Cesani Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: TUSCANY / Appellation: VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO DOCG / Varietal(s): VERNACCIA --- Cesani is located on a lovely hillside position in upper Pancole, overlooking San Gimignano, about 20 km from Siena. Founder Vicenzo Cesani moved to Tuscany from his native Marche, and today his daughters Letizia and Maria-Louisa have taken over winemaking duties with great success. Vernaccia di San Gimignano received Denominazione Origine Controllata (DOC) status in 1966, even before that recognition was granted to the "big names" of Barolo, Barbaresco or Brunello. Though the area is small (only about 1,700 acres), the diversity of soil in San Gimignano is great, owing to both volcanic activity and erosion, and imparts a characteristic complexity to the wines produced here. While the town of San Gimignano is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famed for its medieval towers, the vernaccia grape remains relatively obscure. There are many strains of vernaccia grown throughout Italy, but Vernaccia di San Gimignano is distinct among them (the name vernaccia comes from the Latin, vernaculus, meaning local, native, or distinctive.) Pale straw in color with greenish highlights, this compelling white displays intense aromas of green apple, pear, herbs, and minerals. The palate yields flavors of melon, pear, and apple supported by a mineral core and a streak of bright, zesty acidity. Medium-bodied, it offers a lingering finish of almond notes typical of the vernaccia grape. A lovely choice with white clam pizza!
Antico Fuoco Veronese IGT Rosso 2015
Country: ITALY / Region: VENETO / Appellation: VERONESE IGT / Varietal(s): CORVINA+MERLOT --- This off-dry red from Veneto is bound to be a crowd-pleaser! A blend of corvina (renowned as a key component in Valpolicella) and merlot, the late maturation of the grapes used here results in concentrated luscious flavors of candied cherry, plum pie, and intense berry fruit, accented by aromas of tobacco, walnuts, and tar. Light oak aging lends this delicate notes of chocolate and sweet baking spices, adding depth and body. It all adds up to an easy drinker that avoids being overly vapid, while remaining a great value as well! A perfect companion to hearty Italian fare – try this with sausage, pepper, and potato casserole with cherry tomatoes and basil.