Expressive and well balanced, a charming companion to a wide variety of dishes.
Estate: Pioneer winemaker Gianni Masciarelli who was passionate about raising the quality and potential of Abruzzo’s indigenous varietals, including Montepulciano, founded the Masciarelli estate in 1978. Established with only 2.5 hectares, the estate now includes about 320 hectares of vineyards that spread throughout 14 different towns within the 4 Abruzzo regions. With Gianni’s love of and respect for land and grapes, all vineyards are farmed organically, making it one of the largest organically farmed estates in Italy. Gianni passed away at the early age of 52, his wife Marina Cvetić, who was always by his side, now heads the estate. The Marina Cvetić line [dedicated to her] makes up one of the 4 wine lines and 14 different labels of the estate.
Philosophy: Passionate about the Abruzzo region “with intense flavours, tastes and scents”, the estate focuses on native varietals, “great importance is given to the land and to its wine culture and tradition”.
Winemaking: The vineyards are spread across 4 Abruzzo provinces and have their own individual characteristics, from different mineral/soil compositions to varying altitudes. The Marina Cvetić Montepulciano was fermented in stainless steel, and aged for 12-18 months in barriques.
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of tree bark, cherry and hints of smoke. Licorice-infused blackberry and black currant fruits were supported by firm tannins and a plush, lengthy finish of smoked black peppercorn and hints of velvety black cherry.
$20 [Average price, I received this in a wine club over a year ago.]
Enjoy now thru 2017
Rustic and sprightly, this is a fantastic value Rioja that pairs with a wide variety of food, from hearty grained breads and cheese, to barbeque, to Asian dishes.
Estate: Vinedos Real Rubio is located in the heart of the Rioja appellation of northern Spain and was established by Mariluz Ruiz and Javier Rubio on the land they inherited from their grandparents. Over 90 hectares of vineyards are cultivated with respect to the environment and with the goal of “achieving maximum quality in the grapes”, therefore they do not use chemicals, and only employ phytosanitary treatments if absolutely necessary. Additionally, 26 hectares of Verdejo, Graciano, Chardonnay, Tempranillo and Muscatel varieties are cultivated using only organic methods. Varietals are cultivated depending on soil, climate, sun and wind exposure of each vineyard plot.
Philosophy: With the love of the land and vine inherited from their grandparents, they have “a firm desire to develop the full potential of good wines from the very best qualities of the vineyards and of a unique way of life constructed around the world of wine”.
Tasting Notes: Dark red-violet in colour with robust aromas of cherry, tree bark, jalapeno and hints of flowers. Earth and leather notes highlight the plush blackberry and cherry core, whilst hints of spicy jalapeno and black cherry pleasingly linger on the dry finish.
Blend of Tempranillo and Graciano [I could not verify varietal percentages]
Embotellado en la Propiedad Vinedos Real Rubio [Bottled at the property]
Enjoy now thru 2016
A fantastic value Garnacha from 60 year old vines in northeastern Spain, abounding with bold fruit and spice.
Estate: Bodegas Ateca was founded in 2005 and is a joint project between the Gil Family Estates group and passionate, pioneering wine importer Jorge Ordonez. The vineyards are located on steep hillsides 700-900 meters above sea level in the Calatayud region of northeastern Spain.
Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from 60 year old Garnacha vines in slate and clay soils. Fermented in stainless steel tanks then aged for 2 months in French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: Deep red-violet in colour with aromas of cherry and damp earth. Black cherry, hints of tart red currant and herbaceous nuances culminated in chili flake and earth notes on the dry, spicy finish.
Bottled by R.E. 50/42902 Bodegas Ateca S.L.
Enjoy now thru 2016
Winery: Cantina di Montalcino was founded in 1975 and is located in the hilly region of Montalcino in Tuscany, central Italy. Acquired by the Cantine Leonardo cooperative in 1990, Cantina di Montalcino is the oldest cooperative in the area. Today it consist of 100 growers with 395 acres of vineyards, with the majority of their electricity usage “self-produced through a photovoltaic supply system”.
Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from the Poggio del Sasso vineyards just outside of the Montalcino area, and aged for 2-3 months in second year usage French barriques.
Tasting Notes: Brick garnet in colour with aromas of dusty earth, leather and wildflowers. Light and silky smooth with tart cherry resting on a backbone of dry tannins, nuances of white pepper and licorice construct the dry finish.
Bottled by Cantina di Montalcino Soc. Agr. Coop.
Estate: The Tormaresca [‘tower by the sea’] estate is located in Puglia, southern Italy and was purchased by the renowned Antinori family in 1998 as they considered it to be “one of the most promising regions in Italy for the production of high quality wines with a strong territorial identity”. The estate is comprised of two properties: Masseria Maime at S. Pietro Vernotico and Bocca di Lupo at Minervino Murge. Since 1385 when Giovanni di Piero Antinori entered as a member, the “Arte Fiorentina”, in the Winemakers’ Guild of the city of Florence, the Antinori family has been making wine. Over 6 centuries and 26 generations later, the family is now headed by Marchese Piero Antinori along with the support of his three daughters, Albiera, Allegra, and Alessia.
Philosophy: Innovation along with “a fundamental respect for tradition and for the territory”.
Winemaking: Tormaresca Neprica 2012 follows in Piero Antinori’s spirit of innovation; the name ‘NePriCa’ is a composite of the three grapes that make up the somewhat untraditional blend of regional southern Italian grapes along with an international varietal.
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of cherry and earth. Straightforward black cherry and blackberry flavours ran atop dry tannins and earthy undercurrent, whilst white peppercorn, licorice and hints of espresso comprised the lengthy finish.
40% Negroamaro, 30% Primitivo, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Estate Grown and Bottled by Tomaresca Soc. Agr. a.r.l.