Italy offers over 2000 indigenous varieties (native grapes) spread throughout this beautiful country. Each of Italy’s 20 regions is home to a unique viticultural industry, from the cool climates in the northeast such as Alto Adige and Friuli to the warm, sunny zones of the south such as Campania, Puglia and Sicily.
Ascheri Barolo 2010
Red Piedmont wine, bottled by Cantine Giacomo Ascheri, 100% Nebbiola. Characteristics: intense garnet red colour, rich and composite bouquet of ripe fruit, candied fruit, tobacco and sweet spices, balanced, with an excellent structure and fine tannins perfectly integrated, elegant and powerful wine at the same time
Dalla Terra Langhe Nebbiolo Martinenga 2013
“89 points: The estate’s 2013 Langhe Nebbiolo Martinenga emerges from the lower slopes of the property and is done entirely in steel. Strawberries, raspberries, flowers and mint are all laced together in a floral, perfumed Nebbiolo to drink over the next few years. . The classic sense of Martinenga is present, along eight the bright acidity of the year” –Antonio Galloni, vinoussmedia.com, November 2013
La Spinetta – Il Gentile di Casanova 2008 Toscana
This wine is an intense ruby red color. On the nose it has scents of wild flowers, red fruits and wild berries. On the palette is is full-bodied, elegant and refined, with plenty of grip from the smooth and sweet tannins. It has a note of balsamic and a fine finish. We are happy to have this addition to the La Spinetta wines we carry.
Carpineto Dogajolo Toscano 2013
This white blend from Tuscany, Italy is pleasantly fruity, elegantly aromatic, and shows good body as well as agreeable acidity. It is wonderful as an aperitif as well as a great match with seafood dishes, salads and white meats. It is a blend of dry-farmed Chardonnay (49%), Grechetto (30%) and Sauvignon Blanc (30%) grapes grown on the hillsides of Tuscany.
Organic wine from Italy – Fuori Strada (Off Road): These wines from Tuscany and Sicily have been carefully selected for pure tasting pleasure! Tetra Pak packaging means more wine, less waste. We hope that you enjoy the wines as much as we do! Try either the white or red Fuori (Off Road) Strada. Both wines express amazing quality, convenience, and normally priced-$14.99 per liter, now $12.99 / liter.
2012 Alto Adige Valle Isarco Kerner DO – Eisacktaler Kellerei
The Kerner variety is a Schiava and Riesling hybrid created in Weinsberg (Germany) around 1930. It prefers the light, gravelly and sandy soils of the higher altitude, sunny hillsides of the mid Valle Isarco. Despite their late ripening period, these grapes provide a highly acclaimed full-bodied and tasty wine.
GRAPE VARIETY Kerner
SUPPORT SYSTEM Guyot
AVERAGE YIELD 90 q/ha
Etna Bianco 2013 – Murgo
The 2013 Etna Bianco from Sicily is made from the grape variety Catarratto. Wine Searcher notes that this is one of Italy’s most commonly planted grape varieties, even though it is almost exclusively grown in Sicily. Catarratto vines cover more surface area in Sicily than those of any other variety. The variety makes up around 60 percent of total vineyard area on the island and is largely confined to the western provinces (Trapani, Palermo and Agrigento).
Pieropan Soave Classico 2013 – Vignaioli Dal 1880
This white Italian wine is the freshest, youngest wine in the Pieropan family range. It is made entirely from fruit grown in their own vineyards situated in the Soave Classico zone and planted only with indigenous grape varieties, including 85% Garganega, and 15% Trebbiano di Soave. It makes an excellent partner for soups, starters, especially vegetable based such as asparagus, peas, courgette, egg-based dishes or seafood and fresh water fish dishes. It is an excellent aperitif, especially when served with simple canapés.
La Spinetta Toscana Vermentino 2011
Rich yet complex with scents of pine and sea grass. A perfect example of what Vermentino should be, brimming with fruits and floral notes adding minerals at the end. Medium-bodied with fresh peach and lime. The crisp acidity and long finish help show this wine’s true indigenous Tuscan class. Great price $19.99.
Vecchia Cantina Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2009
Made with 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canoilo. This is wine number 69 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 List. Great price $15.99 / bottle while supplies of this great wine last.
Rupicolo Rivera 2010
This great new pizza wine is 70% Montepulciano and 30% Nero di Troia. The first variety provides fruitiness, while the latter builds character and structure. Aged for 3 to 4 months in glass-lined concrete tanks. The result is a young, pleasant, all-round, red wine with good ageing capacity. Ruby red color with full, aromatic bouquet. Accompaniment: Grilled meat, barbecue, pizza. Annual production: 150,000 bottles or 12,500 cases (9L).
Ratings by vintage:
- 2005: Wine Enthusiast Best Buy
- 2006: Wine Enthusiast Best Buy
- 2007: Gambero Rosso Vini d’Italia Two Glasses; Wine Enthusiast Best Buy
- 2009: Gambero Rosso Vini d’Italia Two Glasses
Pio Cesare Barolo 2007
Barolo Ornato is produced in small quantities and only in excellent vintages. It is a very rich Barolo, dense, with supple tannins, full concentrated ripe fruit, elegant and powerful, with an extremely long life.
Arnaldo-Caprai Monte Falco 2007
A Sangiovese blend comprised of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino, and 15% Merlot. The 2007 Arnaldo-Caprai Montefalco Rosso pours a clean, ruby red. It has lively, bright aromas of black cherry, vanilla, and a faint smokiness. On the palette you get dark dry fruits and bittersweet chocolate, with an almost herbal finish. The body is soft-to-medium, yet the tannins are fairly strong, lingering, and wonderfully mouthcoating.
Ruffino Reserva Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva 2007
On the nose Riserva Ducale immediately shows an outstanding elegance, characterized by particularly fragrant flowery and fruity notes. Violet, cherries, wild berries and plums meet with delicately spicy hints of tobacco and white pepper grains, followed by elegant scents of red roses and flint.
Taburno Falanghina 2010
A perennial favorite, the Cantina del Taburno Falanghina is better than ever in 2010. At once crisp and deeply fruity, this is about as refreshing and enticing a Falanghina as we’ve ever seen. You’ll find loads of pretty lemon, nectarine, and almond blossom aromas and flavors and a bright, citrusy finish with good underlying minerality. The wine is long on the palate and then even longer on the captivating finish. Easy to drink on its own and simply brilliant with seafood or light poultry dishes. Just plain excellent.
Giacomo Fenocchio 2011 Roero Arneis
The light hay coloring is loaded with greenish reflections. The fragrance is soft and complex, especially inviting with aromas hinting broom, camomile and fresh fruit. The flavor is pleasantly tangy, full and very persistent. Pairs nicely with saucy dishes white meats and grilled fish.