Saturday’s tasting spans the boot of Italy, starting with a luscious red from Sunny Sicilia in the South, all the way to a brilliant bubbly from Trentino in the North, with a brief stop in the middle for a very fine Vermentino from renowned Sella & Mosca/ What could make this tasting better? Glad you asked! A world class Rioja is our emphatic answer. Join us for a free sample of these stellar labels.
Ferrari Brut ($24.99):
Straw yellow with slight green reflections in color. On the nose, fresh, vibrant and lasting, with significant overtones of ripe golden apples, wild flowers and a subtle, delicate fragrance of yeast. Clean and balanced in taste, with a slight and pleasant finish of ripe fruit and a hint of bread-crust.
Sella & Mosca Vermentino ($11.99): Bright and savory, this opens with an alluring fragrance of white flower, exotic fruit, ripe peach, Mediterranean scrub and a whiff of sea breeze. The creamy palate doles out ripe apricot, green apple, mineral and a slightly saline, bracing finish.
Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria ($18.99): Deep red. Sweet, spicy aromas of red cherry, licorice, coffee and marzipan, suffused with minerals and tobacco. At once plump and juicy, sweet and poised, conveying an impressive delicacy to its floral red fruit and stone flavors. The seductive floral tones repeat on the silky finish.
Faustino Rioja Gran Reserva ($42.99): Intense, bright cherry red. Aromatic and complex, with notes of tobacco, cedar and leather against a background of ripe fruit and earthiness. Beautiful on the palate, where the promises of the aromas are all fulfilled. Deliciously decadent, with extraordinary vitality on the palate and a long, unique finish. A standout in its price point with the quality that elicits universal critical acclaim directly evident in every sip.