Now 20% off!
Through August 5th
We're very excited that our long-awaited delivery of Italian wines from importer Small Vinyards has recently arrived! Small Vineyards imports wines from all over the Mediterranean that come from, you guessed it, small, family-owned wineries. How small are the wineries? They only work with wineries that among the smallest 10% in the region, and most of them pick their grapes by hand. Plus, all of them are sustainably farmed.
Marchetti, Verdicchio Classico Superiore “Tenuta del Cavaliere” 2012 - $18.99, on sale at $14.96
Wow, that name is a mouthful! Let me break it down for you. Verdicchio is a white wine grape of the Le Marches region due east of Tuscany and between Umbria and the Agean Sea. “Castelli di Jesi” is the region near the town of Jesi where the best Verdicchio is grown. “Classico” and “superiore” both denote higher levels of quality for a Verdicchio. Classico is a geographic term for the best area within the Castelli di Jesi, and superiore denotes a riper, lusher wine. “Tenuta del Cavaliere” is name the Marchetti winery bestows on this cuvee they make from extra ripe grapes harvested later than usual. Wine writer Victor Hazan thinks the name Verdicchio (verr-dick-key-oh) describes the wine: “beginning with the word for green (verde) and ending in the sharp rap of the hard, double c, an irresistible suggestion of freshness and verve.” This Verdicchio is rich and full on the palate with aromas of stone fruits of pear and apricot, honey, rosemary, and almond. Maurizio loves this wine served with scallops lightly seared with lemon and olive oil, calamari, and Parmigiano.
Marchetti Rosso Conero “Uve di Montepulciano” 2011 - $13.99, on sale at $10.96
(90% Montepulciano, 10% Sangiovese)
On Italy’s flat eastern Adriatic Coast just south of Ancona, a lone mountain rises suddenly to 1700 feet — the striking Monte Conero. The winery lies north of the mountain and just inland from Ancona in the wine region called Rosso Conero, where some of the best Montipulciano comes from. Along with Primitivo from Apulia, and Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Montepulcianos are the safest Italian reds for the novice. They all have a lower acidity and fuller, rounder fruit on the palate. This is blended with 10% Sangiovese which adds a cranberry red fruit note to the black fruit and plum of Montepulciano. Smooth, bright fruit with a bit of backbone to allow it stand up to red meat dishes.
Verso Salento Rosso 2011 - $13.99, on sale at $10.96
(Primitivo, Negroamaro, & Malvasia Nera; Salento, Apulia, Italy)
This plush, robust red is blended from the three classic red grapes of the Apulian Peninsula. Primitivo (35%) is a sibling of California's Zinfandel. It makes lush, ripe red wines full of intense red fruits and spice. Negroamaro (60%) is a dark, full-flavored red grape that makes dark, rich wines full of black fruit flavors. Malvasia Nera (15%) is a red grape used for blending to add aromatics to wines from this region, as well as Chianti in Tuscany. This wine is made in the passimento style, meaning the grapes are dried for 45 days, letting the flavors grow intensely ripe and bold. From its striking bottle to its boldly-fruited flavors, this red wowed all of us. Try with braised lamb or veal shank. Or a Thursday night.