A chill is in the air; the fireplace has already been used twice; pumpkins are lining farm fields; and I made bolognese sauce for my birthday last night...it's definitely red wine season!
I could have enjoyed almost anything with my bolognese dinner, but last night all I wanted was the Altrovino - an outstanding Super Tuscan we've featured in the past and which has only gotten better in the newly released 2011 vintage.
Altovino is from a tiny Tuscan town called Riparbella, just 15 minutes north of Bolgheri. At the helm of this property is famed winemaker Luca d'Attoma, who was the original winemaker at Tua Rita when that wine graced the cover of Wine Spectator
with a handful of 100 point scores. (It is rare for winemakers to have one such score, let alone several.) And with more 95+ point wines than any other Italian producer, his legendary Midas-like touch has earned him a place among the top five wine producers in Italy today.
Before Luca, Tua Rita was just another label lost among a sea of Italian brands all fighting to compete with the Super Tuscan greats like Tignanello, Sassicaia and Ornellaia. After he consulted Tua Rita to the top, he set his sights on his next project, Duemani
This wine carries a purity of fresh dark fruit combined with the structure and weight of great Bordeaux. Intense notes of eucalyptus, mint, black pepper spices, cinnamon, clove and licorice are all present on the palate. Sweet ripe tannins integrate wonderfully, making Altrovino an elaborate wine that maintains lovely balance and refinement. Even more limited than the Altrovino is the winery's flagship Duemani
. At $110 per bottle and 100% Cabernet Franc, it too is worth every penny.
Born from a small plot in Italy and arriving next week, these tiny production Super Tuscans are perfect for the fall and winter seasons - and your birthday bolognese. Enjoy!Read More »