Magical Umbria!!!

The vineyards of the Barberani estate are only a few kilometers away from the beautiful hilltop town of Orvieto, in the province of Umbria in Italy. They are situated on the hills overlooking Lake Corbara, along the Tiber river, right above the road from Orvieto to Todi. This area, known as the “classic” zone, is the oldest and most well known wine-producing land in Orvieto.  During my visit two years ago, Bernardo Barberani showed me his childhood village and the surrounding vineyards where he still calls home.  Dating back to Etruscan times, these vineyards are considered among the best in all of Italy.  This past March, West Palm Wines was proud to have Bernardo, and his brother Niccola here to present thier wines along with matching traditional Umbrian foods prepared by Beaune’s Wine Bar.   The night was so memorable that I just had to write about it.  I always stock the wines from Barberani so if you read something you like, come on in and buy a bottle.  In addition, we do many winemaker dinner’s here at WPW so if you would like more info on these and other great tastings, call me or send me an email.

Mark Lasky / Italian Wine Specialist



   2007 Orvieto Classico Superiore Castagnolo- fruity and with an intense bouquet, characteristic of these grape varieties, great aroma and harmony with a lingering finish, with excellent structure and finesse-

Aperitivo (Aperitif )Meet and greet with Bernardo Barberani

2006 Polago Rosso IGT-
good body and lingering aroma, plum fruits and lightly herbaceous, soft and lush with a long finish

Primo (First Course)– Cipollata- Tradional Umbrian Onion Soup


 2003 Foresco Rosso Lago di Corbara – intense and has balanced persistence, it is pronounced, penetrating and pleasantly ethereal

Secondo (Second Course) – Stringozzi al Tartufo- String Pasta with Truffle Oil and Grated Pecorino


 2001 Villa Monticelli Rosso Lago di Corbara- elegant, harmonical, with a balanced and smooth body, big reds fruits, long soft finish

Principale (Main Course)- Agnello Arrosto- Roasted Lamb with fresh veggies


2004 Calcaia Orvieto Classico Superiore Dolce Muffa Nobile– this Botrytis cinerea wine is elegant and fascinating with a bouquet that is rich and “buttery” that has a harmoniously mellow but  sweet lingering finish

Formaggio Corso (Cheese Course)- Sampling of fine Umbrian cheeses 


2005 Moscato Passito IGT- intense and fruity, with all the moscato characters; peaches, apricots and alomonds, very elegant and with a long persistence

Per Finire (End With) – Tozzetti- sweet biscotti like cookies brushed with anise liqueur


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