Marchese Antinori

Tenuta Montenisa Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Chardonnay

The first wine at the recent Downs Club Italian Dinner. 100% Chardonnay from Franciacorte in Lombardy Could have been a Blanc de Blancs from Champagne. A fine mousse redolent of peach mineral and fresh bread. Refreshing. — a month ago

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Cool, I was unaware they had a sparkler.

Ca' del Bosco

Cuvée Prestige Franciacorta Brut Chardonnay Blend

Ca’del Bosco, Franciacorta, Cuvée Prestige, NV, Extra Brut, ABV 12.5%. 🇮🇹

Here is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Nero varieties, with a dosage at disgorgement introducing only 1 gram of sugar per liter, making this an Extra Brut sparkling wine (6 g/l max), coming from Franciacorta DOCG in the Lombardy region of Italy. Franciacorta sparklers are known for being produced with a second fermentation in the bottle and prolonged aging on the “lees” á la Méthode Champenoise. 🍾🥂

This is a beautiful representation. It’s pale gold, bone-dry, and offers toasty, bready notes next to tart, youthful peach, pear, and apple, lemon pith, blanched almonds, desiccated white flower, and wet slate. 💕

This wine is bright, elegant, and focused. It could cut through butter and is a delicious pairing with creamy, soft cheeses.👌👌👌

— a year ago

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Sassella Valtellina Superiore Nebbiolo 2006

Lovely Nebbiolo from Lombardy. Nice fall wine. Went nicely with uni and tomato pasta at Il Buco. — 3 years ago

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Riserva Valgella Valtellina Superiore Nebbiolo 2001

Nebbiolo from Lombardy. Really nice. — 5 years ago

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Bruno Verdi

Oltrepò Pavese Buttafuoco Red Blend 2019

Umm.. quite possibly my new house red. Rosenthal knows how to pick ‘em. Everything you want in a solid Chianti or Langhe Nebbiolo but from ultra unsexy Oltrepo Pavese in Lombardy (croatina, barbera, uva rara blend). All the acid you want in your northern Italian reds, but without the sometimes pesky green or harsh, drying Nebbiolo/ Sangiovese tannins. Red and black cherry, red and black currant, star anise, rose petal, with subtle herbal/earthy edge. Highly quaffable. Made for pizza / pasta nights. — 3 months ago

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I used to buy the sangue de Juida for my old store in Boston.
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@Lyle Fass have yet to try that one, but with a name like that how can it possibly disappoint?


Poggio Della Buttinera Pinot Nero Riserva 2016

Bring in that lovely Lombardy Pinot Nero! — 3 years ago

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Ca'Del Bosco

Cuvée Prestige Brut White Blend

David T

Since it is Friday Pizza Night, I thought we would relive our visit (5/15) & retry Ca’ del Bosco. I needed to see if it held up to our memory of tasting there. As well as, our visit there was prior to my heavy fixation on Champagne. And, it still does not disappoint.

The nose reveals; lemon extract, lime zest, ripe pineapple, white peach, touch of apricots and ripe tropical melons, slivered almonds, caramel notes, vanilla, honey notes, candle wax, delicate, grey, volcanic minerals, soft, chalkiness with yellow lilies set in a field of spring flowers.

The mouthfeel is heavy, rich, crisp and waxy. Softer, more delicate micro bubbles. Waxy/oily & a touch sour lemons, lime zest, ripe pineapple, white peach, touch of apricots and ripe tropical melons, slivered almonds, caramel notes, vanilla, honey notes, candle wax, delicate, very light white spice, grey, volcanic minerals, soft, chalkiness with yellow lilies & fruit blossoms set in a field of spring flowers. The acidity is round, phat and lively. The rich, lush, well balanced finish is delicious and persists nicely for minutes.

Photos of; Ca’ de Bosco entrance, their red velvet tasting salon, caves, and the bridge over their man made lake you walk from the parking lot to get to the property.

This was not available locally & had to ship it from the East coast to relive our memories.

While this states it is in Lombardy, the region is called Franciacorta. It is Italy’s Sparkling Wine region or its Champagne equivalent. There are two beautiful lakes near by, Iseo (which is where we stayed) as it’s closer to Franciacorta and less touristy than the more visited Lake Garda. Lake Garda is huge and extremely crowded during high season.
— 3 years ago

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@MaJ CappS Cheers & thank you! 🍾🥂
Sofia Jalilie

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After the tasting there, we had a lovely lunch at a nearby one star Michelin restaurant. Pasta, salad and way too many bread sticks.
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Sounds delicious!

Nino Negri

Quadrio Valtellina Superiore Nebbiolo 2016

Im biased towards Italian mountain reds, so not surprised that I have a crush on this qpr from Lombardy. For about 16$ you get a lithe,medium bodied 90% Chiavennasca (local version of Nebbiolo), 10% merlot with an ease on the palate- ‘suppose that’s the influence of the Merlot. Builds in power & depth with air. Sweet rose hips, wild berries, underbrush. Nice back end length though the sweetness not my thing. For Nebbiolo fiends, a real find. Only about 1800 bottles imported, according to its importer, Wildman. — a year ago

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Barolo Nebbiolo 2013

Nose is so supple. Warming (not in an alcoholic sense) and comforting. Dried roses. Spices. As this opens, intense hand crushed rose petals. With some more time intense lilacs. I mean really intense like elite volnay intense. Wtf!?!

Palate is still so fresh. Moderately dense fruit. Bright cherries. So juicy. Terrific spice. Rose petal juice. Wow. Nice elegance. Only 13.5% alcohol. Not one of these ponderous post climate change monsters. As it opens very good deliciousness. A lovely Roundness. Spice. Wow.

Great fresh finish.

This is exactly why you want in an entry level Barolo. Not Uber dense and overly weighty. Stunningly drinkable. Wow.

I’m having it with cassouela. Yes I know I should have had valtellina wine to stay in Lombardy... bite me. All the ballers in Milan drink barolo.

Bought from fass selections.
— 2 years ago

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Valtellina Superiore Nebbiolo 2015

NYE 19. First bottle from Lombardy. Very light in color. Lack of fruit. Tea and bitter. Very pinot like and a very distinctive nose of goji berry and strawberry. Someone just comment the taste is very interesting. I think the nose of rose petal, subtle mineral is good and a wine of purity and elegance — 3 years ago

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