Ok so maybe not exactly a tour of Italy, but pretty dang close! We’ve chosen five great wines to represent four different wine regions of Bel Paese, so close your eyes, take a whiff, and imagine you’re in the Old World.
Garofoli, Charmat Brut (NV)
This wine from the hills around Castelli di Jesi has a fine white foam when poured, which persists outstandingly. Its color is whitish straw yellow with slightly green reflections.
On the nose, the Charmat Brut is youthful with fruity hints of barely ripe white peach. On the palette it’s dry, fragrant and fresh with a gentle delicacy.
This is excellent as an aperitif, and pairs well with seafood and hot cheese canapes. Especially interesting with first course shellfish.
Inama, Soave Classico Superiore Vigneti di Foscarino (2015)
This wine from then Venito region is a staple of the Inama estate is an “ancient Soave” according to Stefano Inama himself, where old vines meet with old barrels to give this wine extremely delicate wood tones, always teasing with a subtle aromatic complexity.
This 100% Gargenega is light yellow in the glass with an elegant nose of sweet field flowers of iris, elder flower, and chamomile. A mineral palate finishes with sweet almond.
Masseria Li Veli, Salento Primitivo Orion (2015)
A deep ruby in the glass with a purple tinted rim, this Primitivo hits the nose with intense aromas of fleshy, ripe red fruits, especially cherries, followed by spicy cinnamon and nutmeg. Full and powerful on the palate, its smooth and long acid streak makes it pleasing and fresh.
The wines from Masseria Li Veli are iconic expressions of grapes indigenous to the Puglian region, especially the famous Primitivo.
Inama, Bradisismo (2013)
This Bradisimo from the Veneto region is a dark red in the glass with an intense nose of red and black fruit, dried cherries, vanilla, and cocoa.
On the palate soft and round tannins persist with balanced acidity. This 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Carmenere is great with barbecue, especially meat grilled on olive wood.
2012 Selvapiana Fornace Toscana
This Super-Tuscan earned 94 points in Wine Spectator, who writes: “This is settling in nicely, showing fine texture and balance, with black currant, cedar, mineral and spice flavors taking on the character of a maturing Bordeaux, yet this remains slightly wild and earthy, offering hints of licorice and tar on the long aftertaste.”
Tenuta Sant’Antonio, Amarone della Valpolicella Selezione Armando
This wine was produced in the Municipality of Mezzane di Sotto – Monti Garbi District (Verona). It carries ripe red fruit on the nose along with spicy aromas of liquorice, black pepper and hints of chocolate.
On the well balanced palate, fat tannins are soft, warm, savoury, elegant, fine and fresh.