Samantha Cristiani: Wines you know from places you don’t.

Hey there, Oenophiles.

Many of you have met Sami before, and those who haven’t will be pleased to meet her, I promise.  Yes, she has charm and she has flair, but she also has a boatload of knowledge about a boatload of Italian wines.  What’s more, she’s leading our Last Sunday tasting this month: Wines you know form places you don’t.  So while you’ve had Blanc de blanc before- sparkling Chardonnay- you’ve probably not had one from Trentino.  Likewise with Bordeaux varietals from the Veneto or Pinot Noir from Tuscany.  What’s fun is these wines are all from Italy, and what’s educational is that they’re all made from varietals taken out of context.  The tasting is this Sunday, September 28, at 3:30, and the tasting, including paired snacks, is $35 plus tax and gratuity. If you’d like to join us, please make your reservation by calling 326-9363. Regrettably, web and email reservations will not hold you a place.

Wines you know from places you don’t

NV Ferrari Brut, Trento DOC                                                                                                                           

Straw yellow color with slight green reflections.  Fresh and lasting on the nose, with significant overtones of ripe golden apples, wild flowers and a subtle and delicate fragrance of yeast.  Clean and balanced on the palate, with a slight and pleasant finish of ripe fruit and a hint of bread-crust.

2013 Tramin Gewürztraminer, Alto Adige DOC                                                                                          

Rich straw-yellow with scents of peach and freshly cut grass over more subtle hints of white spices. The wine is refreshing and clean with balanced acidity and weighty texture. On the palate, juicy tropical flavors of lychee and starfruits complement a delicately floral finish.

2012 Monastero “La Pineta” Pinot Nero, Toscana IGT                                                                             

This ruby red wine offers notes of fresh berries, including raspberries, as well as hints of spice and forest floor. On the palate, the wine is well-balanced, with red fruit flavors, and a persistent finish.

2012 Castelluccio “Le More” Sangiovese di Romagna DOC                                                                                                

Deep ruby red with notes of blackberries, raspberries and other red fruits. The wine is well structured with good acidity and a pleasantly lingering finish.

2011 Maculan “Brentino” Veneto IGT                                                                                                         

Deep ruby-red with garnet hues, the Brentino offers seductive aromas of blackberries and dark cherries, along with hints of cedar and forest due to the year spent aging in French barriques.  On the palate, the wine is dry, full-bodied, and harmoniously balanced with firm tannic structure and a persistent finish.

2012 Marchesi di Frescobaldi “TerreMore dell’Ammiraglia,” Maremma (Toscana)                           

Terre More 2012 is a deep, purple-red; bright and full-bodied. It is characterized by a very intense and varied olfactory composition, revealing fruity aromas of cherries, blackberries and currants that then dissolve into spicy, fresh notes of cinnamon and licorice. Fine and elegant tannins give the wine softness and an enveloping heat that endures through the long finish and fruity aftertaste.

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