Friday, January 9, 2009

Goodfood in Italy Part 8: Wine tasting in Italy

Wine tasting in Montalcino and Siena

Montalcino, picturesque medieval Tuscan town, perched on a hill overlooking vineyards, a 90 minute drive from Siena. Famous for its Brunello, the red wine created by the Biondi Santi family in the late 19th century that has now become one of the world's most sought after wines. Rich and delicious, and very expensive.

While wine tasting can be done at every corner in
town, I went to the Enoteca Fortezza di Montalcino, a wine bar tucked away in a medieval fortress.

Tasted three great Brunello di Montalcinos
~ Col D'Orcia Riserva 2000: Sweet, slightly fruity, but rich warm finish. One sip tells you why Brunellos are so desirable.
~ Sasso di Sole 2003: Cherry red, strawberry I think. Rich, almost opulent mouthfeel.
~ Cerbaiona, 2003 : Deep red. Complex taste of a combination of fruits that I could not identify ( I was too drunk Por Favore). Long rich finish. A substantial, satisfying wine. Only a few thousand bottles produced.

My Montalcino slideshow

Wine tasting in Siena

Enoteca Italiana, inside the Fortezza, a 15th century military fortress.

Thousands of wines from more than 600 wineries, offering a showcase
of Italian wines of every region. Digital touchscreens offering
customers tasting and topographical notes.
All under beautiful brick-laid medieval arches.

Piazzale Fortezza, 53024 Montalcino (Si) Italia

Enoteca Italiana, Siena
Via Camollia 72, 53100 Siena ITALY Phone +39 0577.228.811

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