Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Poliziano Dinner June 11th

We had Tiziana Mazzetti, Export Manager with Poliziano over for the day yesterday and we made the most of the visit by hosting a Wine Club dinner in Dali's, Blackrock. We tasted the full range:

Ambrae 2007 - Poliziano's only white has now settled on a blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Sauvignon Blanc. It is designed to be a light, easy-drinking white, but is a bit more serious than it makes itself out to be. It is quite full-bodied, ripe appley fruit and nice acidity. 14.5% alcohol means it is one for food, not for glugging in the garden.

Morellino di Scansano 2007 - this is from the Maremma (south Tuscany, on the coast) and the fruit is brighter, texture is silkier - dare I say it, a more feminine style? (pretend I'm Italian and let me away with it, sisters!). Good to drink on its own, good by the glass in a restaurant.

Poliziano Rosso 2005 - the Rosso, by contrast is a bit more tannic, a bit more rustic. It needs food, but is very pleasant and a versatile all-rounder. For roast potatoes, not couch potatoes.

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2005 - much more polished, ripe tannins and fresh dark cherry fruit dominate, good length and very nicely balanced. Excellent wine.

Asinone 2004 - the serious stuff - this is from an excellent vintage and already delicious. Concentrated, but never heavy, this is wonderful wine. Balance, purity, elegance - it has it all.

Le Stanze 2005 - Poliziano's super tuscan - 70% Cabernet, 30% Merlot. This, too, is very polished wine; very closed still, very full-bodied. One for the long haul. (We tried the 2000 earlier in the day and it was amazing.

They really have very consistent quality right throughout the range and the price / quality ratio is very fair, in my view. Dali's did a great job, the food was great and I think everyone enjoyed the night.

Asinone is the stuff, though.

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