New Italian Wine Arrivals for June

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New Italian Wine Arrivals for June

White Wines

2017 Curatolo Arini ‘Paccamora’ Catarratto, Sicily

Catarratto is Sicily’s most planted white grape and produces light, dry, citrusy wines with a slight salty minerality.  This is a light, fresh and easy drinking white with just enough fruit that it can be served as an aperitif or with seafood dishes.

$11.99 per bottle

 

2017 Baglio di Pianetto Insolia, Sicily

Baglio di Pianetto is an organic winery in the countryside outside of Palermo.  The Insolia grape is an ancient variety that is best known for producing Marsala wines but is now getting attention for also producing crisp, dry white wines.   This Insolia is medium bodied and sapid with just a touch of citrus fruit.   Drink this affordable white as an aperitif or with seafood dishes. 

$12.99 per bottle

 

2017 Giordano Lombardo Gavi di Gavi, Piedmont

I was happy to find this uncomplicated, refreshing Gavi wine just in time for summer.  The Lombardo winery is a small, family run winery practicing sustainable and organic farming. Their Gavi di Gavi is classic in style; light, bright and lemony with a slight nutty finish.  Pair this wine with grilled fish and chicken or any seafood dish.

$16.99 per bottle

 

2015 St. Michael-Eppan ‘Lahn’ Sauvignon, Südtirol-Alto Adige

The Südtirol-Alto Adige region of northern Italy produces some of Italy’s most exquisite white wines and this Sauvignon Blanc is exactly that.   This is serious Sauvignon Blanc and not a simple, fruity wine.   Texturally the wine is creamy and a little weightier than most sauvignon blanc wines.  The elegant dry wine is layered with flavors of green apple, yellow pear and lemon curd then balanced with the classic minerality found in Südtirol-Alto Adige white wines.  Let this wine come to temperature a little prior to serving to release all of its beautiful character.

$23.99 per bottle

 

Red Wines

2016 Montefresco Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Abruzzo

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is one of Italy’s greatest value wines and always a crowd pleaser so it’s always exciting when we discover a new one to bring into the store.  Montefresco’s Montepulciano is a juicy, fruit forward and uncomplicated wine that is meant to be quaffable.   It is a medium bodied wine with dark red cherry and plum fruits and touches of spice on the finish.   This is a great every day wine that can pair with a wide variety of foods and at this price you can’t go wrong grabbing a couple bottles.

$8.99 per bottle

 

2016 Sportoletti Assisi Rosso, Umbria

This small family winery was recommended to us by our good customer, Zoe, who visited their winery in Umbria and enjoyed the family and their wines. Zoe has great taste!  Their entry-level Assisi Rosso is a blend of 50% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and is one of those delicious value wines from central Italy that are great to keep on hand for weeknight dinners.   It’s a medium bodied, dry red with bright red cherry fruit and hints of herbs.   Pair this wine with red sauces, meat sauces or roasted meats.

 $12.99 per bottle

 

2017 Brigaldara Valpolicella, Veneto

Brigaldara ‘s Valpolicella is the perfect, affordable light red for summer dinners.  Bright and fresh with red cherry fruit and hints of herbs, this wine can easily pair well with a wide variety of foods and especially lighter summer fare like roast or grilled chicken and salmon, turkey burgers, lighter pasta dishes and grilled vegetables.   The wine is fun and easy and will go down surprisingly fast so grab a couple bottles.

$13.99 per bottle

 

2014 Putzenhof Bozner Leiten (Schiava), Südtirol-Alto Adige

Schiava is a grape commonly found in the northern Alto Adige region of Italy at the base of the Dolomiti.  Schiava wines are light bodied and somewhat rustic with flavors of roasted strawberries, red cherries and wild herbs.    Schiava is an easy drinking and enjoyable wine that is not meant to be complicated.  It pairs well with charcuterie, cheeses and roasted white meats. 

$15.99 per bottle

 

2016 Produttori di Manduria ‘Lirica’ Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia

We know Primitivo as Zinfandel in California but Primitivo has ancient roots in Puglia Italy and especially in the Manduria region where they specialize in Primitivo wines.   Primitivo wines from Puglia are always packed with bold, ripe dark cherry and plum fruits but can range in styles from medium bodied and fresh to jammy and rich.  Produttori di Manduria’s Lirica is a fresher, medium bodied wine that expresses the brighter tones of the ripe Primitivo fruit.  It’s smooth and balanced with notes of flowers, herbs and spice to counter the juicy fruit.   Pair this with grilled or braised meats and ripe cheeses.

$17.99 per bottle

 

2016 Casale del Giglio Cesanese, Lazio

Cesanese is an ancient grape found in the areas surrounding Rome and is the every red wine Romans drink with their rich, meat dishes.   Casale del Giglio’s 2016 Cesanese is big and supple with ripe black and red cherry fruit, hints of smoked meats and a peppery finish.  The wine has just enough acidity to balance the rich fruit.  This big red screams for a rich oxtail stew or pasta.

$19.99 per bottle

 

2016 Vigne Rada ‘Arsenale’ Alghero Cagnulari, Sardinia

Cagnulari has ancient roots in the Alghero region of northwest Sardinia but recent DNA testing proves it’s identical to Graciano in Spain and might have been brought to this area of Sardinia when the Catalans conquered it in the 14th century.   Cagnulari thrives here in the warm Mediterranean climate and rocky soils and produces bold, dark yet smooth red wines.  Vigne Rada is a small husband and wife winery and recent addition to Kermit Lynch Imports.  Their Cagnulari is a rich and satisfying wine with plenty of dark red fruit, herbs, earth and baking spices. 

$32.99 per bottle

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