A short post today divided into two parts. You’ll discover why this is so brief when you read the second part of the post.
Learning about Italian wines is such a rewarding experience; while it’s never something I lose sight of, I am reminded from time to time as to how special the country’s wines truly are. I am currently working on a print article on the wines of Friuli and while I’ve been tasting some wonderful whites that are the calling cards of this region, I’ve had some pretty notable reds as well.
Perhaps the most unusual has been a charming wine from Emilio Bulfon made from the Piculit Neri grape. Bulfon specializes in rare varieties at his estate near Pordinone and has has been working with indigenous varieties such Sciaglin and Cividin (white) as well as Cjanòrie and Forgiarìn (red).
How nice that Bulfon has decide to concentrate on these rare varieties! I’m looking forward to tasting them all soon, but for now I’m delighted with the Piculit Neri. The 2008 bottling I tried has attractive cranberry and black raspberry fruit notes, very light tannins and good acidity – and it was aged solely in stainless steel. The flavor profile of this wine reminded me of a traditionally made Dolcetto d’Alba with its delicious fruit flavors unhindered by wood or tannins. This is a wine to enjoy now and over the next year or so and I’d certainly love to pair it with a game hen or quail with cherry sauce.
I’m off to New York City on Tuesday for a three-day event called VINO 2010, which is billed as the largest Italian wine event held outside of Italy. There will be seminars on topics ranging from Friulano and the reds of Sardegna and Calabria to lesser-known examples of some lovely reds from Bolgheri and Morellino di Scansano. I’ll attend several dinners as well as tastings and I’m looking forward to sampling wines from dozens of producers whose wines have yet to be imported into the United States. It should be a great few days in the Big Apple!
Check back next week here and at my other blog for posts on the wines and people I discovered at this event.