Poderi Arcangelo Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG 2016 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: ITALY / Region: TUSCANY / Appellation: VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO DOCG / Varietal(s): VERNACCIA --- Vernaccia di San Gimignano received 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.) Poderi Arcangelo was founded by Giuseppe Mora who started producing wine in 1956 in a small vineyard near the "Casa dell'Arcangelo" in the lower part of the property. Giuseppe's son, Bruno, planted their highest quality vineyards between 1995 and 2006, and the estate is now run by Bruno's daughter, Sandra. The winery has been certified organic since 2000, its hilly location 240 meters above sea level helping prevent fungal diseases and mildew. Pale straw in color with greenish highlights, this compelling white displays intense aromas of white stone fruit, white flower, herbs, and minerals. The juicy palate yields flavors of ripe apple, pear, and melon supported by a mineral core and a streak of bright, zesty acidity. A lingering finish of honeyed almond notes (typical of the vernaccia grape) add elegance and complexity. A lovely choice with white clam pizza!
Cantina Colonnella Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG Riserva 2011
Country: ITALY / Region: ABRUZZO / Appellation: COLLINE TERAMANE DOCG / Varietal(s): MONTEPULCIANO --- Cooperatives get a bad reputation because they can often encompass vast, sprawling operations where the scale is too large to ensure consistent quality of the wines. Although Cantina Colonnella is technically a cooperative, it's one of an entirely different nature: established in 1971 by vineyard owners seeking economic stability, it remains small, where 90% of the grapes are hand harvested and every member receives biweekly visits by the vineyard managers. Another important factor is Cantina Colonnella's location: Teramo, a small region that produces a mere 10% of Abruzzo's wine (as opposed to Chieti, which provides 81%!) The Colline Teramane DOCG - the only DOCG in Abruzzo - was designated in 2003, and this designation further sets the pedigree of this wine apart from other wines from the region. A native Italian red grape, montepulciano is documented in historical evidence dating back to Horace and Pliny the Elder, and has been an iconic grape of Abruzzo since at least the 1700s. The Barocca Riserva comes from vines 25 years old or more, and is aged for 12 months in oak casks and another 24 months in bottle. Fresh acidity, integrated tannins, and generous stewed dark fruits meld seamlessly with spicy earth on the finish. A great new addition to pizza night!