September is Italian Wine Month at Taylor’s Wine Shop
All Italian Wines on Sale!
1-5 bottles save 10% and 6+ bottles save 15%
Here are some great Italian Wines to check out this Month:
Antonio Sanguineti 2013 Vermentino $16.99
This little gem of a white wine is from the Small Vineyards portfolio, an awesome collection of wines, mostly from Italy. Small Vineyards only imports wines that meet certain criteria: they must be hand-harvested, from a family-owned estate, limited in production and earth-friendly. Vermentino lives for sun, both in the vineyard and in the glass, so it has a very lively, up-front personality. It is fresh and light, with a buoyant and fun palate of pineapple, white flowers, honeysuckle, apricots and citrus zest.
Santi 2014 Sortesele Pinot Grigio Reg: $14.99 Taylor’s: $12.99
A delightful and classic Italian Pinot Grigio from the Delle Venezie region. This crisp white shows aromas of mineral, flowers, melon and white pepper with a palate that echoes the nose with the generous, soft but lively fruit balanced by good acidity and a long finish.
Tamellini 2013 Soave $15.99
This ain’t your mother’s Soave. Gone of the days of oxidized, nutty, golden-brown and sour tasting Soave. Today’s best Soaves crisp and clean and lets the fruit flavors shine through. Green/gold-hued and medium-bodied, this wine is a superlative expression of Garganega, the indigenous Northern Italian grape varietal used to make Soave Classico. With white blossoms and delicate fruit on the nose – golden apple, pear, a tinge of ripe lemon. It features stony minerality, bright, refreshing acidity and lingering notes of honey yet is bone dry on finish.
Raphael 2014 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi $11.99
Verdicchio may not be an everyday varietal here in the States, but worldwide there is more Verdiccio planted than either Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. Verdicchio is one Italy’s most popular white varietals, grown mainly in the central-Italian region of Marche. This classic example opens with a pretty fragrance of acacia flower and beeswax. The linear palate offers peach and citrus flavors as well as a bitter almond and saline accent. The vibrant acidity leaves the mouth clean and refreshed, making it a fantastic match for salads and seafood dishes.
Tommasi 2012 Poggio al Tufo Estate Rompicollo $14.99
Just about everyone agrees, that the 2012 is even better than the 2011, which was one of our favorite and best selling wines last year, not to mention #31 on Wine Spectator’s top 100 list. Blackberry, bacon and ink, followed by dark berry, black pepper and spice notes. Rich and supple, with ample structure for support and a long pleasantly savory finish.
Pico Maccario 2013 Lavigone Barbera d’Asti $16.99
When most people hear d’Asti they think Sparkling (Moscato or Asti Spumanti), but this area also makes some wonderful reds, especially from the Barbera grape and Pico Maccario is one of the region’s Barbera specialists. A brilliant crimson color in the glass and the bouquet is fruity cherry with light spicy notes. On the palate, it is ethereal with notes of currant, violet, cherry and a touch of vanilla with a persistent finish.
Cantine Garrone 2013 Munaloss Vino Rosso $19.99
Nebbiolo (the grape that makes Italy’s famous Barolo wines) is the main varietal here, and it’s practically impossible to find a good one under $20 these days. The Munaloss isn’t just good, it’s REALLY good. 50% Nebbiolo blended with 30% Croatina and 20% Barbera. The bright cherry, vibrant acidity and rustic tannins are beautifully balanced by the deep fruit of the Croatina (Bonarda) and lovely aromatics of the Barbara for a beautiful and seamless wine.
Podere Ciona 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva $33.99
Another wine from the Small Vineyards Imports portfolio, who only imports wines that meet their qualifications of: hand-harvested, from a family-owned estate, limited in production and earth-friendly. A dazzling red that’s structured, elegant, complex and stylish. Spice, tobacco, floral notes and leather aromas open this gem followed by a fleshy, creamy-smooth river of tangy, ripe bramble berry, cassis and black, juicy Bing cherry coating the palate in waves. It’s medium-full bodied with a balanced, fruit-forward aftertaste that lasts 30 or more seconds.