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TastersGuildNY Piccini Tuscan Award Winning Wines

TastersGuildNY Piccini Tuscan Award Winning Wines

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Speaker: Will Comotto, Piccini Sales & Marketing United States

The family-owned Piccini Winery was established in 1882 by Angiolo Piccini. In 1920, his son Mario continued its development by extending the company’s business across the domestic market in Italy. Piccini entered a second phase of rapid growth in the early 1960s, under the leadership of third-generation Pierangiolo Piccini. In 1983, Mario Piccini joined his father and helped make the U.S. market a priority, in a successful effort that strengthened the Piccini name. Through the use of personal visits to American markets, on top of the production of high-quality wines, the Piccini Winery has solidified the family stronghold on the Tuscan wine segment in the United States. The Piccini winery is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico zone and possesses strong Tuscan traditions. Now in its 126th year of business, the Piccini Winery torch has been passed down to the fourth generation of Piccini's.

We enjoyed a fun evening tasting 13 incredible wines from Tuscany.

VALIANO "Donna di Valiano" Chardonnay IGT Toscana 2011 was the favorite White. PICCINI Chianti Classico DOCG 2008 was the favorite of Flight II. TENUTE MORAIA "Pietracupa" Bolgheri DOC 2009 was the favorite Tenute Flight. VALIANO "Poggio Teo" Chianti Classico DOCG 2006 is the favorite for the Valiano Flight. PICCINI "Villa al Cortile" Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2005 was the favorite of Flight V and everyone enjoyed the PICCINI Prosecco DOC NV and the PICCINI "Memoro" Rosso Italia Blend NV. All cheese provided by Cabot Cheese Vermont.

Flight I: White Votes Full Retail Price $
Pale straw color. Aroma of golden apples and ripe pears. Small bubbles. Light, well balanced and should be drunk young. Lovely. Liked by all.
All Liked $12.99
PICCINI Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2011
Grape: 100 % Vernaccia. Aged in Stainless steel. Straw yellow color, Nose of ripe apples, white pepper. Good forward fruit.
0 $12.99
VALIANO "Donna di Valiano" Chardonnay IGT Toscana 2011
Grape: 100% Chardonnay. Light color, vanilla in nose, 6 months in oak, butterscotch, balanced. Old world style. The favorite of the whites.

5 $15.99
Flight II Votes Full Retail Price $
PICCINI Chianti DOCG 2010
Grapes: 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, 5% Ciliegiolo. Fruity nose, cherry driven, fresh palate of light, fine fruit, medium body. Fresh, young. Easy to drink.
5 $8.99
PICCINI Chianti Classico DOCG 2008
Grapes: 85% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot. Harvested by hand. The grapes are processed separately and undergo a long maceration on the skins for 25 days at a controlled temperature. The must is blended and undergoes further maturation in big oak casks for several months. The wine is aged in bottles for 2 to 3 months.

Complex and persistant nose of cherry and dark berries. Round, smooth, elegant with red fruit and soft tannin. A long finish. The favorite of this flight.

8 $12.99
Flight III: TENUTE Votes Full Retail Price $
TENUTE MORAIA "II Pacchia" Sangiovese-Merlot IGT Maremma Toscana 2009
Grapes: 60% Sangiovese, 40% Merlot
12 months in oak, large barrels, ruby red color.
Forward fruit, soft tannins. 2000 cases produced.
1 $19.99
TENUTE MORAIA "II Saccente" Alicante-Merlot IGT Maremma Toscana 2008
Grapes: 60% Alicante, 40% Merlot
Aged for 12 months. 800 cases produced.
Black color, raisins, gritty, chewy, long finish. A lot of tannin.
6 $19.99
TENUTE MORAIA "Pietracupa" Bolgheri DOC 2009
This is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, aged in French oak for 24 months, 12 months in bottle. Complex aroma of black cherry, licorice, coffee, earth, minerals and vanilla. Dark and dusty as the appearance suggests with succulent fruit. Balanced and very long finish. 15.5% alcohol. The favorite of this flight.

7 $30.00
Flight IV: Valiano Votes Full Retail Price ˝ bottle
VALIANO "Poggio Teo" Chianti Classico DOCG 2006
Grape: 100% Sangiovese.

Chianti Classico "Poggio Teo" originates from slopes of the hill of the same name in a typical Tuscan landscape like a little corner of paradise where time seems to stand still.

What distinguishes one high quality wine from another is the land: the composition of the soil and the subsoil, the micro-climate, exposure to the sun and so on.

Chianti Classico "Poggio Teo" is made from hand selected Sangiovese grapes grown at 400m a.s.l and cultivated on land traditionally used for wine growing since the Etruscan Period. These features combine to create the distinctive and clear-cut character of Chianti Classico "Poggio Teo". The grapes from the "Poggio Teo", vineyard are harvested by hand in late September when they have reached their peak of maturity. Only the most carefully selected fruit is used to create this particular wine. Maceration takes place in stainless steel vats for 10-15 days and during this phase the wine undergoes alcoholic fermentation at a temperature no higher than 82-84*F.
By the end of the year the wine has completed its malolactic fermentation and is then racked into oak barrels of various sizes for several months of aging. The wine undergoes further maturation in bottles before it is ready to be sold. Intense aromas of anise, licorice and blackberry. Full-bodied, with a pretty core of ripe fruit, fine tannins and a creamy, fruity finish. Best from 2008 through 2011. The favorite of this flight.
8 $24.99
VALIANO Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2005
Grapes: 90% Sangiovese,10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Brilliant ruby red in color and has an intense fruity aroma with strong berry notes. It has a well-balanced and well-structured flavor and a pleasantly tannic aftertaste. Best drunk when young and its fruit perfumes are at their peak.

6 29.99
Flight V Votes Full Retail Price ˝ bottle
PICCINI "Sasso al Poggio" Super Tuscan Blend IGT Toscana 2007
Grapes: 60% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot. Aged 24 months in barrel and 4 months in bottle. This wine explodes from the glass with scents of black cherry, licorice, earth, minerals and vanilla oak. Deep, full and lush on the palate, with core of succulent fruit, beautifully integrated tannins, and a long, complex, finish.
3 $19.99
PICCINI "Villa al Cortile" Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2005
Grape: 100% Sangiovese. Bright red color. Nose of mature cherry and ripe blackberry, spice, leather and chalk. Velvet and soft texture. Silky tannins and a long finish. Delicious. The favorite of this flight.

10 $40.00
Flight VI: Dessert Votes Full Retail Price ˝ bottle
PICCINI "Memoro" Rosso Italia Blend NV
Piccini has blended together wines from the furthermost regions of Italy: Venetian Merlot, Primitivo from Puglia ‘the heel of Italy’, Sicilian Nero d’Avola and a good splash of Montepulciano from the mid-Italian region of Abruzzo. Aromas of cherry, chocolate covered raisins and a hint of espresso meld nicely into a blend of coffee and tobacco flavors with a sweet edge of dried cherries. A lovely not too sweet Port like wine. Everyone loves it particularly for the price.

All Liked $9.99