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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.

 

2010 Sassoregale Sangiovese Maremma Toscana DOC

Following traditional red wine vinification (with meticulous maceration on the skins) and the malolactic fermentation, the wine is aged for a brief but important period in small oak barrels.

From the Wine Maker – “Its color is a bright ruby-red. On the nose, it is clean and precise, with hints of morello cherries, wild berries and a moderate spiciness. On the palate it reveals a full and firm flavor, expressing all its intensity and elegance.”

Ideal with grilled red meats, but also with cured meats or the traditional sheep’s milk cheeses of Tuscany.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

 

2012 Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre

This is one of the wines that has made Allegrini famous throughout the world. The vineyard surrounds Villa della Torre, a splendid masterpiece of Renaissance architecture now owned by the family, and produces a full-bodied red wine that has an ageing potential of at least ten years. The blend is the historic combination of Corvina and Rondinella with the addition of a small quantity of Sangiovese. A small percentage of the harvested grapes are left to dry out until December and then added to the previously vinified fresh grapes. The result is a velvety, well-balanced red wine that proffers mature, pulpy fruit.

From the Wine Maker – “Aromas of dried earth, dried raspberry and blueberry. Full body, chewy tannins and a fresh, bright finish. Lively and delicious.”

Easily pairs with various Italian dishes, above all risottos, especially those flavored with saffron, porcini mushrooms and pork; classic dishes such as pasta with amatriciana and carbonara sauces, baked lasagna, gnocchi with gorgonzola cheese and walnuts; grilled meats and roasts. This wine also excels when matched with Parma ham and fine-cured zibello pork loin, as well as medium-matured cheeses, especially parmigiano reggiano, pecorino and Monte Veronese.

Rating:

This wine was given a 88 point rating by Wine Spectator.

 

2015 Carpineto Dogajolo Bianco

Carpineto-Dogajolo-BiancoFrom the Wine Maker – “The name Dogajolo was invented by Carpineto’s founders, derived from the Italian word doga, meaning “stave” — the narrow strips of wood used to form oak casks. A medium-bodied white with pleasant citrus aromas and flavors, Carpineto Dogajolo Bianco is a young, fresh wine with a balanced acidity and clean, delicate finish. Produced from estate-grown fruit from the Montepulciano estate, each varietal is vinified separately in stainless steel tanks. Medium in body with pleasant citrus fruit aromas and flavors, Dogajolo Bianco is a young, fresh white wine with a balanced acidity and clean, delicate finish.”

This white blend is made up of 40% Chardonnay, 30% Grechetto, and 30% Sauvignon Blanc.

Rating:

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

 

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.

 


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