March 8, 2011

Italian Wines

10% off all these Italian wines!

Here are the wines:

The Sparkling:

Bisol Jeio Prosecco Brut Italy $14.99 - This is a tasty sparkling wine and a great value! Fine, soft bubbles. Starts soft and refreshing. With a touch of flowers and almonds as well as subtle acidity. Flavors of apples and pears. A nice, delicate, lingering finish. Food pairing - Great as an aperitivo or with antipasto, seafood or lighter white meat dishes. Goes great with smoked salmon or trout. This will go great with spicy food, especially Thai and Pacific cuisines. Excellent as a sparkling wine for a party!

The Whites:

Castelvero Cortese 2009 (Piedmont, Italy) $9.99 - Excellent $10 wine! Crisp and floral. This has a lovely roundness to its feel and is just a well-balanced, excellent tasting wine. 100% Cortese, which is the grape used to make Gavi di Gavi. Unoaked. Drinking well through 2012. Food pairing – seafood and fish. Shellfish. Drinking as a cocktail wine. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 87 points; “…wines from Castelvero deliver incredible quality for the money.”

Terredora Di Paolo Greco di Tufo 2008 (Campania, Italy) Reg. $23.99, Sale $19.99 - This is such a great white wine! Medium-to-full body that is soft and well-balanced with vibrant acidity. Aromas of peaches, apricots, apples, citrus and minerals. Flavors of honey, minerals, lemon and apples. Wonderful, pleasing crisp finish. This is from the Vesuvius area – and the volcanic soil really shows in the minerality of this wine. Stainless steel fermentation and aging. This is aged on lees to add body. Food pairing – shellfish, grilled fish, chicken. Fresh goat cheese. Mozzarella. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 91 points; Wine Spectator, 90 points

Colosi Grillo 2009 (Sicily, Italy) $14.99 - Impressive wine, especially for the money! Rich and full-bodied. Aromas of apples and tropical fruit. This is clean and well-balanced. Flavors of apricots and peaches. 100% Grillo, which is one of Sicily main white grapes. Unoaked. Drinking well through 2012. Food pairing – seafood and fish. Shellfish. Lighter cheeses. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 88 points; “Colosi is an excellent source for fabulous values from Sicily. Year after year these are some of the most delicious wines I run across under $20 a bottle.”

The Reds:

Capestrano Rosso Piceno Superiore 2007 (Marche, Italy) $9.99 - Delicious red that packs a lot of wine into a small price! Loads of dark berry fruit, plum, spice and rich earth in the nose. Big, jammy fruit flavors, nice smooth feel, well-balanced acidity. A touch of spice and earth in the finish…plus dark berries. 50% Sangiovese and 50% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Aged 6 months in large oak barrels and stainless steel. Food pairing - pizza, pasta with red sauce and eggplant parmigiana. In addition, it will stand up to burgers, most beef dishes, grilled meats, grilled veggies and cheeses!

Terredora Di Paolo Lacryma Christi del Vesuvius 2008 (Campania, Italy) Reg. $23.99, Sale $19.99 - An excellent wine! Aromas and flavors of cherries, plums, smoke, licorice, coffee, cracked black pepper and leather – these are all typical of this grape. It’s soft and elegant. 100% Piedirosso, which is one of Campania’s indigenous grapes. Aged 8 months in French oak barriques. Drinking well through 2014. Food pairing – Italian dishes with meat sauces, poultry, lamb, beef, aged cheeses and hot spicy cheeses. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 91 points

Colosi Nero D’Avola 2009 (Sicily, Italy) Reg. $14.99, Sale $12.99 - Great tasting! Great value! Intense cherry aromas. Dry, full-bodied. Silky texture. Upfront, juicy style of wine that drinks so easily. Bright fresh fruit. 100% Nero d’Avola, which is Sicily’s most important red grape. Aged 5 months in stainless steel. Drinking well through 2013. Food pairing – red meats cooked any style, pasta with tomato sauce and aged cheese. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 89 points; “Colosi is an excellent source for fabulous values from Sicily. Year after year these are some of the most delicious wines I run across under $20 a bottle.”

Damilano Nebbiolo d’Alba D.O.C. 2008 (Piedmont, Italy) $18.99 - Nebbiolo is the great grape used to make Barolo and Barbaresco. This has great aromas and flavors of red berries, black cherries, earth, minerals & violets. Medium-bodied. This is dry & has a nice spiciness to it. Firm tannins. Aged in oak barriques for 16 months. The Nebbiolo grapes come from Diano d’Alba & Montforte d’Alba. This winery dates to the end of the 1800’s, when the great-grandfather, Giuseppe Borgogno, planted vines & made wines in the Langhe part of Piedmont. Food pairing – hearty stews, red meat dishes, mushroom dishes.

Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne 2004 (Piedmont, Italy) $39.99 - Excellent Barolo! It’s rare to find a Barolo this good in this price range! Beautiful aromas of cherries, plums, dark chocolate, mushrooms and meat. Flavors that match the aromas. Full-bodied. Velvety, big chewy tannins. Good length on the finish. 100% Nebbiolo. 2004 is an excellent vintage (not as great as 2000 or 1997, but equal to ’98 and ’99). From 5 vineyards – “Lecinquevigne.” This will age well. Best after 2011. Wine Spectator, “Damilano is one of 10 Italian wineries to watch,” Oct. 31, 2008

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