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Wine of the Week: 10/17/11 - Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The vineyards of the Casanuova delle Cerbaie firm are located at approximately 300 meters above sea level on land dating back to the Eocene period characterized by calcareous, marl, argillaceous and conglomerate rocks. The prevailing south-west exposition of the vineyards allows them to get the best sunlight throughout the day. Moreover, these vineyards grow on the prestigious hill of Montosoli and extend to the foot of the hill where Montalcino stands, thereby benefiting from a particularly moderate climate since they are sheltered by natural barriers on the North and West from the freezing north wind or extremely hot winds like the sirocco. The nature of the land and its enviable position thus make it possible to obtain excellent performances, enriching the Brunello results in terms of quality and to enrich the wines produced in this area with a of particular variety of fragrances.

Recently, we had the opportunity to taste through a multitude of wines from the Cerbaie estate at our first annual Pizza and Brunello dinner at Lucali.  From the '07 Rosso di Montalcino to the '03 Brunello Reserva, we were all impressed with the quality of these great wines.  Therefore, it is only suiting to make the Cerbaie Rosso di Montalcino our wine of the week at a special price, so that all of you can taste the greatness.

Pick up a bottle or two (or three or four) this week at $20 instead of the usual $25. You won't be disappointed.


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Staff Pick - Week of 10/10/11 - Monday, October 10, 2011

This week Braithe, our newest member of our staff, shares her pick for a great Piedmontese Chardonnay...

This is a funky and innovative wine, much like the winemaker Valentino Migliorini. Migliorini passed away in 2007 but is remembered for changing the wine landscape in Barolo. He was one of Piedmont’s most profound agents of transformation. Migliorini’s larger-than-life personality won acceptance in a region most resistant to change, and his portfolio of wines from the Rocche dei Manzoni estate inspired many of Piedmont’s great winemakers to re-evaluate Barolo and think beyond the Nebbiolo grape. L’Angelica Chardonnay is an example of his innovative style. A departure from the traditional wines of the area, the L’Angelica is made with 100% Chardonnay grapes from his most famous vineyard located in the locality of Santo Stefano di Perno.

The Santo Stefano vineyard is considered one of the most important and historical ‘crus’ of Barolo. Facing south to south-east, the land here is formed by layers of very compact gray marl alternating with layers of yellow-red embedded sand. Rocche dei Manzoni uses small French barrique in the fermentation process to create a highly concentrated flavor of the varietal and a strong, structured wine. The small French barrels also impart exceptional roundness and velvety tannins.

I enjoy this wine because it’s a unique Chardonnay, and I love Valentino Migliorini and his rebellious style. The L’Angelica is a very elegant wine with golden hues, aromas of golden apple and elderflower. This wine can age in your cellar and still be going strong 10 – 12 years later. Regardless if you drink it now or 5 years from now, this wine is sure to impress. The palate is dry and full bodied, even slightly oxidized with a hint of licorice, almonds, and honey. ($28)

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