Antonelli San Marco - It seems the German wines are boring you rigid so Antonelli San Marco then, the Montefalco outfit who are coming on leaps and bounds seems like a good way to kick off this 100th blog post of the Italian wine blog! Aren't you going to congratulate me? 100 not out! As I reported last week I've been moved into the product section of our company which means I get to try more wines and recommend and discount the better ones so you can try them too. In the last 7 days we've added some wines of Antonelli San Marco, Arnaldo Caprai and the huge Tuscan powerhouse, Frescobaldi.
Antonelli San Marco are an interesting company producing year on year better Sagrantino and a few lesser priced blended wines. I have been raving on about Umbria on here for yonkers, I have a home a good golf stroke from Montefalco itself, and Umbria is just a footstep from Tuscany yet the prices of wines and properties is a marked amount less. Some real bargains can be found in Umbrian blends, but its the Sagrantino wines that are the highlight in Umbria. You may recall a few months back I visited the Arnaldo Caprai vineyards - click here to read more about Sagrantino di Montefalco. These are among the most powerful wines in the world and those who like some tannin sand-papering their mouths or enjoy waiting 15 years for a wine to be accesible will love them. The Antonelli Sagrantino's are not yet as famous as the Caprai's and Bea's of this world, as such they are cheaper and a little softer and for my money a good introduction to this grape.
Antonelli San Marco are your due bicchiere vineyard, perpetually it would seem. Although this vineyard has been around since the 19th century the new generation, headed up by Filippo Antonelli, has brought a new buzz to the place. The 2003 Sagrantino, despite the heat that made it too hot too handle in a few other wineries is among the best ever produced here and the blended wines of 03 and 04 have taken a hike in quality too but the bargain of the last 5 years from this vineyard is the ordinary Rosso di Montefalco Riserva 2003, certainly a contender for the big 90 and under €15. Typically we don't sell the Riserva, obviously the 2003 is becoming a limited commodity we only sell the standard bottling but its the Riserva I am going to recommend and source.
For those interested in the wines on The Cellar Door added this week we have:
- Arnaldo Caprai Sagrantino di Montefalco Collepiano 2001
- Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Rosso 2003
- Antonelli San Marco Montefalco Rosso 2003
- Antonelli San Marco Sagrantino di Montefalco 2001
- Frescobaldi Morellino di Scansano 2004
- Frescobaldi Chianti Riserva Nipozzano 2003
- Diego Curtaz Torrette 2007
- Diego Curtaz Gamay 2007
Yes thats right, Italian Gamay, and it's alright too, if you're a Bojo lover you should have a go with it.
Antonelli San Marco Montefalco Rosso Riserva 2003 - BUY - €12
Deep and attractive ruby red in the glass. Aromas of leather and spices, earthy and intense with a fine structure and coating mouth feel, very hot on the finish but some nice coffee in the midpalate, a wine that I feel could suit my personal tastes be warned, its a strong wine. 89 Points.
Can only find this wine available in the states from Corporate Wines! Told you it was a devil to find.
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As always I'd love to know what wines you'd like to see sold it is our aim to get to 1000 Italian wines in 2009 making us one of the largest Italian wine sellers online but don't let me buy a load of lemons, what do you fancy? Any comments about anything always welcome! :D Anyone who wants to say Brava on my 100th post will receive a virtual hug... awwww!