The Date and Time: Monday, February 6, 2017 Noon - 3PM
The Event: lunch with Pieroangelo Tommasi
The Venue: Modus Ristorante
The Target Audience: wine writers, lcbo
The Availability/Catalogue: the current releases are all available through Vintages, with one private order. The older vintages were N/A. The agency is Univins and Spirits.
The Quote/Background: Pieroangelo spoke about his family's company and their latter-day expansion before leading the tasting. Currently, they own 6 wineries through 5 regions (Veneto, Lombardy, Tuscany, Apulia, and Basilicata. We tasted 4 wineries today – 7 Amarones in two styles and 4 other wines. The major difference between the Amarones is that Ca'Florian comes in at 4 g/l sugar and 75% corvina while the basic Amarone has 8 g/l sugar and only about 50% corvina. I preferred the lower sugar levels, and of course they went better with the food. The 2009 Amarones are the company's 50th harvest.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Casisano Brunello di Montalcino 2011, +483800, $49.95 Vintages April 1/17
-Tommasi Amarone Classico 2007, 15.5% ABV, n/a
-Tommasi Amarone Classico 2009, 15.5% ABV, n/a
-Tommasi Ca' Florian Amarone Classico 2007, 15.5% ABV, n/a *BEST RED TODAY*
-Tommasi Ca' Florian Amarone Classico 2008, 15.5% ABV, n/a
-Tommasi Ca' Florian Amarone Classico 2009, 15.5% ABV $99.95 private order 6-pack
-Paternoster Aglianico del Vulture 2012 Basilicata, $35.95 Vintages July 6 2017
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Poggio al Tufo Alicante 2013 Tuscany, +70797, $22.95 Vintages
-Tommasi Amarone Classico 2008, 15.5% ABV, n/a
-Tommasi Amarone Classico 2012, 15.48% ABV, +356220, $49.95 Vintages
-Paternoster Don Anselmo Aglianico del Vulture 2012 Basilicata, $67.95 Vintages Sept 7 2017
The Food: Before we began, there were some amuse bouche (meatballs in tomato sauce, shrimp, truffled wild mushroom crostini). We ordered with a range of choices: I did the grilled shrimp with beans and red peppers, and the prime strip loin – both with the Amarones in mind as good accompaniments.
The Downside: wow – my palate needed a cleanser after the heavy-heavy Amarones (15.5% ABV)
The Upside: a good chance to exchange views and opinions about Tommasi wines and the Italian wine industry.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 92