Calabria, Italy

Benvenuto

Calabria Zibibbo 2019

Calabrian white- a first for me, Zibibo varietal. Analogous to Chenin blanc but more grapefruit & orange pith, ie, bitters. Dry but layers of melon, lemon curd. Very enjoyable. — 8 days ago

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Tenuta Monolo

Riserva Bramaterra Nebbiolo Blend 1990

A somewhat stunningly beautiful snapshot of evolution in a bottle. Definitely do not wait on this at this point (and no need to decant, but there is a ton of sediment). Pale brick red in the glass. Aromatically very nice, but lost a bit as the night wore on. Quite pure and fresh on the palate with light red cherries, dried red flowers, good acid, long finish. Very fun one to try. — 3 days ago

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Ok, intrigued

Acino

Tocco Magliocco

Paired very well with pizza & chicken wings — a month ago

Cataldo Calabretta

Ciro Rosso Classico Superiore 2019

Solid rosato from Calabria. Not a ton of fruit but dense and refreshing. — 14 days ago

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Santa Venere

Vurgadà Calabria IGT Red Blend 2017

Served double-blind. Deep, glass staining ruby red with an utterly opaque core. On the nose, decadent, sightly confected, red fruits...almost red rope licorice like...mixed with spiced dark fruits (plums and currants) and cocoa. The palate is more dark fruited with semi-sweet chocolate chips…the ones made with the natural vanilla, and some coffee but there is good acid and the tannins, which are quite fine, are also quite sneaky. Long, satisfying finish. This comes across as a fairly extracted wine and I wondered if there as some residual sugar, possibly some appassimento?? I was totally stumped. Revealed to be this blend of Nerello Cappuccio and Gaglioppo; the latter I had zero experience with but, apparently, related to Sangiovese. This is a wine of intense concentration and proved to be most enjoyable on Day 3 once everything became a bit more integrated. I don’t have a whole lot of experience with Calabrian wines so I’m unsure if this is truly representative or an outlier. I’m intrigued and I think that the quality is certainly there. Paired very well on Day 1 with Osso Bucco and saffron risotto. — a month ago

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Lunarossa

Quartara Giffoni Valle Piana Colli di Salerno Fiano 2016

Lyle Fass
9.5

Such a freak show. Just an insane wine. I’ll be in an asylum after a glass. The nose is like the best bath/body works you’ve ever smelled in your life. Tangerine blossoms. Tropical but not blowsy. Everything is mineral here. Even the tropical fruit. Citrus jelly and mint julep! White tea. This stuff is crazy. Hi end bubble bath now. Like “Mediterranean” flavor. If such a thing exists. (I googled it. It does). Palate is like a white hermitage. As good if not better than the 14. Excruciatingly awesome minerality, and dry, dry dry. Licking plywood dry. But long. But trust me it’s great plywood and you want the finish to be thing long as there’s really good citrus. Long. Just a superb showing. This has more to yield. It’s tannic as well. It’s the craziest Fiano ever. The harmony, finesse and white hermitage/white burg 1er cru quality push this to a 9.5. This is elite. Might get a 9.6 just for how to original this wine is. I’ll see how it opens. — 18 days ago

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@Lyle Fass A lot going on there - can’t wait to try it. Available in the US?
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@Eric Urbani only through Fass Selections. I offer it usually twice a year.

Azienda Agricola Dott. Antonio Scala

Riserva Cirò Gaglioppo 2015

2021 winter. This had some nice spice and bitter cherry, but the oak is unnecessary. — 2 days ago

Tenuta del Conte

Cirò Bianco Greco

Such an amazing wine! Tastes like it was aged in an amphora...salty, mineral, tannic. Really sensational — 13 days ago

Carolina Gatti

Tredici Sette Rosé Blend 2019

A humble sparkler with lots to appreciate. So pretty in the glass. Flavors that linger around for a bit. Bone dry, full of fruit.

The bitter interesting sides of fruit we don’t think about too often.

Think thick white bitter pith of ruby red grapefruit. Dry, tart, sour raspberry funk, green strawberry.
— 4 days ago

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Ca' di Prata

Rose Extra Dry Prosecco 2019

This pink bubbly offers a ton of froth, which dissipates rather quickly. The nose shows strawberries, cherries and red apples. The palate is fruity and fun, and there is more than enough acidity to make this a refreshing sip or a nice wine to pair with a salad or seafood dish. It’s also great with aperitif munchies or a cheese and salami plate. — 17 days ago

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