Flashcards in C28 - Central Italy Deck (67)
What are the key stipulations for Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG?
Can be a blend of Sangiovese and other permitted varieties
Must be aged for a minimum of two years before release
What may producers of Brunello or VNdM do with their legal classifications? Give an example of when they might do this?
They can declassify they wines to DOC
If the vintage is particularly poor
What will Brunello or VNdM become if declassified?
Rosso di Montalcino DOC
Rosso di Montepulciano DOC
Describe the Tuscan coast
It is relatively flat and cooled by sea-breezes
What kinds of varieties are grown on the Tuscan coast?
Black Bordeaux varieties and a number of other international varieties
In which area did the first 'Super-Tuscan' come about?
What was the first Super-Tuscan made from?
What was groundbreaking about the first Super-Tuscan?
It was sold at a premium price despite not being eligible for PDO status
Why were Super-Tuscans so important?
They were a turning point for Italian wines as they re-established Italy's reputation for excellence
What varieties go into Super-Tuscans?
Typically international varieties, but sometimes with Italian varieties as part of the blend
How are Super-Tuscans usually labelled?
Maremma Toscana DOC
What is special about Bolgheri DOC and Maremma Toscana DOC?
The relatively new appellations permit wines to be made from entirely non-Italian varieties, such as Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah
What is the climate of Umbria?
Similar to Tuscany's but more continental without any influence from the Mediterranean
Where is Umbria?
Central Italy, between Tuscany and Marche on the respective coasts
What is Umbria's best known wine?
What is Orvieto?
A white wine, made from Grechetto, Trebbiano and often, a few other local grapes
Describe Orvieto DOC wines
Medium to high acidity
Flavours of ripe grapefruit and peaches
How are the best examples of Orvieto often composed?
They tend to be the examples with the most Grechetto in the blend
How are Orvieto wines vinified?
They are made protectively and undergo cool fermentation in stainless steel
What is Umbria's most prestigious wine?
Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG
What is Sagrantino di Montefalco made from?
The thick-skinned Sagrantino grape
What is the next region to the south of Tuscany?
What is the best known wine of Lazio?
Where are the vineyards of Frascati DOC?
The hills to the south of Rome
What are the growing conditions like in Frascati DOC?
Vineyards are cooled by altitude and a number of small nearby lakes
What are the grapes of Frascati DOC?
Malvasia and Trebbiano
Describe wines of Frascati DOC
Fresh and fruity in style
Medium to high acidity
Flavours of citrus fruit, with Malvasia sometimes providing floral, orange blossom aromas
Where is Marche?
On the eastern side of the Apennines
What wines is Marche best known for?
White wines made from Verdicchio