Castello di Verrazzano Rosso IGP 2011


Simple and smooth, this is wonderfully glugable with all varieties of pasta and pizza.

Estate: The boundaries of the Verrazzano estate have remained unchanged for over 1000 years, and as far back as the 14th century, there are descriptions of vineyards at the property. Acclaimed explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano [and namesake of the famous suspension bridge connecting Brooklyn and Staten Island] was born at the estate in 1485. The Cappellini family acquired the estate and its 52 hectares of vineyards in 1958.

Philosophy: “Producing quality wines thereby evoking the harmony of Chianti Classico” along with “building a sense of excellence made of uniqueness and a bit of mystery”.

Winemaking: Somewhat unique for the northern Chianti Classico region, the vineyards are characterized by stony soil rich in limestone. Organic farming is practiced, and all harvesting is done by hand.

Tasting Notes: Ruby red with brick highlights in colour, with aromas of cherry, earth and hints of chili pepper. Light and easy drinking with cherry and plum flavours supported by leather and warm spice elements in the clean finish.

Sangiovese [I could not verify varietal percentage]
Toscana IGP
Bottled by Luigi Giovanni Cappellini
13.5% Alcohol
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Montes Malbec 2012


A rustic, velvety Malbec at a fantastic price that can hold its own with bold flavours.

Estate: Montes was founded in the late 1980’s by four wine professionals with the goal of crafting “Chilean wines a quantum-leap higher in quality than the standards” that were currently in practice. Founder and winemaker Aurelio Montes professes “80% of good wine comes from the vineyards and only 20% from the cellar”. With that in mind, the estate not only employs sustainable viticulture, they also aim at conserving the environment. Currently they have conserved 400 hectares of indigenous forest on the Maule region, along with protecting biological corridors that enable the natural development of both plant and animal life. Preservation of the environment has resulted in the estate [including both farming and winemaking activities] to be Carbon Neutral as the forest absorbs all of the CO2 produced.

Philosophy: “To make wines of the highest quality while caring for the environment and our people and developing a sustainable culture in every phase of production.”

Winemaking: Montes Classic is the “ambassador” label of the estate, “representing the outstanding value Chile can offer for everyday drinking”. Grapes were sourced from vines nearly 100 years old, aged for six months in oak and then only lightly filtered.

Tasting Notes: Violet-red in colour with aromas of plum, chocolate and wet leaves. Black cherry, blackberry and hints of coffee wrapped around an earthy core, whilst velvety tannins, nuances of vanilla and slightly bitter herbaceous elements comprised the cleansing finish.

100% Malbec
Colchagua Valley
Produced and Bottled by Montes S.A.
14.5% Alcohol
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Mundo de Yunter Tempranillo y Syrah 2012


A fantastic, organically farmed, $8 value Tempranillo blend from Spain that is straightforward, pleasant and great with a wide variety of dishes.

Winery: Bodegas Yuntero represents the organically farmed wines of The Jesús del Perdón Cooperative. Established in 1954 by a group of 102 wine growers wishing to develop and market their wines independently, today the coop boasts 700 members located in the heart of Spain.

Tasting Notes: Red-violet in color with aromas of blackberry and crushed black peppercorn. Red currant and blackberry flavors were backed by a cleansing acidity, woodsy elements and traces of black peppercorn harmonized in the plush finish.

85% Tempranillo, 15% Syrah
La Mancha
Produced and Bottled by Coop Jesus del Perdon
13% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2015

Rated 90 points by The Wine Advocate

Jean-Luc Colombo ‘Cape Bleue’ Rosé 2013


A delicate and elegant Rosé with a zippy finish, a fantastic companion with light dishes or sipping on its own.

Estate: Jean-Luc Colombo has been “hailed as the winemaking wizard of the Rhône”, and is internationally renowned for crafting innovative, character driven, memorable wines.

Philosophy: Working closely with his wife and daughter, he is driven by the philosophy that creating quality wine is dependent on three fundamental elements; “terroir, human endeavor and modern winemaking techniques”.

Winemaking: The grapes were sourced from hillside vineyards in the “Blue Cape” in Provence overlooking the bay of Marseille, an area made famous by the paintings of Cezanne.

Tasting Notes: Coral pink in colour, with aromas of peach, chalky minerals and slight nuances of banana. Delicate strawberry and raspberry notes gave way to hints of citrus zest and clean minerals in the crisp, dry finish.

67% Syrah, 33% Mourvedre
Bottled by Vins Jean-Luc Colombo
12.5% Alcohol
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Dom Giuvà Du Cropio Cirò Rosso Classico Superiore 2010


Focused and clear, with plush fruit and dense earth, this is an enjoyable companion to a wide variety of dishes.

Estate: The name Du Cropio translates to “doctor of agronomy” in the local dialect and reflects the long history of grape growing the Ippolito family has in the area. The 30 hectare family estate is located in a remote, rocky region of Calabria, southern Italy.

Winemaking: The vineyards are farmed organically, along with some being worked by horse and plow. The wines are left unfiltered and unrefined.

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in color with aromas of baked fruits along with hints of earthy, barnyard funk. Lush blackberry and cherry flavors rode atop a woodsy undercurrent of tobacco and leather elements, whilst crushed black peppercorn, sweet raisin and traces of bitter chocolate comprised the moderate finish.

100% Gaglioppo [From the importer: “On occasion perhaps 5% Greco Nero may find its way into the blend”]
Produced by Azienda Agricola Du Cropio by Giuseppe Ippolito
13.5% Alcohol
$25 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2015