This week we have the pleasure of pouring wines from two very small family owned wineries from Italy, the Graziano Pra' and D'Alessandro Azienda wineries.
The Graziano Prà winery is located in the very heart of the Soave wine district outside of Verona. Graziano Prà was founded in the early 1980’s by Graziano Prà with help by his family especially his father Angelo. The estate grows the traditional grapes of Garganega and Trebbiano to create their Soave Classico wine, which is highly regarded by critics. Besides Soave Classico, Graziano Prà grows Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella grapes for its production of Amarone Valpolicella. All the fruit grown on the estate is 100% organic!
D'Alessandro Azienda is a relatively new Italian vineyard, founded in 2006, but it grows on rich land that has been in the family since 1820 on the Island of Sicily. Giacomo d'Alessandro founded the winery with the mission of using contemporary knowledge and techniques to make traditional Sicilian wines. They specialize in Nero d'Avola, an indegenous grape to Italy with a similar taste profile of Syrah.
Wines we will feature include...
2012 Pra Soave Otto
Almond and stone notes underscore the subtle flavors of apricot, kumquat, honey and lemon curd in this fresh, lively white, with a clean finish. Drink now. 18,000 cases made.
2011 Pra Soave Classico Monte Grande
90 points Wine Spectator-Fresh and open-knit, this balanced Soave features a stony hint to flavors of yellow plum, honey, apricot and anise. The clean finish has with a lasting touch of blanched almond. Drink now through 2018. 1,500 cases made.
2011 Pra Morandina Valpoliceela Ripasso
The 2011 Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Morandina is a blend of Corvinone, Corvina, Rondinella and Oseleta. It presents an elegant and slightly muted tasting profile with tones of bright cherry, dried plum, toasted almond and baking spice. Some 18 months of oak aging has done its part to pump up concentration and overall richness. Drink 2014-2018.
2008 D' Alessandro Nero D'Avola
Notes of plum, black currant and wet stone remain focused in this medium-bodied red, as a touch of licorice flickers on the lingering finish. Drink now. 6,250 cases made.
2008 D' Alessandro Nero D'Avola/Syrah
This dense, wild red is mature, with accents of leather and seared mushroom to the concentrated plum sauce and roasted fig fruit character. Nero d'Avola and Syrah.