Wine Weekend – part one

December 1, 2009 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment

Two weekends back, before the craziness of Thanksgiving took over my life, there was a weekend involving lots of wine tasting.

I met M and his two sisters at Renaissance Wine Shop (located at Orenco Station in Hillsboro) for a tasting of wines imported by Small Vineyards.  We all had a great time, for which I am very thankful.  I like them both very much and was a bit concerned things might be awkward after relationship situations changed.  I got met with hugs and giggles and support.

Small Vineyards comes to Renaissance a couple of times a year and I always try to catch their tastings.  They import small production wines from Italy (sometimes the wines are produced in lots as small as 100 or 200 cases) and often they have some very interesting and delightful wine at reasonable prices.

We tasted:

Tenuta Ponte, Coda di Volpe 2008, 100% Coda di Volpe (800 cases produced, a white which I failed to take tasting notes on, and didn’t end up buying a bottle [$17])

Fattoria Bibbiani, Treggiaia 2006, 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cab and Canaiolo (1200 cases produced, a slight raspberry nose, earthy currant flavors with medium tannins [$11])

Podere Ciona, Montegrossoli 2007, 95% Sangiovese, 5% Alicante Bouschet (290 cases produced, raspberry and strawberry on both smell and taste, light tannins [$17])

Antonion Sanguineti, Caruso 2007, 15% Corvina, 5% Rondinella, 20% Nero d’Avola, 50% Sangiovese, 10% Syrah (500 cases produced, this unusual wine has grapes from the vineyards of several friends of the wine maker.  Raspberry and cherry are found in the nose, to which a lemony note is added, high in the mouth, when tasted.  Light to medium tannins. [$20])

Tre Donne, d’Arc Langhe Rosso 2006, 40% Barbera, 30% Pinot Noir, 20% Dolcetto, 10% Freisa (400 cases produced, my favorite wine of the evening.  I had never had freisa grapes.  They lend a lovely floral nature to the wine.  Slightly floral strawberry nose, floral, peach, pear, almond, clove, and rosehips or hibiscus once tasted.  I tried to buy some of this, but they ran out of it about an hour into the tasting. [$17])

Eugenio Bocchino, Tom Langhe Rosso 2007, 70% Barbera, 30% Merlot (200 cases produced, velvety nose with temple flower notes, flavors of raisin and plum with a full mouth feel and medium tannins.  I bought a bottle of this, since the Tre Donne was not available. [$22])

Perazzeta, Rita Riserva, 100% Sangiovese (250 cases produced, smells like cherry cream soda, flavors of cherry, apple, mango [$34])


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