The Date and Time: Thursday, June 4, 2015 6Pm to 9PM
The Event: Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri Walk-Around Tasting (Vintages Event)
The Venue: ROM, Currelly Gallery
The Target Audience: ticket holders
The Availability/Catalogue: most everything was available for ordering that night, but some wines were (or will be) at the LCBO via Vintages, Classics, etc. Some items are in consignment or already on the shelves, some were only available for tasting tonight. I strived to taste the latter.
The Quote/Background: For the 2015 edition of Gambero Rosso Guide to Italian Wine, 45,000 wines were tasted. 423 received a Tre Bicchhieri rating (equal to 95 in Wine Spectator, I was told). These were some of the best wines in Italy. This particular show had not been in Toronto for exactly two years, so it was great to welcome them back.
The Wines: I did not try all the wines, concentrating on red wines and sparklers. There were over 80 wines in all. I would like to say, in joking, that I tasted no "good" wines here – they were all "better" or "best" !!
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-PRIMOSIC GMAJNE CHARDONNAY 2011 Friuli DOC Collio, $29 [bargain]
-LO SPARVIERE MILLESIMATO EXTRA BRUT FRANCIACORTA 2008 Lombardy DOCG, $43
-BARONE PIZZINI NATURE BRUT FRANCIACORTA 2010 Lombardy, $39.95 Vintages
-FERGHETTINA RISERVA 33 FRANCIACORTA 2007 Lombardy Pas Dosè, $79
-GUIDO BERLUCCHI PALAZZO LANA RISERVA FRANCIACORTA SATÈN 2006 Lombardy DOCG, $67
-PER LUI RISERVA SALICE SANTENTINO 2012 Puglia DOC, $55
-BEL COLLE MONVIGLIERO BAROLO 2009 Piedmont DOCG, $72
-VIETTI VILLERO RISERVA BAROLO 2007 Piedmont DOCG, $459 (!!)
-BRANCAIA RISERVA CHIANTI CLASSICO 2011 Tuscany DOCG, $37
-CASTELLO DI VICCHIOMAGGIO VIGNA LA PRIMA GRAN SELEZZIONE CHIANTI CLASSICO 2010 Tuscany $60 Vintages
-SAPAIO 2011 Tuscany DOC Bolgheri Superiore, $59
-SALCHETO SALCO VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO 2010 Tuscany DOCG, $69
-ARGENTIERA BOLGHERI SUPERIORE 2011 Tuscany DOC, $79
-TOLAINI TENUTA MONTEBELLO PICCONERO 2010 IGT Toscana, $95 Vintages
-Ferrari Lunelli Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2004 Trento-Alto Adige, $115
-Negrar Domini Veneti Espressioni San Rocco Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2008 Veneto, $74.95 Vintages
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Jermann Were.. DREAMS 2012 Friuli IGT Venezia Giulia, $74
-Jermann VINTAGE TUNINA 2012 Friuli IGT Venezia Giulia, $75
-Ca' Dei Mandorli NICOLUCCI VIGNA DEL GENERALE RISERVA PREDAPPIO DI PREDAPPIO 2011 Emilia-Romagna $55
-LUNAE ETICHETTA NERA VERMENTINO 2013 Liguria DOC Colli di Luni, $29
-CASTELLO DI CIGOGNOLA 'MORE BRUT 2010 Lombardy Metodo Classico Oltrepò Pavese, $43
-MONSUPELLO BRUT NATURE Lombardy Metodo Classico, DOCG Oltrepò Pavese, $51
-CASTELLO DI RADDA RISERVA CHIANTI CLASSICO 2011 Tuscany DOCG, $49
-COGNO BRICCO PERNICE BAROLO 2009 Piedmont DOCG, $99
-G. D. VAJRA BRICCO DELLE VIOLE BAROLO 2010 Piedmont DOCG, $89
-TORRACCIA DEL PIANTAVIGNA GHEMME 2010 Piedmont DOCG, $39
-VIETTI CASTIGLIONE BAROLO 2011 Piedmont DOCG, $75
-TENUTA VIGLIONE MARPIONE RISERVA PRIMITIVO 2010 Puglia DOC Gioia del Colle, $39
-Torrevento Bolonero 2012 Castel del Monte Puglia, $14 [bargain!]
-PALA RISERVA CANNONAU DI SARDEGNA 2012 Sardinia DOC, $24.95 Vintages
-BADIA A COLTIBUONO CHIANTI CLASSICO 2012 Tuscany DOCG, $23.95 Vintages
-SURRAU SCIALA VERMENTINO DI GALLURA SUPERIORE 2013 Sardinia DOCG, $27.95 Vintages
-Cusumano Moscato dello Zucco 2010 Sicilia, $45 500 mL.
-NITTARDI RISERVA CHIANTI CLASSICO 2011 Tuscany DOCG, $69
-ORMA 2011 Tuscany, $75 Vintages
-TENUTA SETTE PONTI ORENO 2011 Tuscany, $76.95 Vintages
-ROTARI FLAVIO RISERVA 2007 Trentino Metodo Classico, DOC Trento, $48
-POGGIO AL TESORO SONDRAIA 2011 Tuscany DOC Bolgheri Superiore, $50 Vintages
-ALLEGRINI AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 2010 Veneto, $90 Vintages
-BRIGALDARA AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 2010 Veneto, $54.95 Vintages
-CORTE SANT'ALDA AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA 2010 Veneto, $125
-VILLA SANDI VIGNA LA RIVETTA VALDOBBIADENE SUPERIORE DI CARTIZZE Veneto, $37
The Food: Four stations were used by Daniel et Daniel: a spring risotto with asparagus, fiddleheads, baby snow pea sprouts, and DOP Parmigiano; grilled chicken roulade, with arugula, sweet pepper, asiago, white bean puree; tomato tart with mozzarella fonduta sauce, herb salad, basil oil, puff pastry; poured polenta (with added cream), DOP Grana padano, wild and tame mushrooms, braise beef short rib confit. There was also bread and water at each table, and coffee afterwards.
The Downside: there were two wines here that were only two glasses in the scoring; I do not know why.
The Upside: one of the best Italian wine tastings in Toronto, at least since the last Tre Bicchiri walk-around in 2013.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade):94.