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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

UNA - The official wine of the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy

I was honored with an invitation by Stevie Kim (Veronafiere) to go to the Metropolitan Club in NYC yesterday to taste two wines that were made to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy. After a short presentation by Veronafiere CEO, Giovanni Mantovani, we were introduced to the unique wines.

They were created thanks to the blending of 20 white wines and 20 red wines that came from the same number of autochthonous grapes, 20 white varieties and 20 red varieties, from each Italian region and chosen by the region’s Agricultural Supervisor.

The wines were then evaluated by a commission of enologists who were chosen by the Associazione Enologi Enotecnici Italiani (Italian Enologist and Enotechnicians Association). They proceeded to select the wines to be used and the percentages of each that would be added to the final blends.

The white wine is a representative selection of wines made from autochthonous varieties harvested in 2009. None of the wines were aged in oak.
13.5% alcohol. Straw yellow, not very aromatic, with good acidity and a citric character; the wine was fruity, fresh and said loud and clear: "Hey, I'm Italian!"

The red wine comes from wines that were produced during the years 2005 to 2009, some of which were aged in wood.
14% alcohol. Brilliant ruby red, a complex nose with lots of fruit, spices and a hint of wood. The same sensations on the palate with a very good integration between the fruit and the oak. The wine has a good tannic structure and needs more time in the bottle to show his full potential.

I'll publish the list with the grape varieties (and from each region) in the next few days, giving to you the opportunity to try to guess what they are...

And I hope I'll see you at Vinitaly next week. Let's enjoy together a glass (or two) of a great Italian wine?

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