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    DaleW Guest

    Default TN: Red and white Italians

    With a shrimp/escarole sautee with grilled polenta, the 2007 Colle
    Stefano Verdicchio di Matelica. What a great little wine. Clean and
    lively acidity, crisp, bright citrus and melon fruit with a snappy
    finish. A few years ago I would have sneered at the idea of loving a
    Verdicchio, but I'm realizing more and more that lots of "lowly"
    grapes can do well in the right hands (and soil). Gets fuller with
    time, with more almond/nuttiness and minerality. Very good QPR ( $14).
    B+

    Last night I was in charge of dinner. Marinated some skirt steak in a
    black vinegar/Shaoxing/shoyu/garlic combo, stared at my broccoli
    before deciding to use up veggies in the fridge (sauteed some arugula,
    plus leftover cabbage and roast vegetable). Wine was the 1997 Ceretto
    "Zonchero" Barolo. I drank up my couple of these, but this was a
    recent gift. Pleasant, ripe, red cherry fruit with a bit of sandalwood
    and Christmas spice. Certainly enjoyable, but can't say it screamed
    Barolo at me. This seems fully mature, tannins are resolved, low acid
    but not flabby. I enjoyed, but wouldn't buy. B

    Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent
    wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't
    drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no
    promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.

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    Luk Guest

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    "DaleW" <[email protected]> ha scritto nel messaggio
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    > With a shrimp/escarole sautee with grilled polenta, the 2007 Colle
    > Stefano Verdicchio di Matelica. What a great little wine. Clean and
    > lively acidity, crisp, bright citrus and melon fruit with a snappy
    > finish. A few years ago I would have sneered at the idea of loving a
    > Verdicchio, but I'm realizing more and more that lots of "lowly"
    > grapes can do well in the right hands (and soil). Gets fuller with
    > time, with more almond/nuttiness and minerality. Very good QPR ( $14).
    > B+


    Dale, Verdicchio is may be the most promising italian autoctone, and one of
    the best withes.
    Moreover often these bottles are really a bargain. If you have other
    bottles, leave them a couple of years in your cellar, and verify personally
    the great inprovement.
    Luk



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    Mike Tommasi Guest

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    Luk wrote:
    > "DaleW" <[email protected]> ha scritto nel messaggio
    > news:[email protected]...
    >> With a shrimp/escarole sautee with grilled polenta, the 2007 Colle
    >> Stefano Verdicchio di Matelica. What a great little wine. Clean and
    >> lively acidity, crisp, bright citrus and melon fruit with a snappy
    >> finish. A few years ago I would have sneered at the idea of loving a
    >> Verdicchio, but I'm realizing more and more that lots of "lowly"
    >> grapes can do well in the right hands (and soil). Gets fuller with
    >> time, with more almond/nuttiness and minerality. Very good QPR ( $14).
    >> B+

    >
    > Dale, Verdicchio is may be the most promising italian autoctone, and one of
    > the best withes.
    > Moreover often these bottles are really a bargain. If you have other
    > bottles, leave them a couple of years in your cellar, and verify personally
    > the great inprovement.


    And the Matelica ones in particular seem to be the best. Unfortunately
    the DOC always reminds me of Fazi Battaglia, that omnipresent bland white.

    --
    Mike Tommasi - Six Fours, France
    email link http://www.tommasi.org/mymail

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    Mark Lipton Guest

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    Mike Tommasi wrote:

    > And the Matelica ones in particular seem to be the best. Unfortunately
    > the DOC always reminds me of Fazi Battaglia, that omnipresent bland white.
    >


    And the producer reminds me of Metallica, a band on whose shoulders rest
    many sins. But they do have good taste in sushi...

    Mark Lipton


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    alt.food.wine FAQ: http://winefaq.cwdjr.net

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    Mike Tommasi Guest

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    Mark Lipton wrote:
    > Mike Tommasi wrote:
    >
    >> And the Matelica ones in particular seem to be the best. Unfortunately
    >> the DOC always reminds me of Fazi Battaglia, that omnipresent bland white.
    >>

    >
    > And the producer reminds me of Metallica, a band on whose shoulders rest
    > many sins. But they do have good taste in sushi...


    Mark, you are not alone in thinking of heavy metal :-)
    http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1034862


    --
    Mike Tommasi - Six Fours, France
    email link http://www.tommasi.org/mymail

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    DaleW Guest

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    On Oct 25, 6:43´┐Żam, "Luk" <c.micali...@RUMENTAlibero.it.invalid>
    wrote:
    > "DaleW" <Dwmi...@aol.com> ha scritto nel messaggionews:[email protected]...
    >
    > > With a shrimp/escarole sautee with grilled polenta, the 2007 Colle
    > > Stefano Verdicchio di Matelica. What a great little wine. Clean and
    > > lively acidity, crisp, bright citrus and melon fruit with a snappy
    > > finish. A few years ago I would have sneered at the idea of loving a
    > > Verdicchio, but I'm realizing more and more that lots of "lowly"
    > > grapes can do well in the right hands (and soil). Gets fuller with
    > > time, with more almond/nuttiness and minerality. Very good QPR ( $14).
    > > B+

    >
    > Dale, Verdicchio is may be the most promising italian autoctone, and one of
    > the best withes.
    > Moreover often these bottles are really a bargain. If you have other
    > bottles, leave them a couple of years in your cellar, and verify personally
    > the great inprovement.
    > Luk


    Have a couple left, will save at least one.
    I think Mike's right, the higher altitude of the Matelica wines really
    seems to show

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