Tasting Report: Tre Bicchieri Italian Wines 2013

Man, they make so much wine in Italy. The Tre Bicchieri is one of the world’s largest wine competitions, with some 20,000 Italian wine submissions received every year. The winners of these “three glasses” awards go on a world tour after they’re selected, and the wines represent a who’s who of the great wines of Italy. We sampled a handful during the stopover in San Francisco, and as usual, the selections did not disappoint. Do not miss the 2009 Ornellaia!

Tasting Report: Tre Bicchieri 2013

2009 Tolaini Picconero / B / ample earth
2009 Tolaini Valdisanti / B / a bit more fruit
2009 Colle Massari Bolgheri Rosso Sup. Grattamacco (Podere Grattamacco) / A / really lush, velvety, violet notes
2007 Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino / A- / tart, big berries
2009 Ca’ Del Baio Barbaresco Asili / A- / fruit is modest, lots of earth
2008 Schiavenza Barolo Prapo / B+ / a little tight right now
2009 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Cl. Cultus Boni / B+ / pushy, a touch sweet
2005 Cantina Valpolicella Negrar Amarone della Valpolicella Cl. Villa Domini Veneti / A- / lots of rich Port character, huge currants, dark chocolate
2007 F.lli Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella Cl. Capitel Monte Olmi / B / sweet and smoky finish
2008 F.lli Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella Cl. / B / chewy, big fruit finish, a little tough
2008 Cantina di Santadi Carignano del Sulcis Sup. Terre Brune / B- / somewhat medicinal on the finish
2008 Viticoltori Speri Amarone della Valpolicella Cl. Vign. Monte Sant’Urbano / A / nice balance of fruit and earth, best of both worlds
2009 Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Masseto / A- / huge, rich with raisin and chocolate notes
2009 Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Bolgheri Sup. Ornellaia / A+ / perfectly balanced, a classic wine with supple texture and deep, developed fruit
2011 Villa Sandi Cartizze V. La Rivetta / A- / perfumed sparkler
2008 Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Sarmassa / A- / drinking well, good balance with lush fruit
2009 Michele Chiarlo Barbera d’Asti Sup. Nizza La Court / A- / solid, fruity with some tannin
2009 Tenuta San Guido Blogheri Sassicaia / A- / lots of earth on it, big and rounded
2009 Tenuta San Guido Barrua (Agricola Punica) / B+ / good body, punchy with some spice
2010 Tenuta San Guido Montessu (Agricola Punica) / B /
2008 Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato / A- / dried fruits galore
2008 Tenute Sella & Mosca Marchese di Villamarina Alghero DOC / A / rich, notes of cloves
2008 G.D. Varjra Barolo Ceretta Luigi Baudana / B+ / still tight, needs 4-5 years; lots of dried herbs
2009 Marchesi Antinori Tignanello / A / floral, lots of fresh berries
2010 Marchesi Antinori Cervaro della Sala / A- / Primitvo, fruit bomb but drinking surprisingly well
2006 Marchesi Antinori Brunello di Montalcino Pian delle Vigne / A- / huge richness, earth, smoldering embers
2007 Fontodi Brunello di Montalcino / A / rich, great balance
2009 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve / A- / lively, good body
2009 Castello di Bolgheri Bolgheri Sup. Castello di Bolgheri / B / bit of barnyard
2006 La Togata Brunello di Montalcino / B- / huge earth, lots of barnyard on the finish

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