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Tasting Report: Tre Bicchieri Italian Wines – Chicago 2011


This year I bypassed the San Francisco Tre Bicchieri event — a celebration of the best in Italian wines, many of which aren’t available for sale in the U.S., hosted by Gambero Rosso — and took a quick trip to Chicago to experience Italian vino amidst the bitter cold and hospitable people of the midwestern U.S.

Fun trip, and good wine. Lots to like in this year’s crop of semi-random wines, from nonvintage sparklers to ten-year-old Amarones, and, as with many big wine roundups, lots to be a little bored by (though mercifully I seem to have selected better tables this year). A brief grade report (sans my difficult-to-read notes) follows.

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Complete Tasting Report: Tre Bicchieri – Chicago 2011

2006 Donnafugata Mille una Notte / A

2001 Masi Mazzano Amarone / B

2001 Masi Compolongo di Torbe / B+

2009 Masi Tupungato (Argentina) / B

2003 Masi Serego Alighieri Vaio Amarone / B+

2008 Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove / A-

NV Villa Sandi Prosecco Claxa / A-

NV Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG Valdobbiadene Extra Dry / A-

NV Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG Superiore Cartizze Dry / A-

2007 Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Rosso / B+

2004 Arnaldo Caprai Sagrantno di Montefalco Collepiano / B-

2005 Arnaldo Caprai Sagrantino di Montefalco 25 Anni / B-

2004 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio all’Oro Riserva / B

2005 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura / A-

2003 Ca’ Del Bosco Franciacorta Cuvee Annamaria Clementi / A-

NV Ca’ Del Bosco Franciacorta Brut Cuvee Prestige / B+

2007 Castello di Bolgheri Blogheri Sup. / B+

2007 Gioacchino Garofoli Conero Grosso Agontano Ris. / A-

2005 Tenimenti Ruffino Brunello di Montalcino Greppone Mazzi / B

2007 Frecciarossa OP Pinot Nero Giorgio Odero / B

2007 Agricola Punica Barrua / A-

2007 Tenuta San Guido Bolgeri Sassicaia / A

2008 Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto / A

2006 Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato / B+

2007 Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico del Vulture / B-

2009 Planeta Cometa / A-

2007 Marchesi Antinori Solaia / A-

2007 Marchesi Antinori Castel del Monte Aglianico Bocca di Lupo / A

2006 Giampaolo Tabarrini Montefalco Sagrantino Colle Grimaldesco / B

2006 Giampaolo Tabarrini Montefalco Sagrantino Campo alla Cerqua / A-

2006 Giampaolo Tabarrini Montefalco Sagrantino Colle alle Macchieose / B+

2007 Villa Mongalli Montefalco Sagrantino Col Cimino / B+

2008 Cusumano Sagana / A-

2008 Cusumano Noa / A-

2007 Tenuta Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve / A-

2007 Tenuta Fontodi Chianti Cl. V. del Sorbo Ris. / B+

2008 Librandi Gravello / B+

2006 Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici / B+

2004 Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici Riserva / B+

2005 Zenato Amarone della Valpolicella Cl. Sergio Zenato / A

2007 Nino Negri Valtellina Sfursat 5 Stelle / B+

2006 Michele Chiarlo Barolo Cannubi / B

2006 Ettore Germano Barolo Cerretta / A-

2007 Coppo Costebianche / A

2007 Coppo Camp du Rouss / A

2005 Coppo Pomorosso Barbera / A-

2007 Coppo Alter Ego / B+

2005 Coppo Barolo / A-

2010 Coppo Moncalvina / A-

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Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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