A complex Amarone from 2004 with Corvina and Corvinone 70% - Rondinella 20% - Croatina 5% - Oseleta 5%.
Beautiful deep and impenetrable ruby red wine. Clear and consistent for the nose, very intense, broad and fine. Aromas of balsamic, ripe cherries, plums, berries, spiced with star anise, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, vanilla and ginger up in the wine. Moreover also an aroma of cocoa, chocolate, almonds, toasted hazelnut and pipe tobacco. #amarone
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With all the conversation going on about pesticides in lieu of the Monsanto defeat (the gentleman who won his case against the pesticide company causing him cancer), I thought now would be a good time to talk about organic wine and farming. So here's a basic rundown of what you need to know regarding drinking organic. *The information i'm sharing is meant to inform, use it as you need*
Organic wine is wine that is made with organically grown grapes meaning without the use of pesticides. Essentially, organic wine is wine made in the way that our ancestors made it before World War II when pesticides became widely used.
There used to be this perception pushed that organic wine was somehow lesser in quality than non. Today, modern research on organic growing has made it possible to produce both high yields and high quality without putting toxic substances on to the vines or into the soil and water.
When you drink organic wine, you are drinking wine that is free of pesticide and chemical residues, and you are voting with your dollars to support wine that has been grown in a way that actually enhances the health of the environment.
Why do we care?
I think that's a personal decision but here are some facts to consider.
Grapes are one of crops that receive the heaviest application of pesticides – millions of tons are sprayed on grape vines each year.
Wine grapes receive even higher levels of pesticides than table grapes
Many organic wines are grown using something called integrated pest management, which is planting companion plants that attract beneficial insects to naturally reduce the populations of insects that will damage grapes.
Drinking organic wine reduces your exposure to harmful chemicals, reduces the impact of pesticide use on the people who grow the grapes (workers face much more exposure to harmful chemicals) reduces the threat to groundwater contamination and helps to promote biodiversity.
As for winemakers, fortunately, more and more questioning the “conventional” wisdom of applying massive amounts of poison to our fruits and vegetables. It is costly to become "certified" organic however, lots of brands practice organic farming without the labe
Galatrona 2015 is a fantastic wine with 100% Merlot grape from Petrolo production located between Florence and Arezzo.
The grapes are manually harvest and later on but on a skin maceration for over 15 days. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in wood. Maturation in French oak barrique, a third new, for about 18 months. Constant batonnage of the fine lees for the first 6 months.
Intense elegant wine with great structure and complexity, lovely balance between acidity, fruit and tannins. A great wine, beyond the grape varietal it’s made from, must talk of the piece of land it came from. Beyond being mainly good, it has to be a classic in its own way.
Robert Parker defines this wine as “one of the best Merlots made in Italy (definitely in the top five) and this vintage keeps the banner flying high. The 2015 Galatrona is luscious, soft, soothing and ever-so intense.” RP96.
Galatrona 2015 appointed n°2 wine of the world by James Suckling during the “Great Wines of the World 2017” in Hong Kong. James Suckling describes this wine with “Terrific aromas of violets, roses and raspberries with hints of strawberries and brown sugar. Full body. Phenomenal layers of focused fruit and polished velvety tannins.” #galatrona2015 #tuscanywines #wineoftheday #wineoftheheart #winelovers #instawine #ilovewine #agoodglassofwine #winefortheheart #vinogram #redwine #winerylovers #finewine #winetasting #wineo #winetime #sommelier #winepassion #wineenthusiast #winetime #wineoclock #instagood #winealwaysinviting #wineandwriting #wineandculture #wine_source #wineclubbing #wine #wine
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If you're like me and prefer your dessert in a glass then you'll find this post pretty sweet. I could go on forever about dessert wine but today we will just talk about a few different styles. There a 5 basic types of dessert wine including: late harvest, ice wine, fortified, dried grape and noble rot.
I'll break them down quickly. (We will discuss pairings later). Late Harvest: Basically means the grapes were left on the vine well past normal picking times. The longer a grape is left on the vine the sweeter it becomes. These wines are succulent and concentrated and known for their golden color. They can be light-full body and slightly sweet to very sweet depending on the grape.
Ice Wine: Late Harvest wines that are requires very cold temps and are picked when the grapes are frozen. Part of the reason Ice Wine is so expensive is because of the labor involved in picking those frozen grapes and squeezing sometimes just a drop of the concentrated juice. Rieslings are a favorite to make Ice Wines due to their high acidity.
Fortified Wines: Wines such as Port (Portugal) , Sherry (Spain) , Marsala (Italy) and Madeira (Portugal) are made by adding alcohol to the fermentation process. The addition (usually Brandy) stops the fermentation leaving high sugar and high alcohol levels.
Dried Grape: This technique is used to make wines like Amarone which have a more raisin-ed taste. The grapes can be left on the vine or laid flat to dry on straw mats. These wines are very concentrated and are usually characterized by their "baked" flavors.
Noble Rot: Also know as botriytis, is a fungus that grows on the grapes and shrivels them up. Ok, I admit that sounds disgusting but the end result is so good because it causes the grapes to dehydrate while maintaining their sweetness levels.It also adds a distinct honey like flavor to the wines. Winemakers pray for the stars to align and the fungus God's to shine on them. If you've ever had Sauternes from France then you know how delicious that shrivel is!
Dessert wines are best enjoyed with foods that equally as sweet or salty foods. And remember, the best way to learn about wine is to drink it 🤪. #huesociety #wineandcultu