Monday, September 29, 2014
Italian Wine Continued on Winestudio with Justin Gallen of Rinascimento Wine
The final night with Justin Gallen brought us 2 delicious wines in the GD Vajra Barbera and Barolo. The conversation this evening focused on growth, popularity and future of Justin and his journey. I enjoyed his comment he buys 3 bottles each time in case one is bad. Sound advice from an expert in the industry.
I started with the G.D Vajra 2011 Barbera. Born from the vineyards Fossati, San Pietro, Passau and Fontani where the soils are rich in white marl. This type of soil produces aromatic wild berry notes which are very delicate. We also find grapes from Piedicucche known for dark soil which gives the wine body and structure. From the Bricco Bertone Vineyard we find the character of deep dark fruit.
The nose on this wine is full of dark cherry, rose pedals, violets, raspberry with hints of spice and leather. The mouth is so juicy with raspberry and cherry followed by floral notes and a slight hint of spice and vanilla. Bright and elegant. Loved this wine.
Up next the 2009 G.D Vajra Barolo. The wine is crafted from 100% Nebbiolo grapes. While considered young by many in the group this evening this wine needs to open up well before drinking to fully appreciate it's quality. Beautiful aromas of red fruit, fresh cut pine needles giving the wine a woodsy character with cracked pepper. The mouth is wonderful with red raspberry and juicy plum. The woodsy character is still evident throughout the taste with a nice hint of peppery spice. Amazed at how this wine calmed after 40 minutes in the glass and became this silky elegant juice.
Justin thanks for letting us into your world of Italian wine and Rinascimento Wine Company. Protocol Wine thanks for including me in this wine education program. I had a blast.