Monday, July 26, 2010

Wines of the Week - 2 More from Italy

2009 La Spinetta Toscana Vermentino 
La Spinetta's Tuscan gold is one to buy by the case.  This vermentino is a brand new release and it is gorgeous white wine, perfect quencher for our summer heat!  A few facts:

 - Aged 4 months in stainless steel on yeast, released 6 months after harvest
 - Soils - mixed clay and sand, vines approx. 10 years old.

Vermentino is an indigenous grape of Sardinia, thriving best near coastal waters and more recently in Tuscany and near the Amalfi Coast.

Bottle Notes: Rich, lush, yet elegant on the palate, it is a light golden color with a rich bouquet and complex aromas of citrus, rosemary and pine. You can almost smell the coastal water influence in the glass. The aromas are so inviting it draws you in brimming with fruit and floral notes adding minerals at the end. Medium-bodied the wine's core reveals notes of fresh apricot and white peach. The crisp acidity and long finish help show this wine's Tuscan terroir.  Suggested Retail Price $18-20

BiancaVigna Prosecco DOC Brut NV

BRUT-style, DOC-status, Non-Vintage -All estate-fruit from old vines (20-50 yr old vines)
Small production
Conegliano-based vineyards (San Pietro di Felleto)
Traditional Charmat production method

100% estate-grown Glera fruit; 27 year-old vines (average). Vinified by gently pressing the grapes, still decantation and fermentation at a constant temperature. Aged in stainless steel vats.

Foaming: Second fermentation in stainless steel tanks (cuvée close) at controlled temperatures, with selected ferments, for a minimum of 60 days. Tartaric stabilization at a low temperature.
Bottling: Isobaric bottling, after sterile filtration

Bottle Notes: Color: Brilliant straw-yellow with green reflections, fine and persistent perlage. Flavor: Creamy mouthfeel, yet dry in style; pleasant acidity, lovely fruitiness.  Suggested Retail Price $14-16

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