Tasting Report: Simply Italian U.S. Tour 2011

This recent wine event featured a collection of all-over-the-map Italian wines, from well-known brands like Antinori and Donnafugata to obscurities (and lots of cheap stuff) seeking an importer on our shores. No guarantee that you’ll find any of these for sale, including, tragically, the perfectly-formed 2007 Tenuta Carretta Cannubi Barolo, perhaps the best Italian wine I’ve had in years.

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Tasting Report: 2011 Simply Italian Great Wines U.S. Tour

2005 Avide Barocco DOCG / B / overly acidic

2008 La Togata Rosso di Montalcino DOCG / B / stalwart

2009 Tenuta Carretta Bric Quercia Barbera DOC / B+ / candy finish

2008 Tenuta Carretta Bric Paradiso Roero DOCG / A- / Nebbiolo, big finish

2007 Tenuta Carretta Cannubi Barolo DOCG / A+ / perfect Barolo – big wine, sikly texture, lovely balance

2007 Tenuta Carretta Cascina Ferrero Barolo DOCG / A- / very good also

2008 Tenuta Carretta Bordino Barbaresco DOCG / A- / really fruity, more spice

2004 Castelcosa SoleTerraVite / B+ / merlot heavy blend, has balance issues

2007 Michele Chiarlo Barolo Riserva / A / great body and balance

2007 Alois Lageder Lindenberg Lagrein / B+ /

2006 Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva / B / over earthed

2009 Antinori Il Bruciato / B /

2008 Masi Brolo di Campofiorin Rosso del Veronese / B+ / very young

2006 Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato DOCG / B / tough and intense

2009 Pio Cesare Fides Barbera d’Alba DOC / A- / young and fruity

2010 Bidoli Merlot Friuli Grave DOC / B / very young

2009 Campo Sera Lugana DOC Superiore / B+ / figs, minerals

2007 La Berra Lugana DOC / B+ / heavy body, bit astringent

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