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Wines of Italy - Reds semi-blind tasting
The two red grape varietals of Italy are Nebbiolo and Sangiovese. Nebbiolo is found almost exclusively in the Northwestern region of Italy called the Piedmonte, where the wines have lighter color (think Pinot Noir) and dried flowers, tart red fruit, notes of tar and sometimes orange peel. The two most famous regions (but not the only ones) are Barbaresco and Barolo. The usual difference being on the palate that creates a more floral, lighter-bodied palate from Barbaresco and a more full-bodied, intense palate on a Barolo. Barbaresco tends to be more influenced by the sandier soils and the Tanaro river, which tends to be most of the reason for the differences between the two highly prized Nebbiolo regions.
Sangiovese has long been considered to be of considerable quality in the Tuscany region. Chianti (specifically Chianti Classico), Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano have brought tremendous notoriety to the quality of this grape variety. Sangiovese tends to mutate and the great Prugnolo Gentile (Vino Nobile) and Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello) are the most famous mutations. When blinding sangiovese from Tuscany, quality and ageing are typically what separate the regions. Chianti Classico can be slightly blended, typically not aged as long in oak, and for the most part doesn’t command the same price points (Gran Selezione is Chianti Classicos attempt to break down that barrier) as the beloved Brunello. Brunello has to be 100% Sangiovese grosso aged with a minimum of 2 years in wood and 4 months in bottle and can only be released with a minimum of 5 years age on it.
Test your skills and see if you can tell the difference between the Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Barolo and Barbaresco. To avoid making this too intimidating, I have included tasting notes. Check our website at 9:30pm daily to see what the tasting order was that day. Good Luck!
#_____ Produttori Barbaresco Barbaresco 2016 ($45)
Enticing aromas of violet, woodland berry, loose vineyard soil, wild mint and a hint of spearmint shape the intensely fragrant nose. The tense, young palate is still nervous but already boasts finesse, showing wild raspberry, crunchy red cherry, white pepper and star anise. (95 RP, 95 WE)
#_____ Paolo Scavino Barolo 2016 ($50)
Fragrant blue flower and perfumed berry aromas mingle with whiffs of dark culinary spice and forest floor. Tightly knit and loaded with finesse, the full-bodied palate features juicy cherry, strawberry compote, star anise and a hint of white pepper alongside taut, polished tannins. (95 RP)
#_____San Felice Chianti Classico 2017 ($16)
Luminous ruby red. Scents of cherry, raspberry, and sweet violets. Dry on the palate, showing subtle tannins and a fresh, crisp acidity. (91 James Suckling)
#_____Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2015 ($55)
Focused cherry and plum flavors mark this rich red, with a hint of orange peel. Flashes of earth, leather and iron lend complexity, while the firm structure adds grip. Exhibits fine balance and length. (95 RP)
Wines of Italy - White wine semi-blind tasting
Italy is home to some of the greatest red wines on the planet, but the white wines can be simply delicious as well. Maybe there are few white wines that compete with the grand crus of Burgundy, but don’t underestimate how delicious and refreshing Italian white wines can be.
Arneis (Little Rascal) wines are typically found in the Piedmont and tend to have a golden color, floral aromas, medium bodied, pear, apricot, hazelnut and almond flavors.
Vermentino (aka Favorita, Pigato & Rolle) wines are typically light in color, light bodied, refreshing, aromatic, floral, citrus fruits, sometimes nutty, mineral and salinity. Often a great alternative for a Sauvignon Blanc fan.
Carricante (indigenous to Sicily) wines are typically Straw-yellow, refreshing citrus, lemon, lime, grapefruit, herbal, aniseed, mineral and usually a decent amount of salinity.
Malvasia Bianca wines can be sweet or dry. Dry versions tend to have tropical fruits, aromatic and slightly viscous wines.
Test your skills and see if you can tell the difference between the Roero Arneis, Vermentino, Etna Bianco (Carricante) & Malvasia. To avoid making this too intimidating, I have included tasting notes. Check our website at 9:30pm daily to see what the tasting order was that day. Good Luck!
#_____ Guado al Tasso Vermentino 2018 ($25)
On the nose it presents an ample range of fragrant and intense aromas of yellow fruit, white flowers and notes of citrus that complete its aromatic profile. On the palate it is pleasing, savory with an excellent balance between freshness and minerality. A lengthy finish with hints of citrus fruit. (89 WS)
#_____ Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis 2018 ($29)
The nose presents lemon, pineapple, peach and apricot notes with floral hints. On the palate, it is fresh, full-bodied, with mineral notes and a persistent finish. (91 RP)
#_____Venica Petris Malvasia 2018 ($32)
Intense and bright straw yellow, turning to golden, yellow-fleshed fruit (apricot, peach, plum), to citrus notes of grapefruit and orange peel, to the honeyed touch typical of acacia. All based on a mineral streak.
#_____Tornatore Etna Bianco 2018 ($21)
Tornatore Etna Bianco has a striking straw-yellow color with reflections of green. Intensely aromatic and focused on the palate, the wine has fruit notes of grapefruit, white peach, melon and tangerine that are framed by hints of fresh-cut green herbs, oyster shell and slate. This is a wine of great depth and complexity that finishes with refreshing salinity and zesty acidity. (90 RP)
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Lakewood's neighborhood wine bar, specializing in boutique wines by the glass, bottle or flight.
Bodega Wine Bar
6434 E Mockingbird Lane #109
Dallas TX 75214
Monday 4:00pm- 9:00pm
Tuesday 4:00 pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday 4:00pm -10:00pm
Friday 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday 4:00pm - 10:00pm