• June 2014 Wine of the Month Club

    Start the Summer in Italia!

    Great summer wines from Sicily, Tuscany and Verona!
    There is no better way to get the summer started than with these three wonderful wines from sunny Italy. How about a rich Sicilian red made from the native grape Nero d’Avola (“The Black Grape of Avola”) and blended with Syrah. Two grapes that thrive in the hot dry summers of the Island.

    Did anyone say Soave!

    No not the Soave made popular in the jug wines of the ‘80’s, but a Soave Classico. Made from the Garganega grape grown hills of the North-Eastern town of Verona. A Super Tuscan ripened in the Tuscan Sun. This classic blend of grapes from the old world Italian Sangiovese and Montepulciano and new world Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

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    Pound Ridge Wines 71 Westchester Ave Pound Ridge, NY 10576

    INAMA AZIENDA AGRICOLA

    Soave Classico 2012 docg 100% Garganega Verona Italy $16.99

    The Territory of Soave Classico and the wine:

    In the 1950’s Guiseppe Inama. The estate’s founder, began purchasing small plots of vineyards in the heart of the Soave CLassico region. At that time few undertood the area;s potential. His idea was to assemble only ther top quality vineyards of the old-vine Garganega grape and fashion from them a wine capable of restoring Soave’s reputation. Today the estate comprises mare the 30 acres of vineyards. In the Soave classic appellation the steep hills and the meagre basalt soils are carpeted with Garganega. An intensly aromatic variety, it was first planted here by the Romans and was origanily known as Grecanicum, a reference to its Greek origins, although it arrived from Campania where its cousin Greco, is still widely planted. Isolated from its family, it gradually mutated through hundreds of generations. The name changed and so did the vine: its currant, floral iteration gives voice to the inimitable bland of Alpine and Mediteranean influences found in SOAVE!

    TASTE:

    Light yellow color. Elegant nose of sweet fi­eld flowers: chamomile, elder flower & iris. Mineral on the palate with sweet almond on the ­finish.

    PoderNuovo a Palazzone

    Therra 2009 Montecchio, Tuscany $29.99 Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

    Podernuovo a Palazzone

    Podernuovo a Palazzone is a new wine estate in Southern Tuscany, close to San Casciano dei Bagni, at the border to Lazio and Umbria. The estate expands over 20 hectares including Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines. It is managed by Giovanni Bulgari, the successor to the famed jewelry dynasty. Developed with respect for the terroir of Tuscany, the goal of Podernuovo a Palazzone is to not only produce beautiful wines but also healthy products helping to preserve the culture and landscape of the region.

    Tasting Notes

    The aroma is winey and well structured, but also pleasant and straightforward. Although it is a wine that can be consumed right away, it can be kept for years of ageing. Olfactory notes are fine, elegant and persistent with notes of red fruits, spices, aromatic woods and slight hints of tobacco. Therra’s harmonious, well-balanced and persistent taste is warm and structured with sweet and smooth tannins. It closes with red fruits and balsamic notes.

    CUSUMANO

    Benuara 2012 70% Nero d’Avola 30% Syrah Sicily, Italy $23.99

    From day one, the philosophy behind Cusumano has been to emphasize the importance of terroir knowledge, investment in innovative technology, and above all, passion for winemaking. The Cusumano winery was established in 2001, when brothers Alberto and Diego, took over the management of the company from their father, Francesco. With the help of an intimate knowledge of the Sicilian terrain and consultant winemaker Mario Ronco, the Cusumano brothers today own over 400 hectares (nearly 1,000 acres) of vineyards across 7 holdings throughout Sicily – bringing a bright explosion of modern, innovative and high quality Italian wines to over 60 countries in the world.

    Tasting Notes

    The name Benuara comes from the small red flowers that grow near the vineyards. And these Nero d’Avola and Syrah grapes are grown in clay-based soil throughout the rolling hills of Presti e Pegni. This wine’s jam-filled profile is paired best with rich, grilled meats.