Wine Reviews

Donnas 2009, Caves Cooperatives de Donnas

Dear readers,

Today I propose a review of an Aosta Valley native wine, the Donnas produced by Caves Cooperatives de Donnas.

We are in Donnas, in Aosta Valley, and the vine is Nebbiolo (from which Barolo and Barbaresco): here Nebbiolo “gets” the nickname “Nebbiolo of the mountain”, given by the proximity of the Aosta Valley to Piedmont and by the vineyards placed at the foot of the mountains.

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The Donnas by Caves Cooperatives de Donnas is an austere wine, with an elegant character, dry, with a good body and structure. This wine is aged in large oak casks at least for 12 months, giving the tannin roundness and pleasure at every sip!

I tried the Donnas 2009.
At the nose, perfumes of small red berries, cranberries, currants, raspberry, black cherry, cloves and black pepper.

On the palate the Donnas is dry, quite rounded, quite tannic, with a good freshness.

I recommend it in pairing with medium-aged cheese and hard cheese, red meat preferably not grilled, stews and, according to local tradition, the Carbonada (link here).

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Wine Reviews

Baccanera 2011, Lo Zoccolaio

Dear readers,

Today we begin the week with a very interesting and affordable wine, the Baccanera produced by Lo Zoccolaio.

The Baccanera is a wine made in Pedimont (the world-famous Italian region for the Barolo and Barbaresco) from a blend of Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon and Nebbiolo: it has a notable body and an excellent consistency, especially in the mouth. Baccanera is aged in Barriques for 18 months, giving the wine an important and rounded tannin on the palate.

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I tried the Baccanera 2011.
At the nose, perfumes of blackberries, plum, cherries in brandy, white pepper and a slight hint of hay.

On the palate, the Baccanera is fresh, quite sap and very charming.

I recommend it in combination with first courses of meat, braised meat, stews, red meat roast and medium-aged cheeses.

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