Italian Grand Tasting

26 Jan Italian Grand Tasting

Saturday, January 28
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space

Join us to sample THREE tables of Italian wines at our Italian Grand Tasting!

Table #1

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NV Buonamico “Particolare” Grand Cuvee Brut Rose
On Sale $18.99
Syrah-based sparkling wine from the Tuscan coastline. Notes of red fruit, subtle spice, and great pinpoint bubbles.
Merch Notes

2015 Buonamico Montecarlo Bianco
On Sale $14.99
A blend of Trebbiano, Pinot Bianco, Sauvignon, Semillon, and Roussanne. Intense, fresh, and floral with a crisp, balanced palate. Notes of pear, peach, and white flowers lead to a long finish.
Importer’s Notes

2014 Buonamico Etichetta Blu Montecarlo Rosso
On Sale $15.99
A blend of Sangiovese, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Canaiolo. Clear, with dark fruit and intense floral notes, and hints of cocoa, vanilla, and spice on the finish.
Importer’s Notes

Table #2
Please join us for a Tuscan wine tasting featuring Cesare Coda Nunziante, owner of Colognole Wine Estate, Rufina Tuscany. Cesare has worked in the wine business since 1989 for world renowned Italian wineries and US wine importers as well as his family winery, Colognole. Since 2006, he and his brother have run the family estate winery located in the Chianti Rufina area of Tuscany. The estate has belonged to Cesare’s mother’s family for 5 generations. The tasting will also feature wines from Buonamico Winery located in Montecarlo near Lucca, Tuscany.

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2015 Colognole Sinopie Chardonnay
On Sale $12.99
100% Chardonnay from Tuscany. The wine is steel-fermented allowing the fruit to shine. Notes of apple, citrus, and minerals on the palate.
Merch Notes

2011 Colognole Chianti Rufina
On Sale $18.99
This wine is 95% Sangiovese and 5% Colorino. Medium-bodied with notes of dried cherry, damp earth and forest, subtle oak, and a spicy finish.
Merch Notes

2011 Colognole Chianti Rufina Riserva del Don
On Sale $33.99
100% Sangiovese from selected vineyards. The Wine is medium-bodied with notes of cherry, raspberry, and cassis and a bit more oak component than the standard Chianti. Gorgeous spicy finish.
Merch Notes

Table #3
One of Italy’s most famous winemakers, Carlo Ferrini has finally carved out a vineyard for his own label, Giodo. After years crafting some of the most awardwinning wines in Tuscany (Casanova di Neri, Mazzei, Brancaia, Petrolo, Castello del Terriccio, Talenti, Barone Ricasoli) as well as being named “Winemaker of the Year -2008” by Wine Enthusiast, he wanted something he could call his own.

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2013 Giodo Toscana Rosso, IGT
On Sale $49.99
“This impressive rosso comes from vineyards close to famed winemaker Carlo Ferrini’s Brunello di Montalcino, but from land that does not hold the Montalcino designation. This is a pure Sangiovese that is wonderfully supple, multi-layered, and concentrated. It has been aged in a combination of older barrels.”

2011 Giodo Brunello di Montalcino, DOCG
(Only ONE sample bottle so don’t miss out!!!!)
On Sale $109.99 (compared to $149.97 on Wine-Searcher)
This aromas of this Brunello are fresh and fascinating with mushroom, chili pepper, black berry and plum. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a super length. This is a great bottle for the vintage. The private wine of famous winemaker Carlo Ferrini of Casanova di Neri fame. Drink or hold.
96 Points, James Suckling

2014 Masi Masianco Pinot Grigio e Verduzzo delle Venezie, IGT
On Sale $13.99
Shows attractive, tropical fruit aromas. Fresh and charming palate flavors gain weight and become full on the mid-palate, where fruitiness blends with traces of honey. A dry finish has a citrus twist. An ideal aperitif, this wine is perfect with hors d’oeuvres, fish, and white meats. This medium-bodied white has great personality, well-suited to modern cuisine.
Masi tasting notes

2012 Masi Campofiorin Rosso del Veronese, IGT
On Sale $14.99
“Lots of blackberries with some asphalt and dried herbs . This full and juicy but with chewy tannins and fruity dark finish. Give it a year or two.”
91 points, James Suckling

2011 Masi Costasera Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, DOCG
On Sale $52.99
“This shows ripe sweet cherries with spices and cigar box. Full with lots of juicy fruit but wonderful precision and linearity. Incredible balance. Drink now or hold.”
94 points, James Suckling