If you have been following for some time now, you know already about my enthusiasm for natural wines. Since the last three years, I have been exploring this new style and I have been rediscovering my wine drinking habits.
November 1st will be an awesome day for natural wine drinkers in Quebec. The Raw Wine will be holding its first wine fair in Montreal. If you ever wanted to learn about Italian natural wine, soon it will be your chance
RAW WINE is a celebration of some of the best artisanal wine talent in the world. These wine artists produce natural, organic and biodynamic wines, all with low or none additives in the cellar. I can tell you that natural wine is delicious, better for your health and it is good for the planet.
The list of the Italian participants is amazing and I get just the goosebumps by reading it. Lucky participants will be able to taste the wines of Radikon, Cornelissen, Valentina Cubi, Colombaia and many more.
A producer that also will be present in the upcoming Raw wine fair Montreal is Stefano Amerighi. It was my wine buddy Philippe Morin that made this discover this magical Tuscan producer. From the area of Cortona, Stefano crafts a very fine Syrah following his ancestor winemaking methods. Stefano follows the mandate of natural viticulture and biodynamic agriculture: vine maintenance activities follow closely the lunar and planetary phases; diseases are treated only using natural methods with very minimal use of sulphur and copper.
Inspired by the Rhone Valley Syrah, Stefano identified a small area in Cortona, named Poggiobello di Farneta, suitable for the adaptation of Northern Rhone Syrah clones. The site was hand picked and planted to Syrah in 2002 after a meticulous terroir investigation highlighted eight hectares of land well-suited to the grape. It was the perfect conditions; southeast facing, and the ideal soil; a mix of clay, silt, chalk with a healthy population of microorganisms. Stefano planted the vines to a high density of 7000 plants per hectare and adhered to biodynamic principles in the vineyard. In the winery, the a portion of the Syrah grapes are partially de-stemmed, while some are left whole and still others are lightly foot pressed. Fermentation occurs spontaneously in small concrete vats and without the use of pumps, sulphur or temperature control. The wine is then allowed to clarify naturally in a combination of wood and cement tanks, where they are kept for 14 months before bottling.
The resulting wine is incredible, rivalling some of the finest Northern Rhone Syrahs that I have ever tasted Below, you can find my tasting note. Stefano Amerighi is represented in Quebec by Le Vin dans Le Voiles ( https://www.levindanslesvoiles.com) and the wine is available only by six pack case private import. ($48.87 each)
For more information on the Raw Wine Fair Montreal edition, please visit: (https://www.rawwine.com)
On the nose this wine displays bright aromas of lavender, licorice and potpourri. The bouquet has great depth leading to deep notes of savoury cured meat with hints of cloves and black pepper.The fruit is so fine as well. There are hints of blueberry, black cherry and plum. On the palate, this wine is all about texture. It is quite polished in the palate, enveloping every inch in your mouth. Actually. It has a flair of Auguste Clape Cornas with the nose of a Crozes-Hermitage. Tannins are quite silky and ultra smooth but don’t let this fool you. This wine has not said its final song. This is a perfect wine. So please, get yourself a case or two and live the experience like myself.