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Toronto – 17th Annual Italian Wine Tasting
Though not for its PQR, another wine that made it on my list and into the ‘Gifts for spouses or bosses’ section of my recommended wines, is this Super Tuscan wine from the Diadema Winery:
The 2009 Diadema Rosso, composed of 75% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Syrah that were aged in French Oak barriques for 16 months; is a medium to full bodied, integrated wine with intense aromas of dried prunes, dark chocolate, cedar, clove and subtle coconut and vanilla. It has a good balance, forward acid, refined tannins and a long finish. This wine is meant to be sipped by itself even though it will go well with food; it is ready to be enjoyed now or will blossom in the cellar for another 5-10 years. Score 91-92 pts and will be retailed for $63.95, arriving at the LCBO Vintages just in time for Valentine’s day (hence the label design).
The 2010 Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore DOC, composed of 65% Corvina, 20% Rondinella and 15% Molinara that were aged in Slavonian and French Oaks for 6 months, is a medium to full bodied, fruity wine, with intense aromas of cherry, raspberry, red currant and with subtle oak influence. It has soft, refined tannins, nice acidity and medium finish. This is a food friendly wine that can be enjoyed now or cellared for the next 5 years. This classical Ripasso scoring 88-89 pts and selling for $16.95 at the LCBO 999946 is in my opinion a good buy.
Another Ripasso I tried was the 2009 Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore DOC Montecorna, composed of 70% Corvina, 15% Rondinella, 5% Molinara and 10% other vines that were aged in Slavonian Oak for 6 months, is a medium to full bodied, fruity to integrated wine, with intense aromas of cherry, black cherry, blackberry, cedar and green foliage notes. It has a good structure, grippy tannins that compliment the fruit and the acidity, and a long finish. This wine should age well for the next 5+ years. Scoring 90-91 pts and retailing for $21.95 definitely makes it on my list. It will be available at the LCBO May-June 2013. Can currently be purchased on consignment.