APRIL 2014 WINE CLUB WINES

APRIL 2014 WINE CLUB NOTES

PRIMARY RED WINE:
2007 TERRE RARE BY SELLA & MOSCA – CARIGNANO DEL SULCIS RESERVA DOC – SULCIS (SARDINIA) ITALY
In Italy and elsewhere in Europe, wine connoisseurs and industry professionals rate Sella & Mosca among Italy's most outstanding wine estates. Sella & Mosca's estate on Sardinia constitutes one of the largest contiguous vineyards in Italy and counts itself among the country's most impressive wineries. It is situated in the northwest corner of Sardinia. As Sardinia's foremost wine producer, Sella & Mosca is renowned for premium wines made exclusively from estate-grown grapes. From these vineyards come this bold and luscious red, made with 100% Carignano, the famous red grape from the Mediterranean basin that has long been at home in Sardinia’s unique environment. The grapes, once harvested, are crushed and fermented on the skins then is followed by malolactic fermentation. The wine is then allowed to mature in French barriques for three years and another two in the bottle before released to the public. This wine is deep ruby red, flickering with brief purplish highlights, the nose is full of notes of blackberries, fennel and rich oak. On the palate, it is warm and generous, with caressing sensations of plushy tannins and ripe, mellow, autumn fruit, discreetly sustained by good oak-derived aromas. This wine has lovely acidity that lingers through the lengthy finish. Treat this wine as you would a robust Cabernet Sauvignon, decant this wine, or allow it to breathe for at least one hour before consuming and pair with white or red meats, an herbed rack of lamb (Easter feast?), game or aged cheeses. This wine retails for $22.00

PRIMARY WHITE WINE:
2012 VILLA ANGELA – “FALERIO” PECORINO DOC – FALERIO (MARCHE), ITALY
Is Pecorino a wine or a cheese? In Italy cheese made from sheep’s milk is known as Pecorino. What has Pecorino cheese got to do with Pecorino wine? The reason why this wine shares its name with a well-known cheese, though the origin of the clearly odd name is still controversial, is that the grape has always been the favorite snack of the sheep that graze through vineyard lands on their way to lower pastures. It is regarded as one of the most ancient Italic grapes still in existence. This wine is made with 100% Pecorino grapes, fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks. The wine has generous aromas of tropical fruits, acacia, and jasmine flowers, balsamic herbs, hawthorn and banana, mixed with other new, unusual and original sensations, all of which are very pleasant indeed. In the mouth, a freshness prevails that enhances the characteristic aromas. This wine manages to combine an acid taste, fresh and sweet at the same time. An uncommon elegance that results in its appealing to even the most discerning palate. This wine will pair perfectly with fish dishes and white meats, not surprisingly Pecorino pairs quite well with all types of sheep’s cheeses, especially soft cheeses. $19.99

SECONDARY RED WINE ENTRY:
2012 CANTINA CELLARO – “LUMA” TERRE SICILIANI NERO D’AVILA IGT – SICILY, ITALY
The vineyards are situated in the hills around Sambuca di Sicilla in the province of Agrigento, just 40 miles southwest of Palermo. Here beautiful mountains surround Lake Arancio and allow for the vineyards to reach up to 1,000 feet above sea level. Under the careful eye of winemaker Fillippo Baccalaro, the area's best grapes are transformed into this classic, fresh red wine. This wine is made with 100% Nero d’Avola grapes, which is considered the most important native grape of Siciliy. The grapes were fermented in stainless steel in low temperature controlled conditions for a period of 10 to 12 days. After this, the juice is transferred to French and American oak barrels for at least 6 months before bottling. This wine is rich and full bodied yet full of bright freshness. Notes of spice, aromas of ripe blueberries and hints of chocolate. The palate is round, rich and with a lengthy finish. This wine is perfect for meats, even smoked trout, this wine would be a great paring to pork ribs and even ham. Do open and decant for half an hour before you enjoy it! This wine retails for $12.99

SECONDARY WHITE:
2012 UMANI RONCHI – “CASAL DI SERRA” VERDICCHIO CLASSICO SUPERIORE DOC – MARCHE, ITALY
Umani Ronchi was founded in 1957, and is widely considered the leading wine producer in Le Marche. Stretching along the Eastern coast of Italy, this region provides an ideal environment for the Montepulciano and Verdicchio grapes. Within Le Marche, Umani Ronchi owns over 400 acres in the prestigious production areas of Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico, which is where the grapes for this wine is grown. The mission of Umani Ronchi is to continually improve the quality of its wines, accentuating the varietal characteristics of the regional grapes from Le Marche and Abruzzo. This process is carried out with the utmost care for the inexpensive wines as well as for the world-class offerings that have made Umani Ronchi famous. In fact, most of their wines are produced from single vineyards, a practice that has transformed the image of Le Marche in Italy and around the world. In a world where sourcing grapes from many vineyards is common, this winery sticks to the old, and in our opinion, best way to make wine. Gambero Rosso recently described Umani Ronchi as the ‘Ambassador of Le Marche. This wine was awarded 91 points by Wine Enthusiast. This 100% Verdicchio, single vineyard wine was fermented and aged on the lees for 5 months in stainless steel tanks. Chill this wine and as you pour yourself a glass, notice the velvety notes of very ripe peaches, pear, and hints of vanilla. The palate is very rich with minerality, nutty yet delicate with crisp acidity will make your mouth water and peach flavors that go on and on. This is a sunny afternoon wine that can be served as an aperitif or paired with seafood, light, creamy pasta, vegetable lasagna, or a vinaigrette salad. If cheese is your game? Then serve it with an herbed Chevre (goat cheese) and water crackers. This wine retails for $23.99

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