Friday Sips

Pancetta's Italian Thrill Ride
Today September 22 from 1:30 - 6:30
Todd 'Pancetta' Bacon's in the house with a lineup of his usual goodness from Da Boot. Drop by today and grab a taste of wines from Piedmont, Veneto, Puglia & Tuscany. Todd will arrive at 3:30, I'll have the wines open at 1:30.

NOTE: Cellar Door will open late this coming Monday, September 25. We will open at 1:00 PM

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$23.99 BTL./$143.94 - SIX PACK

While watching some snobby idiot from the Food Network’s so-called intelligensia plug the white truffle experience in Piedmont, we couldn't help but wonder what would happen if your truffle hunting pig was better at hunting for compliments instead of tartufi bianci. Vegetarians will cry out in horror, but more than likely he would show up at the antipasti course as sopressata, salami, and prosciutto and be served with this magnificent Nebbiolo that happens to come from the Barbaresco single Cru of Bricco di Neive.

Younger vines and declassified from the family’s Via Erte Barbaresco, this Nebbiolo is a hell of a deal that hails from the warm, soon-to-be vaunted 2015 vintage and is very tasty indeed. Aged for 5 months in tank and 5 months in large Slavonian oak, this wine maintains the purity of Nebbiolo yet has a bit more to provide. Glorious aromatics with plenty of telltale rose petal and black licorice, but there are also overtones of birch, coffee and blackcurrant. In the mouth, this shows plenty of playful tendencies, but also has glorious depth and sophistication. Very long and extensive and crawls nicely through the mouth and possessing submerged tannins that allow for early accessibility. Barbaresco in all but name, enjoy this excellent Nebbiolo on through to its 10th birthday.

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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

One of the grand old producers of the Veneto and Amarone, Bertani has put forth a Ripasso that goes off into tangents and places where many other 2014 Valpols don’t exactly go. The main reason is integrity and the decision to put all of the grapes for their Amarone into this cuvee that is always superb.

Deep with pure notes of ripe cherry, raspberry, violet, cocoa powder and roasted earth carry over to a texture with savory red fruits and fine grip lending structure and backbone. Finishing quite long and having ample dimension, this Valpolicella Ripasso will make everything from roasted pork to mushroom risotto or a gorgonzola cheese dance on your palate. All this for a mere 20-note!

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$31.99 BTL./$191.94 - SIX PACK

One of Montepulciano’s important and symbolic estates, Trerose is now owned and operated by the Bertani group (see above) who also has several properties throughout Italy. This estate has always made lovely wines but since the change of hands, they have now elevated their game utilizing the capital and research tools afforded them by the Bertani group to make the finest wines possible.

This offering, from the Santa Caterina hill within the Montepulciano zone, is made with 100% Sangiovese. Three sites are utilized, possessing an abundance of limestone give this full flavored Tuscan red its energy to go along with its intensity. One whiff of the wonderfully pure scents of wild flowers, sage, black cherry, and savory earth will have you reminiscing about your last visit to Tuscany! The depth and concentration carry nicely into the mouth as it offers up succulent, ripe and flavorful tones with superb tight focus and grip as well as finishing dark, spicy and long. Drink now – 2024+. Italio-philes or wine lovers in general, we strongly suggest that you don't pass this wine up - you will be amazed and astounded that a noble Tuscan wine of this character can cost so little when you compare it to others.

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$9.99 BTL./$59.94 - SIX PACK

Rose season isn’t finished just yet and we have an excellent pink wine to throw down with some upcoming warm weather. Okay, it will also go well into the winter as well. While there are many pink wines produced throughout Italy, the truth is that there are only three TRADITIONAL Rose-producing areas, Abruzzo, the Chiaretto wines from around Lago di Garda and Puglia. Cosimo Taurino is a stalwart in Puglia and for the first time, we are offering their Rose.

100% Negroamaro with 8-12 hours of skin contact before pressing, the 2016 is deft, fresh and zingy with plenty of melon, quince, red raspberry and freshly cut herbs. Lots of mouthwatering, gushing flavors engage the entire palate and leave one wanting more! Call it pink-lemonade for adults! Drink with lighter seafood preparations or a plate of charcuterie as well as vegetables.

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