2006 Tre Donne Arneis
Becoming increasingly important in Europe, Roero Arneis is a wine that seemingly satisfies everyone. It is crisp and clean, with a terrific cleanliness that delights the palate of white wine lovers, but as this is Arneis, the mouth-feel is full and lush, even without oak. So much so, in fact it is called il Barolo Bianco (the white Barolo) by its many admirers, because of its surprising weight and satisfaction in the mouth. A very rare grape, it nearly became extinct thirty years ago, but today it is thriving, and happily so. Blushing with fresh grass, flowers, and ripe pear, Tre Donne has done it again, as this wine has won numerous awards in Europe. 2500 cases produced.
2007 Perazzeta 'Sara' Bianco
If there is such thing as a Super-Tuscan white wine, Alessandro Bocci's counterpart to the wildly successful Sara Sangiovese would certainly qualify. Made from a fascinating blend of two classic Tuscan varietals -- Trebbiano and Malvasia, and two classic French varietals -- Chardonnay and Sauvignon, each of the four wines are vinified separately, then blended slowly to test their integration at each step. Graced with aromas of lemon zest, sage, a touch of mango and dried pineapple, Sara Bianco delivers delightfully heady complexity, no meditation required. Just 250 cases made. 2006 Forte Canto Salice SalentinoFrom 38 year-old master winemaker Massimiliano Apollonio comes this stunning Salice Salentino from Forte Canto. Massimiliano believes that Negroamaro is Puglia's most important varietal, and it showcases dynamically in this delicious value from Italy's deep south. Dusty plum, black cherry, and wild coriander aromas emanate from the glass, and somehow remind one of the warm, scented North African trade winds that reach the Salento peninsula from the Mediterranean. Made from younger vines than his decadent Terre del Grico Salice, this is a fresh, lovely wine that will pair well with robust, spicy meats and seafoods.
2006 Perazzeta 'Sara' Sangiovese
Alessandro Bocci, owner and winemaker at Perazzeta, is in our opinion, making some of the best wines in all of Tuscany right now. Located in Montecucco just south of Montalcino, his wines have tremendous power, tension, and assertive terroir. Bright, stinging cherry, crisp acidity, and tantalizing earth tones make this pretty, yet interesting wine hard to resist. The everyday wine of the estate, 'Sara' is named after his teenage daughter, and is a tremenous follow-up to his wildly popular 'Rita' (named after his wife). 1000 cases produced.
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