Tasting Report: Tre Bicchieri Italian Wines 2012

Each year Gambero Rosso tastes some 20,000 Italian wines, and about 375 earn the “tre bicchieri” (three glasses) award from the panel. These wines then hit the road, and we get the chance to taste them in the U.S. Some are classics (Sassicaia), some don’t even have distribution. I found this year’s crop on the whole the most satisfying of any Tre Bicchieri event I’ve attended to date, with more A and A- grades than you can shake a bastone at! Lots of good Brunello and Bolgheri wines.

Notes follow.

Tasting Report: Tre Bicchieri 2012

2008 Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Sagrantino Collepiano / B / massive tannins

2007 Michele Chiarlo Barolo Cerequio / B+

2008 Tenuta San Guido Bogheri Sassicaia / A / lovely fruit, amazing herbs on finish, a classic

2007 Ettore Germano Barolo Cerretta / B+ / licorice kick

2007 Fontanafredda Barolo Fontanafredda V. La Rosa / B+

2006 Donna Olga Brunello di Montalcino Donna Olga / B+ / tannin overload

2004 Donna Olga Brunello di Montalcino Donna Olga Arte / A-

2006 Donna Olga Brunello di Montalcino Donna Pietranera (Centolani) / A-

2008 Marchesi Antinori Tignanello / A- / tight, long way to go

2009 Marchesi Antinori Torcicoda (Tormaresca) / B+

2007 Musella Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva / A- / intense chocolate, Port-like

2008 Tenimenti Luigi d’Alessandro Cortona Il Bosco / A- / beautiful chocolate finish

2004 Tenuta Vitanza Brunello di Montalcino Tradizione / A- / rich, lovely blueberry notes

2009 Rocca di Frassinello Baffo Nero / B

2009 Braida Barbera d’Asti Bricco dell’Uccellone / A-

2008 Pelissero Barbaresco Vanotu / A-

2006 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino / A / beautiful structure, very light

2007 Brigaldara Amarone della Valpolicella Case Vecie / B / cacophonous

2009 Tenuta di Lilliano Chianti Classico / A- / great fruit, strawberry notes

2008 Tenuta di Lilliano Chianti Classico Riserva / A / more complexity than the standard Chianti, an amazing representation of this grape

2006 Biondi Santi – Tenuta Il Greppo Brunello di Montalcino / B / a touch acidic

2008 Tenuta Olim Bauda Barbaera d’Asti Superiore Nizza / A-

2007 Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico / A

2004 Montenidoli Sono Montenidoli / B- / tart, off balance

2007 Podere Castorani Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Amorino / B

2009 Valturio Valturio / B- / young, tart sangiovese

2008 Angelo Negro & Figli Roero Sudisfa Riserva / A- / chewy, good fruit level

2008 Podere Sapaio Bolgheri Superiore Sapaio / A- / raisins, dark chocolate

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