Nanni Cope, Sabbie di Sopra il Bosco 2013Regular price $60.00 Save $-60.00
Variety: Pallagrello Nero, Aglianico, and Casavecchia
Giovanni Ascione used to be a writer with a passion for wine, food, travel and life. As a contributor and critic for guides and magazines, he often got pressure from disagreeable growers because they felt he had no basis for his critiques since he had never made wine. This spurred him later in life to find vines, make wine and a new story began. Starting in 2007, Ascione slowly retrained the old vines located in the vineyard Vigna Sopra il Bosco. Left to go wild for many years, the vines of the Casavecchia varietal look more like trees. Nanni-Copé is one of my favorite producers in all of Italy. When Giovanni shows the wine at local wine fairs he is regularly the center of attention.
The main variety is Pallagrello Nero, surprisingly not Aglianico, though Aglianico is blended in. This is a wine of strong personality; the Aglianico contributes structure and acidity to the wine. Both varieties are blended with Casavecchia, a lesser known grape from centuries old ungrafted vines from the Terre del Volturno IGT.
Ca' La Bionda, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico "Vigneti di Ravazzol" 2013Regular price $75.00 Save $-75.00
Variety: Corvina, Corvinone, and Rondinella
Ca' La Bionda is located in the commune of Marano di Valpolicella in the heart of
the Classico zone of Valpolicella. Founded by Pietro Castellani in 1902, Ca' La Bionda has over 29 hectares of hillside vineyards at an altitude between 150 and 300 meters. Today the estate is in its fourth generation of family leadership.
The Ravazzol Amarone is a blend of 70% Corvina, 20% Corvinone and 10% Rondinella from 50-70 year old vines grown on the hillside vineyard of Ravazzol. Immediately after harvest in September and October, the bunches of grapes are placed on cane drying racks until January or February in order to dry out the grapes, concentrating flavors and helping to delivering the unique aromas and structure of Amarone.
Ca' La Bionda, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013Regular price $64.00 Save $-64.00
Variety: Corvina, Corvinone, and Rondinella
I was introduced to Ca' La Bionda by Christoph Kuenzli, from the famed Le Piane winery in northern Piemonte. Finding a great producer in the hills of Valpolicella can be tricky so leaning on friends always helps. There are many regions in Italy that show the detrimental hand of western trends. Amarone is, and should be, one of the great wines of Italy. However, finding one that still tastes genuinely Italian can be tricky. Ca ‘La Bionda is located in the historic “classic” zone of the Valpolicella region. Founded in 1902, the family’s focus has always been on the grapes and the vineyard work. They presently cultivate 25 hectares. Certain wines are aged longer than others. But at every step of the way, attention is given to tradition, as opposed to modern, quick winemaking. Alessandro’s wines rarely receive much mainstream press, which is fine by him. This wine is more than capable of selling itself.
Pietracupa, Campania Quirico 2015Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Winemaker Sabino Loffredo has swiftly created a reputation within and beyond Italy for some of the most exquisite Greco and Fiano wines in Avellino of Campania in the south of Italy. Pietracupa was founded in 1993 by his family, starting as just 3 hectares of vineyards. The vines were chosen with the intent of showcasing the mountainous terrain of Avellino to the world. He produces limited amounts of Fiano, Greco, Falanghina, and Aglianico coming from some of the finest vines in Avellino. Both wine and winemaker share a similar mantra; staying original and faithful to the land with elegance, depth, and minerality. Due to the southern climate of Campania, the wines benefit from longer time on the vine. These coastal wines crave seafood and olive oil based dishes.
Ciacci Piccolomini, Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso 2013Regular price $88.00 Save $-88.00
For many years the wines of the famed region of Montalcino have been recognized as the top wines of Italy. This is still a very true statement today. The central town is perched on the top of the hill and the vineyards are patched together on the hillsides below. The Ciacci family’s history dates back to the 17th century, and their land holdings are some of the most historic in Tuscany. The legendary winemaking estate is located on the south side of the hill around the smaller village of Castelnuovo facing the Orcia Valley. Originally the estate was owned by the church and Francesco Ciacci purchased the property in 1877.
Pian dell'Orino, 'Vigneti del Versante' Brunello di Montalcino 2013Regular price $150.00 Save $-150.00
The winemakers of Pian dell’Orino are not natives to Tuscany, nor did they know one another before collaborating to make Sangiovese in Montalcino. Caroline was born in the Südtirol in a large Renaissance castle where she managed the family property. Amongst her duties at the property was an enormous, six hundred year-old grapevine that is the oldest and largest existing vine in all of Europe. Caroline’s partner, Jan, was born in the city of Karlsruhe in Germany, not far from the Pfalz region, studying both viticulture and oenology in Germany. He then worked for several years as an oenologist in France before meeting Caroline and moving to Montalcino. Together they grow purely Sangiovese.
A wine sourced entirely from the Scopeta vineyard. This wine macerated for four weeks before being drawn off, twice as long as the Rosso. It then ages for 42 months in large barrels.