Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri – 05/11/14

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There were hundreds of delicious wines on show at this year’s Tre Bicchieri tasting in HK. I wish I’d had the time to taste them all! A good selection I did manage to taste, however, my top picks of which are all below. In particular, I was excited by the wines of Giuseppe Vajra which I think just continue to go from strength to strength. Other highlights were the Greco di Tufo from Sanpaolo in Campania and the wines from Tenute di Emera in Salento, especially the Qu.ale, which is starting its own wine democracy (see note below). Sergio Mottura, sold in HK by Italy Small Vineyards, had two stunning Grechettos on show, one oaked the other stainless steel production. Both very unique and perfect food wines. For me Italy is always full of new surprises and always on the up! Happy drinking!

Piaggia Carmignano Riserva 2011, Toscana  

Really scented, lovely bright berry fruit, well rounded with floral touches. Smooth ripe tannins. A brilliant Carmignano. 18 (Sold by Altaya)

G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco delle Viole 2010, Piemonte

Wonderfully scented with perfumes of violets and plum. Ripe, tannic grip alongside beautiful elegance and complexity. 18.5 (Sold by Cottage Vineyards)

G.D. Vajra Barbera d’Alba Superiore 2011, Piemonte

Lovely floral tones with dark plum and blackberry fruit. Great balance between smooth tannins with some grip and lush fruit. 17.5 (Sold by Cottage Vineyards)

Ciccio Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Il vino dal Tralcetto 2013

Perfumed with herbal touches and dark black fruit aromas. Soft, smooth mouth feel. Very tasty. (Sold by Gin Gallery)

Sanpaolo Greco di Tufo Claudio Quarta 2012, Campania  

A stunning Greco. One of the best I’ve tasted. Concentrated peach aromas with a touch of honey, refreshing acidity, and wonderful balance. 18 (seeking representation)

Tenuta di Emera Qu.ale Rosso Salento IGP 2013, Salento  

This wine invites you to “Join the Wine Democracy”. Very apt for current affairs in HK! Designed by Alessandra Quarta, daughter of Claudio, to break down all the boundaries between consumer and wine. There is no information on the label other than the declaration of the wine democracy. One of the best pieces of wine marketing I’ve seen in long time.

The wine itself is wonderfully uncomplicated, with lovely ripe Salento fruit, very smooth, very easy to drink. Perfect for anyone wanting to appreciate wine without having to think too hard about it! 16.5 (seeking representation)

Monte del Fra Custoza Superiore Ca’ del Magro 2012, Veneto  

A blend of Garganega, Cortese and Trebbiano Toscana. Nice peach aromas with layers of mineral savoury complexity. Gentle acidity with lovely texture from some lees ageing. 17.5 (seeking representation)

Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gimignano Tradizionale 2012, Toscana

Savoury, nutty notes on the nose with almond, spice and curry touches. Very mineral and savoury on the palate with good acidity and nice complexity. 17 (sold by Ponti)

Venica & Venica Collio Pinot Grigio Jesera 2013, Collio

Pinky colour with tons of ripe red apple character with touches of pear and bread crust. Rounded with full body, rich texture, lots of concentration and a very long finish. 17.5 (sold by Sino Vantage)

Feudo Maccari Grillo 2013, Sicily

Aromas of peach, lemon and mineral, salty tones. Fresh and mineral on the palate with lovely acidity balancing the fruit. 17.5 (sold by Watsons)

Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2011, Toscana

Lovely black fruit character with touches of spice. Nice tannic grip. Very nice. 17.5 (sold by Watsons)

Tenuta Sette Ponti Orma 2011, Toscana

Floral tones with dark fruit aromas, black cherry and plum. Big grippy tannins, still young, but will tons of potential. One for the cellar! 18 (sold by Watsons)

Sergio Mottura Grechetto Latour a Civitella 2011, Lazio

Creamy, oaky lemon aromas with mineral touches that follow through on the palate. Lovely balance and complexity. A really stunning wine. 18 (sold by Italy Small Vineyards)

Sergio Mottura Grechetto Poggio della Costa 2013

Very unique savoury aromas on the nose with a touch of pleasant bitterness on the palate. Lovely acidity and minerality. No oak just stainless steel ageing. A food wine. 17 (sold by Italy Small Vineyards)

Borgo di Colloredo Biferno Bianco Gironia 2013

70% Trebbiano, 20% Garganega, 10% Malvasia. Peachy and perfumed with an almost Muscat/Gewurztraminer musk character. Creamy on the palate from regular battonage. Complex and full. 17.5 (seeking representation)

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