We are always finding new and interesting wine. Quite often they are tiny production from family farms and we might never get a chance to let you know before they are all gone. Here are just a few of the new Italian wines that have arrived in the past few weeks.
~$23 Fattoria Moretto “Monovitigno” (Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Secco, 2014)
~$16 Fattoria Moretto (Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Secco, 2014)
Salumi, formaggio, prosciutto, pizza…this slightly fizzy, dry red wine from the Emilia Romagna region of Italy is made for food. The Altariva family is producing purple wines that are loads of fun yet still real wines with concentration and aromatics serious enough to satisfy the most discriminating drinkers. The “monovitigno” is from a four acre single vineyard near the town of Modena that’s planted with vines over 40 years old.
~$44 Begali (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2011)
Lorenzo Begali and his family are steadily growing the repute of their winery to benchmark status. Like all Amarone, the aromatics and mouthfeel are rich and powerful but Begali’s wines never feel too heavy, chewy or thick. This wine is marked by long flavors of smoke, ripe fruit, tobacco and grilled herbs.
~$50 Vigne Marina Coppi “Fausto” (Colli Tortonesi, 2011)
Colli Tortonesi is a stone’s throw from the well-known region of Gavi. There is a movement at hand to bring Timorasso, a grape that was only retrieved from obscurity in the past 15 years and has the most character of all Piedmont’s native white varieties, the recognition it deserves. Francesco Bellocchio is at the forefront of that movement. Fausto is a full-bodied white wine with multi-layered aromatics of crushed stone and dried flowers.