Italian Wine & Cheese Tasting
June 9 th & June 11th
Thursday 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Saturday 12 PM – 5:00 PM
Bollini Pinot Grigio 2009
Origin: Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Varietal: 100% Pinot Grigio
Tasting Notes: Bollini Pinot Grigio is styled to show intense varietal aromas, with an especially fragrant, perfumed bouquet, elegant, delicately focused white fruit flavors and a slightly flinty quality on the palate. The texture is crisp and clean in the mouth, with superb acid balance and a subtle nuttiness on the finish. The fresh, refined style is ideal for frequent, casual consumption.
Food Pairing: Pair with fried calamari and oysters, clams and crab.
Zenato Lgana San Benedetto 2009
Origin: Lake Garda, Northern Italy.
Varietal: Made from 100% Trebbiano di Lugana. Zenato has isolated a unique clone of Trebbiano which is highly reputed for its distinct, flavorful character. The Trebbiano di Lugana grapes are sourced from estate vineyards in San Benedetto, a village just south of Lake Garda, between the towns of Desenzano and Peschiera del Garda. Meticulously fermented in stainless steel, this wine is a perennial favorite among Italian wine lovers who appreciate something off the beaten path.
Tasting Notes: Pale lemon-green in color, San Benedetto Lugana offers delicately appealing notes of peach, citrus, banana and herbs, which are beautifully accompanied by a crisp acidity and supple body on the palate.
Food Pairing: We like this wine as an aperitif, and also
enjoy it with grilled fish, white meats and pasta with cream sauces.
Torre Migliori Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo 2005
Origin: Located in the heart of the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo region in the Colline Teramane DOCG area, Italy.
Varietal: 100% Montepulciano.
Tasting Notes: Ruby red with violet hues. Intense, complex bouquet with notes of rich ripe cherry, blackberry, black currant and clove. Elegant, well-structured and perfectly balanced with supple tannins for good longevity. The wine is aged in oak for about 12 to 14 months. Maturation in the bottle follows for an additional 6 months. On July 9, 2009, Torre Migliori received the ultimate accolade, when the President of the Italian Republic selected it to toast 44 visiting heads of state attending the 2009 G8 Summit
Food Pairing: Torre Migliori pairs
perfectly with rich pastas, lamb, pork, and game.
Donna Laura Bramosia Chianti Classico 2007
Origin: Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy.
Varietal: 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot
Tasting Notes: Selected from the best grapes in Donna Laura’s vineyards, the Bramosia undergoes a temperature controlled fermentation with frequent remontage. 30% of the wine is aged in new oak barriques for 12 months and 70% in stainless steel tanks. 20% Merlot is added to the blend before bottling. Bramosia means “desire” in Italian and as artist Rik Olsen has illustrated on the label, the underlying theme here is romance. Bacchus and Venus make great company, but the magic begins only when Cupid strikes. He is the fundamental ingredient in any romance, just like Sangiovese is the key component in Chianti Classico. With a deep ruby color and intense aromas of cherry and red fruit, this Chianti Classico balances ripe fruit and balanced acidity with well integrated accents of wood and spice.
Food Pairing: A great match with roasted meats and
flavorful pastas, this wine is also delicious to sip on its own without food
Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre 2007
Origin: Veneto Region, Italy
Varietal: 70% Corvina Veronese, 25% Rondinella and 5% Sangiovese
Tasting Notes: This is a smooth, full-bodied cru made in an innovative ripasso style. After the harvest, the grapes from the Palazzo della Torre vineyard follow two different paths: 70% of the grapes picked are vinified immediately, and the remaining 30% are left to dry until the end of December. The freshwine madeat harvest is blended with the fermenting juice of the dried grapes, initiating a second fermentation, and rendering a more highly concentrated and complex wine. Allegrini affectionately refers to Palazzo della Torre as their "baby Amarone." Deep ruby-red in color, this wine is brimming with notes of dark, dried cherries, blackberries and hints of dates and mocha. Wine Advocate - Issue #190/ August 2010 “Italy's Finest Values” “Enticing scents of chocolate, espresso, dark fruit, licorice and new leather emerge from the boisterous 2007 Palazzo della Torre. The fruit is sumptuous as always….” 90 points. Drink now through 2017.
Food Pairing: Pairs well with full-flavored pasta and risotto dishes, roast poultry and chorizo. Also excellent with hard and semi-hard cheeses, grilled or roasted meats and barbecued ribs.