New Wines from Italy
Small Vineyards import house proves that bigger is not always better. New to the Boise market, they specialize in finding family-owned vineyards in Italy that produce wines of uncompromising quality. And while most of their offerings have somewhat limited availability due to fairly small production, the reasonable prices don't reflect exclusivity. I had the chance to taste through some of their portfolio a couple of weeks back--the wines should be arriving in the marketplace any day now. Here are a few standouts:
2002 Fattoria Bibbiani Poggio Vignoso Chianti, $9.49
An admirably balanced wine with rich cherry and berry aromas backed by anise, herb and a hint of cedar. There's a nice earthy quality to the bold fruit flavors in this well-structured wine that finishes with a smooth touch of leather. A remarkable value in a wine that begs to be paired with food.
2000 Fattoria Capannacce Rosso della Maremma, $14.99
An unusual "Supertuscan" blend that starts with Sangiovese, then adds Syrah and Grenache rather than the more typical Cabernet. Bright cherry and cassis on the nose, the wine is round and rich in the mouth with very forward cherry and plum fruit flavors. This lusciously textured wine finishes with creamy, dark berry and red licorice with just a slight nuance of oak.
2003 Trevisiol Prosecco, $11.99
When it comes to light and fruity sparklers, Prosecco is all the rage, but this one is a bit of a stand out, made with grapes from vines dating back more than 40 years. The aromas are soft and subtle with floral notes of spice in a richly textured wine with ample white peach flavors. Better structure than most Proseccos, with a little higher acidity on the finish and a nice mineral quality that adds depth and interest. :