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2014 Villa Antinori Toscana

This wine was first created and marketed by Marquis Niccolò Antinori, father of Piero Antinori, in 1928 and was the first Chianti intended as a long-lasting wine capable of improving with age. In 2001 Piero Antinori inaugurated a new phase for Villa Antinori, which became a Tuscan IGT produced from a selection of better grapes grown exclusively in the vineyards of the Antinori proprietary estates in Tuscany. The design of the label has remained as it was in 1928, with only minimal adjustments,  first in 1990 and then in 2001. This Italian gem is a great red blend of 55% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Syrah.

From the Wine Maker – “The wine is ruby-red in color with intense aromas of cherries, mint, and, particularly, chocolate. On the palate the wine is ample in body, supple and with velvety and soft tannins, long and savory.”

This wine is an excellent companion for fish and meat carpaccios, shellfish, spicy seafood, seafood pasta and soup dishes.

Rating:

This wine was given a 90 point rating by Wine Spectator.

 

2014 Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC

Cantina-Zaccagnini-Montepulciano-dAbruzzo-DOCThis Montepulciano d’Abruzzo From Montepulciano  d’Abruzzo grapes. Fermentation with the skins by temperature control in stainless steel tanks. Aging in oak barrels for 6 months. Another 3 months refining in bottle.

From the winemaker – “Intense ruby red colour with violet nuances; intense, characteristic bouquet of the primary grape aromas; fruity component, full-bodied and robust, well-balanced with tannin and oak features.”

Enjoy with beef, duck or veal dishes or a bleu cheese.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

 

2014 Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC Campirosa

cerasuolo-dabruzzo-doc-campirosaIn more than 120 years of company’s history the Illuminati vineyards have grown from 15 to 130 hectares in size in Controguerra, a special wine-producing area between the Gran Sasso mountains and the Adriatic Sea. Dino Illuminati is a long-standing icon and advocate for this unique piece of land and was the driving force behind the DOC recognition of this part of Abruzzo.

From the winemaker – “‘Campirosa’ (literally ‘Pink Fields’) is a tasty rose’ made with 100% Montepulciano grapes. Montepulciano is the main red grape variety of the region and its rose’ version is called Cerasuolo (meaning ‘cherry’ in Italian) because of its attractive cherry-like color. Pretty floral and berry aromas follow through to the palate. Dry and fresh with a good finish. Served well chilled it will pair beautifully with appetizers, seafood dishes, grilled vegetables and grilled poultry.

Rating:

This wine was given a 85 point rating by Wine Spectator.

 

2014 Spolverino Toscano Carpineto

spolverino-toscano-carpinetoFrom the Wine Maker – “Spolverino means ‘feather duster’ in Italian, and is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Black Rooster; the emblem of Chianti and Tuscany’s wine country. The wine is a traditional blend of Sangiovese with several other local grapes, predominantly Canaiolo. Intense red cherry fruit on nose and palate, interwoven with notes of tobacco and violet. Medium-full bodied, with a juicy richness and snappy, youthful acidity. “

Best with cured or barbecued pork, or with the savoury flavours of Prosciutto and other cured meats.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

 

2014 Banfi Centine Toscana White Wine

Our Centine takes its name from a 19th century farmhouse on the Castello Banfi vineyard estate. is rural Tuscan dwelling is noted for its many stone arches, called centine in Italian. Well balanced, Centine Bianco is notable for its rich aromatic expression and elegant structure.

From the Wine Maker – “Color: Brilliant yellow. Bouquet: Fruit-forward with varietal notes of pear, apricot, lime, and herbs. Taste: Dry and well-balanced with crisp acidity and lush fruit flavors.”

Ideal with white meats, grilled poultry, and entrée salads. Perfect also as an aperitif.

Rating:

This wine was given a 85 point rating by Wine Spectator.

 

2014 Bramito Chardonnay

Bramito-ChardonnayThe 2014 vintage was characterized by a mild winter with temperatures above normal seasonal averages and by abundant precipitation as well.

From the Wine Maker – “A brilliant yellow in color with greenish highlights, the wine shows fresh and complex aromas with delicate notes of tropical fruit such as pineapple and of citrus fruit, hazelnut butter, and vanilla. It is a wine of good structure, elegance, and a mineral character perceptible in its vibrant and balanced  acidity, well fused with the notes of fruit.”

Serve with starters, finger foods, antipastos, fish-based dishes, seafood and chicken.

Rating:

This wine was given a 91 point rating by Wine Spectator.

 

2014 Villa Antinori Scalabrone

The Guado al Tasso estate is located approximately 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the southwest of Florence near Bolgheri, a medieval hamlet in the upper Maremma area of the Tuscan coast. The estate extends for some 2500 acres (1000 hectares) from the Tyrrhenian sea to the inland hills and includes, in addition to 750 acres (300 hectares) of vineyards, olive groves and fields of wheat, corn, and sunflowers. The wine takes its name from Scalabrone, a bandit who lived in the area in the early 19th century, a sort of local Robin Hood who attacked ships in the port and canal of Bolgheri.

From the Wine Maker – “A brilliant, light, peony pink in color, the wine shows rich and intense aromas of fruit (cherries and raspberries) an flowers. The palate is fresh and balanced with a long and fruity aftertaste.”

Great with a full range of foods, dry Rosé is one of the most versatile wines in the world for pairing. Think salmon, shellfish, grilled meats, Mediterranean, Asian, cheese & crackers and more…

Rating:

This wine was given a 87 point rating by Wine Spectator.

 


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