Misc. Italy

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  • 15 in stock
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  • 2 in stock
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  • 22 in stock
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  • 3 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
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  • 5 in stock
  • $18.99

Cardedu 2017 Monica di Sardegna Praja

The wines of Sardinia sometimes seem a world apart from the rest of Italy, showcasing a unique stable of indigenous grapes not found on the mainland.  One of the most interesting is Monica, a grape that shows much more freshness and lift than most Cannanou or Bovale, while still maintaining real intensity of flavor.  Cardedu has produced a lovely Monica from dry-farmed vineyards, tended without herbicides or pesticides, and fermented with native yeasts, in stainless steel.  The nose is intense with notes of rhubarb, strawberry, mint, wild sage, spice tones of black pepper, and a whiff of sea air. The palate is light (surprisingly so for its 13.5% abv) with fresh acidity and very little tannin, showing juicy red fruit and the same intense whirl of herbs and spices with a salty finish.  "Praja" means “the beach” in the Sardinian dialect and it would be perfect for a beach side cookout.  Try it slightly chilled this summer with grilled fish, or better yet fish tacos, lamb burgers, sausages, briney foods like olives or feta, or with salads inflected with green herbs. Andy Paynter

  • red
  • 54 in stock
  • $17.99

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  • red sparkling
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  • 28 in stock
  • no discount
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La Visciola 2015 Cesanese del Piglio DOCG Ju Quarto

Cesanese is perhaps the most “important” indigenous red grape of Lazio, capable of making fresh red wines with intense perfume and delicate structure. The reds from La Visciola are all varietal Cesanese from different plots showing distinct features of this underappreciated grape. The Ju Quarto is sourced from a 60-year-old vineyard planted over a decomposed volcanic sand, rich in iron and showing a red hue. The wine is vinified on native yeast in lined-cement, and rested in large barrels for around a year. It is a more delicate expression of the grape with beautiful cherry fruit and red floral tones on the nose.  The palate is light, almost airy, with bright acidity and very little tannin. Subtle rather than effusive it shows cherries, bay, and mint with a long elegant finish.  I would pair it with less assertive food to better enjoy the delicacy of the wine; think leaner charcuterie, pasta, simply prepared fish, poached chicken, or with caprese salad. Andy Paynter

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

La Visciola 2015 Cesanese del Piglio DOCG Mozzata

Cesanese is perhaps the most “important” indigenous red grape of Lazio, capable of making fresh red wines with intense perfume and delicate structure. The reds from La Visciola are all varietal Cesanese from different plots showing distinct features of this underappreciated grape. The Mozzatta is the most assertive cuvee from the estate, made from 60-year-old vines planted on a “grey, clay soil,” that is a clay with some degree of incorporated limestone. Like the other reds it is vinified on native yeast in lined-cement (though with the addition of 20% whole cluster rather than being entirely destemmed) and then rested in large barrels for around a year.  The result is a much more assertive style of Cesanese with more earthy flavors.  The nose is brooding, showing pine needle and forest floor over ripe red fruit and black pepper spice.  The body is quite full with grippy tannins and plenty of acidity thought it shows deeper flavors rather than extra weight on the palate.  The finish is dry and quite mineral.  Try it with grilled sausage, chops, rich vegetable dishes, carbonara or other full flavored pastas. Andy Paynter

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

La Visciola 2015 Cesanese del Piglio DOCG Vicinale

Cesanese is perhaps the most “important” indigenous red grape of Lazio, capable of making fresh red wines with intense perfume and delicate structure. The reds from La Visciola are all varietal Cesanese from different plots showing distinct features of this underappreciated grape. Sourced from the same vineyard as the Passerina wines the estate produces, the 2015 Vicinale is the most approachable Cesanese from La Visciola.  The nose carries hallmark flavors of tart and brambly red fruit with herbal tones of bay spice and pepper plant.  The palate is quite light with whispery tannins, and tart, fresh acidity carrying plenty of red raspberry and cherry fruit with a slight menthol tone leading into a dry finish.  As with all Cesanese wines I can't imagine enjoying this without food: give it a shot with margarita pizza, red sauce pastas, charcuterie, semi-firm cheese, or of course with pasta carbonara for a truly classic pairing.  Andy Paynter 

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

La Visciola 2015 Cesanese del Piglio DOCG Vignali

Cesanese is perhaps the most “important” indigenous red grape of Lazio, capable of making fresh red wines with intense perfume and delicate structure. The reds from La Visciola are all varietal Cesanese from different plots showing distinct features of this underappreciated grape. The Vignale plot was planted in the 1960s on a soil of mixed sand and clay.  It is vinified with native yeast in lined-cement, and rested in large barrels for around a year. The Vignale shows a more definitely spicy nose with black pepper, allspice, and fruit tones of cherry and orange zest with dried bay leaves.  The palate has a fairly rich texture with fine-grained tannin and restrained acidity, showing poise but with a bit more heft than the Ju Quarto.  The Vignale will pair easily and widely; try it with everything from pizza and simple veggie dishes to carbonara, pork chops, or roasted mushrooms. Andy Paynter

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $34.99

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  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
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Monte Dall' Ora 2017 Valpolicella Classico

When one thinks of Valpolicella, it may be difficult to get a handle on what the basic expression of the wine should be (with the ripassos, new oak, and extraction for international tastes). At its heart, it was traditionally light to medium-bodied, refreshing, and have a pleasing bitterness on the finish making it a fine wine for the table. Monte Dalle'Ora makes beautiful classically styled wines—biodynamically farmed, native yeast fermentations, moderate sulfur, aged in botte, etc,. that hit all the right notes. Translucent ruby robe. Violets, wild raspberry, raspberry seed, brambles, and sour cherry on nose. The racy, high-toned palate offers ebullient flavors of red currant, pomegranate, wild raspberry, cherry pit, and a salty, sapid minerality whose pungent, mouthwatering character belies the 11.5% abv. This has pleasure and punchiness in equal amounts and is sensational with calves liver, sage, and prosciutto with cannellini beans and Swiss chard, though the weight allows for salmon and lentils in red sauce, gnudi with speck, or roasted quail over farro.This is a delicious Valpolicella that will appeal to lovers of Fleurie and Jura reds. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
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  • 17 in stock
  • $48.99

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  • 16 in stock
  • $39.99

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Pranzegg 2013 Mitterberg Lagrein Quirein

Lagrein is a grape that shares many similarities with Syrah: deep berry fruit, a savory smoky character, and distinct herbal tones. In the hands of Martin Gojer it yields a full-bodied wine that nonetheless captures a sense of alpine freshness. The wine is fermented with 70% whole clusters for four weeks with a submerged cap for the first two.  It is then raised in old, small barrels for two years and bottled without fining or filtration. The wine shows savory aromas of ripe blackberry, turned earth, leather, tobacco, and black pepper. The palate is full and quite smooth, with grippy tannins, focused acidity, and more flavors of forest floor and rich black fruit.  It is well suited to rich foods; try it with game meat or lamb, smoked sausage, cured cheese, hearty vegetable dishes, or with stew.  Andy Paynter

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
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  • 13 in stock
  • $29.99

Pranzegg 2014 Mitterberg Schiava / Vernatsch Campill

Pranzegg 2014 Schiava (Vernatsch) Campill. From 50 year-old biodynamically farmed vines fermented partial whole cluster. 12% abv. Medium dark garnet translucent robe. Nose offers an array of brambly hedge fruits with black and red currant, wild blackberry, and bosky pomegranate aromas dominating, with faint notes of wet bark, dusty violets, blackberry seed, and game peeking around the edges. On the lighter-side-of-mid-weight palate, the wild berry flavors vie with salty and ferrous soil notes for attention, giving way to to notes of plum skin, and cassis, with a mouthwatering, savory acidity propelling the finish. Great balance between fruit, earth, and freshness. A fine pairing with tagliolini with Prosciutto San Daniele, radicchio, and poppy seeds, but I could see this with roasted pigeon on red wine bruschetta, or gnocchi with speck and Grana Padano. Martin Gojer makes such vibrant and gratifying wines. It’s almost embarrassing that I don’t drink them with more frequency. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Biodynamic
  • red sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $274.99

Romeo del Castello 2016 Etna Rosso Allegracore

This is a very pretty and pure expression of Etna; bright, aromatic with cherry, earth and lava, herbs and flowers. An elegant Nerello, and at a great price for quality. The volcanic minerality and complexity is there, but with grace and delicacy in the mid-palate.

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Vinica 2011 Tintilia del Molise Lame del Sorbo

Tasting Vinica’s Tintilia makes me wonder how this grape ever fell out of favor in Molise in the first place. It seems particularly well adapted to the high altitude vineyards of the region, showing a balance between ripe fruit and fresh acidity. The grapes are crushed at low pressure and allowed to ferment naturally in open top vessels before being held in steel tanks for two years. There is no temperature control at any point, which allows malolactic fermentation to occur naturally over time. The wine has a pleasant herbal tone of green pepper that peaks out on the nose over tart berry fruit, red roses, and moist earth. The palate is quite fresh and marked by bright acidity and soft tannins with a pleasant, earthy finish. This may not be a wine to cellar for ten years but it is a wine that casually conveys a sense of joy and is a carefree food pairing choice. Give it a try with rich pasta dishes, roast pork, stuffed mushrooms or open it at your next summer barbeque. Andy Paynter

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $19.99

Vinica 2013 Tintilia del Molise Lame del Sorbo

Tasting Vinica’s Tintilia makes me wonder how this grape ever fell out of favor in Molise in the first place. It seems particularly well adapted to the high altitude vineyards of the region, showing a balance between ripe fruit and fresh acidity. The grapes are crushed at low pressure and allowed to ferment naturally in open top vessels before being held in steel tanks for two years. There is no temperature control at any point, which allows malolactic fermentation to occur naturally over time. The wine has a pleasant herbal tone of green pepper that peaks out on the nose over tart berry fruit, red roses, and moist earth. The palate is quite fresh and marked by bright acidity and soft tannins with a pleasant, earthy finish. This may not be a wine to cellar for ten years but it is a wine that casually conveys a sense of joy and is a carefree food pairing choice. Give it a try with rich pasta dishes, roast pork, stuffed mushrooms or open it at your next summer barbeque. Andy Paynter

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur