Sunday, July 23, 2006

Tedeschi Wines (Agricolla F.lli) Tasting Notes 7-21-2006

Tedeschi Winery is a family owned operation from the Veneto that dates back to 1824. One of the benefits of being family owned and operated is that there is a complete control of the quality of the wines. This can ceratinly swing to both sides of the spectrum, and family ownership does not neccesarily guarantee a high level of quality - but I find that it usually does; in the case of Tedeschi there is no question about the high level of quality.

I have had the pleasure (not at this tasting, though) to taste Tedeschi Wines with Riccardo Tedeschi and gain first-hand knowledge rom the experience. The newest generation of Tedeschis is really putting the fulle effort into maintaining and improving on the already outstanding wines.

Here are my notes:

Soave Classico "Monte Tenda" 2003
A single vineyard selection made from 100% Garganega grown on volcanic soils; bright gold color; reductive aromas of pineaplle and candied fruits, marmalade; very clean on the palate with salty minerality; pure, clean finish. Quite good.

Valpolicella Classico "Lucchine" 2004
Produced from 25% Corvina, 25% Corvinone, 30% Rondinella, 10% Molinara, 10% Rossignola, Oseleta, Negrara, Dindarella. Very nice, deep garnet color; briary and rich aromas with spice notes; smooth and with raspberry and cherry flavors and a touch of almost saltiness on the palate; smooth, juicy finish. Very good.

Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2000
Very dark color; raisin aromas, sweet deep dark fruit aromas; juicy and full on the palate, chewy and earthy - perhaps getting dried out (?), but still quite good. One of the better values in its competetive category.


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