Susan & I tried these three new wines this weekend:
1. Dom.Blard & Fils Micraster StorkWineCo AOC: Vin de Savoie Abymes (11.5%; 100% Jacquere; 50 yr old vines; 6 mo. in SS; Garber & Co/Topanga; 2020: Med.light gold color; strong stony/chalky/mineral light floral/appley/apple blossom fairly fragrant nose; quite tart/tangy rather stony/chalky/mineral/bit steely light floral/apple blossom bit simple flavor; med.short strong stony/chalky/mineral light bodied light floral/apple blossom fin ish; a pleasant Jacquere, especially in the nose, but a bit simple/vacuous on the palate; a pleasant white but just that; unthrilling. $19.50 (KK)
2. Anas-Cetta ElvioCogno Dd'OC: Langhe Nascetta del Comune di Novello (100% Nascetta; 14%; WilsonDaniels/St.Helena) 2017: Deep gold color; very strong floral/gardenias rather melony/Chard-like some toasty/pencilly/Fr.oak rather ripe/lush quite fragrant nose; rather soft/rich/lush slight metallic/tangy very ripe/melony/Chard-like rather toasty/Fr.oak very ripe bit oafish flavor; very long rather soft/ripe/overripe lush/mouthfilling bit off-dry (?) strong melong/Chard-like some toasty/Fr.oak finish; not a particularly distinctive/interesting white & more like an overripe Chard than anything; a bit too much in an international style for me; this is how KernerRombauer would make Nascetta in the NapaVlly if he could; just a bit on the oafish side & not particular interesting or distinctive. $34.00 (KK)
3. Casa Belfi Bianco ManzoniBianco/Chard Triviso/Veneto (12%; CriticalMassSlctns/T.ElentenyImprts; Aged in Terracotta Amphoras; CantiniViniArmani/SanPolo di Piave NV(L1720): Med.dark gold bit cloudy color; some ViniMacerati/resiny/phenolic/skin-contact some floral/zennias/apple/quince rather interesting bit complex nose; rather tart/tangy some phenolic/VM/resiny slight metallic/earthy/bitter light floral/zennias/pungentapples/quince/graham cracker slight oxidative somewhat interesting flavor; med.long some skin-contact/VM/phenolic bit earthy/metallic/bitter light floral/appley/zennias/pungent finish; fairly dominated by the skin-contact/VM character & not a whole lot of fruit; needs a few yrs of age; a mildly interesting VM but just that. $24.00 (KK)
A wee BloodyPulpit:
1. Nascetta: This is an ancient grape of Novello that was rescued from oblivion by ElvioCogno & ValterFissore. Only allowed as a varietal in the commune of Novello, right next to Barolo. It is regarded by many as Piemonte's greatest white. Often made as a sweet wine in the past. No DNA apparently has been done on this grape, so unknown parentage.
2. Manzoni Bianco: This is a cross developed by Luigi Manzoni in the 1930 from Riesling X PinotBianco. Not often seen as a varietal wine. Thought the wine somewhat interesting, but only that.