Brut Rosé, Murgo Metodo Classico, Sicilia 2012 $25
100% Nero Mascalese, made in the traditional method
Sicily is Italy's southernmost and possibly most dramatic vineyard area, with vines planted dramatically up the slopes of Mt. Etna, the world’s most active volcano. For more than 2500 years Sicily has been a significant center of Mediterranean viticulture. While the reputation and style of wines from this region has changed greatly over time, they now produce surprisingly enticing wine like this luscious bubbly.
The Scammacca del Murgo family is one of the few winemaking families who can claim long, deep Etna roots; incredibly, longer than even some of the older Nero Mascalese vines! For more than 100 years this family has cared for olive and fruit trees, crafted fine olive oils and jams, and nurtured Etna’s native grape, Nero Mascalese, under the Etna’s looming shadow. Flavors of ripe strawberries and cream, orange peel and fresh baked bread make this wine the perfect way to start the meal.
Vermentino di Sardegna, Chessa Mattariga 2015 $25
Sardinia is a large Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea. It has nearly 2,000 km of coastline, sandy beaches and a mountainous and rugged interior. Sardinia’s wines have little in common with those produced in the rest of Italy. The Island’s remote Mediterranean location, as well as the historic influence from other cultures gives the wines a unique character that might be considered to have more in common with Spanish than Italian wines. The soil here is limestone-rich, producing a wine that is refreshingly crisp and mineral. The Chessa Vermentino is full of aromas and flavors of lemon peel, flowers and “macchia,” the smell of the wild herbs that surround the vineyards. Fresh acidity makes this a very versatile food wine and a natural choice with seafood.
Cabernet Franc, Southhold Farm + Cellar “Love Habit,” North Fork Long Island 2015 $30
100% Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley has made Bordeaux varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc familiar to American wine drinkers, but the journey did not stop there. Welcome to the North Fork of Long Island, where Carey and Regan Meador of Southhold Farm + Cellar produce some of the most interesting, creative, and exciting wines in this appealing new American appellation. The North Fork is a singular vineyard site, with sandy, glacial soils and a maritime climate that takes as a model another coastal Atlantic site with geological and geographical similarities, Bordeaux. This tasty boisterous red is juicy and rich on the palate with lots of blackberry and black currant flavors and a dash of dried herbs and pepper. More reminiscent of a Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley than something from California, it is fresh, and invigorating. This is a great entry bottle to learn more about New York state wines!