Friday March 27 at East End Wines – 5p-8p
Mastroberardino Aglianico Campania IGT 2011 – 15.57 – Smooth & Supple, 13%. Made from 100% Aglianico grapes, this wine is vinified in stainless steel and a few months in wood. Wine Enthusiast – Here’s a round and approachable Aglianico that shows a softer side to what is southern Italy’s most noble grape. This offers delicious blackberry flavors layered with nutmeg and a hint of vanilla along with smooth tannins. (88).
Argiolas Perdera Monica di Sardegna DOC 2011 – 15.57. Earthy & Spicy, 13.5%, Ruby-red in color, aromas of ripened cherries and red fruits complement deeper tones of cassis and black pepper. On the palate, firm tannins and integrated acidity make for good structure and a long finish. A blend of 90% Monica, 5% Carignano, and 5% Bovale Sardo grown in the Perdera vineyard, the grapes are harvested in September and fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the grapes’ fresh, fruit-forward aromas. WE88 – Wine Enthusiast – “Made from native grape Monica, this offers a fruit and spice fragrance. The palate delivers ripe cherry and black pepper with subtle notes of well-integrated oak. With its smooth texture, fine tannins and fresh acidity, it’s a perfect red for grilled fish.”
Di Majo Norante Ramitello Bieferno Rosso 2011 – 17.57 – #74 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2014 – Deep ruby-red in color, Ramitello offers aromas of plums, forest fruits, dark chocolate, leather, and licorice. On the palate, a rich and velvety body pushes flavors to continue over a long and intriguing finish. This wine is made from a selection of the best Montepulciano and Aglianico grapes grown in the Ramitello vineyard. After fermentation in stainless steel, the wine is aged in a combination of stainless steel tank s and barriques for eighteen months. The final wine shows firm structure yet ripe, accessible fruit. WS90 – Wine Spectator – “Up-front mulberry and plum fruit is ripe and fleshy in this balanced red, with polished tannins. Notes of licorice string, graphite, tarry smoke and grilled mushroom push through midpalate and on the finish. Drink now through 2021.” Big & Bold, 13.5%
Valdipiatti Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2009 – 31.97 – Hand-harvesting followed by careful manual sorting ensures that only mature berries are used in this Vino Nobile. These meticulous effort pay off in the bottle; this is a beautifully generous wine with seductive smoothness and depth. Deep ruby-red color and intense notes of ripe wild berries are followed by elegant notes of spices and tobacco. Lush and velvety on the palate, this wine offers a full-flavored, powerful profile with smooth, elegant tannins and bright acidity.