Mike Madaio

Location: Paoli, PA

Mike is a food & drink writer based in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. His work has appeared in publications such as Epikur, Main Line Today and Main Line Magazine. As a a Snooth mentor, Mike shares his love and passion for Italian wine discoveries.

We Want the Funk

Tear the roof off the sucker, because here comes the funk!

I should explain. I like to refer to the savory notes that are common in old world wines generally as funk. This can include mushrooms, dirt, barnyard, tar, "scorched earth" (my favorite wine snob descriptor), forest floor, herbs, earth, smoke, meat, bacon, stinky cheese, and other things that you probably wouldn't think tasted good before you got into wine.

Though this funk can be found in many regions, I'm focusing on Italy, because, well, I focus on Italy. Here are some examples of wines and grapes with good funk.

Also, here's a handy guide to common funky aromas & grapes:

Nebbiolo & Barbera: Mushrooms
Sangiovese: Leather
Aglianico: Tar, Scorched Earth

Of course, these are just generalizations.

So, put on some funk and smell some funk!

 

 

1. Mocali di Ciacci Tiziano Morellino di Scansano (2010)

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Killer aroma right now - earthy dirt, forest floor, and leather. Palate is bursting with vibrant red cherries. Quite tannic. Tasty now but feels like it needs a few years on its side to reach its peak.
 
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