08 Aug Southern Italy Tasting
Saturday, August 10
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
We are going to be exploring the wines of Italy’s southernmost extremes! The Mediterranean basin was for many years devoid of its indigenous varieties. They had been ripped up over the years and replaced by more stylish, international flavors like Cab and Chard. The growers found them easier to sell and market. But as the younger generations have inherited and taken control of the region’s estates, they have slowly resurrected the ancient, authentic grapes.
2016 Benanti Etna Bianco DOC
On Sale $23.99
You get a pretty load of primary fruit with the 2016 Etna Bianco. Carricante gives off aromas of pear and white fruit with flinty mineral at the back. This is an academic interpretation of the grape from the east side of the volcano in Milo (with vineyards from 700 to 800 meters above sea level) that favors richness and structure.
90 points, The Wine Advocate
2017 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 Etna Rosso 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. Drink now through 2023.
90 points, The Wine Spectator
2017 Curatolo Arini Nero d’Avola
On Sale $11.99
This wine is ruby red in colour with purple hints. On the nose, there are aromas of violets, red cherries, plums and a hint of white pepper. On the palate, it is medium-bodied with soft tannins. There are intense red fruit characters and delicate notes of spices on the long finish.
2016 Elena Fucci Titolo Aglianico del Vulture
On Sale $34.99
Elena Fucci’s 2016 Aglianico del Vulture Titolo is a wine built for the long haul. It should continue its steady evolution over the next 20 years if not more. Stitched together with enormous precision, the wine offers balanced intensity and a beautiful level of fruit purity that speaks both to the Aglianico grape and the extreme territory that shapes it. This vintage finishes on a dry note with fine texture and elegantly integrated tannins. The wine is aged in barrique for 12 months, of which half is new oak with various levels of toast. The vines range from 50 to 70 years old and are planted up to 650 meters above sea level. Some 28,000 bottles were produced. 2019-2035.
94 Points, The Wine Advocate
2013 Bocale Sagrantino di Montefalco
On Sale $43.99
This opens with black-skinned berry and white pepper aromas while the bold, robust palate offers ripe black cherry, blackberry jam and tobacco notes. Tightly knit tannins and vibrant acidity provide the backbone. Drink 2021-2030.
90 Points, The Wine Enthusiast
1988 Curatolo Arini Marsala Secco Reserva
On Sale $33.99
Made of a selected blend of Grillo and Cataratto grapes, it has been a well kept secret for years. Bright amber coloured it has intense and complex aromas of dried apricots, dates and sultanas. Plentiful on the palate with traces of toffee and almonds, it has a long and salty finish. Served slightly cool it will pair perfectly with fresh cheese and anchovies bruschetta or fruit and cream tarts or fine pastries.
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.