If You’re a Fan of Brunello Di Montalcino or the Best in Tuscan Reds These Wines are for You!
2010 Chianti Classico
2006 Chianti Classico Riserva
2008 Chianti Classico Riserva
2006 Chianti Classico Riserva/ Magnum
Located in the Castelnuovo Berardenga village in the Chianti Classico Zone, Principessa Coralia Pignatelli della Leonessa creates my favorite Tuscan wines. They’re ultra traditional & taste of the soil. This is Italian wine at it’s finest!
It’s hard for me to express just how much I love these wines. I first discovered them when tasting thru Tuscany back in 04. We had the 1977 Riserva at a terrific restaurant in Val d’ Elsa and when we finished the bottle I said, “who are these people?” The next day I made an appt. and it was one of my most treasured experiences. I’ve sent many customers to visit the Principessa and they’ve all come back raving. Everything she does is first class. In their incredible restaurant the furniture is all built out of the olive trees that grow on the property. Every chair and table is different. I could go on and on but let’s discuss what it’s all about…….
When I drink Italian wines I’m looking for that cedary, spicy, earthy thing that is Italy and only Italy. French wines can be earthy but it’s a different smell and taste. The wines of Castell’ In Villa express this to the fullest. These are not fruity cherry and berry. The are savory and the aromas and flavors are of dried fruits & flowers, minerals with a dusty, earthy core. This is Italian wine at its best!
I’ve mentioned before that I plan to offer more European wines. Oregon Pinot is fantastic and worthy of any cellar but creating a wine cellar is all about balance. The Banneret Chateauneuf that we just offered is a perfect start at aquiring a great French wine. Castell’ In Villa’s wines are among the finest Italians that you can lay down. I prefer them to almost any Bunello I’ve had. We plan to continue to offer you the best in local Pinots but we’ll also be searching the world of fine wine to bring you wines that speak of the place they are grown. And these two are a great start!
Castell’ In Villa/ Castelnuovo Berardenga, Tuscany
2010 Chianti Classico/ Retail $26
Case $21.25 ($255)
Six Pack $23 ($138)
2006 Chianti Classico Riserva/ Retail $62
Case $52 ($624)
Six Pack $55 ($330)
2008 Chianti Classico Riserva/ Retail $59
Case $50 ($600)
Six Pack $53 ($318)
Friday, May 1st: Another Trip Down Italy’s Less Traveled Wine Roads ($15)
Always a fun and educational tasting, come learn about Italy’s less known wines like Aglianco from Campania and Lagrien from Alto Adige. It’s not all about Tuscany & the Piemonte, you know.
Friday, May 8th: French Reds. It’s a Tough Job but Somebody’s Got to Do It ($15)
Yep, that’s my job for this one. Scouring the French countryside lookin’ for something tasty. I don’t think that will be very hard. Let’s see; Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone Valley, Loire Valley, the Jura & Savoie and on and on and on and on. Can’t help but be one great tasting!
Friday, May 15th: Dry Rosé; Bring on Summer! ($15)
Time to check out the new batch of delightful dry rosé. I think French is hard to beat and we’ll take a look at the Loire Valley, Provence and more. Other potentials include Italy, Oregon and you never know what else.
Friday, May 22nd: May is Oregon Wine Month and We’re Joining the Party ($15)
We’ll participate in Oregon Wine Month by pouring wines from all over our great state. Umpqua Valley, Columbia Gorge and, of course, the Willamette Valley will all be featured. Come help us celebrate and enjoy the fine wines we can call our own.
Friday, May 29th: The Return of the Killer B’s; Barolo, Barbaresco & Barbera ($15)
We begin the month with the lesser known wines of Italy and end with some of the finest and most famous red wines in the world. The great Baroli and Barbareschi made from the Nebbiolo grape produce some of the longest lived wines. In my opinion, a 20 year old, perfectly stored wine like these makes for some of the most exciting drinking possible.I can’t say it enough, buy some, lay them down in a cool spot in your home or rent space at a wine storage facility and you will have fine wine drinking at its best. Just be patient!