July Wine Club Tasting Notes
Ca’ Rugate “Campo Bastiglia” Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore DOC 2018 – Veneto, Italy – 45% Corvina, 40% Corvinone, 15% Rondinella
Ciao! This month we’re focusing on Italy, and we’re excited to include the new 2018 vintage of the Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore in this month’s club. The three indigenous grapes used in a typical Valpolicella blend tend to be on the leaner side so the winemakers at Ca’ Rugate use unique techniques in the winery to create bolder wines with more complexity. Rather than drying the grapes before pressing like they do with the luxurious Amarone, the ripasso method adds the leftover lees (in this case the pomace from Ca’ Rugate’s own Amarone) to a finished Valpolicella for a second fermentation to create a wine with a deeper character. The result here with the Campo Bastiglia is a wine that has an intense garnet red color with concentrated aromas of red fruit, cherries, and a hint of spice and flowers. The full-bodied palate with soft, velvety tannins makes this the perfect companion for pasta dishes with meat sauce, eggplant parmesan, grilled or roasted red meat, and medium aged cheeses.
Podere Santa Lucia “Pellegrino” Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi Classico DOC 2019 – Marche, Italy – 100% Verdicchio
Talk about a long name for such a down-to-earth wine! This savory white is sure to fit the bill for any summer activity. Podere Santa Lucia is located along the Adriatic coast which benefits from the sea air and sunny hillsides. The winery was founded by Alfonso Balducci and Pietro Cacciani, following their desire to recover the ancient art of winemaking typical of their homeland which had fallen out of favor for more modern winemaking styles of international grapes like Sauvignon Blanc. Their Verdicchio has an intensely “green” nose with a mix of green apple, underripe nectarine, and subtle floral aromas like hawthorn and acacia. The palate is crisp and refreshing with a long, mineral finish. It’s perfect with fish, lasagna, Pecorino cheese and a charcuterie board with drizzled honey, or quite simply, a sunny day at the beach.
Podere Santa Lucia Lacrima Di Moro D’Alba DOC 2018 – Marche, Italy – 100% Lacrima Nera
Here’s a wild wine that has a flavor profile all its own. Lacrima is an ancient grape that is a part of the region’s long winemaking heritage, and yet completely unlike the more well-known Italian red grapes that have gained more attention worldwide due to its distinct scent. Indeed, it’s an incredibly aromatic red wine, and this is noticeable right away with the scent of stewed strawberries, red peppers, rose petals, and elegant spice leaping out of the glass. The floral nose is complimented with the flavor of blueberry brioche, a hint of sweet spice, and firm tannins on the finish. This is an adventurous wine that should be paired with equally adventurous foods, but we recommend considering grilled lamb, chicken and artichoke pizza, chicken skewers with peppers, or for that matter with pepper heavy antipasti in general.