Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Report from ... Tenuta S. Anna Lunch and Tasting - Novemebr 5, 2013

It was a busy day on the wine tasting front.  The day started with the Deutz Champagne tasting moved to Biagio Ristorante for this Tenuta S. Anna lunch and tasting, and later I'll be posting my notes from the Mark Anthony Brands Tasting (coming soon).  But let's take a look in on this winery from Italy and see the wines they produce ... it was suppose to be a coming out party for their new to the LCBO Cabernet Franc, but the real stars were  Pinot Grigio from the Fruili region and a Prosecco from the Valdobbiadene hills ... 

Piero Totis, Export Manager for Tenuta S. Anna

The host of the lunch was Regazzi Wines and Spirits (Ontario agent) and Piero Totis, Export Manager for Tenuta S. Anna.  I was unable to stay for the full lunch but I did taste all the wines.
Sparkling and Pinot Grigio on ice

The Wines (in order of favourites) ...
2012 Poggiobello Pinot Grigio (~$21.95 - N/A in Ontario)
2500 cases made from 90 hectares of vines - 2 kilos per vine = 2 bottles per vine
fresh and juicy, very refreshing with melon, apple, pear, a touch of tangerine
great weight and intensity (****+)
Prosecco Superiore di Valdiabbiadene ($19.95 - #281386) - 100% Glera (grape)
lively and fruity with fresh apple, gentle pear, touch of lemon
there's also a lovely hint of sweetness (****)
Cuvee Rose Brut (~$17.95 - N/A in Ontario)
70% Pinot Noir / 30% Merlot
little strawberry and floral notes quite pretty (*** 1/2)
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva ($119.95 / 5000ml - #600080)
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
strawberry and smoked cherry - smooth and easy drinking (*** 1/2)
2011 Cabernet Franc ($13.95 - #338368)
100% Cabernet Franc - new to the LCBO
nose: earthy, grassy and raspberry
palate: raspberry, smoky and white pepper (*** 1/2)
The Lunch (or part thereof) ...
The Menu
Vitello Tonnato ... paired well with the Prosecco (the Cuvee Rose was too fruity for it)
Tagliolini Lobster - a nice pairing with the Pinot Grigio

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