Hartmann Donà Pinot Bianco Alto Adige DOC 2012
Country: ITALY / Region: ALTO ADIGE / Appellation: ALTO ADIGE DOC / Varietal(s): PINOT BIANCO --- Hartmann Donà lives and makes wine in the north part of Alto-Adige/Süd Tirol, in the town of Tcherms/Cermes. Head winemaker at Cantina Terlano from 1994-2002, he started his own winery in 2000 with one hectare of pinot noir that had been in his family for generations, and is firmly of the opinion that one does not need to own vineyards to make great wines. He currently collaborates with four friends who own small vineyard plots in Merano, Caldaro and Cortaccio, and together they farm five hectares, overseeing every element of production and pruning heavily to limit yields. Part of Hartmann's "fresh wines" series, this pinot bianco emphasizes clarity and purity of grape expression, aging in stainless steel and avoiding malolactic fermentation to elevate crispness. Smooth and stony, with touches of lemon curd and white flower and a crisp, clean finish, this is tailor-made for summer sipping. Wonderful as an aperitif, it works just as well with many hot weather dishes. Try it with quinoa and spinach salad with feta, green onions and lemon dressing.
Venta El Loco Ribera del Duero DO Crianza 2010
Country: SPAIN / Region: CASTILLA Y LEON / Appellation: RIBERA DEL DUERO DO / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO --- Miravinos is the result of the collaboration between Víctor Rodríguez and José Carlos García, an always-evolving partnership borne of years of combined experience. Victor's work as a journalist and advisor developing and promoting modern Spanish winemaking is the perfect foil to José's professional experience in viticulture and enology in the most renowned wine-making regions in Spain. Together, they seek to return focus to Spain's indigenous wine varietals and La Viña del Loco is their project in Ribera del Duero, where extreme conditions make growing grapes incredibly challenging, but also incredibly rewarding. A vast collection of small vine plots have been located in the heartland of the DO to ensure supplies of high quality grapes matching those of the original clone of tinto fino. This wine diverges from a typical crianza style, scaling back excessive oak influence by fermenting in stainless steel and aging in French oak for 12 months. Tasty, complex and terroir-driven, this red entices with ripe berry notes harmoniously accented with hints of spice, chocolate and candied fruit over a smoky, toasty core. Mature while still maintaining a food-friendly freshness, this wine works beautifully with Ibérico ham, oily fish, grilled sausage or that summer staple: BBQ!