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Holidays Wines: Big Red & Big White of Week!
|BIG HOLIDAY RED of THE WEEK #1
Winemaker Says: Your nose is teased with coffee nibs, blueberries
and black pepper, but a shy side emerges after time in the glass:
blackberries and a gentle floral lift. Flavors of dark chocolate,
coffee and fresh blackberry are carried on silky tannins—
they speak clearly, but don’t shout. 2017 is a riper, fuller,
but quieter vintage of our signature bottling of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Blend: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec
John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine says:
"The hills are literally red from the iron content,
part of what gives this wine a great and unique flavor."
$38.99 at wine.com
** $32 @MetroWines **
BIG HOLIDAY RED of THE WEEK #2
Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Washington 18.99
90 Points, Wine Spectator
This wine is mostly Merlot, with the rest Syrah and Malbec. Plum, tar, herb,
tire rubber, smoked meat and spice aromas are followed by lightly sweet coffee
and cocoa flavors that persist through the finish.
"Alluring aromatics of black pepper, charred oak, and dark berries introduce
notes of van cherry, red apple, and sweet fresh tobacco on the palate.
Medium-bodied and balanced with a supple tannic structure."
|BIG Holiday WHITE of THE WEEK
'Tis the season to UP your game!
This 100% Grillo is a straw-yellow colour, scents of apple and pear notes,
that make this wine immediately recognizable and appreciated.
The taste is warm and dry, slightly tannic and citric aroma.
Carolina Marengo Grillo is produced by Feudi del Pisciotto winery
and it is obtained from the best selections of Grillo grapes. Grillo is perhaps
the least known of the Sicilian varieties, though is no way inferior
to those more widely recognised. Carolina marengo Grillo is part of the
Italian Fashion Collection Top Designer Wines Collection's, which the
Sicilian producer Feudi del Pisciotto has dedicated to the greatest Italian fashion designers. The harvest is carried out towards mid-September,
followed by fermentation in steel and againg in 50% new
and 50% second passage barriques for about 8 months.
The wine completes its refinementin the bottle for the next 8 months. $29
** Your Drink it With Book **
Italy’s Native Wine Grape Terroirs is the definitive reference book on production areas
of Italy’s native wine grapes. Ian D’Agata’s approach to discussing wine, both scientific
and discursive, provides an easy-to-read, enjoyable guide to Italy’s best terroirs.
Descriptions are enriched with geologic data, biotype and clonal information,
anecdotes and interviews, and facts and figures compiled over 15 years of research.
The author, Ian D’Agata (www.iandagata.com), is an award-winning author
who has been writing about wine for almost thirty years. Senior Editor of Vinous
and Creative Director of Collisioni’s Wine & Food Project (Italy’s largest music, literature, wine, and food festival), Director of the Indigena festival (devoted to Italy’s native grapes and wines) and Director of 3iC (an international wine and food study center in Barolo). In 2018, he was nominated to the prestigious Accademia della Vite e del Vino, Italy’s official association of viticulture and enology researchers, university professors, and educators.
The book is at Malaprops:
The (beautiful) Bottle is @MetroWines!