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Italian Wine at Delancey


We settled on Delancey for my first dinner with Clark and Julia. Julia was in the mood for Italian wine so I offered to pick up some bottles for dinner. I knew just the place to go and that was Soul Wine. Italian wines are a love of Michael and there was certainly no trouble picking a pair for the evening.  A slew of new wines had recently arrived.  Michael was particularly excited by the Elisabetta Foradori, relating several recent stories, so a bottle was grabbed.  He also recommended the Conti Sertoli Salis as an approachable Nebbiolo which still shows the varietal traits.  The history of this estate is rather interesting and if curious I recommend you read an earlier post here.

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We sat at the bar in sight of Brandon and his pizza oven. Actually, in sight of everyone else which allowed for continuous banter with the kitchen. We remarked on the ash and embers in the pizza oven (taller and not as wide) and sent over tastes of wine. The Foradori was a pleaser. It drank great with the trio of pizzas (white with copa, cremini, sausage). It also drank well next to the pizza oven itself. I believe everyone preferred the Foradori but the Salis was finished promptly. It is a bit lighter in body and quenching. I would certainly purchase these wines again.  They initiated bits of conversation, went with the pizza, were compared amongst each other, and left the palate thirsty for more.

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2011 Conti Sertoli Salis, Saloncello, Terrazze Retiche IGT – $25
Imported by Bianco Rosso Imports.  This wine is 100% Nebbiolo sourced from Valtellina.  The fruit is fermented and undergoes malolactic fermentation in stainless steel.  It is then aged in large durmask casks and smaller oak tonneaux. Alcohol 12.5%. The nose was a light to medium ripish cherry. In the mouth there was brighter red fruit, some powdery weight, and with air the ripe tannins came out. There is a gentle structure which is line with the black cherry fruit and acidity. Nice and a good start to the evening. *** Now-2015.

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2009 Elisabetta Foradori, Teroldego, Vigneti Delle Dolomiti – $24?
Imported by Louis/Dressner Selections. This wine is 100% Teroldego sourced from 10 different parcels which were fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel then aged for 25 months in stainless steel and old oak casks. Alcohol 13%. There was up front fruit, power, and a little spicy and tart note towards the finish. The flavors are dense in the middle followed by grippy, tart fruit. The flavors are mouthfilling then drier in the finish. More obvious in nature this was more fun to drink than write about. *** Now-2017.?

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