Spring 2020 CRUx6 Quarterly Reds
We got busy in Italy late last year, and are really seeing the fruits of that trip now. Four brand new reds from the old country this quarter, combined with two old friends from the south of France. All in all, a super mixed 6 of ready-to-drink, value-oriented reds. Here they are:
Poggio al Sole Trafiore 2018--Never seen before pure Canaiolo from the gorgeous property of Giovanni and Kathrin Davaz. Canaiolo is the "other grape" of the region, a small amount required in all Chianti bottlings. But here, the Davaz have decided to show an lovely singular plot all on its own. They make it entirely in tank to show purity of fruit, and a silky texture.
Alemat Barbera d'Asit Praie 2016--I bought it all. Every single bottle. That's how good I think this succulent, dark-fruited, kinda wild Barbera is. Savio Domenici brings this one up in large botti, big upright barrels that lend a velvety mouthfeel, yet keep the powerful fruit in the forefront. Winemaking here is getting better year after year.
Sfriso Cabernet Franc 2018--Super excited to get this wine in front of you. I bought everything Pier Sfriso made in 2013 and have now waited patiently while he skipped 5 straight vintages until a harvest came along that he wanted to showcase again. The wait was worth it. Pier wants this one enjoyed in its youth to appreciate the brambly, wild-fruited, dark color, and fruit salad aromatics.
Giovanna Tantini Bardolino 2017--The ultimate summer red wine, grown on the rolling hills to the southeast of Lake Garda. Here is where we find the lovely and talented Giovanna Tantini making wines of sneaky complexity and delicious-ness. Bardolino can be thought of in some ways as the Beaujolais of northern Italy, but that might be selling them short. Watch out for this wine--it will be a little quiet at first, but then sneak up on you with a complete mouthful of goodness.
Chiroulet Java Rouge Cotes-de-Gascogne 2017--An old friend back in the house. There is simply no better region in France today for underpriced and over-delivering wines. This dark little beauty is blended from Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah, and gives a real whallop for just $12. Ready for a mid-summer white bean stew, served picnic temperature.
Jean-Louis Denois Les Garrigues Vin de Pays d'Oc 2016--Another old friend, back on the floor. Garrigues was one of our go-to house reds for many years around here, and upon a re-introduction to this wine earlier in the year, we apologized. How could we have forgotten about such a fruit-packed, succulent gem of a wine? Cabernet Franc, Sauvgignon, and Malbec work their magic together here, creating a rich, delicious wine that belies its $15 price tag.
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