Fontaleoni Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2014


A refreshing, out of the ordinary white fantastic with all types of pestos and gamey cheese.

Estate: The Troiani family, a family with winemaking roots dating back many generations, founded Azienda Agricola Fontaleoni in 1959. The vineyards of the small estate are located 200 meters above sea level in the hills of northern San Gimignano, in the Tuscany region of Italy.

Winemaking: Although not certified, the estate practices organic and sustainable viticulture methods. Chemical fertilizers or insecticides are not used; organic fertilizers and disease control treatments are used only when “strictly necessary”. Cover crops play a large roll in fertilizing and protecting the vineyards. Extremely low doses of sulphur are added to the wines. Grapes for the Vernaccia di San Gimignano were sourced from vineyards planted in 1980. The wine was fermented in stainless steel and aged for at least 3 months in the bottle.

Tasting Notes: Pale gold in colour with delicate aromas of lemon and Mediterranean herbs. A savoury pine nut element is incorporated into the creamy lemon and nuances of pear, whilst complimentary honeysuckle and clean minerals comprise the dry finish.

100% Vernaccia di San Gimignano
Vernaccia di San Gimignano
Estate Bottled by Soc. Agr. Fontaleoni di Troiani Franco e Figli SS
12% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2017

Wines of Piedmont & Tuscany Tasting at Otto Enoteca

As usual, I was absolutely delighted to attend another tasting at Otto Enoteca in NYC a couple of Saturdays past. Directed by Sommelier Dan Pucci, it was a lively, informative tasting featuring 6 distinctive wines crafted by winemakers using only natural, organic and biodynamic methods. Each wine expressed a sense of place and had a story to tell; from the creamy honey and almonds of the Il Lebbio Tropie Vernaccia Di San Gimignano to the unusual and wonderful Bricco Maiolica Dolcetto Diano d’Alba, all were friendly and engaging!

Brandini Arnies Langhe 2012

The Agricola Brandini estate is located on top of a hill in La Morra, in the province of Cuneo, in Piedmonte. The 9 hectare estate is certified organic, and all processes of winemaking are carried out in a natural manner, such as no fining or filtration are done, and only native yeasts are used. The grapes [Arneis translates to “little rascal” as it is very difficult to grow] were sourced from vines ranging in age from 5 to 50 years.
Fermented in stainless with enticing aromas of apple, pineapple, honey and hints of salty cracker. Lush floral flavours of jasmine and orange blossom joined smoky honey elements; clean minerals and a crisp acidity balanced each delicate sip. Fantastically easy drinking and refreshing, each summery sip beckons for more.
Bottled by IT CN 6380 S. Vittoria d’Alba for Brandini SRL La Morra
12.5% Alcohol
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