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BBQ II; The Italians
August 22, 2018

Peter writes, "When we grill outdoors there is a reasonably good chance that some food will show up on the table. It is also true that Italian wines are great with food. So tonight we are doing an Italian BBQ tasting.""

Grilled Oysters  

He continues,

Just in case you do some grilled oysters we are starting with two distinctive whites. The 2014 Garofoli Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Podium from Marche is a classic example of this type. It is just fine young and ages beautifully. The wine is a balanced combination of multi layered yellow fruits, herbs, citrus and almond. The 2009 Colombera Timorosso Il Montino is almost ten years old now and just coming into its own. Timorosso is a grape variety of great character still being grown in Piedmont by a few dedicated growers. This wine has great depth with white flowers, stone fruit and intense minerality.

We will begin the reds with the 2013 Buglioni Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso. Valpolicella Ripasso is one of the most versatile wines with food and this can be served with everything from chicken to ribs. The 2016 G D Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo will be next. The Vajras make this as a pure expression of Nebbiolo with beautiful cherry, strawberry and spice with natural structure and smooth tannin.

Pagliarese is a revived ancient property in Tuscany. It is now owned by Felsina . The 2015 Pagliarese Chianti Classico Riserva is a beautiful expression of Sangiovese, rich and polished. Steak anyone? We will finish with the 2015 Le Terrazze Rosso Conero Riserva Sassi Neri. Here the grape is Montepulciano and this wine is also rich and polished.

This should be fun.


2014 Garofoli Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Podium: Bright straw. Peach, pear and green apple with citrus and almond. Layered texture and a long finish. Excellent 26.99; Mixed Case, 24.29; Case, 22.94

2009 Colombera Timorosso Il Montino:  Straw gold. White flowers, stone fruit and intense minerality. Complex, layered texture with a still fresh finish. Excellent  40; Mixed Case, 36; Case, 34



2013 Buglioni Valpolicella Ripasso: Ruby red. Cherry with notes of licorice, cinnamon and pepper. Structured velvet tannins and a long fruity finish. Very Good to Excellent 26.99; Mixed Case, 24.29; Case, 22.94

2016 G.D. Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo: Ruby. Cherry, strawberry, flowers and spice with natural structure and great balance. Smooth tannins. Very Good to Excellent 24.99; Mixed Case, 22.49; Case, 21.24

2015 Pagliarese Chianti Classico Riserva:  Ruby. Round and full Sangiovese with notes of violet, dark cherry and wild herbs. Balance is great and the finish is very long. All supported by great structure. Excellent  34; Mixed Case, 30.6; Case, 28.9

2015 Le Terrazze Rosso Conero Riserva Sassi Neri: Deep ruby red. Supple cherry aromas and flavors with notes of balsamic underbrush and dried flowers. Full and complex on the palate and a spicy finish. Excellent 38; Mixed Case, 34.2; Case, 32.3


Italian BBQ Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $325

Instore only Italian BBQ Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $172

Or mix your own

 Any six - 11 bottles of the above for a 10% discount

 Any twelve bottles of the above for a 15% discount


Order by phone at 617.367.8605, or reserve here: peter@federalwine.com


Please pass this on to any friends who are wine enthusiasts!


           - Peter Hemenway