S ometimes I think the week before Masters is crazier than the actual Masters Week. (Except for the traffic on Washington Road.) That’s what I love about the Wine World tastings. They last 3 hours and you can always find 30 minutes, even the week before Masters, to stop by, relax, enjoy some wines and chat with friends.
Friday I rushed in at 7:30 and enjoyed winding down and sampling 6 Italian wines.
The whites were very enjoyable. I had to agree with Andrew, who was pouring at the white table, the last white, Villa Rosa Moscato d’Asti 2013 was a bit sweeter than the tasting notes’ “lightly sweet.” One of my favorite memories of childhood was sucking the nectar from a honeysuckle blossom. This wine has nice flavors of honeysuckle to me. I could enjoy this as a summer sipper.
The first two reds were what I would expect of Italian wines. Many have notes mineral from the land that produces the grape. A drier mouthfeel that the bold California reds. The last one on the list, Villa Pozzi Nero d’Avola, is a long time Cheap Wine Bastard favorite. The flavor profile has changed over the years. It used to be much more fruit forward but now is much drier.
At the cheese table there was Orange Windmill Cablanca goat cheese (from The Netherlands), Parmesan Reggiano and a soft gorgonzola that David presented in a special way…. he placed a small scoop on a cracker, made a small divot then filled it with Vincotti Fig Vinegar. Very tasty. This fig vinegar is pretty nice. It’s a special order item for $26.99.
Next up for Wine World is their Third Thursday tasting on the 16th.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
When: Friday, April 3, 2015, 5 to 8 pm
Cost: $5, with rebate on the purchase of 1 bottle of the featured wines.
Here are the wines presented (click to see more):
- Prosecco Tavernello Extra Dry NV
- Pasqua Pinot Grigio 2013
- Villa Rosa Moscato d’Asti 2013
- Michele Chiarlo “Le Orme” Barbera d’Asti 2011
- Toscano Monte Antico 2010
- Villa Pozzi Nero d’Avola
Here are the detailed wine notes:
Prosecco Tavernello Extra Dry NV | Veneto, Italy
Bright & refreshing sparkling wine from northeast Italy. Rich aromas of ripe fruit: apple, pear, white peach, with hints of apricot. Round, pleasant texture. Enjoy as a appetizer or with meals. Wonderful for lighter dishes, fish, seafood, summer salads. Serve well-chilled.
Pasqua Pinot Grigio 2013 | Vignetti del Sole, Venezia IGT, Italy
Straw-yellow color. Aromatics suggest green apples, pears and lemons with a hint of almonds. Light, yet round texture followed by a crisp, fresh finish, Pleasing sipping wine. Fine match for seafood. Broiled fish filet, grilled chicken, crab salad, summer salads, shushi. Pasta and mild cheeses.
Villa Rosa Moscato d’Asti 2013 | Piemonte, Italy
Villa Rosa is frizzante or lightly sparkling and lightly sweet. Its fresh aroma suggests peach and apricot with notes of delicate mineral aspects and a refreshing finish. Owners of Villa Rosa, the Opici family, created this Mosato as a tribute to the late Rose Opici. Enjoy as an aperitif, perhaps with salty appetizers. Or as a finish to your meal. Goes well with lightly sweet pastries and pies or Panettone, the festive holiday bread.
Michele Chiarlo “Le Orme” Barbera d’Asti 2011 | Piedmont, Italy
This favorite Barbera is very highly rated vintage after vintage and has been on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list. It shows fine intensity with ripe red berry and black cherry flavors, an appealing earthiness and a spicy note. It’s matured for 8 months in large French oak casks so there is nicely complex and round with very little oak flavor. Pairs very well with pasta with red sauces, chicken, sausages, mushrooms, grilled and roasted red meats. Italian sausages with mushrooms & peppers. Eggplant Casserole. Robust cheeses.
Toscano Monte Antico 2010 | Tuscany, Italy
A blend of 85% Sangiovese, with 10% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. A classic Tuscan red! Full black cherry, plum, and violet aromas and flavors. Great balance, silky texture, soft tannins, and a lingering finish. Aged in Slovenian oak; a smaller portion in French oak. Enjoy with veal, pasta, risotto, osso bucco. Aged cheeses.
Villa Pozzi Nero d’Avola | Sicily
From the rich, red grape of Sicily–Nero d’Avola–here’s a full, lively wine with lots of fruit, spice and deep color. Aromas of black berry liqueur, white flowers and vanilla with a hint of figs. Flavors are full- bodied with plums and wild berry notes. A Wine World favorite and a tremendous value. Enjoy this wine with all of your favorite Italian dishes, beef, spicy foods –and maybe even dark chocolate. Robust cheeses.
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