Our annual En Primeur tasting welcome some of Italy and Spain’s finest wine growers, who will be exhibiting their new releases at this annual tasting. One of the headlining acts will therefore be 2009 Barolo; not always the most consistent vintage but the best are mightily impressive, as Enrica Scavino of Paolo Scavino says “2009 has a huge ageing potential, it is a classic vintage but less austere than 2006 or 1996. There was lots of rain in spring, summer was constantly warm and October harvest was in t-shirts”. The vintage was not as excessive as 2003, 2000 or 1997. Despite the dry heat of the summer, the wines display a fragrant, sweet red fruit character that complements their powerful, velvety tannic structures very well.
Some of the other attractions include thrilling wines from Chianti Classico’s Palazzino, Etnas from Terre Nere, Viviani’s wonderful Valpolicellas and the intense Quintodecimo Campania wines. The Italy & Iberia tasting will also showcase 2008 Brunello di Montalcino, a less opulent vintage than 2007 and more accessible than 2006; in the right hands these are elegant, mouth-watering wines that you will keep wanting to go back to. We are delighted to welcome three of the top estates; Le Ragnaie, Uccelliera and Poggio Antico.
A well-deserved mention should also go to Luca d’Attoma and his Duemani wines from the Costa Toscana next door to Bolgheri. Our newest Italian producer made it into our portfolio merely a year ago but arrived with a bang. Instant demand saw the wines sell out within a matter of days. We are rather excited by his latest effort; 2010 promises to be his finest yet.
Giles Burke-Gaffney, Buying Director