Francesco, one of my best friends in Italy, has been soon generous in digging deep into his cellar for these older bottles by the legendary winemaker Giorgio Grai (a good friend of his).
And aside from one corked bottle (out of roughly eight or so, but who’s keeping count?), these wines from the 1980s and early 90s always deliver spectacular aromas and flavor.
I learned last night, btw, that Giorgio — in his mid 80s — is planning to launch yet a new label. That’s all I can say about it but it will be thrilling, I’m sure, to taste his new project.
Thank you again, Francesco! So lovely to see you and Marina and to share a wonderful meal and conversation last night in Siena.
Today, I’m in Asolo and tomorrow I’ll be tasting the debut bottlings of Asolo Prosecco DOCG Extra Brut (which means less than 6 grams residual sugar).
Of the three townships that make Prosecco DOCG (Asolo, Conegliano, and Valdobbiadene), Asolo is the only one that produces Extra Brut (a new category to be presented for the first time tomorrow).