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Excellent wines, both familiar and unfamiliar, from Italy


I remember the San Felice, Il Grigio, Chianti Classico Riserva from my high school days when we would periodically dine at an Italian restaurant in the Seven Corners.   I remember the wine more than the food , which surely was decant, but I would not be surprised if we went there to drink the wine.  The latest vintage is a good effort that needs further aging then should drink well for some time.  A new wine to me is the 2011 Casa del Bosco, Nebbiolo, Coste della Sesia.  This is a fantastic wine with flavors that match the images on the Louis/Dressner website.  The village of Casa del Bosco was originally built as a hunting resort a long time ago so they obviously needed vineyards to supply wine.  There are only 20 producers of Coste della Sesia so this is a unique opportunity to taste these wines.  This particular wine is made in old cellars dating to the late 1700s and fermented in concrete vats built in 1910.  This old-school wine even has its labels glued on by hand.  While I do not think this is a wine for the long-haul, I would cellar it for half a year so that it may open up further.  For those with less patience and the eternally curious you must try the 2012 Benito Ferrara, Quattro Confini, Aglianico, Irpinia.  This is an expressive version of Aglianico that has grip and tension.  Not all wines have tension but when they do you want to taste more to see how the flavors play out.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2010 San Felice, Il Grigio, Chianti Classico Riserva – $23
Imported by  San Felice USA.  This wine is 100% Sangiovese which was aged for 24 months in a combination of large Slavonian casks and French barrqiues.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose of herbed potatoes made way to very gentle flavors in the mouth.  There was black fruit in the middle, some ripe texture and gum coating tannins from the structure.  This is good, clean, solid Chianti that will age.  It needs a few hours of air right now but will reveal gently, sweet fruit.  **(*) 2015-2020.

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2011 Casa del Bosco, Nebbiolo, Coste della Sesia – $23
Imported by Louis/Dressner.  This wine is a blend of 90% Nebbiolo and 10% Croatina that was fermented in vats built in 1910 then aged for 18 months in used barrels.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose was engaging with slightly stinky, earthy, Nebbiolo aromas.  In the mouth were ripe black and strawberry fruit that showed up front acidity.  This rustic wine had good flavors of black and red fruit along with extract.  **(*) Now-2017.

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2012 Benito Ferrara, Quattro Confini, Aglianico, Irpinia – $18
Imported by deGrazia Imports.  This wine is 100% Aglianico sourced from vines at 600 meters.  It was aged in 30% barrqiues and 70% stainless steel.  Alcohol 13%.  The nose revealed cherries and other tart, pungent aromas.  The wine was quite open from the start with pungent, rounded flavors that showed mid palate grip.  The black mineral flavors had tar-like notes, salivating acidity, and long ripe tannins on the gums.  There was lovely tension in this wine making it a grab choice to drink now.  *** Now-2017.

  1. October 22, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Thank you Aaron Nix-Gomez for mentioning us! Here are the links to those wines mentioned on this article.

    2010 San Felice, Il Grigio, Chianti Classico Riserva
    http://goo.gl/gHMFcW

    2011 Casa del Bosco, Nebbiolo, Coste della Sesia
    http://goo.gl/Z6Jkxp

    2012 Benito Ferrara, Quattro Confini, Aglianico, Irpinia
    http://goo.gl/9iLu3A

    Daniel Solis
    MacArthur Beverages
    4877 MacArthur Blvd NW
    Washington, DC 20007

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