Italy

Quick Pour: Talamonti Tre Saggi Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2011

Producer: Talamonti Wines Region: Tavo Valley, Abruzzi, Italy (D.O.C.) Price: $14 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Montepulciano ABV: 13.5% Virginia Pour House Notes: Aromatics of chocolate, spice and dark fruit carry into the palate. This wine shows off its gentle, rich and oak driven flavor profile with dark chocolate meshing with light baking spice, hints of leather and blackberry driving deep into a lengthy, toasty finish. Producer: Talamonti Wines Region: Tavo Valley, Abruzzi, Italy (D.O.C.) Price: $14 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Montepulciano ABV: 13.5% Virginia Pour House Notes: Aromatics of chocolate, spice and dark fruit carry into the palate. This wine shows off its gentle, rich and oak driven flavor profile with dark chocolate meshing with light baking spice, hints of leather and blackberry driving deep into a lengthy, toasty finish. Quick Pour: Talamonti Tre Saggi Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2011 Quick Pour: Talamonti Tre Saggi Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2011 2015-04-08 Virginia Pour House Virginia Pour House Rating …

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Quick Pour: Tomaiolo Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2007

Producer: Tamaiolo Region: Tuscany, Italy Price: $12 Vintage: 2007 Varietals: Sangiovese; (12.5% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Woody, laced red berry aromas and a very traditional nose with red berry up front mixing in cherry undertones and a subtle spice lining. Lively acidity, dry medium bodied, and bold tannins that settle after decanting for about 20-30 minutes. Great value buy for under 15 bucks and a steal for the 2007 Chianti Classico vintage year.   Producer: Tamaiolo Region: Tuscany, Italy Price: $12 Vintage: 2007 Varietals: Sangiovese; (12.5% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Woody, laced red berry aromas and a very traditional nose with red berry up front mixing in cherry undertones and a subtle spice lining. Lively acidity, dry medium bodied, and bold tannins that settle after decanting for about 20-30 minutes. Great value buy for under 15 bucks and a steal for the 2007 Chianti Classico vintage year.   Quick Pour: Tomaiolo Chianti Classico Riserva …

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Quick Pour: 2010 Rocca Trentatre Rosso Red Blend

Producer: Rocca Family Wines Region: Salento IGT, Puglia, Italy Price: $5.99 Vintage: 2010 Varietals: 33.3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33.3% Merlot, 33.4% Montepulciano Virginia Pour House Notes:  This 2010 blend titled “trentatre” or “33” consists of 33.3% equal parts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Montepulciano. The grapes are harvested from the Rocca Family’s vineyard in the Apulia region of Southern Italy (the Southeast portion of the boot near the heel facing the Adriatic Sea). I randomly selected this wine at Trader Joe’s one evening because I was intrigued by the blend and the price point. I was completely caught off guard, and overwhelmed by the depth and soft nature that was presented to my senses. The nose was teased with aromas of ashed wood, mocha, espresso bean, licorice, and black currants in layers. While along the front of the palate, this young wine was greeted by dark plum, espresso, and mocha adding soft plush tannins and a smooth …

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Wine Cooperative & Ruffino Wine Dinner; Washington, DC

A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to attend the Ruffino Wine Dinner at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center. The event was hosted by Ruffino’s National Sales Director Daniel Burgio, the meal prepared by Chefs Xavier Deshayes and Todd Gray, and sponsored by DC International Wine and Food Festival’s Wine Cooperative. For those not familiar with the Wine Cooperative, it’s the same group of people behind DC’s International Wine and Food Festival, with the goal of providing a cozy atmosphere to share your passions for food, wine, and spirits while learning how chefs and sommeliers pair beverages with food. Their goal is to provide both a social and a learning experience, while affording you the opportunity to mingle with industry folk as well as others who share similar passions. What more could you ask for? Great food, great drinks, and great company. This event was …

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