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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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Vintage: 2016 Moretti Omero is a small family farm in the wine area of Montefalco, in Central Umbria. Omero (pictured next to me) grew up here with his parents. He started out raising pigs but the neighbors complained about the smell too much and started to make trouble for him with the Authorities. The DOC of Montefalco had just been founded and Omero decided to switch from pigs and try his hand at making wine. He bought some existing vineyards as well as some old olive orchards and threw himself into it. He's certainly been successful. A few years back... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Wines; Tasted!
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This is a blast from the past. I used to sell this wine back in about 2002-2004. I loved it; in fact it was pretty much the first Spanish wine I fell in love with. It's a blend of Carignan, Grenache, and Cabernet Sauvignon from Torroja del Priorat. I don't remember how long it stays in old oak barrels but I think it was several years. I found this bottle at Tess market in Brunswick. Apparently Anne had bought a case from me back in about 2004 and just put it in the basement. a week or so ago she... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2018 at Wines; Tasted!
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Marco Sara is a very driven and organized seeming younger natural wine maker up in the Colli Orientalli Friuli hills. These are the foothills of the Julien Alps up on the border with Slovenia. The slopes seem to be pretty steep and all broken up, but the soil isn't particularly rocky looking, at least around here. Verduzzo is a local indigenous grape that I hardly ever run into, but I loved this when I was there at the winery. Aroma: Marco's Verduzzo has a lovely aroma that immediately hits you with wild flowers at the end of summer. There's also... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Wines; Tasted!
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Vintage: 2016 This is unique! Lamoresca is Philippo Rizzo. Philippo grew up in this rural part of south east Sicily a bit north of Ragusa, but then somehow became a wine importer into Belgium. I don't know; I haven't heard that story yet. At some point he decided to take over his family's little farm and become a wine maker. He makes some drop dead gorgeous Frapatto and Nero d'Avola down there on his little vineyard, but mount Etna is just an hour or so away and it's so interesting! It's such a tempting unique wine growing climate...... Philippo actually... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Wines; Tasted!
Bob, I just updated the post. The thing is that a lot of the wines I'm really excited about and that I put on here are wines that are very new, kind of limited, or that people just don't know about. So some, like the Motor America, aren't on the shelf anywhere, but could easily be ordered from me, and others like this Trebbiolo are only available at a few places.
Toggle Commented Feb 5, 2018 on La Stoppa Trebbiolo Rosso at Wines; Tasted!
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Vintage: 2015 "Triple A"....I don't actually know what that means, but it's there on the label so I included it. La Stoppa is an old winery in Emilia Romagna originally founded by a wealthy lawyer in the late 1800's. Elena Pantaleoni's father purchased the vineyards back in the early 70's. Elena eventually took the estate over and in 1996 she and head wine maker Giulio Armani decided to replant the entire 32 hectare estate with traditional grape varieties: Barbera and Bonarda. At some point in the past the vineyards had been replanted with international varieties but Elena and Giulio felt... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2018 at Wines; Tasted!
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Vintage 2016 I don't really know too much about this. 4 Kilos was started by a pair of friends on Mallorca who had been working in other wineries and wanted to do their own thing. They pooled their money and with a very modest investment they purchased a little old goat cheese creamery. They renovated it and actually use the old milk refrigerating tanks for fermenting wine. This is a very small operation trying to work with traditional lesser known local grapes, fermenting naturally, and avoiding any additives including sulfur. I fell in love with the 2014 vintage. At the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at Wines; Tasted!
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Paterna is a tiny little farm in the hills outside Arezzo. The area is known as the Colli Aretini and is one of the more prestigious sub zones of Chianti; it's also one of the colder and higher elevation parts of the Chianti zone. That is important in a hot year like 2015. Other places in warmer southern and central Tuscany made wines that had rather high alcohol, but Paterna's wine is beautifully classic and balanced. I visited Paterna in the spring of 2017 and the farm made a big impression on me. Paterna was started in 1978 by a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Wines; Tasted!
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Vintage: 2014 Scinniri is made by Passopisciaro up on Etna's north slope. It's an amazing place: the side of an active volcano, nearly 3000' above sea level, the lava looks like a moonscape, and not too far from the African coast. It's practically like the garden of Eden here. Andrea Franchetti the long term project of restoring an old farm house and vineyards in Solicchiata back in 2000. I have a hard time believing it would turn into what Passopisciaro is today. I've never met him, but I've drunk a lot of his wines, talked to a lot of people... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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Pentimento is made by Michele d'Aprix, an American woman who after studying organic chemistry in college took a circuitous path to end up in Bordeaux. In 2004 Michele met Stephane Derenoncourt, a successful Bordeaux consultant wine maker who became her mentor. Michele has fallen in love with Bordeuax, but believes that what makes Bordeaux great, all the fun accessible juicy reds, are over looked in America because of the super expensive trophy wines and cultural baggage around the name "Bordeaux". Michele describes the Pentimento as a representation and tribute to all the people that have helped her along the way... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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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 Dec 13, 2017 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!