This Saturday we are featuring some classic Italian wines from a new local importer.
The wines are vibrant, the prices are great, and there are a couple of stars in the lineup. We’ll also have a new olive oil for you to try. Importer Fulvio Longo will be here to show his wines and tell you more. Don’t miss it.
2012 Vigneti Zabu, Grillo $11
Vigneti Zabù is a fairly young winery set up 5 years ago in the town of Sambuca di Sicilia by the local wine growers association. The vineyards are situated in the hills above Lake Arancio. Grillo is local Sicilian varietal and the Zabu is dry and refreshing with notes of crushed herbs and citrus
2011 Corbinelli Rosso Toscana $9
90% Sangiovese, 10% Trebbiano
The Azienda Agricola Corbinelli was founded in the 1600’s. Over the years the property and land has grown to its present size of 20 hectares, 11 hectares are cultivated as vineyards and 4 as olive groves on Chianti’s lovely rolling hills. Their Rosso is an old school style Tuscan red where they blend a bit of white grapes (Trebbiano) in with the Sangiovese. It has a lighter body, nice fresh fruit, and a touch of old world charm.
2011 Terre di Sava, Luccarelli, Primitivo di Puglia $12
Terre di Sava started in 2008. In the Salentine countryside, around Sava, you find Primitivo, a precursor to Zinfandel, with some vines over 100 hundred years old. While the vines for the Luccarelli aren’t that old they are full of blackcherry, plum and spice aromas, a dry, medium body, and ripe black fruit flavors.
2006 F.lli Casetta, Barbaresco $30
The Casetta family has been vine growing and wine making since 1725, and still to this day it is a family estate. The vineyards are spread out amongst the Langa and Roero, where they are farmed using natural and environmentally friendly techniques. This sturdy Barbaresco from a great vintage is starting to open up, showing tobacco, tea, & olive notes. The wine is austere but velvety, with a long finish.
2007 La Casella, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Reserva $35
La Casella was formed in 1974 from several vineyard sites surrounding Montepulciano by Alfio Carpini embracing organic and natural farming methods. Techniques such as rigorous pruning and particularly careful attention to detail during the harvest make all the difference once in
the bottle. The wines are rustic and designed to age beautifully. Only Brunello can rival Montepulciano for superior Sangiovese. This is an outstanding wine.
Bonoito Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 750ml $12