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Italian Weekend Tasting-Vineyard-July 28-29

Some of the Friday afternoon crowd


The Vineyard featured Italian wines this week along with the usual great nibbles. I stopped by Friday afternoon to sample the 2 whites and 4 reds. The Stella Rossa Moscato is what you’d expect, a bit fizzy and sweet. Not super sweet but sweet enough if you like sweet wines and starting to push the edge if you don’t like sweet wines.
The reds were what I call typical Italian wines, a mineral edge that gives the wines a distinctive dryness. These are wines that if paired with the foods of that wine region they are fantastic. By themselves they are definitely not New World style wines.

The Trifula Bianco was a nice white that had definite fruit flavors along with a bit of acidity that will pair nicely with creamy seafood dishes.

My favorite red was the Franco Serra Dolcetto D’Alba. To me it had the best balance of fruit and minerality. Got a quick fruit burst up front then turns dry fairly quickly.

The nibbles were excellent as always. Next up will be the Weekend Tasting, Friday-Saturday, August 4-5, 2017, from 5 to 7 PM.


Where: Vineyard Wine Market (map), 4414 Evans to Lock Road, Evans, GA. (706) 922-9463

When: Friday, July 28, 2017, 5-7 PM and Saturday, July 29, 2017, 5-7 PM.
Cost: $9 for the flight & food pairings

Here are the wines to be presented (click to see more):

  1. Stella Rossa Moscato
  2. Trifula Bianco 2015
  3. Trifula Rosso 2015
  4. Franco Serra Dolcetto D’Alba 2013
  5. Tenuta Rocca Ornati 2009
  6. Gran Passione Rosso 2015

The lineup


Here are the detailed wine notes:
Stella Rossa Moscato |
Stella Rosa Moscato keeps you on you’re a-game. This semi-sweet, semi-sparkling wine is the perfect choice for girls-nights (and guys-nights), date nights, daytime activities, and you-time. Peach, apricot, and honey flavors. Pair with fresh fruit, salted nuts, fondue, Pad Thai, chicken Alfredo pizza, cheesecake. Website
Cost: $12.99

Trifula Bianco 2015 | Piedmonte, Italy
70% Cortese, 30% Chardonnay. Intense, fruity and highly refreshing. Pleasant, well balanced and harmonic with a delicate fragrance of white flowers. It pairs well with starters, salads, seafood and fish dishes.
Cost: $11.99

Trifula Rosso 2015 | Piedmonte, Italy
80% Barbera, 20% Nebbiolo. Production area: Piedmont· Nebbiolo from Langhe, Barbera from Monferrato. Harmonious , good structure wine. Deep red color with purple rim. Perfect combination of floral and mulberry hints. It is a perfect combination to the typical specialties of the Piedmontese cuisine especially “Tajarin with truffle”, agnolotti and steamed meat.
Cost: $11.99

Franco Serra Dolcetto D’Alba 2013 | Dolcetto d’Alba DOC, Piedmont, Italy

100% Dolcetto. Select grapes are hand harvested. Three weeks maceration is followed by four weeks fermentation in stainless steel three months of aging in bottle before release. No wood aging. Franco Serra is produced by the Sperone family who have been making affordable premium wines for four generations. In 1920, Antonio Sperone opened a small wine shop in Torino where he sold bulk wine directly to consumers. Unsatisfied with the quality and price of the local wine, Antonio started his own winery in Puglia and built a bottling facility in Torino. He was soon able to offer his customers quality wines at prices everyone could afford. Sadly, it was destroyed when the city was bombed in WWII. The winery in Puglia survived the war and enabled Antonio’s grandson Giacomo to open a new facility near Milan where he produced vermouth, sparkling wines, spirits and fine wines. In 1965, the family purchased 75 acres of prime vineyards in Piedmont and built the current winery in the small town of Mombaruzzo just outside Monferrato
Ruby red color tending towards purple. The nose is pleasing and distinctive, light floral and red fruit aromas with hints of smoke. Soft with cranberry and raspberry fruit in the mouth with a touch of tobacco. Light to medium bodied with moderate acidity. A great food wine. Ideal with lighter dishes, ravioli and risotto.–From their Website
Cost: $13.99

Tenuta Rocca Ornati 2009 | Italy
Langhe Rosso DOC Ornati is made with estate-grown grapes from the Barbera vineyards in the”Ròca Neira” cru. The Ornati wine comes from the blending, in varying percentages, of Barbera, Nebbiolo and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines age separately in French oak (Allier) barriques before being blended and bottled. Visual aspects: Brilliant, deep garnet red with ruby highlights.
Olfactory aspects: Intense and persistent, ethereal, with fruit sensations (cherry), discreet and delicate notes from the wood (earthy sensations) reminiscent of vanilla, brushwood and tobacco. Taste aspects: Dry, full, warm, smooth, with notable structure, suitably tannic, balanced. Complex and persistent finish reminiscent of milk chocolate. Aging/Method of storage: At least 12/13 years if stored correctly, away from light, at a cool and constant temperature, in the same horizontal position as when it arrives in its case until the moment of consumption.–From their Website
Cost: $29.99

Gran Passione Rosso 2015 |
60% Merlot, 40% Corvina Gran Passione Veneto Rosso is made by the time-honored tradition of drying grapes before fermentation, the appassimento technique, the same way Amarone is produced. Using some of the same grape varieties as Amarone, this wine is similarly intense and full-bodied, displaying rich red & black fruits on a weighty, solid frame. Ideal for roasted and grilled meats, other heartier fare and mature hard cheeses.
Cost: $14.99

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