Vinitaly 2015… Day4…the final day

The last day of Vinitaly always seems to be our busiest. We rush around trying to get to meetings on time, or even a little early. Then we try to squeeze some others in between with the people we have meet over the first three days. Today, was that kind of day. Our first meeting this morning was with Cascina Bruni. Their Family has been producing to quality wine in Piemonte for 100 years. And as is tradition, it seems like there is ways one morning every year that we start our morning off with some Nebbiolo to test the resilience of our palates. So we begin with the 2012 Cascina Bruni Val Maggiore Nebbiolo d’Alba. What a beautiful wine. They have improved their wine making practice in a way that softens the tannins while remaining true to the grape. We also tasted their 2011 Barbera d’Alba Superiore, 2011 Barolo “Maria Lunga”, 2010 Barberesco “Fanin”, 2008 Barolo Riserva and the 2009 Barolo Riserva Casa Fondata Rivassotto…whew! All before 10:00am. Then we went to meet with Figini. They soothed our palates with the 2012 Figini Gavi la Chiara and 2014 La Chiara Spumante Brut. Our next meeting was our “official” appointment with Cantina Frentana. We had a quick visit with them on Sunday morning, and an amazing dinner with them on Sunday night, but now it was time to taste. We started with the 2014 Cococciola Spumante Brut, this was a very pretty expression of Abruzzo’s signature white grape and a great way to start our meeting. We tasted through 8 more of their wines including a personal favorite, the 2011 Cantina Frentana Rubesto. Great wines through and through…A special “thank you” to Alice for helping me with my spelling while taking notes…Now on to the Marche and San Savino…we tasted their whites and reds, 7 in total. It was nice to taste a new vintage of an old friend, the 2014 San Savino Collemura Rosso Piceno…can’t wait until that is available in the U.S.. After San Savino we meet with the people of Civielle from Lombardia, great meeting, tasted some very impressive wines and learned a lot. We particularly enjoyed the 2014 Civielle Lugana IGT and the 2010 Civielle Gropello and a half a dozen great wines from the Garda Region…our last meeting was totally social. It has become a tradition to visit with the Torti Family the last hour of the last day, and so we did. Patrizia and Laura sat with us and celebrated the closing of the fair with a bottle of Sparkling Pinot Nero…a fantastic way to close out Vinitaly 2015…4 days and 150 wines later…its time to go out and have some dinner…