Flower Power

At the onset of autumn, as the first few leaves began to turn yellow and the evening breeze dampened and cooled, more than 130 students answered the call of B.Wine. The stars of the evening were three very different Italian wines coming from three very different regions but united by their lovely aromatic nature. Aromas of flower, of exotic fruit, and much more; not to reminisce the recently wrapped up summer, but to anticipate the coming spring, with all the scents and the flavors that it will bring.

Our president Luca started the evening presenting the Global and Italian wine markets, describing their size, some of the main actors in the industry, and its prospects for growth. Then he left the floor to our two wine experts, Virginia and Alexander, who explained how to taste wine and what an aromatic wine is before introducing the upcoming wines one by one.

The first wine of the evening was a Bouquet Terre Siciliane IGT, by Tenuta Rapitalà; a blend of Grillo, Sauvignon, and Viognier cultivated in Sicily. It perfectly encapsulated the theme of the evening with its powerful flowery and fruity notes, especially citrusy ones, showing a notable complexity for such a young wine. At the palate, it offered a satisfying and balanced taste, pleasantly dry and fresh.

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Luna Mater Frascati Superiore DOCG by Fontana Candida followed, a blend of Malvasia Bianca di Candia, Malvasia del Lazio,  The volcanic soil made for a mineral wine, while the late harvest (in the middle of October), together with Lazio’s warm climate and the winemaking method, made for an astounding alcohol content for a white wine (14.5°). This detail didn’t overwhelm the nose though, which showed the original grape together with notes of exotic fruits. Such notes were an integral part of its well-rounded taste, too, which was followed by an enjoyable aftertaste of pear and almond.

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We concluded with a Brachetto D’Acqui DOCG by Cà Bianca, made from 100% Brachetto grapes from Acqui. A sparkling red wine characterized by a light body, low alcohol content and a pronounced sweetness. A very versatile wine, as it could easily be paired with dessert thanks to its powerful red berries notes or be the main guest in a nice aperitivo. In our case, its smoothness and cherry-ness accompanied the epilogue to the pleasant evening. Everyone then left light-hearted (and maybe a little bit light-headed), with only good feelings to spare.

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Gianluca Pasi

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