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Another superb array of wines put on by the Ultimate Wine Company on the 19th March. None of these wines will disappoint - individualism, character and food-friendly drinkability combine in a range of wines expressing the great diversity that Italy has to offer. The evening began with a superb aperitif - Campodelsole Pagadebit di Romagna, 2003. No details of price unfortunately but the grape and wine name - Pagadebit literally means 'pays the bills' - set the session off on a humourous tone. The grape is also known as Bombino Bianco and was a new one to me.

Vesevo Greco di Tufo, 2003, Campania, Italy.
Ultimate Wines£�11.16.
Floral notes to the nose make this very inviting. Plenty of flavour packed away in the golden hued wine - pears coupled with a nutty complexion and more than an edge of white pepper. Alcohol 13.5%.
Scribblings Rating - 90/100

Cantone del Barone Fiano di Avellino, 2001, Campania, Italy.
Ultimate Wines £11.75.
Small production from a small estate that began bottling their own wine in 1998, after years of selling their grapes to other producers. This has more than a hint of almonds and a distinctive mineral edge that proved to have a great affinity with food. Alcohol 12.5%.
Scribblings Rating - 92/100

Pieropan Calvarino Soave Classico, 2002, Veneto, Italy.
Ultimate Wines £13.51.
Weighty, rich, elegant, layers of flavours combine into a fresh, herby wounder. Goes to show that the Trebbiano grape can produce wines of distinction and class.
Scribblings Rating - 88/100

Cantina di Venosa Dry Muscat, 2004, Basilicata, Italy.
Ultimate Wines £TBC.
Excellent floral aroma - sweet peas, grapey, distinctly Muscat. Dry with similar flavours on the palate. A gorgeous aperitif but some discussion failed to resolve whether this would be good with food - it failed to meld with the generous cold meats and cheese buffet we were tucking into - but some thought that Indian or Thai food would be a good match. I wasn't convinced (lacking in body and sweetness to stand up to most dishes) staying in the 'on its own' camp. 13% Alcohol.
Scribblings Rating - 92/100

Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba, 2003, Piedmont, Italy.
Ultimate Wines £11.75.
A savoury touch to the nose, rounded, quite smooth full of dark, brooding fruits but retaining a lightness indicative of Dolcetto. Alcohol 14%.
Scribblings Rating - 88/100

Gozzelino il Sciorio Barbera d'Asti, 2000, Piedmont, Italy.
Ultimate Wines £10.58.
This stood out to me as one of the better reds in this tasting - a richness that immediately captivates leading on to an array of berries and black fruit jam underpinned by a generous tannic structure. Great with food. Alcohol 14%.
Scribblings Rating - 96/100

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Produttori del Barbaresco Nebbiolo Langhe, 2002, Piedmont, Italy.
Ultimate Wines £9.11.
A superb aroma here. All savoury/tomato and herb depths with an underpinning of ripe strawberry fruit. The palate is equally as generous with flavours of cherry laced with pepper. Quite tannic so needs food. Alcohol 13%.
Scribblings Rating - 90/100

Aliante Negroamaro di Puglia, 2001, Puglia, Italy.
Ultimate Wines £7.05.
Made by award winning Californian winemaker Mark Shannon. Lots of tannin here on the finish, perhaps too much for my taste but the high acidity cuts through this. Again a food wine - think rustic and hearty. Distinctive. Alcohol 13.5%.
Scribblings Rating - 88/100

Girolamo Dorigo Schioppettino, 2001, Friuli, Italy.
Ultimate Wines £14.10.
Friuli native Schioppettino, also known as Ribolla Nera, is an obscure grape rescued from extinction by EU intervention. Lighter on the palate than the deep colour would indicate, dark berries, a spiciness and a tarred rope edge with more than a hint of leather. Very interesting. Alcohol 13%.
Scribblings Rating - 92/100

Costanza Malfatti Morellino di Scansano, 2001, Tuscany, Italy.
Ultimate Wines £18.51.
Superb aroma, rich but soft bursting with ink and coffee notes, perfectly balanced acidity and tannins. Ample, sweet fruit densely packed into the glass. Stunningly good. 14.5% Alcohol. A blend of Sangiovese (95%) with a splash of Alicante and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Scribblings Rating - 96/100

Cantina di Venosa Aglicanico del Vulture, 2001, Campania, Italy.
Ultimate Wines TBC.
This improved immensely while in the glass - so decant before drinking. It is a powerful, 'funky' wine with plenty of flavour in an initially mellow, then punchy wine. Finishes with a delicious inkiness to the flavour while notes of 'mocha covered berries' was mentioned. 14% alcohol.
Scribblings Rating - 88/100

Santa Lucia Riserva le More Castel del Monte, 2001, Puglia, Italy.
Ultimate Wines TBC - £13 approx.
This has a superb and highly interesting aroma - it certainly had the tasters stretching their vocabularies - edging towards flowers, nectarines, certainly floral, almost a herbal fruit tea but deep and red berry led. An excellent array of flavours too but subtle and intriguing. Herbs. A big, generous mouthful. Wonderful. 14% Alcohol. Made from the Uva di Troia (80%) grape with Malbec making up the difference.
Scribblings Rating - 96/100

Allegrini Palazzo della Torre, 2001, Veneto, Italy.
Ultimate Wines £14.10.
Produced by adding partially dried grapes to the normal fermentation - which adds a depth and enrichment. This is superb. Very juicy, great berry, currant and spice depths to the flavour. Alcohol 13.5%.
Scribblings Rating - 94/100

Morgante Don Antonio Nero d'Avola, 2001, Sicily, Italy.
Ultimate Wines £17.63.
Don Antonio is a selection of grapes made from the estate's oldest Nero d'Avola vineyards. Plenty of tannin but this underpins the complex ripe fruit flavours superbly. Generous, delicious with a good fresh finish. Lovely ripeness to the blueberry and raspberry fruit. Alcohol 14%.
Scribblings Rating - 96/100
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