“Drinking & Knowing Things” Tasting Notes

“Drinking & Knowing Things” By Michael Amon

Wine #1 2018 Vietti Nebbiolo Perbacco – Located in the heart of the Langhe hills, at the top of the village of Castiglione Falletto, the Vietti wine cellar was founded in the late 1800s by Carlo Vietti. The grapes for this wine are grown in various selected vineyards sites mostly in the Barolo area and a minor part in Barbaresco. This wine has a medium deep ruby color. It has an intense and generous fruity nose (red berries) along with floral and spicy notes, a hint of menthol and hard candy. On the pallet it is medium bodied, showing notable intensity while retaining an essentially mid-weight style.  The tannins are harmoniously integrated in the fruit structure of the wine. This wine finishes with a long lasting aftertaste with tremendous freshness.

Wine #2 2020 Champalou Vouvray Sec– Catherine and Didier Champalou both came from families that farmed grapes for the purpose of winemaking, yet their mutual sense of independence prompted the couple to brave it on their own right after completing viticultural school in Saumur. Since starting the domaine in 1983, they have not only grown their business, but their label is one of the most highly-acclaimed in the appellation. Imported by Kermit Lynch, this 100% Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley of France is made in the Sec style meaning it is dry and crisp. It is gentle and refreshing on the palate. It boasts a delightful balance of stony minerality with luscious, almost honeyed fruit and flowery notes.

Wine #3 2019 Terredora di Paolo Aglianico– Established in 1978, with 200 hectares of privately owned vineyards in the best sites of the Avellino province, Terredora is one of the largest wineries in southern Italy. Aglianico is a native Italian varietal. This wine is ruby red with violet reflections. It shows notes of black cherry, blackberry, and plum fruit with a spicy toasted overtone. It is soft and elegant, and long in the mouth with notes of mature red fruits.

Wine #4 2020 Stolpman ‘Combe’ Trousseau– While the book calls for a selection from Jura, this region in France lost nearly 85% of it’s fruit last year due to terrible frost in April, hail in June, and a colder and wetter than normal Summer that caused disease in the vineyards and rotted the grapes. With that being said, wines from Jura are not plentiful at the moment, and the ones that are are quite expensive. So, we are using a grape that is one of the more popular grapes used in Jura, Trousseau Noir. Peter Stolpman is producing some very cool wines out of the Ballard Canyon AVA in Santa Barbara County, California. The 2020 Combe Trousseau is a playful expression of the Trousseau grape, and is aged in a mix of steel and concrete. Almost foggy in the glass, the wine hits the nose with brisk and fresh raspberry and pomegranate aromas, as light herb and eucalyptus cut through the haze. There’s an earthy, gravel-like grip to the palate, where the fresh fruit flavors are sprinkled with herbs and soil.