Francesco Rinaldi & Figli Grignolino d'Asti DOC 2015
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: GRIGNOLINO D'ASTI / Varietal(s): GRIGNOLINO --- Founded in 1870, the estate of Francesco Rinaldi e Figli boasts a long and celebrated history in the Piedmont. Located in the town of Barolo itself, many of the same techniques and traditions are still used 130 years later to produce iconic wines of the region. Today the domaine is helmed by Luciano Rinaldi, now nearly 90 years old, as he has done since 1941. He's now assisted by his nieces, Paola and Piera Rinaldi, and together they continue the family tradition. The estate is most famous for its Barolo bottlings from two of the region's greatest vineyards, Brunate and Cannubi, renowned for their subtlety and longevity. But the commitment to quality and tradition run throughout all their wines, which display startling depth, complexity, and structure. This young, tangy grignolino is sure to wake your taste buds from hibernation! Bright red fruit, rose petals, and a hint of cinnamon candy on the nose transition flawlessly to a delicate, fresh palate of more red berries, clean acidity, and lightly grippy tannins on the finish. A great new go-to for any number of gustatory occasions, try this with spaghetti with tomatoes, herbs, black olives and feta, or shrimp risotto.
Quinta dos Roques Dão DOC 2014
Country: PORTUGAL / Region: DÃO / Appellation: DÃO DOC / Varietal(s): TOURIGA NACIONAL+JAEN+ALFROCHEIRO+TINTO RORIZ --- This balanced Portuguese red is perfect for winter sipping. Quinta dos Roques and its co-owned winery, Quinta das Maias, have been in the vanguard of the revolution that has put the Dão region (and Portuguese wines in general) on the map in terms of quality and value. Located at Abrunhosa do Mato (between Nelas and Mangualade), Quinta dos Roques’s 100 acres of winery and vineyards spread out in 12 plots over the 1400-foot elevation of the granitic hills at this center of the Dão wine region. About 75% of the vineyards are devoted to (mostly native Portuguese) red grape varietals, dominated by touriga nacional (40%), followed by roriz (tempranillo), alfrocheiro, jaen (mencía), tinto cão and tinta pinheira. Winemaker Luis Lourenco gave up his career as a math teacher to devote his life to wine instead, with happy results for us! This sumptuously hearty red is full-flavored and fruitful with generous plummy blackberry and black cherry flavors. Gentle tannins on the finish lend complexity, and food friendly acidity keeps this from being flabby, making it a great match with hearty, earthy winter dishes like stewed black beans.