Thursday, September 19, 2013

royalty importers with Warren Rapp/ Appellations

Anna Spinato Prosecco NV one of the best I have tasted in a long while.. fresh and lively on the palate very pretty finish, without the blunt harshness that some of them have

Elvin Pinot Grigio 2012 again a lively citrus on the palate..not the boring placcid Pinot Grigio that seems so prevalent. a little pricy though

Riofava Roero Arneis .. a little minerality on the nose, lots of mouthfeel and viscousity... nose doesnt tell what the body is.. nice.. a pretty italian varietal.

Riofava Barbera D'Alba .. maybe the weakest in this bunch. Italian stink and nice enough acidity but the body is more about linear flavors and a little iodine

DeLuca Montepulciano d'Abruzzo .. dark color and flavors.. a slight vegetal edge on the front that disappears.. with a surprisingly rich finish... hidden gem area of Italy

DeLuca Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DiRe .. Of the King.,, a little more oak treatment and interestingly to me not as good as the first less expensive.. soft nose and very abrupt rough tannins

Riofava Barolo DOCG  slight brickish color, acidity is good with light cola and tea notes on the end.. a little more feminine style low end pricing for barolo

Fraccaroli Denique Malvasia Spumante Demi Sec NV  you dont see much sparkling Malvasia and this may explain why.. its a weird juxtaposition of sweet and dry..wasnt really a fan

Fraccaroli Malvasia Istriana  Valerie... a traditional style of Malvasia.. burnt caramel in color and on the palate.. honey and thick but not overly cloying... interesting.

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