Come and meet Rich, from one of our favorite wine distributors, Vineyard Road, as we showcase some staples and some new wines in the store!
Prà, Soave Otto 2018 - Veneto, Italy
The Prà winery, although only started in the early 1980’s, has come to be not only one of the top producers in the Soave appellation, but also one of the most important and visionary white wine makers in all of Italy (now expanding into red wine as well)! The winery is run by Graziano Prà, whose family owned their vineyards for generations, but never commercialized the wines in bottles. The vineyards are situated in the heart of the appellation, in Monteforte D’Alpone. Besides Soave, the winery also produces Valpolicella and Amarone from a vineyard that he purchased and planted in 2001, and whose truly remarkable results are only now being discovered. A pale yellow color, its bouquet is bursting with notes of flowers (hawthorn and jasmine) and yellow fresh fruits (drupe, peach and apricots). On the palate, the wine is medium bodied and flavorful, full of fruit, with clear mineral notes.
Angelo Negro & Figli, Roero Nebbiolo Prachiosso 2015 - Piedmont, Italy
Angelo Negro is a historically significant winery whose origins date back to 1670. In this year, two of the estate’s most important vineyards, Perdaudin and Prachiosso, were first planted. With some of the most desired vineyard sites in Roero, Negro is one of the indisputable legends of the region. Giovanni Negro, the estate’s present owner, produced the first dry Roero Arneis on record in 1971. Following tradition, the winery in Monteu Roero now boasts a stunning lineup of Arneis, as well as an impressive range of Roero Nebbiolo. Today, Negro observes organic practices while managing a staggering 64 hectares. This Nebbiolo is intense ruby red in color. It has a fine and elegant nose with hints of rose, notes of raspberry, strawberry and spices. The taste is warm and enveloping, with delicate tannins. The aftertaste is very broad, reminiscent of red fruits, berries, pleasant notes of vanilla and roasting.
Le Farnete, Carmignano 2016 - Tuscany, Italy
Le Farnete Estate is located in the town of Carmignano, near Firenze. It covers a surface of 100 acres in the Carmignano DOCG zone and has been with the Pierazzuoli family since 1990. Carmignano is the only DOCG in Italy where one is obliged to use Cabernet Sauvignon; the composition is typically 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon at Le Farnete. The grapes are fermented separately in stainless steel tins at a controlled temperature. After the malolactic fermentation takes place, the Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon are assembled together and set to ripen in French durmast (Allier forest) tonneaux for a minimum period of eight months. After bottling, it remains another eight months in bottle to further develop before release.
Le P'tit Paysan, Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 - California, USA
Le P’tit Paysan is a small producer focused on showcasing the quality and diversity of the wines that Monterey and the nearby AVAs can create. Ian Brand is the owner and winemaker; he was named one of Wine Enthusiast’s “40 Under 40 Tastemakers” in 2013, who said about him, “After moving from Utah to California to pursue surfing, Brand found his real calling at Bonny Doon in Santa Cruz, where he was assistant winemaker from 2004– 2007. Innovative, experimental and eager to push the envelope in the Salinas Valley and beyond, Brand is known for his progressive approaches to plantings, commitment to organic farming and tireless promotion of Monterey as the next region to watch in California.” If you think California Cabernets have become overwhelmingly high in alcohol and cause you palate fatigue, check this one out: lower alcohol and a more approachable style that was a refreshing find.