A case of 12 bottles that will take the purchaser through a tour of Italy’s great wine producing regions. Contains 6 red and 6 white wines that have been personally selected by our sommelier.
Red selection, left to right includes:
Nipozzano Rufina, Frescobaldi: A serious wine of body, silky tannins & layers of fruit. Aromas of licorice, berry & lightly toasted oak with a long finish
Cesari "Mara" Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso (Veneto): From the Cesari family comes this single vineyard (Mara) ripasso style wine that utilizes the three grapes of Valpolicella in a unique style of vinification. This red takes Valpolicella while it is fermenting and passes it over (ripasso) the lees of the Amarone; essentially, it marries the freshness and fruitiness of Valpolicella with the depth and complexity of Amarone. A solid wall of black fruit, prune, plum and blackberry on the nose. The wine is dense and luscious with thick layers of ripe fruit and spice. Deep plums resonate throughout the medium body along with white pepper spice.
Rivera Castel del Monte Il Falcone Riserva (Puglia):Aged for 12-18 months in French oak barriques and refined for one year in the bottle. Intense red garnet in colour. Elegant, full-bodied aromas with a rich, noble bouquet and dry, powerful flavours on the palate.
Gran Sasso Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (Abruzzo): Deep coloured, clean, fresh and plummy on the nose, rich, supple and accessible on the palate. No oak ageing gives the excellent fruit a chance to shine. 100% Montepulciano grape.
Angelo Nero d'Avola Sangiovese (Sicilia) - A ripe and exuberant red with an aroma and flavour reminiscent of plums and cherries, with a touch of Mediterranean herbs. This exclusive blend of the Nero d'Avola and Sangiovese grapes has produced a cracking Sicilian red.
Drei Dona Notturno (Emilia Romagna): A bright, concentrated, and quaffable red with aromas and flavors of red cherry and earth. Produced at a century-old estate specialising exclusively in Sangiovese, this is a particularly terroir-expressive red. Seventy percent of the wine is aged in wooden casks, and thirty percent in stainless steel, which lends an additional layer of complexity while maintaining bright fruit character.
Whites, left to right:
Franz Haas Pinot Bianco (Trentino): The Haas family has been growing grapes in Montagna in the province of Bolzano in the Alto Adige for generations. It is only with Franz, however, the current proprietor, that they have begun to produce and bottle quality wines. Franz studied at Geisenheim in Germany before working as a broker of Italian wines into the German market. After several years, he took over the running of the family business. Greenish gold in colour with perfumes of freshly-baked bread, dried wild flowers and a hint of bitter almonds. On the palate it is clean and fresh, full-bodied with a fresh acidity balancing the ripe, rich fruit.
Mastroberardino Sannio Falanghina (Campania): A very well-balanced and versatile wine with a complex character. The origin of the name is the Latin word "phalange" that means "supported by stakes." Light straw-yellow in color with greenish reflections, this Falanghina displays fresh aromas of citrus, pineapple and white flowers. On the palate it confirms the freshness of the bouquet offering a good structure and acidity. A very well-balanced and versatile wine with a complex character. This wine is perfect as an aperitif, but also pairs nicely with seafood and fish.
Marco Felluga Collio Pinot Grigio (Friuli): Golden yellow in colour, often with copper tones. It has an intense and immediate bouquet with pronounced hints of acacia flowers, broom and apple. In the mouth it is elegantly fruity and becomes full bodied, well-structured and has a remarkably long finish.
Nicola Bergaglio Gavi di Gavi La Minaia (Piemonte): 100% Cortese grape. The vines are planted at an altitude of 300 metres with a westerly exposure. The average age of the vines is roughly 30 years and these are planted at a density of 3,800 per hectare, making use of the guyot training system. The wines are not irrigated and the grapes are manually harvested. The wine is pale gold in colour with flashes of diamond brilliance, it has a light, fresh, mineral and citrus bouquet. The palate is crisp and dry, with a hint of ripe pears and a complex array of red and green apples, the finish is mouthwateringly refreshing and lengthy.
Coffele Ca' Visco Soave Classico (Veneto): From the Coffele winery, a blend of 75% Garganega and 25% Trebbiano di Soave. It's a medium-full wine with very good concentration, a generous mid-palate and a lively acidity.
Ruffino Orvieto Classico (Toscana): A brilliant straw yellow wine. The bouquet is very plesant and fragrant, characterised by neat sensations of citrus ftuits and golden apples, on a flowery background that reminds fresh hints of meadow flowers and a persistent vegetal note of sage. At the palate firstly stands out an excellent freshness, well balanced by a pleasant roundness, featured by notes of meadow flowers and golden apples. The aftertaste is long and fragrant, with hits of fresh almond.