Last week I had the opportunity to taste some amazing sparkling, white, roses and red wines from this fabulous region. Here are some of the highlights.
Starting with the very refreshing Pinot Nero Brut, I then tasted the 2010 Blau Pinot Nero which is aged one year in barrel and one year in bottle before being released. Next up was the tart and tasty Poggio Anna Barbera (90% Barbera, 10% Croatina), Finally, my favorite which was the Buttafuoco La Guasca (60% Croatina, 30% Barbera, 10% Ughetta di Canneto), just lovely tannins here reminding me very much of a Barbaresco!
A fun producer from Provincia di Pavia, this Pinot Grigio Rose was truly pretty in pink. I just adored the packaging too.
Standouts here was the Moscato (blue bottle), the Pinot Nero and the very earthy Bonarda! Curious why their winery used the blue bottle for Moscato and I was told that it had to do with the tradition of enjoying Moscato for New Years in a special bottle and eventually they just continued to bottle in that colour for everyday.
Here I tasted the 2009 Oltrepo Pavese Classico Vergomberra DOCG (70% Pinot Nero, 30% Chardonnay), made in the traditional method with absolutely no dosage! 40 months on the lees. Lots of acidity here!
On to red, the 2013 Buttafuoco was simply delightful, great fruit and nice oak integration.
Wow! The Pinot Grigio was truly spectacular. One of the best Pinot Grigios I’ve tasted in a long time. Great balance and a finish that is quite persistent. Also really enjoyed their Pinot Nero as well.
The Rossi family has been producing wine since 1820 and the wines show it.
Sadly, none of these wines are available in the LCBO or Vintages but hopefully with more tastings and posts like this will awaken consumer interest in having some of these great wines in our market.