Sunday

2008 Fazi Battaglia Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico

This Verdicchio is made from hand harvested grapes from the estate vineyards of Fazi Battaglia in the classico zone of the Castelli di Jesi in the Marches region of Italy. It's 100% Verdicchio fermented in stainless steel.

This straw yellow colored wine has a beautiful bouquet of white peach, white flower, lemon zest, bread crust or yeast, and hints of mineral.

On the palate the wine is fresh and young and shows hints of citrus, white table grapes, mineral, and light hints of almond. It has quite a ling finish and a bright acidity which would help it to pair very well with shellfish and white sauced pastas.

I like this wine but it needs to be served with food to get the maximum experience out of it. The packaging is very elegant and classic for this type of wine.

Average Retail: $8-11
Vino Blog Rating: 7.5/10

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Monday

2004 Parusso Barolo DOCG

The 2004 Parusso Barolo is made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes, located in different vineyards in the area of Monforte d’Alba and Castiglione Falletto. It's aged in small oak barrels for a total of 24 months (not sure what type).

On the nose I get aromas of mulberry, cherry, wet earth, tobacco, tea leaf, vanilla, and oak. That's quite a few descriptors but the nose is actually quite muted at this time.

On the palate the first impressions are most definitely focused on the sharp acidity and gripping tannin structure. I'm always amazed at how much tannin these young Barolo's have despite the somewhat light color. I guess pigments don't have much to do with tannin but usually the lighter color wines are softer, except in the case of Nebbiolo. There are some nice cherry, mineral, vanilla, and oak flavors that do come forward through the grit. It's hard to drink this wine right now because it's just not ready but I can tell it's really well made wine.

Average Retail: $40-45
Vino Blog Rating: 8.5/10

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