Wine Tasting 8/24

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Neil and Maria Empson have been selecting Italy’s finest wines for over thirty-six years. In February 2007, they were joined by their daughter, Tara Smeralda. Here is a sample of an amazing portfolio In the Sulcis side of Sardenia where an ancient civilization of farmers, fishermen and growers established; Cantina Sociale di Santadi was founded in 1960 and has become one of Italy’s premier wineries, responsible for the first and the last wine in this tasting; wines that succesfully capture the spirtit of the Esmerald Island speaking for its unique soil and accent. For the second wine we travel to the region of Campania where over 3000 years ago, on the lavic, mineral-rich slopes near Mount Massico and the volcano of Roccamonfina, Greek settlers reinvented viticulture, adjusting cultivation methods to the climate and soil of their adoptive home. Due East from Campania is the region of Apulia where the exciting Matané range promises to explore, enhance and export the richness and excellence of Salento viniculture in the original Empson spirit. No trip to Italy is complete without a visit to Tuscany where suspended between magic and mystic, fairytale and monastic quiet Egidio and Brianna Lorenzi welcome us to the Canonica (parsonage) first built around the year 1000 by the canonici or parsons of the Siena cathedral surrounded by luxuriant Turkey oaks (cerreto); in 2003 they built a winery entirely underground to preserve the aesthetics of the landscape and properly utilized the vineyards adjacents to the Castelnuovo Berardanga.



Tuesday August 24th, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings



70 % Vermentino, 30% Nuragus, 100 % Stainles Steel

Brilliant straw yellow, with green and golden tinges. The Bouquet is fresh and pleasant. A nice fresh finish on the palate, together with an attractive mineral note.

BTG $ 5.25                             Retail $12.99



100% Greco varietal, 4 Months in Stainles Steel

Straw yellow, intense, persistent, appealing nose of white peach, apricots and sweet almonds on a mineral background melding into elegant, mellow complexity; rich, structured palate, fresh and characterful yet never aggressive, with abundant goût de terroir.

Pale, cloudy yellow. Pungently fruity aromas of pink grapefruit, peach and pear. Juicy, pure and brisk, with very good density of fruit for village wine. Finishes with pineapple and grapefruit notes and enticing lingering perfumeBTG $ 7.50                             Retail $19.99

90 Points Wine Spectator Issue June 30, 2010


Lots of vanilla, new wood and jammy fruit aromas and flavors lead to a full body, with velvety, soft-textured tannins and a long finish. This is a full-throttle Chianti Classico

BTG $ 10.00                              Retail $27.99

90 Points Wine Spectator Issue July 31, 2010


When Neil, Maria and Tara tasted the silky, seductive, structured reds crafted by Filippo Baccalaro for Valentino Sciotti, the Matané project (from Maria, Tara & Neil) began to take shape. Matané Primitivo is very deep ruby red with violet reflections; fruity, spicy and intense bouquet with notes of plum, cherries, rosemary and vanilla. Full, mellow, well balanced.

BTG $5.00                              Retail $11.99



85% Carignano, 15% Shiraz; 10 to 12 months in barrique

Valli di Porto Pino “SHARDANA” IGT. One of the most fascinating details about SHARDANA resides in the seafront vines, some over 100 years old, many rare, pre-Phylloxera stock. Their roots grow in finely textured, wind-swept sand that naturally: 1. Makes it difficult for Phylloxera to deposit its eggs; and 2. When the parasite does attack the roots, producing small holes in them, these cavities are immediately filled up by grains of sand that “heal the wounds”, allowing the plant to thrive in spite of Phylloxera. Very intense, dark, deep ruby red a nose with ample and complex; black cherry fruit, leather and game are laced with subtle spice, vanilla, black pepper, dried flowers; well integrated in the mouth with oak and spices, smooth, silky texture and layered structure, balance and elegance.

BTG $ 12.00                                 Retail $32.99

94 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 189 -June, 2010

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