Our friend Kathy from Franco wine importers will be joining us this Thursday to pour us a few of her small production boutique Italian wines from her portfolio. Franco is a family owned importer that specializes in family owned and operated wineries in some of most eclectic wine regions of Italy.
Wines we will be featuring include…
2013 La Soraia Gavi
Winemaker Guido Natalino's family has been growing grapes and making wine in Gavi for over 100 years. Excellent example of classic Gavi. Bright, mineral and zippy Cortese from this famous white wine village in Piedmont.
2007 Vecchia Cantina Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva
Deep black almandine with black reflections. The bouquet is spicy with some acidity and a fair amount of alcohol, some cut tobacco, and underlying berry fruit. Developing, but it's a barrel sample. On the palate it's full, with fairly rich cherry fruit supported by powerful berry fruit acidity and tannins that are splinter and rather angry, but not vanilla laced. Should develop nicely with time, and be rather elegant in a middle of the road key.
2009 Campofiorito Brunello di Montalcino
Cherry, plum, licorice and spice flavors play off the lush texture in this opulent red. The tannins offer support, but are well-integrated, leading to a long, balanced finish.
2005 Cavalier Bartolomeo Barolo
A very perfumed red, offering plum and floral aromas that follow through to a medium body, with fine tannins and a clean, fruity finish. Balanced and attractive. Not imported into the U.S. Best after 2010. 660 cases made.