Poderi Arcangelo Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
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!
Fattoria San Francesco Cirò Rosso DOC 2013
Country: ITALY / Region: CALABRIA / Appellation: CIRO DOC / Varietal(s): GAGLIOPPO --- In Italy there aren't just a handful of grapes used for the production of wine, but hundreds of grapes. In addition, there are other extinct or yet unapproved grapes numbering in the thousands. As you might imagine, it's easy for a grape to be overlooked and under appreciated, gaglioppo is a good example. A red grape mostly planted in Calabria, it is thought to have Greek origins but that has yet to be proven. The grape makes wines that are rich in fruit with soft tannins and friendly flavors. Generous aromas of cherries and red raspberries yield to blackberry and plum on the palate, with hints of vanilla, orange rind, thyme, and licorice. Medium-high acidity and gentle tannins make this a versatile, food friendly bottle, ideal with pizza or red sauced pasta, but also meatloaf or roast chicken.