Powerhouses in the world of wine production, Italy and France have always enjoyed a friendly rivalry. Both countries boast classic wine-making regions, some of the most highly regarded wines of the world and a deep love of tradition. Wines from Italy and France are often the benchmark by which other regions measure quality and correctness.The wines we are featuring for our Saturday tasting are certainly no exception.
Chateau Jean Faure Cedre St. Emilion ($34.99): This Bordeaux offers a blend of red berries, fresh cherries and cassis aromas. A licorice touch and light woody note complete this set of flavors. The start is rich and fleshy in the mouth. The secondary notes reveal dense tannins with a great aromatic length.
Terenzi Morellino di Scansano ($14.99): Bright and fresh, this lovely value wine (100% Sangiovese) opens with aromas of fragrant blue flower, delicate pressed powder and perfumed berry. The vibrant palate offers crunchy red cherry, crushed raspberry and baking spice alongside silky tannins.
Domaine Alphonse Mellot Sancerre ‘La Moussiere’ ($29.99): The ‘La Moussière’ vineyard is the cornerstone of Alphonse Mellot and the wine produced from it, in its energy and precision, is not only unmistakable but also of a quality and stylistic level most producers dream of. This wine offers pure, mineral and fresh fruit and floral aromas on the nose, and a gorgeous palate that redefines subtlety and quiet intensity.
La Kiuva Arnod-Montjovet ($19.99): This red is stunningly feral and alluring, and immediately disarms you with its lightness and aromatic density. It has a smokey, earthy nose, with a sweetness that’s somehow palpable as well, but it lands on the palate with a far lighter weight than expected. Rustic but light; limpid and classy. A spicy palette of aromas that evokes innocence and ravishment all at once. Hints of smoky strawberry, bright wild berries and a lick of minerality that completes the wine fully.