From the notebook: Grand Italian Wines from the Grandi Marchi Masterclass
Chardonnay dominant and shows it though this is clearly a ripe style – bursting with buttered São richness. Almost thought this had seen oak given the fullness and rather full. A very rich mouthfeel, perhaps a fraction broad through the finish? Good at least. 17.5/20, 91/100
Very bright colours – blood red. Very expensive formic new oak on the nose. Expensive new oak palate. If I didn’t know better of call this American oak. Quite new world intensity of flavour, actually it tastes new world all over – like a Barossan red with its blackness. Oak tannins too. Modern sexy sure but a great wine somewhat hobbled by oak. Will improve but high oak tolerance required. Perhaps you could call that part of the style. Long termer though. 17.8/20, 92/100+
Sicily. 40% Nero d’Avola, 25% Syrah, 23% Merlot, and 12% Perricone. Matured in small barrels.
70% Nero di Troia and 30% Montepulciano.
80,000 bottles are produced of this now!