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Italian Solidarity Case - All Around the Mainland

This was so popular last week that we ran out of one of the wines and had to make a substitution. Try some seafood with the 2017 Montecappone Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi.
March 25, 2020




. The 2018 Pieropan Soave Classico is a wonderful example of one of Italy’s oldest and best known whites. This is a very fresh and versatile wine that the Pieropans have been making for centuries.

       Good roses age well, for example 2018 La Spinetta Il Rose di Casanova. This Rosato of Sangiovese was our most ordered and reordered last year. It is still fresh and even rounder and a bit spicier than it was.

       The 2018 Sottimano Mate is made from a single vineyard of Brachetto in Barbaresco. Everyone else uses these grapes to make a sweet wine. Sottimano makes his completely dry. On the lighter side with many savory and interesting flavors and aromas.

       We have had to substitute a wine from another Alessandria in Verduno for the Burlotto last week. The 2018 Alessaandria Verduno comes from another ancient Piemontese grape, Pelaverga.  Pelaverga is lively and refreshing, with tangy, red plum flavors and floral aromas. Natives say its saucy side makes it a natural aphrodisiac, its spicy nature inspiring equally spicy behavior. 

       In Cilento in Campania Luigi and Rafaella grow traditional grapes organically. They also have three dogs. The 2017 Luigi Maffini Cilento Aglianico Kleos  is bold and has plenty of structure and great balance. You can taste the beauty of the landscape.



2017 Montecappone  Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi:  Straw yellow with green highlights. Mostly citrus when young and developing richer flavors with age. Well structured with bright acidity and almond notes in the finish.   Very Good Plus  15.99/bottle 14.39/mixed case  13.59/case

2018 Pieropan Soave Classico:  Balanced and textured with peach blossom, apricot, golden apple and almond and a scent of lilies in the finish:  Very Good Plus  21/bottle 18.90/mixed case  17.85/case


2018 La Spinetta Il Rose di Casanova:  Tangerine, white peach and strawberry. Floral mineral center and silkiness in the finish. Very Good Plus to Excellent   18.99/bottle  17.09/mixed case  16.14/case



2018 Sottimano Mate:  Light ruby. Cherries, roses, dry layered mouthfeel with exotic spice. Different in a Very Good Plus way.  21/bottle  18.90/mixed case  17.85/case

2018 Alessandria Verduno Pelaverga  Very Good Plus 21/bottle  18.90/mixed case  17.85/case

2017 Luigi Maffini Cilento Aglianico Kleos:  Supple and aromatic. Layers of dark fruit, damson plum and blackberry. Long finish with herbs and black pepper.  Very Good Plus to Excellent  21/bottle  18.90/mixed case  17.85/case


Special mixed case: Two bottles of each of the above for a special price of $202

Downtown  pack: One bottle of each of the above for a special price of $108

Or Mix any 12 for 15% off

Any 6 for 10% off


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           - Peter Hemenway