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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

TASTING: Treamici Portfolio Wines, April 28, 2009

The Time and Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2009   2 PM to 6 PM
The Event: Portfolio tasting for Tre Amici Imports.
The Venue: Pantages Hotel and Spa, Victoria Street
The Target Audience: wine trade and press.
The Availability/Catalogue: everything is available, although some
items were not priced.
The Quote/Background: the catalogue is mainly Italian, with Del Dotto
from Napa Valley, Light's View from Australia, Vina Amalia from
Argentina, and Chateau Roubine from Provence. There was beer, grappa,
liqueurs, and Mexican tequila, but I stuck to wine.
The Wines: I did not try all the wines, but I was obligated to try all
the non-Italian wines. Prices are licensee.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Pescaja Roero Arneis 2008, $20
-Pescaja Barbera d'Asti 2008
-Grotta del Ninfeo Valpolicella Ripasso 2005, $27.75
-Grotta del Ninfeo Valpolicella Amarone 2004, $59.95 16%ABV
-Grotta del Ninfeo Valpolicella Amarone 2006 Recioto, 500mL. 15 Euros?
-Crea Vini Falanghina Beneventano 2007 Campania, $11.50
-Cascina Adelaide Barolo Riserva Per Elen 2000, $110
-Cascina Adelaide Nascetta Langhe Bianco 2008, $21.25
-Azienda Casale Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 1997, $56.45
-Vina Amalia Carlos Basso Blanc de Noir Brut Argentina, $20
-Chateau Roubine Cuvee Prestige Bargemon Blanc 2006, $22.50 100%
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Azienda Casale Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2003, $44.95
-Santhomas Spumante Brut Rose, $19.50 (70%pinot nero/30% pinot grigio)
-Le Miccine Chianti Classico 2003, $24.95
-Villa Pillo Cingalino 2006, $13.95 cabernet franc and merlot
-La Scolca Soldati Gavi Brut Millesimato 2000, $64.95
-Le Miccine La Principessa Riserva 2006, $36.95
-Vina Amalia Carlos Basso Sauvignon Blanc 2008, $11.95 15% sauvignon
-Vina Amalia Carlos Basso Signature Blend 2005, $34.95 meritage blend
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Villa Pillo Syrah 2005
-La Scolca Gavi di Gavi Gigi 2007, $54.50
-Tenuta Santome Prosecco Brut, $16.95.
-Azienda Casale Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2005, $29.95
-Del Dotto Cave Blend 2005, $69.95  82% cabernet sauvignon/18% cabernet
-Light's View Chardonnay 2008, $12.50
The Food: there was a porchetta from Vicentina, assorted sweets from
Dolcini and Secret Ingredient, beef from Beretta Organic Farms, cheeses
from La Ferme, Serrano ham, sorbet from Frozen Vines, and Brick Street
The Downside: I had just come from two other wine tastings, and I had
to refresh my palate several times and bear down. It's a tough life.
The Upside: in general, the wines were pretty good, and were nicely
complemented by the foods. It was also not very crowded, which is good
from my point of view (but probably not from the agent's).
The Contact Person:
The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 88.

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