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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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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!
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The Peppucci family stumbled on the abandoned Benedictine Monastery of S Antimo in the town of Todi in the early 80's when they were looking for a place to settle and raise children. They fell in love with the medieval buildings and embarked on a years long project of restoring them. The vineyards and monastery are on a ridge overlooking the town from about 400 M of elevation. Altro Io is a new project the family has taken on. This is 85% Sagrantino; one of the most tannic grapes known. Sagrantino is very highly regarded because of it's thick skins... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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Gianpaolo Isabella and his brother in law Marcello founded Podere Saliceto in the Labmbrusco producing area outside Modena in 2005 after GianPaolo's successful Muay Thai career. They have about 10 acres that they farm naturally and focus on the local varieties of Lambrusco di Sorbara and Salamino. This frizzante petillant naturel white is made from a blend of Trebbiano and Sauvignon Blanc. The fermentations are all done with native yeast in the bottles. Aroma: The Bi Fri smells gorgeous! Particularly in winter the over powering aromas of clementines and fresh peaches make it hard not to down the whole bottle.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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Societa Agricola Cooperativa Paterna was founded as essentially a commune farm back in the early 80's by a group of friends that wanted to get out of Florence as it became more of a tourist destination. Today the farm is about 15 hectares with 8 of those dedicated to vineyard. Currently 3 families live on the farm and still work with several of the original owners to manage the farming. Arrezo is a sub zone of Chianti located around the city of Arrezo to the south east of Florence. Paterna is in the hills where the land starts rising up... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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This wine, the Macchiona, was so good when I drank it the other night that at first I wasn't going to write about it. I posted a picture on instagram and said good enough. But I didn't finish the bottle that night and when I tried it again the following night the Macchiona had gotten even better. So here we are. The Macchiona blew my mind. It's equal parts Barbera and Bonarda, from La Stoppa's best 65 year old vines, wild fermented and unfiltered. There's an old experienced knowing quality to this wine that I think comes from the slight... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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The new vintage of the Contadino has just arrived! Frank Cornelissen is an awesome guy who has one of those reality distortion fields that people talk about every now and then, often in reference to Steve Jobs. Frank just has an amazing amount of passion and dedication to making the most honest and natural wine expressions possible from Etna's north slope. His goal is to make wine that is the liquid representation of Etna's rock. This 2015 Contadino is a really lively and vivid wine that grabs your attention. It's so full of energy and raw joy that it's hard... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2016 at Wines; Tasted!
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Vintage 2014 Grenache and Carignan from 100 year old vines. Matin Calme uses organic agriculture and very natural wine making. Aroma: this is straight up natural wine. Put it to your nose and right off the first whiff you know this is going to be a wild unapologetic fun ride. It smells like bloody beef, wet straw, fur, some dried tobacco, and rotten cherries. Can I still convince you it smells good? Really, trust me, the Mano a Mano smells like fun; it smells like a party in the woods at night in the late summer. Or at least it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at Wines; Tasted!