(2019) Trentino's super co-op, CAVIT, produces an awful lot of wine, and an awful lot of Pinot Grigio, but that does give them the vineyards and the resources to add very high quality strings to their proverbial bow. This Pinot Grigio comes from some of their highest altitude and lowest-yielding vines from just north of Lake Garda, aged 15- to 30-years old. There's a creamy suggestion of density on the nose, soft leafy green herbs meet apple and something a little more honeyed. In the mouth it is a dry, zesty and linear style, serious and restrained, staying focused and pure with a hint of saltiness in the finish. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.
(2018) Nothing remarkable about this Prosecco from The Wine Society, and nothing objectionable either: pre-requisite fresh pear, lemon and icing sugar aromas, a lively and sherbetty palate, and it is Brut, so a bit drier than your average supermarket label, which is for the good. Very decent quaffing Prosecco.
(2018) Nosiola is a native grape of Trentino in the far north of Italy, often harvested late to make sweet Vin Santo wine. But here Bottega Vinai (a brand of the super-coop of the area, Cavit) has made a crisp, fresh and dry Nosiola with broad appeal. The variety takes its name from nocciola, the Italian word for hazelnut, the grape said to have a nutty flavour, and indeed, there is a nuttiness here, as well as firm pear and gentle spices, before the palate reveals its bright, focused and juicy fruit, licked with salts and finishing with a dry lime peel lick of precise acidity. A lovely grown-up wine that has broad sipping and food-matching appeal. Watch the video for more information and food matching ideas.
(2017) CAVIT is a super-cooperative (a co-op made up of other co-ops with over 1000 members) that totally dominates the Trentino region as I discovered on a visit way back in 2004. Bottega Vinai is a selection of the very best plots, in this case of Pinot Grigio from 30- to 60-year-old vines. There is a lovely delicacy to this wine, white flowers and the most gentle blossom and apple perfume. In the mouth it is dry, with pear and apple core acidity, and very good concentration. There's a saltiness too, in a crisp, decisive and characterful white wine.
(2016) The alpine twin of Sassicaia, this is a Bordeaux blend from the far north of Italy, and an estate owned by Marchese Carlo Guerrieri Gonzaga who spent time at Sassicaia and employed the same consultant to oversee this wine, winner of 13 consecutive 'Tre Bicchieri' awards from Gambero Rosso since its first vintage in 1982. At six years old it is still intense and youthful, a firm liquorice and bloody-edged keen black fruit on the nose. In the mouth the suppleness is impressive, with dry, fine but grippy tannins around a ripe fruit core. Balanced, with an elegant cherry freshness to the acidity, that does not detract from the seriousness and very Bordeaux-like combination of authoritative structure and yet hints of a charm that will unfold over 10 to 15 years.
(2011) 12%. From the north of Italy in the foothills of the Dolomites, there's a faint apple and dry, underripe melon character, but it is subtle. On the palate this has a nice medium-weight and a fine, juicy personality. It is dry and restrained, the fruit having some real ripeness and sweetness, but in that understated and food-friendly white fruit style, with fresh acidity.
(2006) >From Trentino, high in the foothills of the Dolomites close to the Austrian border, this is cool-climate Chardonnay, aged partly in barriques for four months. It has a beautiful sense of limpid freshness on the nose, with a little oatmeally quality, and a palate that combines lush, nectarine fruit with a dry, pithy citrus fruit acidity.
(2003) This is the huge seller in the US market, which I specifically requested to taste. Pale green in colour, it is immediately sweeter, plumper and more commercially-styled, with pear-drop and flowers and a peachy note. On the palate it is quite fleshy and rich, with orchard fruit flavours and, although slightly sweeter in style, a nice cut of lemony acidity.
(2003) Beautifully light, honeyed nose with notes of dried fruits, saffron and tea-leaf, little hints of tropical fruit. On the palate more weight and fatness than the nose suggests, with apricot and fleshy nectarine fruit in a medium-bodied style, with undertones of unctuous toffee. Lovely balance and length, with a concentrated quality.
(2003) Quite a dense, slightly browning ruby colour. Big, sweet, vanilla-laden nose with berry fruit and a brown sugar quality. There's a little bit of horsy, sweaty character. Thick and sweet on the palate this avoids being jammy, with notes of herbs, leather and plum skins. It has a decent finish, if a touch cloying. 83/00.