Frasca chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and sommelier Bobby Stuckey have teamed up once again to bring us a delightful and affordable white wine from Italy's northern Friuli region. The blend is comprised of 70% Friulano, the namesake variety of the region, and 30% Chardonnay.
This crisp and refreshing white was aged in stainless steel containers and maintains a star bright appearance. The nose offers intense aromatics of fresh cut white flowers and crisp apple. The palate is clean with medium weight and a pleasant mouthfeel. Try this white field blend with grilled fish, green vegetables, and salads. $12.99
The Monchiero Barolo hails from Rocche di Castiglione Falletto, a single vineyard site in the heart of the Barolo region. Made from the ubiquitous Nebbiolo grape, this wine is highly structured with intense acidity and aging ability. This Barolo possesses a meaty quality with aromas and flavors of red flowers, natural rubber, spice, and cured meat.
92 Points - The Wine Enthusiast, 2005 vintage
"This is an extraordinary example of the potential of the 2005 vintage. The wine boasts a meaty, bold style with thick aromas of cured meat, bresaola, white mushroom, moist earth, natural rubber and spice. Very intense flavors of chocolate and ground espresso explode in the mouth. Drink after 2018."
When one sits and ponders all the fascinating Italian grape varietals that exist, Teroldego doesn't normally make the list. In fact, "Teroldego" (Tear-ahl-de-go) doesn't even SOUND Italian.
That's because the red grape Teroldego hails from the northern Italian province of Trentino-Alto Adige (Südtirol), located on the southern border of Austria. Trentino-Alto Adige is a high alpine area annexed to Italy as a spoil of victory over the Austro-Hungarian Empire in World War I. Natives of Trentino still speak German as their first language, hence the existence of words like "Teroldego."
This light-bodied red grape has an intense, violet-toned ruby colour which becomes garnet with age. Intense and intriguing violet scented fruit characters, typical of this wine, dominate the nose, becoming full, ethereal and persistent as the wine ages. The palate is warm and sappy with a pleasingly bittersweet aftertaste, well balanced with a good tannin structure. If you had to compare it to another well-known variety, Pinot Noir or Gamay would be a good fit.
The wine's acid structure makes it a great accompaniment to many types of cuisine including stew with dumplings, Italian Speck, minestrone soup, and fresh young cheeses. $19.99
Typical light red of Nebbiolo with blueberry, roses, violet, raspberry and mint aromas. An intrinsic minerality, with lingering hints of sage, entices with bright red fruit, silky tannins and stunning elegance, a thoroughly enjoyable Barbaresco. This wine will easily age for 20 to 25 years.
Ideal with grilled food, sauced and roasted red meat and wild game.
91 points - James Suckling (2009 vintage)
93 points - Wine Advocate (2009 vintage)
"Settled first by Etruscans then the Romans, the territory of Tuscany has been prized since antiquity for its rich soil and favorable climate for the cultivation of grapes and olives. The earliest documentation of a "Chianti wine" dates back to the 13th century when viticulture was known to flourish in the "Chianti Mountains" around Florence. The name 'La Maialina' (little pig) references the Cinta Senese heirloom breed that originated in the Siena area during the 1300's and is the only Tuscan native pig to survive extinction.
La Maialina Chianti expresses a ruby red color, with bright aromas and flavors of red cherries and ripe strawberries with hints of sweet spices and a soft finish."
Known for their prestigious Brunello di Montalcino, Altesino began making the Rosso di Altesino in 1989 to offer a high-quality wine at a price that could be enjoyed everyday. 80% Sangiovese with 20% Cabernet and Merlot, this is a fresh wine with a bright, ruby red color. Notes of red roses and violets, the wine itself is dry and slightly rustic. Pasta or lasagne with a bolognese sauce would be a match made in an italian kitchen...or heaven, isn't that the same place? $19.99
Baracchi Winery's O'Lillo Supertuscan hails from the hills outside Cortona in southern Tuscany. "Supertuscan" refers to a style of Italian red wine made in the region of Tuscany from a blend of both autochthonous and non-autochthonous grape varieties. In this case, O'Lillo is made with 25% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 25% Syrah.
The wine is macerated in conical tanks for 22 days; 6 months in stainless steel followed by 3 months in bottle. Ruby red in color, traditional in its complexity, roundness, elegance, yet modern in its intense fruitiness, accessibility, and soft tannins. You'll find aromas and flavors of black fruit and roast coffee. $19.99
The Italian viticultural area known as the "Langhe" is situated in north-western Italy in the province of Piedmonte, at the foot of the Alps. It is here you will find some of Italy's most noble red wines made from the variety known as Nebbiolo. Nebbiolo (from the word 'nebbia', which means fog) is king of the Langhe and produces wines that are lightly colored, highly tannic, and which offer scents of tar and roses.
This Langhe Nebbiolo is a great entry to the category which includes Barolo, Barbaresco, Gattinara, and a few others. Although those wines fetch much higher prices, the Nebbiolo from Monchiero will offer an expression of Nebbiolo without breaking the bank.
Light, bright ruby red color. Straightforward fruity aromas of cherry, plum, strawberry, and red flowers. A bit more depth and grip than the light color and bouncy, fruity nose would lead you to expect. The acid is strong, and noticeable tannin makes this a very food-frinedly wine. Clingy flavors of dark cherry and some roasted herbal resin.
Try it with Venison, roasted meats, pasta with a strong meat sauce, beef casseroles, and salami. $15.99
Amarone is one of Italy's most noble wines. Hailing from the northern Veneto region, Amarone is produced with the Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara grape varieties. The grapes are harvested ripe in the first two weeks of October and allowed to dry, traditionally on straw mats. This process is called appassimento or rasinate (to dry and shrivel) in Italian. This causes an intense concentration of the remaining sugars and flavours.
Wine Enthusiast magazine awarded this wine 89 points and had this to say:
"Young and sprightly, this bright Amarone delivers fresh notes of berry fruit, exotic spice and cola. The quality of the nose is very clean and polished, and the wine boasts sweet flavors backed by impressive intensity. Although it's ready to drink now, the wine will show even better after 2010." $54.99
Another Blair Taylor import, this is made from the Brachetto grape and is the red cousin to everyone's favorite Italian dessert wine, Moscato. If you enjoy Moscato, you'll fall in love with Villa M!
Hand-picked Brachetto grapes are rushed into the wine press to preserve their fresh and vibrant flavors. The result is a markedly sweet red with a bubbly effervescence that leaves your palate longing for more.
Grab a bottle of Villa M along with some strawberries and whipped cream and you just might end up like Mickey Rourke and Kim Bassinger in '91/2 Weeks!' $16.99