Thursday, January 26, 2012

Italian Wines, Don’t Forget About It!

Tenuta Ca’ Bolani Friuli Aquileia DOC Pinot Grigio and FeudoPrincipi di Butera, Nero d’Avola Sicilia IGT
Reason number 202 why moving to the NE Georgia mountains was a good move; the ability to easily travel by car to other states. This past weekend my husband and our cat Daisy made the trek to Nashville. I was amazed we were able to get there on just one tank of gas. Granted the trip took 4.5 hours since there’s no interstate cutting across Georgia but when we lived in Florida, it would have taken us 4 hours just to get out of the state. Oh the possibilities, spring in DC, summer in Boone, fall in Williamsburg, Christmas in Ashville. Now if I could just drive to Europe, well until that’s doable, I’ll just have to drink some Italian wines here on my own soil. Two recent samples Tenuta Ca’ Bolani Friuli Aquileia DOC Pinot Grigio and Feudo Principi di Butera, Nero d’Avola Sicilia IGT can take me away even while sitting on my couch.

Tenuta Ca’ Bolani Friuli Aquileia DOC Pinot Grigio 2010
Floral and tropical aromatics, flavors of under ripe white peaches and chalky minerals. Finish is full of tart citrus.
Region – Cervignano del Friuli, Udine, Italy
Varietal – 100% Pinot Grigio
Alcohol – 12.5%
SRP $14

Located in Italy’s north-eastern region, Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Named as a DOC in 1975 the region encompasses 17 communes (townships) in the province of Udine. Known for its ideal growing conditions, Aquileia was founded in 181 BC and is still intact today. The terroir provides the wines with a clay and mineral flavor. Close proximity to the Adriatic Sea provides for a maritime climate, allowing for sunny days and cool nights to wash over the grapes, resulting in fresh and fruity wines.

Feudo Principi di Butera, Nero d’Avola Sicilia IGT 2008
Nose is full of spice, cassis and vanilla. Flavors are dry and fruity. Good structure and balance between cherry and spice. Medium bodied with a long and dry finish. I often find Old World Wines a bit too dry for me but this was just the right balance.

Region – District of Buterain the Province of Caltranissetta in the Riesi DOC Sicily (now that’s a mouthful)
Varietal – Nero d'Avola
Alcohol – 13%
SRP - $15

Feudo Principi di Butera estate tends to 334 acres of vineyards located in Sicily. The hills, sunny days, altitude and nearness to the sea are ideal conditions for growing premium grapes. The estate which once belonged to the Branciforte and Lanza di Scalea dynasties, took the name from the first Sicilian Prince Ambrogio Branciforte. Branciforte was named Prince of Butera by King Philip II of Spain, in 1543.
I was just thinking about travel and where are those flying cars we’re all suppose to have now? I also want one of those conveyors you get on and it takes you through the shower, does your hair, makeup and dresses you. Ah, now that would be living!

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