2013 wine awards

The 2013 awards for Italy’s best wines from the two main publications, Gambero Rosso’s Vini d’Italia and Duemilavini, have recently been announced. Congratulations to all our wineries on their awards, especially to those that scooped a double: Speri (Amarone 2008), Pieropan (La Rocca 2010), Elio Ottin (Petite Arvine 2011), Tenuta San Leonardo (San Leonardo 2007), Jermann (Capo Martino 2010), Poggio di Sotto (Brunello 2007), Grattamacco (Bolgheri Rosso Superiore 2009), Boscarelli, (Nocio 2008), Elena Fucci (Titolo 2010) and Santadi (Terre Brune).

Comparing the two is always interesting, and it just goes to show that wine tasting is in the palate of the beholder, or something like that!

Cinque Grappoli 2013

The Italian Sommeliers’ Association (AIS), much like in Australia, plays an ever increasing role in spreading the word on quality wine. Now in its 15th year, Cinque Grappoli (five bunches) is the top award given by the Association to Italy’s best wines, published in their wine guide Duemilavini. This year they tasted 20,000 plus wines from 1700 wineries, awarding 480 Cinque Grappoli.

Bellavista 2007 Gran Cuvée Brut

Boscarelli 2008 Nocio dei Boscarelli

Chiara Boschis E.Pira 2008 Barolo Cannubi

Conterno Fantino 2008 Barolo Sorì Ginestra

Elena Fucci 2010 Aglianico del Vulture Titolo

Elio Ottin 2011 Petite Arvine

Fèlsina 2009 Fontalloro

Fèlsina 2009 Maestro Raro

Franz Haas 2010 Moscato Rosa

Fuligni 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

Grattamacco 2009 Bolgheri Rosso Superiore

Jermann 2010 Capo Martino

Jermann 2010 Vintage Tunina

Morgante 2010 Don Antonio

Pieropan 2010 Soave Classico La Rocca

Poderi Colla 2009 Barbaresco Roncaglie

Poggio di Sotto 2007 Brunello di Montalcino

San Giusto a Rentennano 2008 Percarlo

Santadi 2008 Carignano Terre Brune

Speri 2009 Amarone

Tenuta San Leonardo 2007 San Leonardo

Umani Ronchi 2009 Verdicchio Riserva Plenio

Villa Matilde 2007 Falerno Rosso Camarato

Tre Bicchieri 2013

Celebrating its 26th year, Gambero Rosso’s first edition of Vini d’Italia was published in 1987. A reference book for enthusiasts and professionals, the evaluation system is expressed in ‘glasses’, from one to three for the best wines of all. The Tre Bicchieri, or three glass award, has become a by-word for quality. In 2013, 20,000 plus wines from 2350 wineries were reviewed, resulting in 390 Tre Bicchieri. Compare this with just 32 Tre Bicchieri from the first edition!

Special mention here for Umani Ronchi – 3 in a row now for their Verdicchio Vecchie Vigne is a great achievement. I’m also pleased to see Poggerino back on the list with their 2008 Riserva Bugialla, the best young wine I’ve tasted from Piero (arriving early 2013). And finally to San Giusto for their 2010 Chianti Classico, a category that is often overlooked in such tastings.

Bellavista 2006 Gran Cuvée Pas Operé

Boscarelli 2008 Nocio dei Boscarelli

Brancaia 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva

Ca’ Romé 2008 Barolo Rapet

Colle Massari 2008 Montecucco Riserva Lombrone

Elena Fucci 2010 Aglianico del Vulture Titolo

Elio Ottin 2011 Petite Arvine

Grattamacco 2009 Bolgheri Rosso Superiore

Jermann 2010 Capo Martino

Kuenhof 2011 Riesling Kaiton

Pieropan 2010 Soave Classico La Rocca

Poggerino 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva Bugialla

Poggio Antico 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Altero

Poggio di Sotto 2007 Brunello di Montalcino

Ronco dei Tassi 2011 Malvasia

San Giusto a Rentennano 2010 Chianti Classico

Santadi 2008 Carignano Terre Brune

Speri 2008 Amarone

Tenuta San Leonardo 2007 San Leonardo

Umani Ronchi 2010 Verdicchio Vecchie Vigne