Long Notes (Selva Capuzza Recent – And Not-So-Recent – Releases)

Vinted on July 7, 2017 binned in crowd pleaser wines, elegant wines, on the road, wine review

Lake Garda ruins

Like most musicians (ask me how I know), Luca Formentini has a day job.

That job would be helping to helm his family’s wine business in Brescia: Selva Capuzza.

As far as day jobs go, the one with an office that’s actually a picturesque vineyard spot about four kilometers from the shores of Lake Garda, in the heart of Lombardy’s Lugana winemaking territory doesn’t seem so bad. To wit: he soft-spoken (by Italian standards) Formentini usually has a wide smile plastered on his face. After tasting his family’s Lugana offerings, you might have one, too.

2017 marks the 100th harvest for the Formentini family, who now focus on the Lake Garda region’s indigenous varieties, and with whom I tasted during a media trip to the region earlier this year. In the 1980s, they changed the name of the business to reflect the locality, and their main focus is the annual production of about 250,000 bottles of the decidedly tricky white Lugana.

Selva Capuzza's Luca Formentini

Selva Capuzza’s Luca Formentini

Lugana’s has few better vectors for displaying its mischievous side than in the Formentini family’s wines. Tropical, vibrant, and mineral-driven in its youth, there’s little (other than the acidic scaffolding) in the young Selva Capuzza Lugana releases to betray the honeyed, toasty, and dazzling treat that awaits the more patient among us when a Lugana from a great vintage is allowed to rest on its haunches for several years…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 3, 2017

Vinted on July 3, 2017 binned in wine mini-reviews

So, like, what is this stuff, anyway?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 16 Marco Porello Camestri (Roero Arneis): Delicious, mineral, and damned if it won't be demanding some of your attention RIGHT NOW. $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 I Sodi Chianti Classico Riserva (Tuscany): Pretty much all the classic Chianti elements, just packaged in modern-looking wrapping. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Cantele Primitivo (Salento): It's simply impossible not to like something this juicy, this herbal, & this willing to over-achieve. $14 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Calitro Primitivo di Manduria Ausilio (Salento): If authenticity is your benchmark, then there's an open seat for U on this bench. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Frank Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Blackberry truffles, with the gritty cocoa dust sprinkled all over them $53 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands): Nothing shy about the friendly personage that this is fronting. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Ferrari Brut Rose (Trento): Strawberries with almond shields, and steely, bright, elegant electric armor, all ready for battle. $33 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Kim Crawford Small Parcels Wild Grace Chardonnay (Hawke's Bay): Fresh fruit that's bigger than its heavy, rich adornments. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Luca Ferraris Opera Prima (Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato): Fresh, focused, extracted, & potently powerful. Dark cherries FTW! $35 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Cutruzzola Vineyards Gloria Pinot Noir (San Luis Obispo County): She is powerful, spicy, and dark; think meat, people, think meat! $42 A- >>find this wine<<
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Moonwalking With The Original King Of Pop Wines (Exploring Barbera d’Asti For MyNameIsBarbera.com)

Vinted on June 29, 2017 binned in 1WineDude TV, Italian Wine, learning wine

The latest episode in the Barbera: In The Glass series is now live at MyNameIsBarbera.com, and in it I continue my conversation with Vinchio and Vaglio‘s Tessa Donadieu. This time, we focus on the next “level” of the Barbera quality pyramid in Monferrato (which, as I have written before, I don’t think is a “pyramid” per se, but whatever): Barbera d’Asti.

This will, of course, be the level of Barbera with which the majority of those reading these words and viewing this vid will be most familiar. And with good reason; it’s basically the Michael Jackson of Italian red wine (hell, maybe of fine red wine, period).

For the record, I don’t actually moonwalk in this vid. But rest assured that I’m diligently working on it…

Cheers!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 26, 2017

Vinted on June 26, 2017 binned in wine mini-reviews

So, like, what is this stuff, anyway?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 13 Le Salette La Marega Amarone (Veneto): Definitely more versatile than your average Amarone; no spoon required to enjoy this one. $99 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Le Salette I Progni Valpolicella Ripasso (Veneto): From the Ripasso perspective, this is laying down some beats fresh AF. $36 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 G. Milazzo Maria Costanza Rosso (Sicilia): From a dark-juiced Nero d'Avola clone comes a thrilling, authentic, & unique treat. $NA A- >>find this wine<<
  • 16 G. Milazzo Maria Costanza Bianco (Sicilia): A long – loooong! – walk down a very floral – and very, very pretty – vinous path. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Robert Mondavi Winery Maestro (Napa Valley): A BDX-style blend that's conducting itself with powerful, plummy, plush aplomb. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Terlato Pinot Grigio (Colli Orientali del Friuli): Peach, pear, perkiness, and, ok, probably some persimmons, too? Yes, please. $23 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Bird In Hand Nest Egg Shiraz (Adelaide Hills): Blackberries, cloves, mint, & silk; that's a whole lotta sexy in 750ml format. $85 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Bird In Hand Two In The Bush Semillon Sauvignon Blanc (Adelaide Hills): A gentle, light-touch tickle of nettles and passion fruit. $16 B >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Steven Kent Winery BDX Collection Cabernet Franc (Livermore Valley): Can spiciness show sexiness? Certainly this makes a case. $48 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Vietti Roero Arneis (Piedmont): Carrying its delicate and elegant perennial torch into yet another tasty vintage expression. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
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