This time, Carlo Macchi takes the stand for a service announcement:
If regular people don't just live for weekly articles, those Young & Promising like us certainly don't!
And this has led us to broaden the horizons of our group, which consists (in strictly random order) of Roberto Giuliani, Carlo Macchi, Luciano Pignataro, Stefano Tesi and Kyle Phillips.
We broadened in the easiest way, dressing up like Young (& Promising) Mohammeds and going to the Mountain. Mountains, actually, or more accurately large hills draped with vineyards. In short, we're going to famed winemaking areas, and in our travels we'll get to know them following the "Methode Classique," i.e. tastings and cellar visits.
One might almost call our trips IGP Presentations, and in them we will present our readers (more than 3 million over the course of a year) with a variety of wines and regions.
We selected a special First Destination, one that fully deserves Capitalization: Langa.
Next week, from the 16th to the 20th of October, the five IGP (and Pasquale Porcelli) will be in Alba to taste more than 250 2007 Barolo and 2008 Barbaresco wines, and to visit wineries and cellars. You'll find impressions beginning with the following week, and can also expect something quick in the course of the tastings. Tastings that will be rigorously blind, and that we will each write up on our respective sites. You will therefore be presented with a well-faceted picture, one whose facets that will likely differ considerably, and then have to decide which facet you want to give credence to in selecting a good bottle of Barolo or Barbaresco.
Though we are Young and Promising we are not (yet) perfect, and therefore did require help in organizing our trip and our tastings. In Langa invaluable assistance came from Marinella Minetti the superb team she has assembled at Well Com.
Thanks to their organizational skills we will be able to taste, visit, discover, sleep (in comfort as opposed to in our cars), and also taste local specialties worthy of discovery by IGP.
So, the program? Fontanafredda, which certainly needs no introduction, will host us, together with Cantina Clavesana, the renowned Dogliani producer. We will visit makers of particular wines, including Montalbera, in the heart of Ruché, and historic wineries including Cordero di Montezemolo, which has just released commemorative cases to mark the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy, with their 2007 wines bearing labels from 1800 to the present. There will of course be other visits too, but we don't want to bore you overmuch.
The tasting sessions will begin in Well Com's offices at 8:30 AM and end at 2 PM: More than 60 wines every morning to prepare us for afternoon visits and evening events. A dirty job that somebody has to do, and precisely because we want to keep doing it, after Alba and Well Com we'll be inviting you on our next trip, to... Wouldn't you like to know?
Published Simultaneously by IGP, I Giovani Promettenti.
NO STAR goes to wines that are correctly made but nothing to get excited about.
ONE STAR goes to wines that are good. TWO STARS go to wines that are very good to excellent. THREE STARS and a POINT SCORE (90-100) go to wines that are superb to extraordinary. And I will give pairing suggestions, which I consider much more important than the scores.