Tasting notes, Jan. 21, 2023; New Arrivals from Italy

                     New Italians

2021 DeForville
Ca del Buc

$19.99 / Case Price $16
Barbaresco / Langhe / Italy
100% Chardonnay
Created from 35-40 year-old vines planted in limestone soils, Deforville produces this single site Chardonnay using indigenous yeasts and only stainless steel for fermentation and refinement.
2021 Almondo Bricco delle Ciliegie
$24.99 / Case Price $20
Roero / Langhe / Italy
100% Arneis
Sourced from the village of Monta, Roero, Almondo’s Arneis is the product of 50+ year-old vines planted in primarily sandy soils. The resulting wine expresses minerality and striking citrus fruit. 
2020 Brigaldara Valpolicella 
On Sale for $12.99
Valpolicella / Veneto / Italy
55% Corvina, 25% Corvione, 20% Rondinella
Produced from the hand harvested fruit of 40-50 year-old vines, Brigaladara’s Valpolicella demonstrates fresh red currant aromas and flavors. A pleasant bitter note makes the next glass all too easy.
2019 Il Poggione Rosso
On Sale for $25
Montalcino / Tuscany / Italy
100% Sangiovese
Sourced from young vines destined to be employed for the property’s Brunello bottlings, Poggione’s Rosso is aged for 12 months in oak prior to an additional 8 months in bottle.
2016 Frescobaldi
Castel Giocondo
$69.99 / Case Price $56
Montalcino / Tuscany / Italy
100% Sangiovese
Sourced from the warm, sunny southern end of Montalcino, Frescobaldi fashions a forward, fruit driven style of Brunello. Aromas and flavors of sweet red fruits along with savory leather and spice inform this regal bottling.
2018 Vajra
$47.99 / Case Price $38.40
Barolo / Langhe / Italy
100% Nebbiolo
Albe translates as “sunrise” and is used here to reference the high elevation sites from which this bottling is sourced. The Vaira family have been farming organically for longer than most in Barolo and their wines are always elegant and pleasure-filled.