What a great time to perk yourself up after returning from a holiday, and to celebrate/ commiserate the children going back to school! Here are a few of the goodies ...
What a great time to perk yourself up after returning from a holiday, and to celebrate/ commiserate the children going back to school!
Here are a few of the goodies we will be sampling on the 8th, as well as couple of other arrivals from Italy:
Terre Sicilianne IGT, Insolia 2017 and Frappato 2016 – both £12.95 per bottle
Owned by Count Paolo Marzotto, these Sicilian wines surprised us with their quality.
The Insolia, (a native white grape of Sicily) has a distinctively citrussy and nutty character, but with a soft fruity core. Great as an aperitif or perfect with seafood pasta.
Frappato is most likely a native of south eastern Sicily. With good acidity the wine is racy, with the body of a full Pinot Noir (it does not taste like Pinot though). Sicily is blessed with an increasingly bright sunshine and moderate rainfall, the classic Mediterranean climate here is ideal for the needs of growing grapes. These influences are what allow Frappato a good concentration of terpenic compounds; giving Frappato its floral and blossom aromas.
Tullum Pecorino DOC 2017 – £15.95
Tullum DOC is one of the smallest DOC areas in Italy. It covers an very limited area – roughly 300 hectares. Being situated between the Adriatic Sea and Apennines, the uniqueness of this appellation is in the mix of mild sea climate and fluctuations of the temperatures that are typical of the mountains.
The aroma opens with hints of citrus notes and then go to rosemary, liquorice, peach and grapefruit and ends with intense and persistent exotic notes. A well-bodied wine with minerality and persistent taste. I truly great experience of a labour of love.
We only have 4 cases of this, so please do not miss the tasting!
Garde Lugana DOC Riserva 2017 – £16.95
My favourite white from our new Italian supplier. Whilst not certified organic, they use no herbicides or pesticides and are very much into renewable energy. DOP certification of Lombardia region, close to Lake Garda.
A clear golden colour, fruity and flowery aroma, with a core of peach and apricot; balancing acidity and alcoholic levels, with a full finish. An Interesting wine and the first Lugana I had tasted, I was very impressed by how smooth this wine was. Pineapple, flowery, peach and apricot characteristics.
Now, onto the reds!
Brunello di Montalcino, Fattoria il Muro 2011 – £44.95
I tried this twice before decide we had to get a case for Utopia. Warranted, it is expensive – but reassuringly so!
Brunello di Montalcino is made with a local Tuscan type of Sangiovese called Brunello. Some also call it Prugnolo Gentile.
It’s noted for having thicker-skinned berries and, because of this, Brunello produces wines with exceptionally bold fruit flavours, high tannin and acidity. The fruit is a highlight to the enduring popularity of Brunello di Montalcino, but it’s the tannins and acidity that extend the life of this wine so it reaches perfection a decade or more later. It’s worth the wait. Hence, we went for an older vintage.
So now that the wine has aged and been softened by time, our pick of Brunello is more ravishing than ever.
With 7+ years of age, this Brunello has dropped the fresh fruit flavours to reveal sweeter notes of dried figs, candied cherries, hazelnuts, and sun-baked leather. The tannins turn chocolatey and the acidity is succulent. We only have 12 bottles of this, so please get your orders in sooner rather than later.
Please remember all wines bought on the day will receive a 10% discount. Andy and I look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks.
Richard Milward, Sales Director, Wine Utopia