Abruzzo – Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC – Cantina Colle Moro Montepulciano Rosé 2012 – 10.57 – Dry, cherry fruit, pretty… Lots of fruit and juicy acidity. Refreshing. Bright strawberry fruit and clean spice. A style of wine that we love, from the hills of Guastameroli di Frisa, founded in 1961. Great clean fruit, dusty & light tannins/ tangy, pie cherry, red fruited, minerality coming through. A fruity rosé that’s unoaked to emphasize the fresh, red, berried aromas. Dry and fresh and a great wine to pair with hors d’oeuvres–especially fish-based starters.
Abruzzo – Cantina Colle Moro Club Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOP 2012 – 9.97 – Pure Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Generally late harvesting with medium long on-the-skin maceration, storage in lined cement tanks where the malolactic fermentation takes place. Refining:In stainless steel cisterns. Bouquet: Delicately vinous, fruity with hints of ripe red fruit. Taste:Dry, rounded, tangy, slightly tannic. Food pairings: It matches white and red meat roasts, stewed meat and game.
Piedmont – Stefano Farina Nebbiolo d’Alba 2010 – 16.97 – An earthy version of Piemonte’s premier grape. Flavors of raspberry, plum and red currant. A softer, more accessible incarnation. Light-bodied, cherry red ripe fruit with undertones of sage and mushroom. Pair it with pizza, mushroom risotto, or a plate of aged cheeses & fruit.
Piedmont – Il Chiosso Gattinara DOCG Nebbiolo 2007 – 19.97 (average $31) – Taste: very structured, harmonious, very persistent, with a pleasantly bitter (mineral) aftertaste. Intense notes of fresh fruit with an undertone of balsamic and spices. Excellent structure with soft, balanced tannins. This wine goes perfectly with roast or boiled meat, red meat, seasoned cheese. 25 to 30 year old vines, fermented in stainless steel, three weeks fermentation and maceration, then 3 years in large oak barrels, followed by 9 months in bottle before release.