Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WineStudio Rocks with Rinascimento Wine Company Italian Style

My first time participating on the ever popular wine education show #WineStudio. This month we are enjoying the wine knowledge of Justin Gallen Owner of Rinascimento Wine Company a fine wine brokerage. The 2 Italian wines chosen for this week are the 2013 Agricola Cirelli Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo and the 2010 Aglianico. What impresses me about Justin is his passion for bringing quality Italian wines to California, his knowledge of the landscape of Italy and his drive to success. You can listen to his interview by clicking the following link Justin Interview

So the first wine sipped tonight was the 2013 Agricola Cirelli Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo a nice little tasty wine. Produced from the grapes of Montepulciano the berries were harvested hand picked from young vineyards following the principle techniques of organic farming. The nose is bright and fresh with cherry cluster bursts, rose pedals, citrus and vanilla notes. Allow the wine to open and the cherry is replaces with strawberry creme. The mouth has nice acidity along with fresh strawberry and cherry with a soft vanilla and citrus finish.

Second wine of the discussion the 2010 Aglianico. Aged in steel and cement vats for up to 10 months then bottled as the wine aged naturally. The aroma changes dramatically from popping the cork till 30 minutes after opening. Dark fruit, black licorice, forest dew, floral notes with spicy pepper when first opened. Pour through an aerator and fresh red berries with anise and licorice are front and center. The mouth is lush with berries and spice with a good amount of tannins on the finish. My pairing for this wine would be a beef roast with a rich broth and root vegetables.

Great conversation this evening and even better wine. Stay tuned for next week.



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