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|Master Sommelier says, “This is the Best”|
2009 Terlano Sauvignon Quarz
Alto Adige, Italy
92 points Wine Spectator
In the entire world, there are 186 professionals who can call themselves, “Master Sommelier.” In this industry of so called “experts,” there are less than 200 people in the world whose knowledge, palate and passion for all things wine related are unparalleled. Peter Neptune is one of them. Peter is one of the foremost authorities on wine and recently said this about the Terlano Quarz…
“Sauvignon Quarz is one of the greatest white wines in the world, period. I have been drinking and collecting it for over 20 years. It gets its name from the quartz porphyry soil that the grapes are planted in, which is a mixture of mineral crystal deposits and sandy, porous soil derived from red volcanic rock. This warm soil and the cool yet sunny climate of the Upper Adige provide the perfect environment for optimal ripeness.
My years of tasting and drinking this wine have yielded consistent tasting notes. This is a wine that is highly aromatic, with gooseberry and citrus fruit combined with white flowers and cut grass, all backed up by flinty, crushed oyster shell/minerals. The mouth-filling palate absolutely explodes, with both soft and vibrant textures, perfectly balanced acidity, and ripe green and citrus fruits combined with that beautiful pure mineral element. The finish lasts for over 2 minutes. This is a thrilling white wine of tremendous depth, texture, raciness, and verve. It drinks beautifully right now and will cellar for 10 years. With Didier Dagenau now departed (RIP), Sauvignon Quarz has moved, in my opinion, into the top spot of the best Sauvignon in the world.” Peter Neptune, MS
A bold declaration of which I concur. The pinnacle of Sauvignon Blanc is in your reach. Wine Spectator had this to say in a recent Issue… “An elegant Sauvignon that layers flavors of white peach, quince, lemon, smoke and aniseed with a streak of minerality and racy acidity. Hints of pastry and honey mix with the lightly creamy texture, adding another dimension to this graceful white. The finish is long and spicy. Drink now through 2020.” Wine Spectator 8/31/11
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|When Only the Best Will Do – Dal Forno Delivers!|
2005 Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore
95 points Wine Advocate
This is one of the great wines of the world. If you have not tried the wines of Dal Forno, you are missing a truly memorable experience. I was lucky enough to taste… (read – Drink) this wine on several occasions. It showed best somewhere between the 2nd and 3rd day after it was opened! It is a mammoth wine of epic proportions! If you are looking for a world class wine, this is an immense value. The weight, extraction, and finish are rarely found in wines at even three times the price! If you have the opportunity, I strongly recommend this!
P.S. I have some of the 2004 Amarone (98 points) available for you as well. Contact me for details – written words cannot accurately describe it!
“Dal Forno should really change the name of his 2005 Valpolicella Superiore. It is really an Amarone for all practical intents and purposes, as it is made entirely from fruit that has been dried, albeit for less time than that legally required for Amarone. Firm, sturdy tannins frame blackberries, blueberries, violets and new leather in the 2005 Valpolicella. This is an especially structured, shut-down wine, even within the context of Dal Forno. The wine’s gorgeous inner perfume and sheer depth suggest that all that is required is patience. With time in the glass the tannins soften just enough to get a glimpse of what is in store for those who can wait a few years. Bittersweet chocolate, graphite and tar are layered into the authoritative finish. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.”
Antonio Galloni – Wine Advocate
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