23 May Tour of Italy Tasting
Saturday, May 25
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
We are pulling corks on some of our favorite Italian gems, from a bone-dry Prosecco to Barolo with a few years of age. We’ll even sample our staff favorite Amaro. Come on by and taste our “go-to” Italians!
NV Collevento 921 Prosecco, Veneto
On Sale $14.99
Exclusively Glera grapes, harvested in the first weeks of September, absolutely intact berries, accurate extraction of the free-run juice and careful re-fermentation by using the Charmat Method: these are the precious ingredients of an extra dry Prosecco. The taste is dry, crisp, and fresh, yet soft with harmonious hints of acacia and apple. Prosecco season is definitely here and this one is a staff favorite!
2016 Badia di Morrona “Caligiano,” Chianti DOCG
On Sale $10.99
This spicy, smooth Sangiovese comes to us from a great producer, but more importantly 2015 IS A GREAT CHIANTI VINTAGE! It’s a classic example of the grape, with succulent dark cherry, plum, smoke, licorice, and a backbone of fresh herbs, amped up by the natural richness of the year. The tannins are soft and understated but provide a nice dry finish. In 2015, the Caligiano is both a huge overachiever and a terrific value. The wine drinks incredibly well at a bargain price!
2015 Bocale Trebbiano Spoletino IGT
On Sale $22.99
Made entirely with the native grape Trebbiano Spoletino, this opens with aromas of acacia flower, chamomile and a whiff of tropical fruit. The round medium-bodied palate offers ripe honeydew melon and nectarine zest alongside fresh acidity.
2016 Benanti Rosso, Etna DOC
On Sale $22.99
A fine and harmonious red, with a bright tang of acidity and smoke-tinged minerality, offering a creamy mix of crushed cherry, pomegranate and grilled thyme flavors, expanding on the palate and firmed by supple tannins.
90 points, The Wine Spectator
2016 Poderi dei Bricchi Astigiani Barbera d’Asti
On Sale $11.99
Aromas of dark berry, blue flower and clove emerge from the glass. The easy-drinking palate offers ripe black cherry, orange zest and ground pepper alongside fresh acidity.
90 points, James Suckling
2103 Giovanni Manzone “Castelletto,” Barolo DOCG (only 1 sample bottle!)
On Sale $69.99
The 2013 Barolo Castelletto is another superb wine from Manzone. Beams of Castelletto tannin and bright acidity give the wine its super-distinctive feel. A wine of focus and drive, the Castelletto will appeal most to readers who enjoy taut, vibrant Barolos. This is another superb showing from Manzone.
95 points, Antonio Galloni
Amara “Rossa,” Sicily
This blood-orange Amara, made in Sicily from oranges grown near Mt. Etna, is simply gorgeous. With dominant orange notes and less bitterness than a traditional Amaro, it is versatile and works well in cocktails as a complex and nuanced replacement for orange liqueur or triple sec. It also drinks beautifully as an after-dinner digestivo.