Today (October 21st) from 2 - 5 PM our friend Marion from Renaissance Wine Merchants Chris from Wine Alliance will be here splashing samples from Italy. Just take a sip, close your eyes and imagine you're there...
2016 Mandrarossa Grillo Costadune
Straw yellow with vivid greenish hues. Intense and vibrant nose of Sicilian citrus fruits such as medlar and grapefruit, and just a hint of savoury basil. Wonderful tropical fruit and herbal and mineral notes on the palate. The bright, fresh flavour of grapefruit makes this wine refreshing and racy.
Widely used in Sicily for making Marsala, Grillo produces crisp and savory wines—some structured enough to offer moderate aging potential. Lighter styles have citrus blossom and peach nuances, while more aromatic versions deliver passion fruit, grapefruit and herbal sensations reminiscent of Sauvignon Blanc. Lees contact and barrel aging create more complex, mineral-driven wines loaded with apple and citrus flavors. Vineyards closest to the sea produce wines with pronounced saline notes.
2015 Collefrisio Montepuliciano d'Abruzzo
Ruby red colour with violet reflections. A strong fruity scent, containing hints of slightly spicy cherry plum. Nice structure and well balanced.
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo /mohn-teh-pool-CHAH-nooh dee Ah-brew-zoh/
This lively, juicy red wine comes from the rugged Abruzzi hills above the Adriatic coast of central Italy, a region long known for its prolific wines. The region has been evolving and improving and serious producers like Collefreisio are taking the lead in achieving higher quality. Montepulciano d'Abbruzzo is resolutely dry with enough soft fruit to be drinkable when young, yet tannic enough to keep it trim and energetic. Designated as a DOC in 1968, Italian laws say that Montepulciano d'Abruzzo can include up to 15% Sangiovese in the blend.
* Not to be confused with Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, a Tuscan wine made from Sangiovese and other grapes.