Statti Gaglioppo Calabria IGT 2014

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Estate: Remarkably, the Baron Statti family has been living and farming on the same 500 hectares of land in the Calabria region of southern Italy since 1700. Today, under the leadership of brothers Alberto and Antonio Statti, the estate is one of the top wine producers in Calabria, focusing on a blend of their tradition, native varietals and technological innovation. The 100 hectares of vines are nestled on the back of a hill that protects them from the winds coming off the sea.

Philosophy: Emphasizing their centuries old bond with the land, they believe “a great wine, as well as the nice one, born, first of all, into the vineyard”.

Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from vineyards at 450 feet in elevation, with mixed clay soils. Aged in stainless steel tanks for 3 months.

Tasting Notes: Transparent garnet in colour with aromas of cherry, blueberry, white pepper and a hint of sweet vanilla. An herbaceous streak flirts with cherry, cranberry and crushed pink peppercorn flavours in the medium body. Lingering red fruits and vanilla bean comprise the dry finish. Super silky tannins and well balanced flavors keep you reaching for more.

100% Gaglioppo
Calabria IGT
Italy
Estate Bottled in Cantine Statti
13% Alcohol
$14
Enjoy now thru 2017

Dom Giuvà Du Cropio Cirò Rosso Classico Superiore 2010

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Focused and clear, with plush fruit and dense earth, this is an enjoyable companion to a wide variety of dishes.

Estate: The name Du Cropio translates to “doctor of agronomy” in the local dialect and reflects the long history of grape growing the Ippolito family has in the area. The 30 hectare family estate is located in a remote, rocky region of Calabria, southern Italy.

Winemaking: The vineyards are farmed organically, along with some being worked by horse and plow. The wines are left unfiltered and unrefined.

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in color with aromas of baked fruits along with hints of earthy, barnyard funk. Lush blackberry and cherry flavors rode atop a woodsy undercurrent of tobacco and leather elements, whilst crushed black peppercorn, sweet raisin and traces of bitter chocolate comprised the moderate finish.

100% Gaglioppo [From the importer: “On occasion perhaps 5% Greco Nero may find its way into the blend”]
Calabria
Italy
Produced by Azienda Agricola Du Cropio by Giuseppe Ippolito
13.5% Alcohol
$25 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2015

Statti Gaglioppo Calabria 2011

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Since 1700, the Baron Statti family has been living and farming on the same 500 hectares of land in the Calabria region of southern Italy. Today, under the leadership of Alberto and Antonio Statti, the estate is one of the top wine producers in Calabria, focusing on a blend of their tradition, native varietals and technological innovation. With an emphasis on their bond with the land, they believe “that a great wine, as well as the nice one, born, first of all, into the vineyard”.

Dark red-violet in colour with intriguing aromas of fennel, cherry and candied violets. Aged in stainless steel to preserve fruit purity, bright cherry and raspberry flavours joined Indian spices and smooth tannins. Licorice, smoky herbs and hints of dense black cherry lingered compellingly between each sip. Engaging and expressive, this is a fantastic companion at the table.

100% Gaglioppo
Calabria
Italy
Estate Bottled by Cantine Statti
13% Alcohol
$15
Enjoy now thru 2015

Rated 89 points by Wine Spectator

Conti di Buscareto Lacrima di Morro d’Alba 2011

A snowy, blustery evening found both my husband and myself feeling as though we were coming down with colds. My solution was to make a healthy soup with heirloom carrots and parsnips, and open a hearty bottle of wine. The Conti di Buscareto estate was founded in 2002 by Enrico Giacomelli and Claudio Gabellini, wine lovers and entrepreneurs with a vision of rediscovering native Marche varietals, and to “produce wine with a new, modern method”. Morra d’Alba is located in the Marche region on the eastern coast of Italy, it is the nearby village where the Lacrima vineyards are. Lacrima translates to “tears” in Italian and is thought to refer to the fact that the grape’s skin weeps drops of juice when it is fully ripe. [Hence the apt tear depicted on the label.]

Dark violet in colour with abundant aromas of candied violets, dark berries and earth. Blackberry, cranberry and floral notes comprised the full body, whilst smoky earth and meaty elements lingered lavishly between each sip. With an engaging contrast of delicate floral notes and dense meaty flavours, this is a focused glass that will keep you reaching for more.

100% Lacrima
Morro d’Alba/Marche
Italy
Bottled in Ostra by Conti di Buscareto S.R.L.
13% Alcohol
$18
Enjoy now thru 2018

Romagnoli Tasting- Rosato, Barbarossa & Il Rosso di Casa

Rearranging my wine racks I discovered unbeknownst to myself that I had purchased 3 bottles from Romagnoli Winery during two different trips from Astor Wines in NYC. I had fancied the delightful medieval styled labels and fantastic budget friendly prices and never noticed they were from the same family winery. I came to the conclusion that this was a fantastic opportunity to do a ‘Romagnoli Tasting’! The Romagnoli Winery is a small family run estate established in 1857 and is located in the Marches region in between Tuscany and Umbria along the Adriatic Coast. Passionate about producing traditional wines that express the fruit profile of each individual grape varietal, they utilize classic practices predominately, employing modern methods only where needed, such as thermoregulation tank control. Their philosophy is one of “respecting the great characteristics of the grapes” and can be seen in the family’s motto “Piccoli Produttori – GRAND VINI” [Small Producers-BIG WINES].

Romagnoli Flora Marche Rosato 2012 $9
Cherry-red in colour displaying sweet wildflower, fresh cherry and strawberry aromas, with flavours that harmoniously mirror the aromas. An engaging bitter almond finish and a bright acidity all contribute to its cheery and sociable nature, making it fantastic with a wide variety of light dishes or on its own. [Be careful, the bottle will be empty much faster than you think.]

Il Rosso di Casa Romagnoli 2011 $7
Dark red-violet in colour with aromas of blackberry, toasted oak and earth. Plum and blackberry flavours were drizzled with hints of caramel, joining traces of earthy pencil lead elements and soft round tannins. Friendly and super easy drinking, fantastic with all kinds of pizza and pasta dishes, this is a wonderful everyday glass and a phenomenal value.

Romagnoli Barbarossa Lacrima di Morro d’Alba 2011 $10
Inky red-violet in colour with aromas of sweet cherry, wildflowers and olive. Earthy notes in the medium body supported jammy cherry and blackberry flavours whilst bitter dark chocolate notes comprised the clean finish. Velvety and easy drinking, this a fantastic companion to a wide variety of dishes.

[All Estate Bottled by Az. Agr. Renato Romagnoli & C. and 13.5% Alcohol]