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Nedicus Maximus
Portland, ME
my passion for wine dragged me into this business at the tender age of 18
Interests: Wine, Hash running, Rowing, general adventuring and doing things other people think are bad ideas.
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Thierry Puzelat is the wine maker at Clos du tue Boeuf. His family has been here in the central Loire for a long time. The name Clos du Tue Boeuf goes back to the middle ages. Thierry and his brother Jean Marie converted to organic viticulture in the early 90's and the family has a history of going their own way, planting traditional grape varieties that have been disallowed from the Cheverny AOC. When a wine get's vetoed from one of the AOCs they're in for not being mainstream enough the Puzelats sell it as VDF. For more back story... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Wines; Tasted!
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Campanino is an old (and I mean hundreds of years) vineyard up in the Apennine mountains of eastern Umbria. It used to be a hunting retreat of a local noble family and now is run as still a retreat, but open to the public; or at least anyone who knows it exists, can find it, and book a room. Above is a picture of the vineyards looking up at Mount Subasio. It's even steeper than it looks. The vineyards are organically farmed and many of the vines are actually planted on their own roots: ungrafted. As far as I know,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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Every year Thanksgiving some how sneaks up on me. I always think it won't happen this time, and then it does. But here we are now with the sun setting around 4 and just 4 days until Thanksgiving! As many of you know, Thanksgiving is pretty much my favorite holiday, what with the focus on food, wine, and celebrating with friends. So I wanted to share some of the wines I'm excited to drink. These are different kind of off the beaten path wines that I've tasted in the past few months and thought "Ah ha! This would be killer... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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Tiberi is a little family winery in central Umbria. For many years they'd just grown grapes and sold them off to huge companies, because that's what the wine industry tells people they have to do if they don't have the scale to afford modern wine making equipment and technology. So the Tiberi family was selling their grapes and even though they have old vines on a great southwest facing hill top they couldn't make ends meet. They started to think about selling their farm, but then heard of this crazy guy: Danilo Marcucci. Danilo was impressed by them and their... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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Our Top Priority Drinking List For Autumn! We've picked up new importers, Ned went adventuring in Italy, and we've been inundated with new wines! Here's the list of what we really don't want you to miss out on in our expanding book. Also, as you may notice up there we have a new logo. I wanted something that more accurately referenced that we focus on wines that particularly taste like the place that created them. So yeah, Devenish Wines Taste Like Dirt. Koehler Ruprecht Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder) Kabinett Trocken About $20 Retail Link to Website Koehler Ruprecht is an old... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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I've been fielding a lot of questions about how Umbria was and what I was there for so I thought I'd try to make a clearer explanation. You can read through below....or just watch this video I made of myself drinking Glenmorangie and eating potato chips! Why did I go to Umbria I was in Umbria for 5 days, including the day I arrived. I drove 900 miles in a flat black Abarth Spider and gave it a real workout through the mountains. I ran 70 miles across Umbria via a 34 mile run to Moretti Omero in Montefalco, a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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Back in March 2017 on a visit to Italy with Matt Mollo I decided to run the long way around Lake Trasimeno (50K) from Montemelino to the winery of Danilo Marcucci. I got there and immediately jumped into a wine tasting and Danilo didn't even realize I'd run there until the next day. He was so surprised that he decided that he had to go do long distance runs as well and said that when I came back he'd be ready. So after a few days of helping him make wine at Conestabile Della Staffa he said that Wednesday was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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Late last night I got back from a ridiculous trip through Umbria. A primry reason for the visit was to hang out with this guy pictured above: Danilo Marcucci. Here's how it went. I wanted to do Italy right so I rented a Fiat Abarth 124 Spider: a loud, rear wheel drive, turbo charged convertible with lots of flat black on it. I pulled up to Danilo's winery (a 400 year old stone warehouse) at about Noon and he couldn't get enough of the car! That was the plan, that aside from being super fun to drive, the Abarth 124... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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I landed in Rome at about 7 Saturday morning. It took over an hour to go through customs and then almost another hour to pick up my rental Abarth spider with just 3500 km on it. Sure I'd reserved it in advance, but still, I was surprised when they gave it to me. I immediately put the top down and hit the road! It took me about 2.5 hours to drive over to Danilo's by lake Trasimeno but my GPS worked well and I had no trouble. Danilo had to run out to am appointment so we toasted my arrival... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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Sunday I woke up at 7 after staying up too late and drinking too much wine with Danilo. I was supposed to be in Montefalco that evening and I'd told everyone I was going so I strapped on my running back, said goodbye to the Abarth spider and hit the road. Or hit the trail was more like it because Google sent me on some crazy dirt tracks through private property at the start. How did Google even know that was there!? Anyway eventually I got onto more believable roads. It was a lot of fun for the first couple... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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Clos Massotte is a small 8 ha winery in the Roussillon, up against the Pyrenees and very close to the Spanish border. Pierre Nicolas took over his family domaine in 2004 and started converting to natural farming and fermenting. He describes it as having been an unintended journey of personal discovery! 60% Syrah and 40% Cinsault Aroma: mmmmm wild, furry, a bit spicy. There's lots of black raspberry/blackberry here. It also smells spicy; a bit like hemlock or wet wool. I quite like it. It smells alive and wild and exciting. It smells like somewhere I want to be: somewhere... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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The big news is that on this loosly planned solo adventure through Italy I'm taking a couple video cameras! So check back to the Devenish YouTube channel, Facebook, devenishwine.com, and this blog to follow along and see what I discover on this adventure. The 124 Spider I'll be picking up a Fiat 124 Spider in Rome and then driving up through Lazio and Umbria to meet up with Wild Wine Guru Danilo Marcucci at his place by Lake Trasimeno. Danilo talking about the first time he had the natural wines of Collecapretta and how it galvanized him to make natural... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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Vintage 2015 Luigi Giordano is a 4th generation family winery in Barbaesco, Piedmont, up in northern Italy. Giovanni Giordano founded the vineyard in the 1930's, but then it was his son Luigi Giordano who built his own winery in the early 60's. At this point they have old vine vineyards through some of the great Crus of Barbaresco including Asili, Montestefano, and Cavanna. This Langhe Rosso is made from a selection of grapes that are hand harvested and sorted in the vineyards, the wine has an 8-10 day maceration and then after racking it spends 3-4 months in neutral oak... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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I don't know what the significance of this name is, but I'm going to maraud across Umbria running and driving a turbo Fiat in early October so I guess I'll just have to ask! Moretti Omero is an organic family farm in Montefalco Umbria. I think it was 3 years ago now, but they won best single varietal olive oil in Italy from the Italian olive oil producers guild. That's about as serious as Italian Olive oil gets. So yeah, they take farming pretty seriously here. This is a blend of a local blending grape called Ciliegiolo, Sangiovese, Montepulciano, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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Frédéric Sornin makes this wine in conjunction with his 13 year old son Victor. Frédéric is a super talented and established wine maker, but makes this wine under his son's name because he makes it in conjunction with Victor; basically it's like Victor is apprenticed in making this Beaujolais. the grapes come from vines that are 50-60 years old in the vicinity of Morgon. The vines are farmed naturally, they graze sheep in the vineyards, the grapes are hand harvested and wild fermented, and only a tiny bit of sulfur is added at bottling. The soil is a lot of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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Vintage: 2014 Collecapretta is an old family winery in central Umbria in the little town of Terzo la Pieve. It's close by the slightly less obscure town of Spoleto which lends it's name to the particular version of Trebbiano that is grown here; Trebbiano Spoletino. This wine made me throw out all my preconceived notions of what Trebbiano is and can taste like. I'd never had a Trebbiano like this before; it has almost nothing in common with other mass produced expressions I've had. The Mattioli pretty much lays it all out of the label. This is Trebbiano Spoletino from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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Ribela was the very last stop on our trip. We drove through the Appenines from Abruzzo into Lazio and to Rome. Danielle and his wife bought a teenie tiny 3 hectare spot in a little pocket sized valley in Frascati. They have 2 ha of vineyard and 1 ha of olive trees plus assorted other fruit bearing plants like cherries, apricots, apples, and peaches. The previous owner was retiring and had owned the vineyard his whole life. He never sprayed it or used pesticides so as far as Danielle knows the vineyard has never ever been sprayed. Danielle talking about... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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We had lunch at Tiberi sitting at the kitchen table with the whole family and it was a great peaceful experience. Matt had told us Ceppaiolo would be different though. We piled into the van and followed Danilo out into the hot, flat, central plain of Umbria. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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I ran around Lago/lake Trasimeno in Umbria. It was about 30 miles because I got lost and ran up the wrong mountain. Here's some pictures! So I started here at Montemelino. I toured the vineyards and olive orchards with Pierre, while Sabine made lunch. After touring the vineyards everyone started tasting the wines, but it was almost 1 pm and i knew i had at least 4 hours of running so I decided to hit the road. Pierre was worried about me, warned me about the roads, and drove me down to the start of a gravel bike path. I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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A whole lot of raw photos from Collecapretta. They're am old family winery in southern central Umbria. Sur ounces by mountains on all sides they're in a sort of geographic bowl, but on top of a hill. They have vineyards with vines dating back into the 50s in different small plots around the sides of the hill. Most are south facing but they all vary slightly. The soil is pale dry and chalky. Collecapretta has never planted cultivated clones in their vineyards so it's all old locale grapes. They have Trebbiano Spoletino (a local version) Malvasia, a local version of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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Sunday evening I was totally wiped out from being up all night in Modena and then running the hills around Florence. It was a huge relief to get out into the hills behind Arezzo and arrive at Paterna. Paterna was originally a family farm, but in December 1978 it was turned into a small commune by a group of friends that wanted to go back to traditional Tuscan farming and get out of Florence. A busy afternoon at Paterna Looking up into the foothills of the Appenines above the vineyard. Paterna is on some of the highest land in Chianti... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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Saturday we drove across from Trento, up through Piedmont and into Dogliano to visit Poderi Cellario. Fausto Cellario was all fired up and waiting for us at this winery in Carru. We tasted his new white table wine called E Bianco in Liter bottles and then jumped back in our van to head out and visit a bunch of his vineyard sites. Fausto has vineyard sites all over the Langhe and Dogliani. He and his wife's families have been there forever so they both had inherited little parcels all over. First we drove to a Favorita vineyard he had recently... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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We rolled up to Caneva da Nani and Marcello, one of the two brothers that runs the winery, was ready and waiting with pitchers of Col Fondo prosecco! Marcello uses a little tiny electric lees stirring machine, the head of which can fit in through the spigot on the cements tanks so that he can stir the lees with out having to open the tank and expose the wine to more oxygen. Marcello explaining how super productive the Glera grape variety naturally is. He said that if he doesn't leave 4 grape bearing shoots the plant will still just shoot... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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It's the morning of day 2 of the Not VinItaly Tour with Matt Mollo. Basically, Matt Mollo and a bunch of wine people from the North East are touring around north and central Italy visiting small family wine farms as a counter point to VinItaly. We made it to Venice on the morning of April 23rd and immediately jumped in a van and hit the road for Friuli and Marco Sara's place. We met up with Marco and then headed around Povolento and Collio Orientali Friuli to check out a bunch of his vineyards. The crew Old Vine Refosco on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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Grape: Sangiovese I stumbled on this writing by Matt Mollo about Campanino and I'm just going to use it because I can't do any better. "Campanino is little more then a collection of around half a dozen tiny vineyard plots scattered around the crest of a mountain ridge high in the central Apennines of southern Umbria. But here, high on these steep, rugged plots of land the Terroir speaks loudest. The winemaking is ancestral, rudimentary and completely unfettered. Guided by a winemaker I can only describe as the Yoda of Italian natural wine, Danilo Marcucci, the land and wine can... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!