I have the upmost respect for all wineries. Each year, many wineries take the trouble to send their produce for my review and I thank them for their generosity and their trust.
These wines although interesting, do not fall into any major category, some tend to get put aside until I have time to appraise them and I have decided to place these into a new annual category called Orra Wine Review:
The Counts of Lodron settled in the Lagarina Valley at the end of the 15th Century. An area used to define the lower mountain course of the Adige river, mainly included in the Trentino province, the lowest section being part of the Verona province. The largest nearby town is Rovereto.
Today the descendants of the Counts of Lodron are the Volpini de Maestri family. They opened their magnificent palace for public events in the 1990’s.
The winery was founded in 2016.
La Montecchia, Conte Emo Capodilista
A historical winery part of the Colli Euganei appellation, namely hills of volcanic origin, 40 km from the sea, considered the hills of Venice.
Podernuovo a Palazzone
The beautiful estate belonging to Giovanni Bulgari, adjacent to the hamlet of Palazzone in the municipality of San Casciano dei Bagni, on the border of Umbria and Lazio.
Poggio Santa Maria
Castiglione del Lago, Umbria.
A small winery near Lake Trasimeno, situated at 370 metres above sea level, producing 15,000 bottles annually.
Palazzo Lodron Flaminia Rosato 2018
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot. Deep pink in colour.
Cherry and red summer berry, Sicilian red orange. Has a candied character. Silky tannins. Clean fresh and vibrant appeal. Slight exotic. Mint and flinty nuances on the close. Has understated elegance.
Points 92 TW
Palazzo Lodron Divertimento N.10 2018
Cabernet Franc, Merlot. Deep ruby red in colour.
Black cherry. Black berry. Mint. Dark chocolate. Blue floral tones. Caressing tannins. Bright acidity. Good textural richness. Still in its infancy. So much to offer.
Palazzo Lodron Rizzoi 2018
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Carménère. Deep ruby red in colour. Heady violet florals introduce blackberry fruits and bramble. Asian spice, soft aromas of Madagascan vanilla. Rich and creamy on entry succulent fruit pump through its veins expanding across the mid palate and onward to a juicy close.
Balanced and enticing.
Points 96 TW
Conte Emo Capodilista Piuchebello Bianco Veneto 2019
White and yellow Moscato grapes. Pale straw in colour. Decadent aromas of Asian fruit with a predominance of mango. Yellow florals. Medium to full body. Bright clean and fresh with sour cherry and nutshell nuances on the finish.
Points 90 TW
Conte Emo Capodilista Rolandino Pinot Bianco 2019
Pale straw in colour with faint yellow highlights. Cut spring flower aromatics. Orchard fruit, honeydew melon. Savoury. Comes across a little tight. Needs a couple of years of bottle age. Vivid acidity.
Points 91 TW
Conte Emo Capodilista Fior D’Arancia NV
Sweet spumante, yellow Moscato. Medium gold in colour. Super concentrated aromas of orange peel and lemon zest. Pie crust. Yellow florals. Elegant perlage. Hints of guava on the back end. Beautifully crafted. Not showing any sweet aggression. Wonderful clarity and precision.
Point 92 TW
Conte Emo Capodilista Ca’Emo 2017
Merlot 40%, Cabernet Franc 30%, Cabernet Sauvignon 25%, Raboso 5 %.
Deep ruby red in colour. Red berry fruits, plum, liquorice. Fruit showing irregular maceration.Has buckets of residual tanning tension. Comes across a little lean with an abrupt close.
Points 89 TW
Conte Emo Capodilista Irenèo 2016
Cabernet Sauvignon 90%, Merlot 6%, Carménère 4%. Pale purple in colour.
Black cherry, blueberry, dried herbs, faint liquorice, pipe tobacco and a whiff of Eastern spice. Needs plenty of areation. Dense, juicy and muscular.
Points 92 TW
PoderNuovo a Palazzone Argirio 2017
Cabernet Franc. Bright ruby red in colour. Violet floral aromas. Sweet red cherry, stewed plum underpinned with black berry cassis, dark chocolate, liquorice. Soft entry. Savoury and earthy. Distinctly racy personality. Ample and generous. Finish goes on a marathon. Difficult growing year: remarkable achievement.
Points 95 TW
PoderNuovo a Palazzone Therra 2015
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese. Black cherry, plum, blackberries, dry leather, white pepper, faint blue florals. Juicy and balanced. Superb intensity. Plenty of verve. Ends on nuances of white smoke and underbush. Linear with persistent finish.
Points 94 TW
Poggio Santa Maria Colli del Trasimeno Montelungo 2016
Merlot 85% Cabernet Sauvignon 15%. Twelve months in steel and six months in bottle. Medium garnet in colour. Black fruits. Wet leather. Dried mushroom, forest floor and spice. Chewy tannins.Medium bodied. Citrusy character.
Points 88 TW
Poggio Santa Maria Colli del Trasimeno Santa Maria Tresa 2016
Merlot 100%. Vinification in wooden vats with free run must without pressing. Natural fermentation with manual punching down for 20 days. Aged in new French oak barriques for 12 months, followed by 12 months in bottle. Ruby red in colour. Black cherry, liquorice, underbrush. Chewy tannins. Nervous style.
Points 87 TW