Single Bottle Wine Club - July 2012
Learn the finer points to many of the wines we offer each month. Our club wines are expertly researched and selected for quality, value and uniqueness and every one has an interesting history. Here are some of the wines we are offering this month:
Single Bottle Red
Scoprire - Italy
2011 Sangiovese Del Rubicone IGT
The strongly individual characteristics of Emilia-Romagna wines make them northern Italy's most eccentric. They are different, on the whole, from the wines of their neighbors. In Romagna, wines are made primarily from the native Sangiovese, Trebbiano and Albana grapes. Albana di Romagna, which became Italy's first DOCG white wine in 1987, is usually dry and still with a distinctive almond undertone and finish. The king of Romagna wines, though, is Sangiovese, usually a robust red with pronounced fruity flavors, reminiscent of the great variety of produce and fruits gracing the area. Scoprire Sangiovese is made with 100% Sangiovese grapes from the Rubicone river valley. The Rubicone IGT is named for the Rubicone River that flows from the Apennine Mountains to the Adriatic Sea through the southern portion of Emilia-Romagna. The river valley and the adjoining hillsides provide optimal growing conditions for the Sangiovese grape. Grapes are carefully selected and gently crushed. The must is left in contact with the skins for approximately one week. It is then transferred to temperature controlled stainless steel tanks where fermentation takes place over a ten day span. Following fermentation the wine is cold stabilized and bottled. Scoprire then releases the wine in the spring following the harvest. It's a bright ruby color, medium bodied, dry but fruity wine. It has a powerful nose of bitter cherries and a lively palate, with good depth of cherry fruit, crisp acidity and decent structure. The wine may be light on weight but it is long on flavor. The ideal pasta-and-pizza red. An uncomplicated smooth and easy-drinking Italian red wine with delicate aromas and flavors of red fruits and soft tannins. Ideal with crusty tomato and mozzarella pizza. It can also be served slightly chilled as an accompaniment to dining “Al Fresco” on a warm summer evening.
Single Bottle White
Bonifácio & Fils- Portugal
2011 Lomba da Fazenda Vinho Blanco
Founded in 1963 by António Francisco Bonifácio, Bonifácio & Fils has always focused their efforts to achieve the best quality with their products and they do this by managing their wines from the vineyards to the consumers’ doors. The Bonifácio family has hands on approach to their vineyards, wine production and bottling, that are all done in the west part of Portugal. The winery has benefited over the years, of numerous improvements and the introduction of recent technologies. A modern bottling line was also installed to increase production to the level that allows for export. This Lomba da Fazenda Vinho Blanco was designed specifically for export and features a fruit forward new world backbone along with old world Portuguese accents. Grapes used for this blend are indigenous Portuguese grapes Fernão Pires and Boal Alicante. The wine boasts a lovely citrine color. It carries floral aromas of peaches, apples, licorice, and lime. Concentrated, supple flavors of peach and apple with a firm mineral underpinning. Steely, firm, and persistent on the after-taste with subtle spiced apple and mineral notes. Drink now through the summer of 2013. It is an ideal warm weather wine, excellent for lunch and picnics, or an evening aperitif. This is an excellent aperitif or with a variety of white sauce pasta dishes, savory seafood such as salmon or fatty fish.
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