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FALL 2016

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MORRELL FINE WINE AND SPIRITS Call 800.96.WINES (800.969.4637) • Visit us at morrellwine.com • Complimentary delivery on all orders over $150 in NY and CT 93 i t A l Y a large void for lovers of Piedmont's other great varieties. However, in the case of Dolcetto, Dogliani has us covered. Keep in mind that Dogliani has the same diverse terroir and rolling hills that you find throughout Barolo. The difference is that these producers take advantage of the best expositions to plant Dolcetto, not Nebbiolo. It's difficult to compare Dogliani Dolcetto to one from any other location. Top Wine: San f ereolo Dogliani Superiore 2003 - The nose was enticing with a showing of crushed blackberry, dried flowers, crushed stone, and exotic spice. On the palate, I found wonderfully silky textures contrasted by bitter blackberry, zesty acids, ripe plum, and spice. It finished spicy with stunningly pure blackberry and black cherry fruits. e xploring Lucana This was one of the best focus tastings of my trip. Lucana, otherwise known as Lucania, is also known as Basilicata (starting to make sense now?). Basilicata is a region of Southern Italy which borders Campania, and it is one of the few regions that has a coast on two sides of the boot. What it is also well known for is Monte Vulture, an extinct volcano that gives its name to Aglianico del Vulture. Aglianico del Vulture is a DOC that I've taken a lot of interest in over the years, since I believe that it has all of the potential and ingredients to be a world-class wine, but no one has come along as a champion for the region. The ingredients I speak of are first and foremost the variety, Aglianico, which is renowned for its use in creating Taurasi in Campania. Add to that the diverse volcanic soils, moderating influences from two seas and a large range of altitudes and degrees of elevation. Top Wine: e lena f ucci Titolo 2013 – The nose was wonderfully expressive, showing tobacco, earth and ash up front, followed by focused blackberry and notes of fresh herbs. On the palate, I found dark red fruits, pepper, violet florals, leather and youthful tannins. The finish was youthfully austere, yet complex in it's black fruit, savory spice and fine tannin. I would love to see this wine again in five years. f or the Love of Amarone I have to admit, as difficult as I find it to keep Amarone in my personal rotation, I truly do love these wines. For many years now, I've been attending tastings with the Famiglia dell'Amarone d'Arte, and with each vintage I find myself enjoying them more and more. Frankly, they are easy to love. Especially since the organization was created to showcase the classical zone of the region and unite producers who were dedicated to upholding tradition and quality production. In the end, they are hedonistic wines of pure pleasure, but the hard part is maintaining refinement amidst all of the richness and intensity of Amarone. Top Wine: Speri Amarone della v alpolicella Sant'Urbano 2011 - The bouquet on the '11 Speri was amazingly layered and intense, showing spiced red fruit with dried orange peel, mint, balsamic tones, and sweet herbs. On the palate, I found textures like pure silk with contrasting bitter cherry and spice. It seemed to glide effortlessly across the senses, leaving a milk chocolate flavor and mouthfeel. The finish was long, starting with fine tannin and spice, but then turning mouthwatering and fresh over time. Speri does it again. ✦

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