Tag Archive: Italian Wines


“La Caplana”2014

This wine, a lovely white Gavi from the Denominazione di Origine Controllata E Garantita del Comune Di Gavi in Italy, is a delicious white wine that is almost effervescent, and beautifully star bright. It’s nose is creamy, with an almost foresty freshness with moss and evergreen notes. As this wine opens into the glass, it becomes warm pineapple, golden delicious apple flesh, roasted. The mouthfeel is delightfully buttery as well, smooth across the palate with tiny pinpricks of tropical fruit acidity. The Gavi evolves into grassy green freshness, ferns and beautiful white marble on the palate.

I’m not normally a fan of whites, and I seem to have said it a number of times, but this one surprised me. It keeps evolving and changing. Not bad at all!

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Masciarelli is best known around these parts for it’s beautiful Montepulciano. It has been a real treat to listen to people trying to pronounce the name. This delightful white wine comes from Abruzzo Italy. On the nose, this wine presents with pears, hints of green apple, cracked white pepper, the openness and acidity of an almost sauv blanc character. The Masciarelli Trebbiano that I’m currently sipping is a 2014, and isn’t as zippy as it could be.

I switched glasses, because I was getting hints of Gorgonzola cheese, and bleu cheese mold. I thought that my Gorgonzola burger’s smell from last week had wafted into my glassware cupboard. Fresh glass in hand, the wine still has those aromas.

Masciarelli’s Trebbiano 2014 is delightfully welcoming, with all the flavors from the nose washing across the palate in the same succession. At this age, it’s not a stunner, but it is delicious. I’m pairing it with Park Avenue Bakery’s “Old World Loaf” and “Old Coc Cheddar.” The mildly sweet bread with the aged cheddar presents as a lovely partner to this trebbiano, the acidity and slight sparkle lend nicely to green apple flavors.

“Ortugo” 2012

This unique white wine is made with the Ortugo grape, from Pianello Val Tidone Italy. The wine is frizzante, and full of kiwi, green and red apples, with a nice grassy freshness. This wine has a strange chocolate mint finish to it that is just fascinating. While it’s not a favorite of mine, the Ortugo is going to be a fantastic wine for anyone who loves sauvignon blanc.

Folonari Chianti 2013

Folonari Chianti is the first of the Italian wines that I decided to tackle. I’m currently looking for good examples of each varietal in each country- the major ones, not the obscure, as fun as those are. The wine presented as cloudy garnet with slight rim variation, but is surprisingly clear.

The wine was very enjoyable the first day, but fell apart rather quickly a day or two later. The aromas are slate, earthy, mulchy, with bark spice. This wine reminds me of a Rhone blend, with higher acid.

Folonari Chianti is a delightfully fresh, sassy little wine that is perfect with savory meatballs.

This is a delightful riesling, that I expected to be cloying and sweet, but as it turns out, Italian Rieslings are perfectly balanced. This wine is light, with mild golden pear flavors, delightfully dry, framed with hints of orange citrus, and enough acid to make my mouth water.
This wine is a sample bottle sent to George’s Distributing for tasting, and boy howdy, I wish we carried it. Normally, I’m not a fan of rieslings, because they’ve become too Americanized, made “sweet” for the masses of soda-drinkers. It’s always refreshing to find one that is true to it’s varietal.

An endeavor.

I went to Topper’s Wine Cellar a few days ago to retrieve a wine or two. Three, specifically.

I knew that we would probably carry these wines in our inventory, but I wanted specific advice, and Topper Is the Man to ask. My requests are fitting of my love affair with wine-

1. A wine of a renaissance romance, something of days gone by.

2. A husband. A wine that is something one would miss even if you weren’t close anymore, even though it’s always there.

3. What the future could potentially hold.

The first wine that I chose to drink, was the husband- turns out it was all a question of what was, what is, and what could be. the wine is called, “Il Bastardo.” It’s a 2012 Sangiovese from Rufina Italy, and it changed with each day that i drank it, after different experiences, but at its core, it remained ever the same, much like a good partner. The core you fell for, and the growth one might hope for.

This lovely Italian white wine by Argiolas comes from Sardegna Italy. It opens with fresh asparagus, granite, dark stone, celery, leading to white melon, honeydew, and is easily the freshest mineral wine I’ve had in a long time. This wine had a lovely balance of minerality and fruit- so many white wines these days are disgusting fruit bombs with cloying pineapple and grapefruit. I am thoroughly pleased with this wine.

This wine is a delicious IGT from Tuscany, bursting with strawberry jam, raspberry preserves, and fruit leather. The fruit and acid balance is fun, (in my notes, I wrote that it made me laugh.) This is a brazenly aromatic blend of sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon. This Tuscan beauty is earthy and barky with fabulously cherry when paired with strong white cheeses and meatballs.

It isn’t the horrible, soul-sucking corporation’s wine. This just happens to be an Italian winery. That said, this is a delicious Chianti blend of Sangiovese, caniolo, and colorino. It has stunningly lovely red cherries, hints of warm brown leather, cranberries, with mouthwatering acid, with bright red, but dusky fruit. Some Chianti’s are biting, some chianti’s are only good with food, but this one is really delicious and full of red fruit and spice.

Opici’s Vino Bianco 2013

Opici’s Vino Bianco comes in a gorgeous fish shaped bottle, with scale detail and all in the glass. I’m thoroughly impressed by the packaging at first sight. This wine comes from Italy, made with the Garganega grape with 12.5% alcohol. It is reminiscent of pinot grigio, though it ends up more like green apples, and the green part of the cantaloupe. It reaches the nose with white florals, pineapples and apricots (stone fruit.). This wine has overtones of grapefruit that become more prominent as it opens in the glass. While this wine isn’t necessarily a knockout, it is absolutely perfect for sitting by the lake in the summer, catching real fish, or just relaxing.