Saturday, April 30, 2022

Intriguing Italian Wines

Kirkwood just got in some new arrivals and reloaded on a couple favorites! Great QPR on all of them!

2019 Borgo Palianetto Verdicchio...$21.99 -- New Vintage! This is DELICIOUS
The 2019 Verdicchio di Matelica Vertis stops you in your tracks, pulling you close with its nuanced bouquet of incense, chamomile and dried flowers. Coaxing unlocks further depths of ripe apple, ginger and hints of vanilla. This 2019 is deeply textural and medium-bodied, communicating importance through its weighty presence; yet all is kept perfectly in place by a mix of vibrant acids and salty minerals. There’s a youthful density here that will require time to unwind, with a blend of white stone fruits, sometimes melon and sometimes lime, and all under an air of tropical florals. This tapers off remarkably long and staining - yet fresh. This is Vertis at its best, but it will require a few years of cellaring to fully blossom. That said, it will be worth the wait. Rated 93/100 Vinous Media

2019 Monte del Fra Custoza Bianco...$18.99 - Just Arrived!
This elegant white is lightly mouthwatering with its citrusy acidity, offering a finely meshed range of white cherry, blood orange sorbet, lemon thyme and salty mineral notes, followed by a lingering, lightly spiced finish. Garganega, Trebbiano Toscano, Cortese and Chardonnay. Drink now through 2024. 7,000 cases made, 1,500 cases imported. — AN 
Rated 90/100 Wine Spectator, #59 WOTY 2021! Also Rated 92/100 James Suckling

2017 Castorani Montepulciano d'Abruzzo...$13.99 - Just Arrived!
Lots of clean, fresh black-fruit character to this. Medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannins but the fruit persists through the finish. Drink or hold. Rated 91/100 James Suckling

2015 Vite Colte Barolo Essenze...$34.99 - Perennial Best Buy!
Sumptuous cherry and raspberry nose. Rich and voluptuous, with fine concentration and explosive fruit. Ripe but not jammy, with plenty of spice and vigour; forward but has sufficient structure to age. One for the hedonists! Rated 97/100 Decanter, 93/100 James Suckling

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