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Monday, June 3, 2013
Tasting of Valdicava Brunellos with V. Abbruzzese....
The Date and Time: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The Event: A tasting of Valdicava Brunellos, with owner-winemaker Vincenzo Abbruzzese. Represented by The Stem Wine Group.
The Venue: Tutti Matti
The Target Audience: wine media
The Availability/Catalogue: one wine is at classics, two are library wines, the rest are by six-pack consignment.
The Quote/Background: The winery's estates have only sangiovese grapes grown and used in the production of Montalcino (Rosso and Brunello) 90,000 bottles a year, about half of its potential. The wines are finely tuned and balanced, almost old style, although hotter years will produce a faster maturing wine. Vincenzo also gave us a short history of Brunello post-1967, including Rosso's development in 1982.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Valdicava Brunello 1998 Madonna del Piano Riserva [library], sublime, well-aged.
-Valdicava Brunello 2001 Madonna del Piano Riserva [library], fruit and flavour worthy of Parker's 100 score.
-Valdicava Brunello 2006 Madonna del Piano Riserva, $179 fruit and flavour worthy of Parker's 100 score.
-Valdicava 2007 Brunello di Montalcino, $115.99
-Valdicava 2005 Brunello di Montalcino, $99.99 Fall Consign
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Valdicava Brunello 2005 Madonna del Piano Riserva, $149
-Valdicava Rosso di Montalcino 2010, $36.99
-Valdicava 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, Classics +309351, $125
The Food: bruschetta, hand-cut pasta with meat sauce, short ribs.
The Downside: I had to leave soon after the pasta was served.
The Upside: a chance to re-connect with Vincenzo (who was last here in 2006),
The Contact Person: Robert@stemwinegroup.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 92