Monday, April 27, 2009

Back in Stock: great new vintages on Pasolini CCR "Sicelle" and Rubini Friulano

Just arrived at the end of last week, the new '08 vintage of Villa Rubini Friulano and the '04 vintage Pasolini dall' Onda Chianti Classico Riserva "Sicelle".

Both were very good vintages in their respective regions generally, but let me give a brief tasting impression here.

The '08 Rubini Friulano is just a baby, and it shows.  It's focused and urgent on the palate, with not as much detailing--at this point--as it's predecessor ('07), but will surely get there, and quickly, if the gorgeous, open aromatics are any indication.  The fruit is ripe and crisp, with the characteristic mineral core that gives this wine such range and appeal.  This is ready to roll out for the summer weather, and will reward some aging... if it doesn't all get drunk!

Pasolini dall' Onda gave us a bit of a surprise with their last-minute pullout from Vinitaly this year due to some family turmoil, but the '04 Chianti Classico Riserva from the Sicelle vineyard arrived to us safe and sound as scheduled.  Apparently winery staff are still on their game, although I suspect we're on the verge of one of the typical, European familial succession schisms.

The good news is that Sicelle is better than ever!  Whereas '03 was touch soft, this vintage brings the same sweet, ripe berry but with a firmer, more savory core and a little more raciness.  It's a great combination, giving freshness and richness together, ergo it remains (in my not-so-humble-opinion) probably the best value CCR available in the state today.

In other news, we're expecting the next container loaded with new goodies, to be arriving the first week of June, and we'll be in touch shortly to announce an arrival tasting.

It's going to be a great summer for wine.  Drink well!

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