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Italian Wine Tasting
Featuring the wines of Rosenthal Wine Merchant
Saturday, September 13th, 2014
Italian Wine tasting w/ Alex Finberg of Rosenthal Wine Merchants
September 13th 2-4pm
Join us for a tasting of wines from one of our favorite import portfolios, Rosenthal Wine Merchant. Neal Rosenthal started importing wines in the late 1970s, with the objective to work as directly as possible with growers who were dedicated to producing limited quantities of the finest quality wines and who shared the passion for "terroir", that ephemeral "sense of place." Today, wine enthusiasts swoon over their selection of wines from France, Italy, Switzerland & Spain. Their Italian Wine portfolio has long been a favorite at Soif, boasting fabled producers from Piemonte and Tuscany as well as esoteric, yet incredibly charming wines from northern Piemonte, the Valle d'Aosta, Lazio, Umbria
...the list goes on.
This tasting will be one for the books.
Don't miss it.
We will be tasting:
2013 Bisson "Glera" Vino Frizzante Trevigiani – Liguria
We love to start our events with a bubbly! This Glera is from Bison, a tiny producer from Liguria run by Pierluigi Lugano who began as a trader in small lots of bulk wine, later became a wine merchant and finally a grower and winemaker. The Glera is the result of a partnership with a colleague in the Veneto region to the East. Glera is the name for Prosecco when it is produced outside the designated “Prosecco” zones. This wine is drier than your average Prosecco, but has the charming floral aromatics and soft bubbles one would expect from this style of wine. It is the perfect aperitivo!
2012 Ermes Pavese Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle - Valle d'Aosta
This wine is a rare treat from one of the most remote and high elevation regions in all of Europe. If you drive 2.5 hours north from Barolo toward Switzerland and into the shadow of Mont Blanc, you eventually wind your way up into the picturesque alpine villages of Morgex and La Salle. And even though you are technically in Italy, the architecture and local cuisine are reminiscent of Switzerland and the local language is French. Are you confused yet? All kidding aside, the appellation of Blanc de Morgex et La Salle is one of the smallest in Italy. Vines are split between a patchwork of stone terraces dating back to the 1600's and tiny hand-farmed parcels interspersed between home vegetable gardens - and it's all perched between 3,000-4,500ft. In short, the region is nothing short of visually breathtaking. Ermes Pavese, the grower and winemaker of at this small family property, does all the farming himself with no employees. The only grape Ermes works with - and the only variety permitted in Blanc de Morgex et La Salle - is Prié Blanc (pronounced "pree-AY"). It's often said that drinking wines from these villages is like gulping fresh mountain Spring water after a long hike, and we couldn't agree more. This is a delicious mouthful of stone fruit, fresh mouthwatering acidity, and a perfectly soft.
2013 Brovia Roero Arneis – Piemonte
Mmmm Brovia…Where to start?? This estate, founded in 1863 in the heart of Barolo, has been a Soif favorite year after year. The wines are a true representation of classic (and classy) Barolo. Over the generations, an uncompromising attitude towards vineyard selection has allowed the family to extend their landholding into arguably some of the greatest of Barolo’s vineyard crus. The Arneis is the only white wine produced by Brovia and when translated means, “Little Rascal.” Arneis is naturally aromatic and rich so it was once added to Barolo wines to soften the harsh tannins. The Brovia Arneis is one of our favorites -- full and rich with notes of white flowers, tarragon and pear.
2012 Ferrando Canavese Rosso "La Torrazza" – Piemonte
Luigi Ferrando has long been one of the leading producers in the Canavese region (it sits at the base of the Valle d'Aosta and the very edge of Piedmont). It is an area renowned for its steeply terraced vineyards. The Ferrandos painstakingly cultivate their Nebbiolo vineyards on the mountainside terroir of Carema, in an amphitheater that sits in the very shadows of Monte Bianco. The resulting wine is very different than its more famous cousins from Barolo or Barbaresco and is sought after by connoisseurs for its finesse, complexity, and longevity
The Canavese Rosso is produced predominantly from Nebbiolo with roughly 30% Barbera and a touch of a local variety known as “Neretta” (the “little black”). This lovely red wine, vinified in stainless steel is full of wild berries (notably strawberry and raspberry), spice and a touch of warm earthiness. The tannins are delicate and fine which enables this wine to be consumed with pleasure in its youth.
2012 La Torre Rosso di Montalcino - Tuscany, Italy
What would an Italian Wine tasting be without a representative form Tuscany? This wine from La Torre hails from the highest altitude section in the Brunello appellation in the commune of La Sesta. Brunello di Montalcino is a wine from southern Tuscany made from the Brunello clone of the Sangiovese grape. Rosso di Montalcino was established as a means of giving Brunello di Montalcino producers the flexibility to continue the tradition of long aging of the region's flagship wine. Although Rosso di Montalcino is made from 100% Sangiovese grown in the same delineated region as Brunello di Montalcino, the wine is required to spend only six months aging in oak and 1 year total aging before release. The resulting wine is a bit brighter and easier to drink upoin release than some of the heavier Brunellos. This particular wine has plenty of red cherry, licorice and savory herbs immediately on the nose and a lush core of fruit on the palate.
2010 de Forville Barbaresco "Vino Loreto" – Piemonte
The de Forville family emigrated to Piedmont from Belgium in 1848 and established themselves in the village of Barbaresco in 1860. Today, 154 years later, the fifth generation is in place and the wines are fantastic. The exceptional Loreto “cru” of Barbaresco is the source for this most profound wine of the De Forville estate. The wine is "old school" but totally approachable with lots of red cherry herbal notes, leather and spice. This particular vintage is a total knockout...but don't take our word for it!
The cost for this event is $20 per person. As always, Wine Club Members are allowed one free seat. Please email ALYSSA@SOIFWINE.COM or call us at 831-423-2020 to reserve your seat.