A sun shining Friday afternoon found me stopping into Gambero Rosso's Tre Bicchieri tasting room in the city. A typical mobbed scene with many folk flocking to the big name wines (Sassicaia) which were sure to get drained in the early hours. I was happy enough though with a tasting of Valentini 2009 Trebbiano D'Abruzzo. The super traditional and food friendly Bertani 2004 Amarone della Valpolicella (amazing stuff) and the Librandi 2009 Duca San Felice Riserva, the 100% Galioppo which was really interesting with its sharp earthiness and spice focus.
A Tre Bicchieri pregame lunch at Union Square Caffe with truffles over house made Tonnarelli.
Very concentrated new world style Montepulciano spit into a bucket and resembling a jam jar.
The expression after my taking in the wrath of 15,6% Alc.
Above, The Ladies of the Maialino wine team at Tre Bicchieri.