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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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After tasting with Tenuta di Trinoro I hopped back in the Abarth and blasted over into Umbria. Halfway through the drive I was actually on roads that I recognized from running around Lake Trasimeno and to Tiberi last year! It was a funny feeling to be driving through Italy and realize I actually knew the towns and roads and didn't need GPS to get around. In an excellent moment of serendipity I pulled up to Della Staffa just as the Danilo and the whole SelectioNaturel crew rolled in after having lunch at Collecapretta! Sleeping situations all got sorted out and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2018 at Wines; Tasted!
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I took 20 minutes or so to put myself back together after my 4 and a half hour run, but then I ran the buzzer, opened the gate and drove up to Tenuta di Trinoro. I met Enna, the office and web manager, and he filled me in on more of the background of the winery. Andrea Franchetti had been living in southern France and knew the Bordeaux area very well but as he was traveling through southern Tuscany in the mid 1980's the climate of the the Val d'Orcia reminded him a lot of those places. It's a little... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at Wines; Tasted!
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I got up Tuesday morning not quite super early and a bit jetlagged but excited and ready to push on through and have adventures! It was bright and sunny and amazing to see old Montepulciano in the light! I collected my things, successfully found where I had left my car the night before, and ate the cold and congealed asparagus and Peccorino appetizer from the night before. I figured that Montepulciano(being an old hill town) would probably be the highest elevation point of the run so I I decided I would drive down south first and then run out and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at Wines; Tasted!
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I got into Rome at about 5 in the evening. Luckily I already cleared customs in Amsterdam and could head straight out of the airport and start the process of picking up my Abarth Cinquecento. When I finally hit the road it was grey and raining and it looked like I wouldn't make it to Montepulciano until 8: not so great. It got progressively darker and wetter as I got closer and then I discovered that the road Google Maps wanted me to take into Montepulciano had been washed out at and was closed. Rural Tuscany isn't so built up... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at Wines; Tasted!
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Vintage: 2016 Grapes: 60% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Merlot. This is great. I really like these wines and the Petroro 4 has been out of stock for a bit with the vintage changing over. The 2016 is exactly what i'd hoped it would be. '16 was a great year in central Italy. The weather was just right and many people made excellent well balanced and integrated wines. This is a great vintage to both find value wines and to find wines that are capable of long aging. I visited Peppucci in Autumn of '17 and had a great... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at Wines; Tasted!
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It's officially Spring! Now we get as much sun as we do in late September...just not as much heat. But the days are longer and before long the weather may even be pleasant outside! That's worth celebrating. I love celebrating with food and wine and Easter's coming so I put together a list of the wines I'm excited about! Frank Cornelissen Contadino 2016 The 2016 Contadino is here and it's excellent. It's fruit driven, ripe jammy black cherry and raspberry, but smoky and charry like a smoldering campfire. It pulls off being fun and vivacious and friendly but also brooding... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at Wines; Tasted!
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Conca de Barbera is a lesser known DO down in southern Catalonia. Or at least it's lesser known here in the States because most wine people think Americans just want Spanish wines that are big high alcohol rootin tootin red blooded wines you can chase your Wild Turkey with. Conca de Barbera is not that. Trepat is a lighter red grape sort of akin to Gamay, but I would say lighter, at least in Fredi Torres' hands. Some people actually call this wine a rose. I don't think it is. But I would recommend drinking it with a chill. It... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at Wines; Tasted!
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Gadzooks! This Priorat is.....pretty! But, but, but Priorat isn't supposed to be pretty!? All the classic book studying I've done on Priorat has taught me that Priorat wine is must be deep, inky, stewed, and alcoholic to be worth a second sniff! What is this!?! Well, it's not your father's Priorat. This is Fredi Torres' 2016 Grenache, Carignan, Syrah, and Macbeu. Fredi works hard to make wines that are fresher and more drinkable; this Priorat is outstanding proof positive that such wines are possible, even in Priorat. Fredi originally came from Galicia but has worked all over Spain. He kind... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at Wines; Tasted!
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2016 Contadino! Hooray! This is from Frank Cornelissen up on top of mount Etna in Sicily. Frank is an amazing guy who I met many years ago in a little BYOB German restaurant. He was totally exhausted and very calmly told me all about how Etna is one of the greatest wine terroirs on earth and he will make wine that tastes like liquid volcanic rock and he will do it with no additives or chemical manipulation of the wine. Then a couple winters later I flew to Sicily and ran across the east side of the Island, ran over... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at Wines; Tasted!
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Here it is! 2017 Grand Rouviere Rose! Grand Rouviere is made by the Leydier family on their large old estate in southern Provence. Their vineyards actually border the Bandol appellation, so this really is the epicenter of dry french rose. This is about 70% Cinsault and 30% Grenache. The Leydiers farm sustainably and actually harvest over night in order to get the grapes into the winery as cool as possible which helps maintain the aromatics. This is a perennial favorite rose of mine! Aroma: The Rouviere has a lovely powerful aroma of watermelon, peach, nectarine, raspberry. This is a really... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2018 at Wines; Tasted!
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Hand Work is a project by T Edward wines in NY and Bodegas Ponce in Manchuela Spain. Ponce is a fantastic winery making kick ass engaging compelling wines from the Bobal grape. They work naturally and are masters at working with nature instead of trying to master it through chemicals. So as i understand T Edward wanted to find a natural Tempranillo somewhere that would be day to day affordable and deliciously easy to drink. They were having a hard time finding anything like that, but at some point in talking to Ponce they realized the winery had spare capacity... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2018 at Wines; Tasted!
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Vintage: 2015 I haven't found much info on the Oscar Olmos Monastrell, but I can connect a few dots just from tasting it. Jumilla is an interesting place down to the south of Catalonia close to the Mediterranean coast of Spain. The elevation is pretty high though, ranging from about 400m above sea level up to around 800m. Oscar Olmos is up around 800m. For some reason Jumilla escaped the Phyloxera scourge back in the 1800s and was only affected by the bug in 1989, so many vines are still ungrafted, including the vines of Oscar Olmos. So this is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2018 at Wines; Tasted!
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Daniel Ramos was born in Australia of Spanish parents and, as he describes it, grew up between the two countries. As he grew up Daniel became interested in wine and worked at wineries in both countries: seeing very different approaches to wine making traditions and technology. Ramos ended up back in Spain and worked various jobs across the country, until he discovered the Sierra de Gredos up on the plateau about 90 minutes outside of Madrid. In the Sierra de Gredos Daniel found extremely old native versions of Grenache and Albillo on granite and schist soils. The wine was virtually... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2018 at Wines; Tasted!
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This is a weird one. Not in how the wine drinks, it's delicious! But in it's provenance is a story. The wine comes from Etna. It's made from Nerello Mascalese, the legendary predominant red grape of Etna.....However; the wine is actually made not on Etna but on the isle of Lipari. Lipari is a tiny volcanic island off of the north east coast of Sicily in the Aeolian island chain. Castellaro is in fact the only winery on Lipari and as far as I can gather from their odd website they are, in addition to being a winery, some kind... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at Wines; Tasted!
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Elisabetta Foradori. I don't know how to sum her up in a short little piece here. Elisabetta took over her family's wine estate suddenly when her father died unexpectadly. She grew up into it and has gone through a series of evolutions in her awareness and thinking about wine making. She's had the guts and curiosity to experiment and improvise her own wine making techniques. She's blazed her own trail as a woman working independently making styles of wine that didn't exist before in her local region. She's gotten push back over the years and just kept on going following... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2018 at Wines; Tasted!
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Marco Sara of Colli Orientali Friuli visited Portland ME for a couple days this winter and over the days hanging out with him I picked up some interesting tid bits about how he makes his wines and why. The soils are cold and hard in Colli Oreintali Friuli so the area makes a lot of white wine. Marco makes about 70% white wine and 30% red wine. He tries to work as naturally as possible so that his wine's really express the flavor and character of his place. Here's Marco talking about Verduzzo and why he doesn't give it any... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2018 at Wines; Tasted!
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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 Feb 11, 2018 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!