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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

TERRASOLE - Winemaker Mario Bollag

Terrasole Wines
TERRASOLE - Winemaker Mario Bollag

I had an opportunity to taste the current release of the Terrasole wines this week. Terrasole is represented by Fluid Imports in Alberta and Jason Sanwell is a good friend of mine and he generously invited me to be there.
06 Brunello di Montalcino
The wines we tasted  were the 2007 Rosso di Montalcino, 06 Brunello di Montalcino, 06 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, 06 Coldoro (merlot), 06 Solista (Syrah), 06 Pasticcio (Cab Franc, Merlot, Sangiovese) and finished with the Grappa di Brunello Riserva.
It was a treat to see the parallel comparisons of the same vintage across the flight.
Starting with the Juicy fruit, fresh Rosso and moving into the holy grail of Sangiovese; the Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, all the Sangiovese wines were a clear expression of the quality wines that Mario is committed to make.  The 06 Brunello and the 06 Riserva show beautiful tar, leather, and spice with large amounts of tannins and acidity to last in the cellar. These are not wines to be opened immediately. They will likely mature for 10-15 years before showing signs of decline.
Coldoro Merlot
As delicious as the classic Sangiovese wines were, the wine that stole the show for me was the Merlot. I have not had the opportunity to taste many Italian merlots to compare to but I have to say that this one was attention grabbing from the first smell. Very feminine and delicate off the nose that deceptively pulls you into a rich and meaty pallet of spice, plums and grippy tannins. Mouth watering acidity and lingering finish confirmed that this truly is a fantastic food wine.  I was so impressed with this wine that I started hunting down more Italian merlots immediately. 

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Carpe Vinum!!