3:30 to 6:00 pm
$10.00 per person
$5.00 is credited toward purchase of the featured wines below
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Matthew Reagan, Regional Manager for Zonin USA joins us again for a sampling of Italian wines being offered this Friday afternoon from 3:30 until closing. The wines today are from the Piemonte of Northern Italy. Also included in this tasting is a Brunello di Montalcino that was originally scheduled for the last event sampling Tuscan wines. It may have arrived late, but at least now we can try this great wine. Our last Italian wine event will be on next Friday, the 15th.
The Castello del Poggio estate lies entirely within the Monferrato area in the Province of Asti, one of Piedmont’s finest wine zones. It takes its name from the medieval stronghold that dominates it, and which once belonged to the noble Bunéis family.
2011 Castello del Poggio, Barbera d’Asti, Piemonte
LIST PRICE 16.00; OUR PRICE 13.99
Here’s a charming and fresh Barbera d’Asti with delicious cherry, raspberry and white pepper flavors. It’s simple, as one would expect of Barbera, but well made, and is all about easy enjoyment. Pair this with mushroom risotto or hearty pasta dishes. It can be drunk on its own, and could be considered for richly flavored dishes, roasts, grilled meats and cheeses.
2011 Castello del Poggio, Dolcetto Monferrato, Piemonte
LIST PRICE 17.00; OUR PRICE 14.99
The grapes are machine harvested, gently crushed, de-stemmed and aged in the traditional stainless steel tanks. The contact of the must with the skins imparts the wine’s deep ruby-red color and light tannins. The nose suggests lively and fresh raspberry, plum and dark cherry with notes of lavender, sage and sweet tobacco. The wine is medium bodied, with a palate revealing juicy cranberry, dark chocolate and subtle spice. Delicate tannins lead to a mineral filled finish. It pairs perfectly with traditional Italian style cold cuts, pasta with creamy tomato sauce and an assortment of fine cheeses.
2008 Poggio Le Coste Barolo, Piemonte
LIST PRICE 35.00; OUR PRICE 29.95
The Nebbiolo grapes are hand picked and vinified following the traditional style of fermentation in contact with the skins to highlight the personality of the terroir. Following the malolactic fermentation, the wine ages in barriques for 24 months followed by an additional 6 months in bottle. The nose is elegant and floral showing Bing cherries and currant with scents of violet, licorice, sweet tobacco and exotic spice. The palate is medium to full bodied and silky, revealing juicy cranberry, sweet leather and clove that lead to soft but substantial tannins with a lasting finish. Try paring this with mushroom risotto, beef, game or stew.
2007 La Selvaccia Brunello di Montalcino, Toscana
LIST PRICE 49.00; OUR PRICE 39.95
The Sangiovese Grosso grapes were fermented in traditional stainless steel tanks at the controlled temperature of 84°F with a delicate maceration on the skins for 15/18 days. The wine matured for nearly 3 years in French oak and finally 12 months in stainless steel tanks followed by 4 months in bottle before being released. The bouquet suggests aromatic herbs, spices and black cherries. The palate is full bodied with good balance and a long lasting velvety finish. It pairs perfectly with grilled meat or game.
2012 Castello del Poggio Moscato d’Asti, Piemonte
LIST PRICE 17.00; OUR PRICE 14.99
This wine has a straw-yellow color with golden reflections and a delicate mousse. It is fruity and very inviting, with intense scents of peaches and exotic fruit. Fresh and pleasantly sweet, it has a taste that reveals its varietal characteristic charmingly. Excellent as dessert wine, it matches perfectly with jam tarts, fruit salads and pastry. It is also delicious with ice cream, or just on its own. Try it on the rocks with club soda and a lemon twist.