over Italy. The range of wines was tremendous — all the way from lowly Sicilian mass produced wines to the astonding Sassicaia wines. Sassicaia is clearly one of the best wines in the world! It was pure pleasure to be able to try it at last!
The event was fairly lightly attended probably around 1000 to 1500 people in attendance. It was easy to get around and taste the various wines which was a nice change from most of the mass tasting events held at Fort Mason. The wineries did not bring many bottles so most of the wineries were out of wine and left the building by 5:45 PM.
I was speed tasting mode so the level of information on the tasted wines is less than I normally would do. I have also given each wine a snap judgement rates using 1 to 5 stars where 5 is perfection. The rating can also be a range.
2004 Rubiesco Vigna Moticchio Riserva — 2.75 stars – $16
Nose: Medium+ intensity nose of cotton candy, mocha, black cherry; Palate: medium+ soft tannins, mocha, black cherry, slight espresso on finish. The finish was a bit disjointed — the flavors did not transition well from one to the other.
2004 Barolo V. La Rosa — 3 to 3.25 stars – $49
Appearance: medium ruby with brickish hue core
Nose: Medium intensity of floral (violets), light tar
Palate: Medium- tannins, light body, medium+ length, flavors of black tea, floral, red cherry; with a enjoyable and smooth finish.
Il Molino di Grace
2005 Chianti Classico Il Margone Riserva — 2.25 stars
Nose: Pronounced intensity with flavors of cooked cabbage, plum, red cherry
Palate: medium soft tannins, high acidity, flavors of coffee, black cherry, tannins a bit drying on the finish.
The aroma of cooked cabbage was very distracting from the rest of the wine.
Vigna Rionda – Massolino
2004 Barolo Parafada — 3.25 stars – $67
Appearance: medium ruby with slight brick core
Nose: medium intensity aromas of violet, date
Palate: high acidity, medium velvety tannins, long length, flavors of floral, date, fig and strangely ruby grapefruit on the finish.
The wine is clearly meant to be drank with a hearty Piedmontese or Tuscany style meal. The ruby grapefruit finish was strange at first but helped the wine have a palate cleaning finish that was quite nice.
2006 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Villa Bucci Riserva – 2.75 stars – $37
(this is a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon)
Appearance: Deep, ruby core
Nose: medium+ intensity with aromas of red and black fruit, anise, sour cherry
Palate: soft, medium+ tannins, mouth-coating, medium+ acidity, flavors of black cherry, stemmy, fresh herbs
2005 Contessa Entellina Milleunanotte – 2.5 to 2.75 stars – $56
Appearance: opaque ruddy ruby core
Nose: Medium+ intensity aromas of rubber and overripe black fruit
Palate: Medium tannins, medium length with flavors of candied walnuts, date and mincemeat
2005 Valtellina Sfursat – 3 stars – $43
(this was produced in the recutio (dried grape) style)
Appearance: medium ruby/brickish core
Nose: Medium intensity with aromas of raisins, dates and pretty floral (very nice)
Palate: medium tannins, medium+ length, flavors of date, raisins, floral with a very pleasant finish.
2005 Amarone della Valpolicella Proemio – 3.25 stars – $44
Appearance: deep ruby core
Nose: medium+ intensity with aromas of Christmas cake, warm spices
Palate: medium+ fine-grained tannins, flavors of Christmas cake, Marischino cherry, medium+ length but the tannins where a distraction on the finish of the wine otherwise I would have scored it higher. The wine should improve with some more bottle aging.
2005 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Marina Cvetic – 2.75 stars – $23
Appearance: opaque ruby core
Nose: medium- intensity with aromas of violets, anise, cherry
Palate: medium tannins, medium length, flavors of cherry, plum and coffee on the finish.
2004 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Villa Gemma – 3 to 3.25 stars – $58
Appearance: opaque ruby
Nose: medium intensity with aromas of licorise/anise, black cherry, eucalyptus
Palate: medium+ tannins, long finish, nice mouth coating texture, flavors of red cherry, black cherry, and fresh floral.
Fattoria Le Corti
2005 Chianti Classico Cortevecchia Riserva – 3 stars – $19
Appearance: deep ruby core starting to show signs of brick
Nose: medium intensity with aromas of violet, eucalyptus, black cherry
Palate: high acidity, medium drying tannins, medium+ length with flavors matching the nose, the finish is a bit hot.
Fattoria Le Pupille
2005 Saffredi (Super Tuscan blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Alicante) — 3 to 3.25 stars – $65
Appearance: opaque ruby with some brick starting to develop
Nose: Medium+ intensity with aromas of sour cherry, plum, milk chocolate
Palate: medium+ acidity, medium+ tannins, medium+ length with flavors of dill, oregano, black currant, black cherry
Agricoltori del Chianti Geografico
2005 Chianti Classico Montegiachi Riserva – 3.25 to 3.5 stars – $21
Appearance: bright, deep+ ruby core
Nose: medium intensity with aromas of floral (violet), sour cherry, black cherry
Palate: medium+ to high acidity; medium, fine-grained tannins, medium+ length, medium alcohol, flavors of floral (violets), red & black cherry, plum; the finish was very clean and pleasant.
Tenuta di Capezzana
2005 Carmignano Villa di Capezzana – 3.5 stars – $13
(80% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon)
Appearance: deep+ ruby/slight purple core
Nose: prounounced intensity aromas of tar, slight rubber (blew off a bit some some air), sour cherry
Palate: medium+ acidity, flavors of sour cherry, hint of anise and eucalyptus; with a mouth-coating viscosity.
2005 Montefalco Sagrantino — 2.75 stars – $20
Appearance: deep ruby with some brick in the core
Nose: medium intensity of menthol and artifical cherry
Palate: high powdery tannins, high acidity with flavors of cherry, eucalpytus
2004 Barolo Cannubi – 2.75 stars
Appearance: Brick red core
Nose: medium intensity with aromas of cherry, earth
Palate: medium + soft tannins, flavors of cherry, forest floor
Feudo Principi di Butera
2005 Deliella (made with Nero d. Avila varietal) – 3.75 stars – $47
Appearance: opaque- ruby core
Nose: medium+ intensity aromas of licorice, black tea, red & black cherry
Palate: medium+ acidity, medium tannins, flavors of jasmine, black tea, cherry (red and black), earthy, beets and warm spice.
Castello di Ama
2005 Chianti Classico Castello di Ama – 2.25 stars – $28
Appearance: deep ruby/slight brick at core
Nose: medium intensity aromas of toasted marshmellows, red cherry
Palate: medium slightly green tannins with flavors of cough syrup (articial cherry), cherry, silty earth
Cantina Convento Muri-Gries
2007 A. A. Lagrein Abtei Riserrva – 3.75 stars – $12
Appearance: opaque ruby core
Nose: medium+ intensity with aromas of raisin, dates, floral, blueberry, roses and plum
Palate: medium+ acidity, medium_ tannins, long length, medium+ concentration; flavors of plum, date, floral and slight bitterness on the finish.
2005 OP Pinot Nero Giorgio Odero (Pinot Noir varietal) – 2.25 stars – $30
Appearance: deep- ruby core
Nose: medium+ intensity aromas of red cherry, eucalyptus and warm spice
Palate: med tannins, flavors = aromas, medium length.
The wine does not come across as a Pinot Noir but more like a Sangiovese
Hilberg – Pasquero
2006 Nebbiolo d’Alba – 3.75 to 4 stars – $38
Appearance: opaque-/deep ruby
Nose: medium+ intensity aromas of roses, tar, black cherry, violets
Palate: medium+ slightly green tannins (clearly from Italy), medium+ concentration, flavors = aromas and a long finish.
This wine is a very good example of what Nebbiolo should taste like!
2006 Sagana (Nero d’ Avila varietal) – 2.25 stars – $22
Appearance: opaque ruby core
Nose: medium+ intensity with aromas of overripe plum, raisin, rum balls, rubber, dates
Palate: medium acidity, flavors of overripe fruit, medium+ length with a finish of slight cooked cabbage.
2006 Faro Palari – 3 stars – $44
Nose: medium+ intensity with aromas of cherry, slight lactic note and warm spices
Palate: medium+ powdery tannins, medium+ concentration, flavors of earth (silt), warm spices and cherry.
2006 Poggiassai – 2.75 stars
Appearance: opaque ruby core
Nose: Medium intensity aromas of slight raspberry, rhubbarb, cooked strawberry
Palate: medium+ velvety tannins, medium+ acidity, flavors of bleu cheese, lactic, black cherry, rhubbarb
Tenuta San Guido
2005 Barrua - 4 stars – $42
Appearance: opaque ruby/purple core
Nose: medium+ intensity aromas of black tea, jasmin, plum
Palate: high soft, fine-grained tannins, long length, flavors of black tea, plum cherry (red & black) with a slightly green finish
2005 Bolgheri Sassicaia — 4.25 to 4.5 stars – $140
Appearance: deep ruby/ slight brick core transitioning to ruby rim
Nose: medium intensity with aromas of cherry (red & black), black tea, currant (red & black)
Palate: medium+ velvety tannins, high acidity, long length, flavors of black tea, black cherry, red currant, rose.
The wine is very complex layered, perfectly balanced which transitions from the fresh fruit elements to the more dried elements with time.
2005 Flaccianello della Pieve – 2.5 stars – $50
Nose: medium- intensity with aromas of floral(slight), dried sour cherry
Palate: medium+ acidity, medium+ drying tannins (slightly green), flavors of red fruit
2004 Barolo Lazzarito – 3.5 stars
Appearance: medium+ ruby core
Nose: prounounced intensity aromas of violet, cherry, eucalyptus
Palate: medium+ acidity, medium+ tannins, flavors of sour cherry, violets, red grapefruit on the finish
Monfalletto – Cordero di Montezemolo
2004 Barolo Enrico VI – 2.75 stars – $56
Appearance: medium- ruby with slight brown core
Nose: aromas of red currant, red cherry
Palate: dry; light tannins, aromas of dried cherry, cranberry — on the thin side
Cav. G. B. Bertani
2001 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico – 3.5 stars
Appearance: medium ruby core
Nose: medium+ intensity aromas of date, dried cherry
Palate: medium+ to high acidity, long finish, aromas of date, cream sherry, walnuts
Feudi di San Gregorio
2007 Greco di Tufo Cutizzi – 3.25 stars – $24
Apperance: bright, light copper
Nose: medium+ intensity aromas of mineral, almond, white floral
Palate: medium+ acidity, medium length, flavors = aromas
2004 Gattinara Tre Vigne – 3 stars – $21
Appearance: medium- ruby slight brick
Nose: medium- intensity aromas of sour cherry, cinnamon, licorice
Palate: medium- tannins, flavors of sour cherry, warm spice
2005 Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone – 2.5 stars – $38
Appearance: deep+ ruby core
Nose: medium+ intensity with aromas of earth, sour cherries
Palate: high, fine-grained tannins; medium+ alcohol, medium finish, flavors of sour cherry, earth and euculptus on the finish.