Italian Wines: Tasting the Fruits of Sardinia and Sicily ($15)
Friday, October 6th, 2017 4 pm – 7:30 pm @ Mt Tabor Fine Wines
Sicily and Sardinia – the Italian isles. Both of Mediterranean influence, but separated in their heritage of early explorers. Now governed by Italy, we tend to group them in this blanket category, but as progressive wine regions, they demand attention for their own impressive terrains and unique grape varietals.
Recently during a seminar, I had the pleasure of tasting a lesser-known varietal of Sardinia – Monica, an eloquent serpentine noir, which glides seamlessly through heady moon flowers – I am intrigued. Later I share this wine with a trusted winemaker – he lights up, “The best wine I have ever tasted was from Sardinia.” Duly noted – we must delve deeper. Something is happening here.
The islands are calling us on a voyage. A seafaring ride through savory Mediterranean bliss leads us to the coast of Mt. Etna where we must drop anchor and delight in Possosso Nerello Mascalese – a sophisticated expression that speaks a wisdom from vines 100 years old, and a soul that stretches 65 feet deep into ancient volcanic rock. We have reached “the fisherman’s path.” Our quest is complete.
The Lineup: Friday, October 6, 2017
2015 Pala Vermentino I Fiori $18
2016 Calabretta Terre Siciliane Bianco $20
2015 Pala Monica I Fiori $18
2015 Girolamo Russo ‘a Rina Etna Rosso $28
2015 Occhipinti Frappato $42
Premium pour :($5)
2015 Passososso Etna Rosso (Nerello Mascalese) $49