Say what you will about France’s contribution to the world of wine (and you’ll justifiably say quite a bit,) the Franks and the Gauls weren’t exactly renowned for their viticulture. Wine came to France from its neighbor to the south. We’d guess you’re okay with that, since the only sort of tasting that seems to draw you people to join us as much as the French tastings are the Italian ones. Well, you’re in luck. This month, the Last Sunday of the Month Tasting features Greg Croisetiere of Classico wines, and he’ll have with him red, white and pink wine from the land of his own cultural heritage. If you’d like to join us at the tasting on Sunday, April 29 at 3:30, you’ll need to make a reservation, the old-fashioned way, since web and email reservations won’t guarantee you a place at the tasting. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is this: Call us at 326-9363 and make a reservation; bring $35.00 plus tax and tip; bring an appetite for wine, food pairings and knowledge; show up at the appointed hour and have fun; maybe take home a bottle or ten if you find something special. We hope you’ll join us.
A romp around Italy with Greg Croisetiere
NV Le Contesse Pinot Nero Rose Brut, Veneto $15.00
Bright pink color, fruity notes with a touch of berries and tropical fruit. Floral bouquet, with a hint of rose and violet. Fine and long-lasting perlage, fresh and persistent.
2015 Inama Soave “Foscarino” DOC $30.00
Intense yellow color. On the nose there is honey of sweet field flowers such as chamomile, elder flower, iris. Large and mineral on the palate with a finish of sweet almond.
2012 Stefano Farina “Le Brume” Langhe Rosso DOC (Nebbiolo/Barbera) DOC $18.00
This is a rather sophisticated wine, obtained through a wine making process of well matured grapes. Aged in French barriques (oak casks) it acquires a touch of elegance, and it is left to rest for long periods in the bottle before being placed on the market. It is best served with meat dishes. Wine of great complexity with notes of large and small red fruits (from cherry to currant), black fruits (blueberry and other berries). Spicy lavours due to its passage in wood. Great softness and volume at taste, pleasant tannic with a very light hint of bitterness at the end (pleasant and characteristic).
2012 Stefano Farina Barbera d’Alba “Silenzio” DOC $33.00
This superb wine is the typical Barbera which however undergoes a lengthy aging in French oak casks (Allier and Vosges) and reflects the tradition of the aristocratic Piedmont wines. It is a strong, generous and full bodied wine. Hints of black and red fruits, with notes of vanilla. On the palate the tannins integrate volume and softness.
2011 Fontanabianca Barbaresco “Bordini” DOCG $59.00
Single-vineyard Barbaresco from the Nieve. Intense nose, with hints of violets and spices. Amazing aromas of ripe, plummy fruit, Indian spice and flowers. Full-bodied and very concentrated, with amazing tannins and super-ripe fruit.
2012 Fanti Brunello di Montalcino DOCG $65.00
On the nose, notes of red fruit with clear perfumes of licorice, spices and pepper well balanced with the primary aromas. Intense and enveloping. On the palate, there’s a pleasant sweetness on the attack, well balanced by the fresh and persistent finish. The tannins are thick but round and well integrated into the body of the wine.