Piedmont Vs. Tuscany Tasting w/Atlanta’s Only MS Michael McNeill/Quality Wines THUS 10/26 5-7PM!
October 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Piedmont Vs. Tuscany
With Master Sommelier Michael McNeill Of Quality Wines
Thursday October 26th 5-7PM
Sherlocks Wine Merchant Buckhead
3401 Northside Parkway NW
Atlanta, GA 30327
Two-time winner of “Best Sommelier in America” and the only active Master Sommelier in Georgia, Michael has worked alongside numerous world renowned chefs and curated some of the most prestigious wine programs in America. Today Michael Focuses on training and education of both customers and those in the trade.
~Selections To Be Tasted~
Home to the world’s most powerful wines made from the Nebbiolo grape, the Barolo village of Piedmont has long been known as “the wine of kings, the king of wines.” There are two predominant soil types here, which distinguish Barolo from neighboring Barbaresco as well as from the lesser surrounding areas. Compact and fertile Tortonian sandy marls define the vineyards to the west, typically resulting in fresher, fruitier, and softer wines that are approachable relatively early on in their evolution. This is sometimes referred to as the “feminine” side of Barolo and is closer in style to Barbaresco with its elegant perfume. On the eastern side of the region, Helvetian sandstone clay soils are chalkier and less fertile, producing age-worthy wines with full body and structured tannins—the more “masculine” style. The best Barolo wines need 10-15 years before they are ready to drink, and can further age for several decades.
Barolo is one of the world’s most distinctive red wines, and experienced tasters typically have no trouble picking it out of a lineup. In addition to Nebbiolo’s signature “tar and roses” aroma, one can expect to find complex notes of strawberries, cherries, leather, white truffles, anise, fresh and dried herbs, tobacco, violets, plum, and much more. Despite its deceptively light garnet color, Barolo has a full presence on the palate and plenty of tannin and acidity. The traditional style of Barolo relies on the use of neutral large wooden vats for aging, which do not impart flavor to the wine and preserve the natural character of the Nebbiolo grape. Meanwhile, a more modern, “international” style of Barolo utilizes small French oak barrels to add spicy, woody flavors and a softer texture resulting in earlier drinkability.
2012 Ceretto Barolo $49.99*
Robert Parker 92 Points: Ceretto presents a fine expression of Barolo. The wine is redolent of pressed flowers, cassis, dried raspberry and grilled herb. Lighter, more vertical aromas of cola, smoke, campfire ash, dried ginger and toasted anise seed lift gently from the back. The mouthfeel boasts savory, ripe fruit and offers a distant note of succulent sweetness.
2013 Paolo Scavino Barolo “Carobric” $69.99*
James Suckling 95 Points: Intensely fragrant, this opens with stunning aromas of iris, violet, perfumed berry and a whiff of botanical herb. Linear and refined, the focused palate offers red cherry, strawberry, white pepper and a hint of star anise framed in taut refined tannins and bright acidity. It shows great tension and energy.
Tuscany: Brunello di Montalcino
Situated just below the area of Chianti lies the Brunello di Montalcino Wine Region. Based on the Brunello clone of Sangiovese, some of the most collectible and popular wines in all of Italy are produced in Montalcino. With one of the warmest and driest climates in Tuscany, grapes from Montalcino yield wines of intense color and body, with bright acidity and strong, age worthy tannins. Brunello di Montalcino wine offers black fruit and cocoa flavors as well as violet and leather nuances. In 1980, Brunello di Montalcino was awarded the highly-esteemed DOCG designation and is now home to over 200 different producers.
The story of Brunello embodies man’s quest for perfection. It begins with the discovery of a special grapevine on a steep Montalcino slope in 1842. That vine’s subsequent propagation by its founder, Clemente Santi, resulted in the creation of the Brunello wine.
Today, Brunello is considered one of Italy’s greatest wines and a supreme example of Sangiovese at its best. It has also become Italy’s most recognized premium wine, internationally. With a total production of 750,000 cases, 65% finds its way into the world’s finest restaurants and connoisseur wine cellars. The United States has become the largest importer of Brunello, embracing 25% of the total production.
2012 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino $69.99*
Robert Parker 96 Points: The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino shows an uncanny sense of continuity and consistency with past releases. This steady stylistic focus is one of the best reasons to buy Uccelliera Brunello. The wine is dark and rich in appearance. The wine’s explosive flavor profile of Blackberry and dark fruit segues to spice, tobacco and balsam herb.
2011 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino $64.99*
Wine Enthusiast 93 Points: The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino shows a very distinct personality that separates it from its peers. There’s a dark, mysterious and masculine side to this wine that is evident from first impact. The bouquet offers infinite layers of black fruit, plum, spice, cumin seed and crushed clove. You get a great sense of moist earth, tobacco and forest floor. Nothing is obvious. The wine keeps you guessing sip after sip.