As if it weren’t enough that our good friend Katie Woodcock is coming down from Phoenix this month to show you wines from the portfolio of The Sorting Table, she’s bringing with her Janice Verrechia of Castello di Ama, one of the wineries the Sorting Table imports. Janice brings with her three exceptional wines from Castello di Ama, and Katie rounds out the tasting with three more selections from all over the world. The tasting takes place on Sunday, November 25, at 3:30 and reservations are a must. Unfortunately, they can’t be had by web or email, so if you’d like to join us, please call 326-9363 to make your reservation. The tasting will be $35 plus tax and tip, and will include a food pairing with each wine. It’s a fun activity for the friends and family you’ve still got in town, or to recover from the friends and family you’ve just had in town.
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2015 Castello di Ama Chardonnay di Toscana $32.00
100% Chardonnay. “The 2015 Al Poggio is a pure expression of Chardonnay that offers a great sense of freshness and crispness. The bouquet opens to linear aromas of citrus, white rose and summer peach. There are mineral overtones and you might also detect a hint of dried sage, saffron or oregano. Fruit is harvested from a vineyard site that is rich in limestone soils and located at 500 meters above sea level. Both these factors contributed to the sharpness and freshness of this very versatile white wine.” The Wine Advocate
2015 Castello di Ama Chianti Classico $32.00
96% Sangiovese, 4% Merlot. This classic Chianti Classico exhibits red fresh fruits, cherry and raspberry. It’s elegant and harmonic with well-balanced spicy notes already at the first impact.
2014 Castello di Ama San Lorenzo Chianti Classico Gran Selezione $51.00
Sangiovese (80%), Malvasia Nera (7%), Merlot (13%)
Castello di Ama San Lorenzo, takes its name from the lovely valley that is home to the 18th-century villas Pianigiani and Ricucci. This wine is made entirely by our estate grapes, coming specifically from old vine systems and from vineyards of more than 10 years old. Gran Selezione stands on the top of the quality pyramid of Chianti Classico and it is a guarantee for the consumer, both in terms of origin and in terms of quality. The production regulation makes obligatory that the grapes are totally produced in the estate and that the wine is released in the market 30 months after the harvest.
2016 Neil Ellis Sauvignon Blanc, Groenekloof $20.00
Groenekloof is situated near Darling on a series of hills running along the Cape West Coast. Strongly influenced by the interaction of soil, topography and climate, this Sauvignon Blanc is lively, complex and reflective of its origin. Elegantly concentrated with sweet tropical fruits and lively balanced acidity.
2015 Domaine Bernard Moreau et Fils Chassagne Montrachet Rouge $53.00
It’s impossible to discuss Chassagne-Montrachet without mentioning the name Bernard Moreau. Year to year, this celebrated producer vinifies and bottles some of the purest, most thought-provoking wines of the appellation. Employing a style of wine making that might best be described as hands-off, Bernard produces Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that are sensual, opulent and utterly delicious. Old vine Pinot Noir from one of the most important producers in Burgundy.
2014 Vino Lauria “Zio Paolo” Nero d’Avola, Terre Siciliane $19.00
With winemaking in his family blood, Vito Lauria decided to attend the University of Udine in Friuli where he obtained a degree in Enology in 2003. After stepping off the campus he worked at a number of wineries in northern Italy for a few years before returning to Sicily in 2005. Vito came home to open the old family winery in Alcamo, 30 miles west of Palermo. A bright, balanced, medium-bodied red, with a well-spiced overtone of graphite and anise and a lively mix of crushed blackberry, dried mint and smoke flavors, layered with light, crisp tannins. 100% Nero d’Avola