Saturday, July 22 from 2-5 p.m. – Stop by the store this Saturday to sample some truly sensational Southern Italian wines. All of the wines are great, but the 2013 Morella Old Vines Primitivo is truly special. It is one of the highest rated versions of its type to ever be produced!
The hot summer weather that is upon has me dreaming of warm and sunny Southern Italy. I love the region’s rich and juicy reds as well as it’s Mediterranean styled whites. Join us as we pour you some perennial favorites as well as some new ones. Up first, it’s the brilliant Vermentino from Sardinia’s Argiolas. Crisp, fresh, and delightful, it has me dreaming of the beach and seafood. Up next, it’s a new extreme value from small grower/producer Paolo Petrilli. A medium bodied, juicy blend of Nero di Troia, Aglianico, Montepulciano and Bombino Bianco, this is Italy’s answer to French Cotes du Rhone. Last, but not least, we’ll pour you a really special treat in the form of Morella’s Old Vine Primitivo. Australian Lisa Gilbee is making some of the region’s top wines, and this one just scored 93 points in The Wine Advocate. Trust me, you’re gonna’ love it. Stop by, taste, learn, and save big on all of the featured tasting wines.
All of the featured tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting: take 10% off if you mix any 3, 15% off if you mix any 6, or 20% off if you mix any 12.
1. 2015 Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino (Sardinia, Italy) – I’ve had 10 consecutive vintages of this wine and it’s always fantastic. A candidate for one of the best whites to serve with any sort of seafood, it is zesty and crisp with notes of melon, citrus, and white flowers. I also enjoy it as an aperitif, especially on hot summer days.
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 in mixed cases
2. 2016 Paolo Petrilli Motte del Lupo (Puglia, Italy) – Jay Murrie of Durham’s Piedmont Wine Imports brings this one to us from a small, certified organic estate based in Lucera in the heel of Italy’s boot. It is one of the most charming red wines I’ve tasted this year. A stainless steel fermented blend of Nero di Troia, Sangiovese, Montepulciano, and the rarely seen Bombino Bianco, it is much lighter and fresher than most Puglian reds. Bright notes of cherry, plum, herbs and spice flow through this extreme Italian red wine value. Yum!
Tasting Price: $11.69 in mixed 3-packs | $11.04 in mixed 6-packs | $10.39 in mixed cases
3. 2013 Morella Old Vines Primitivo (Puglia, Italy) – Lisa Gilbee makes the best Primitivos in Italy……..there, I said it! Crazy story — Lisa is from Australia, but she married a native Puglian and now is considered one of the region’s top winemakers. Her home estate in Manduria is certifed biodynamic, and all of her vines are old — 80 years old for this wine. Grapes are hand harvested, fermented in small open vats, and then aged for 14 months in new French barriques. The wine is then aged an additional 18 months in bottle before release. The resulting wine is truly awesome.
Tasting Price: $47.69 in mixed 3-packs | $45.04 in mixed 6-packs | $42.39 in mixed cases
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