During the last week of January, Eataly Flatiron held Brunello Camp which were a series of Brunello themed events. On Thursday January 28th I attended their walk-around tasting of Brunello wines. Eataly Flatiron is located at 200 5th Avenue in Manhattan.
Brunello is a red wine produced in the Piedmont region of Italy along with its famous cousin Chianti though Brunello came into being much later, courtesy of Clemente Santi in the mid 1800’s. The differences between the two is that for Brunello, it must be 100% exclusively from the Sangiovese Grosso variety which is a large berry form of Sangiovese and the aging requirements. Regular Brunello must be aged for five years before release while the Riservas for six years. In the meantime, to have some income flowing into the wineries, they produce a younger version of their Brunello, Rosso di Montalcino which are available after one year of aging.
It was a snowy evening this Thursday, a perfect time to spend indoors drinking wine. The event was open to the consumer and featured over 50 wines. Most were from the 2016’s and 2017’s vintages which were back to back blockbuster vintages. There were also a few older vintages poured. There was a table in the seperate wine shop that poured a handful of extra older wines (20+years).
Most of the wine tastings have been held at Eataly dowtown and this was the Flatiron stores first wine event in a couple of years. I don’t think that they weren’t expecting the size of the crowd that showed up as we were jammed into a space literally cheek to cheek at the tasting tables. Still, I didn’t have to wait too long for a pour and Management promised to use a larger space next time around.
Coming from a couple of great vintages there were some very nice, elegant wines with good acidity being poured. The only disappointment I had that evening was at the table in the wine shop. Brunella has a reputation as age worthy wines, but I found most of them tasting old.
Some of the producers I sampled:
|2004 Tenuta Frigiali||2012 Fuligni|
|2013 Il Palazzone||2013 Lisini|
|2014 Il Paradiso||2012 Barbi|
|2015 Podere Le Ripi “Amore Magia”||2015 Le Ragnaie|
|2016 Col d’Orca||2015 Vigna Nastagio|
|2016 Fanti||2017 Argiano|
|2016 Campogio Vanni||2016 Collemattoni|
|2016 Mastrojanni||2016 Castel Giocondo|
|2016 Pietrosso||2016 Antinori Pian delle Vigne|
|2016 Ferrero||2016 Barbi|
|2015 La Togata||2016 Poggia Cerrino|
|2016 San Polino||2016 Molino di Sant Antimo|
|2016 Collemattioni||2015 Fuligni|