100% Carricante. Benanti are the kings of this style: a Chablis-like, minerally Carricante. Beautifully balanced with hints of sea salt, delicate white flowers, acacia, honey, and waxy lanolin. Everything is subtle, understated, and elegant. One of Italy’s most long-lived white wines.
2017 Fattorie Romeo del Castello – “Allegracore” Etna Rosso (750ml)
Fermented in stainless steel vats using native yeasts and no temperature control, the Romeo team is committed to natural winemaking, and the results are fascinating, delicious, and wholly unique. Red and black fruits mingle with citrus peel and rose petal, this wine offers a medium body with a high amount of crisp acid and balanced dry tannins.
2014 Bonaccorsi “ValCerasa” Etna Rosso (750ml)
This Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio blend leads to a deep ruby red color with ethereal notes of vanilla and red fruit on the nose. Harmonious, fruity, rightly tannic, with a good taste persistence.
This region is home to Italy’s most famous varietals, and for this pack we’re focusing on Liguria and Gressan.
2017 Danila Pisano Rossese di Dolceacqua (750 ml)
Light, subtle and elegant. Red cherries with some blueberries and stove pears. This all topped off with cinnamon, some floral notes and a hint of earthiness.
2016 Testalonga (Antonio Perrino) Rossese di Dolceacqua (750ml)
This wine is rich in body, juicy, and really well balanced. At the first sip, a sharp blade crosses the mouth, releasing those marine sensations that confirm the close link between the sea and the land reflecting the geographical position of Dolceacqua. Great potential for aging.
2017 Diego Curtaz Viticoltore Dï Noutro Blanc (750ml)
Diego Curtaz is a small scale producer located in the Valle D’Aosta village of Gressan. A blend of Chardonnay and Moscato Giallo, this is a minimally manipulated wine, with minimal sulfur added during vinification. Unfiltered, with bright acidity; briny with a core of orchard fruit.
The Veneto wine region is Italy’s production workhorse. Although it doesn’t have the same fame as Tuscany or Piedmont, it makes 18% of Italy’s wine and is replete with amazing wine across the spectrum. From sparkling Prosecco to rich Amarone, the diversity in microclimates gives this wine region a unique edge.
2015 Pieropan ‘La Rocca’ Soave Classico (750ml)
Tangerine, yellow apple, and raw almonds come through on the nose, while the palate bursts with ripe citrus and tangy minerality on the round, rich palate. Pro tip: Buy a second bottle and hold off on opening it for a few years. It’ll be even more compelling over time—if you can manage to wait.
2017 Pieropan ‘Calvarino’ Soave Classico (750ml)
The dark volcanic soils of Pieropan’s Calvarino plot yielded a beautifully floral and fresh wine in the 2017 growing season. Aged for one year in cement tanks, this wine shows flavors of lime and green papaya that ride a zip line of acidity through a long finish, picking up notes of citrus zest along the way. Its finely etched flavors and taut acidity suggest good aging potential.
2015 Massifitti Bianco Veronese IGT (750ml)
Clear and brilliant in appearance, Massifitti displays intense aromas of stone fruit, white flower blossom, and mineral. On the palate the texture is creamy and the wine showcases defined minerality and vibrant acidity. All of these characteristics culminate in a long and focused finish.
We’ve put together a holiday meal kit to make things a little easier on you this Thanksgiving. Place your order at avagenes.com and we’ll handle the cooking. Pick ups are on Wednesday 11/25 or Thanksgiving morning. Wine six packs available too!