Prosecco (on draft), Montelvini, Veneto, Italy, NV $8
Lambrusco, Cleto Chiarli e Figli, “Vecchia Modena”, Emilia Romagna, Italy, NV $12/$48
Pinot Noir/Merlot Cuvée Brut Rosé, Desiderio Jeio, Valdobbiadene, Italy, NV $12/$48
Tocai Friulano, Folk Machine, Mendocino, CA, 2013 $10/$40
Pinot Grigio, Mazzoni, Tuscany, Italy, 2012 $10/$40
Cortese, Marchesa, Gavi, Piedmont, Italy, 2013 $10/$40
Falanghina, Feudi di San Gregorio, Campania, Italy, 2013 $12/$48
Vermentino, Santadi, “Villa Solais”, Sardinia, Italy, 2013 $8/$32
Chardonnay, Alois Lageder, Alto Adige, Italy, 2013 $11/$44
Viognier, Barboursville Vineyards, “Graffiato Reserve”, Virginia, 2013 $16/$64
Garganega/Chard/Sauv Blanc, Anselmi, “San Vincenzo”, Veneto, Italy, 2013 $12/$48
Grechetto, Goretti, Umbria, Italy, 2012 $9/$36
Sangiovese Blend, Barboursville Vineyards, Barboursville, Virginia, 2012 $12/$48
Pinot Noir, La Vis Dipinti, Trentino, Italy, 2013 $11/$44
Barbera d’Alba, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy, 2013 $12/$48
Nero d’Avola/Frappato, Planeta, Cerasuolo d’Vittoria, Sicily, Italy, 2012 $12/$48
Primitivo, Cantele, Salento, Italy, 2012 $9/$36
Sangiovese, Coltibuono, Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy, 2011 $12/$48
Nebbiolo, Graffiato Red 1.0, Loudoun County, Virginia, NV $12/$48
Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, Maculan, “Brentino”, Veneto, Italy, 2011 $11/$44
Cabernet Sauvignon Blend, Argiano, “Rosso Toscana”, Tuscany, Italy, 2012 $16/$64
So when you think sparkling wine, you probably think Champagne, and we’ll give it to the French, they make some good ones. However, Italy makes some fantastically unique sparkling wines as well that are usually much better to enjoy with food!
Lambrusco, Cleto Chiarli e Figli, “Vecchia Modena”, Emilia Romagna, Italy, N/V $12 $48
Pinot Noir, Falesco, “Brut Rose”, Umbria, Italy, N/V $19 $76
Chardonnay/Pinot Noir, Contratto, “Extra Brut”, Lombardy, Italy, 2009 $80
Chardonnay, Oudinot, “Brut”, Epernay, Champgane, France, N/V $74
Chardonnay/Pinot Noir, Louis Roederer, “Brut Premier”,
Champagne, France, N/V $110
It seems like Italian grapes just naturally lend themselves to being made into pink wines. Fantastic examples are made from Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Lagrein and many others. These wines run the gamut of being light and delicate to being big and juicy.
Sangiovese Blend, Barboursville Vineyards, Barboursville, VA, 2012 $12 $48
Ok. So technically….Pinot Grigio isn’t from Italy, it’s from France where it’s called Pinot Gris. However, if you surveyed 10 people and asked them to name the first white wine from Italy they could think of, we’ll bet 9 of them would say Pinot Grigio. This pink skinned grape features bright minerality and loads of flavors of pears and peaches.
Elena Walch, Alto Adige, Italy, 2013 $11 $44
Terlan, Alto Adige, Italy, 2013 $56
Northern Italian Varietals
Areas like Piedmont, Veneto, & Friuli in the north are in the foothills of the Alps. Those cool climates lend themselves to grapes with natural acidity. While wines made from Garganega, Cortese, & Friuliano are very different, but they all tend to be wines with a great balance of fruit, minerality, and body.
Cortese, Marchesa, Gavi, Piedmont, Italy, 2013 $10 $40
Arneis, Pio Cesare, Piedmont, Italy, 2012 $52
Rondinella/Traminer/Kerner, Zyme, “From Black to White”,Veneto, Italy, 2012 $78
Grapes of the South and the Islands
When the ancient Greeks landed on mainland Italy, they found it overrun with vines of Falanghina, Fiano, and Grecco di Tufo. There were so many that they dubbed the land “Oenotria” or “Land of Vines” and the area has been making great stuff ever since. Off the coast, the islands of Sardinia and Sicily make some fantastic wines based around the grapes Vermentino, Grillo, and Inzolia.
Grillo, Aquillae, “Fileno”, Sicily, Italy, 2013 $10 $40
Vermentino, Santadi, “Villa Solais”, Sardinia, Italy, 2013 $8 $32
Vermentino, Nuraghe Crabioni, Sardinia, Italy, 2012 $52
Falanghina, Feudi di San Gregorio, Campania, Italy, 2013 $12 $48
International Grape Varietals
Italy has a widely varied geography and climate. Somewhere along the boot you can find the ideal conditions to grow just about every grape there is. Consequently, some winemakers have decided to plant some of the best known international varietals like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier with spectacular results!
Sauvignon Blanc, Dagueneau, Pouilly Fume, Loire Valley, France, 2013 $59
Sauvignon Blanc, Duckhorn, “Decoy”, Sonoma, CA, 2013 $48
Malagousia, Domaine Gerovassilou, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2012 $68
Monemvasia, Moraitis, “Kapnos Reserve”, Paros, Greece, 2012 $48
Chardonnay, Alois Lageder, Alto Adige, Italy, 2013 $11 $44
Chardonnay, Cakebread Cellars, Napa Valley, CA, 2012 $105
Chardonnay, Cuvaison, Carneros, CA, 2011 $128
Viognier, Marziano Abbona, “Cinerino”, Langhe, Piedmont, Italy, 2010 $80
Albarino, Morgadio Legado, Rias Biaxas, Spain, 2013 $40
Native to Tuscany, this grape is known for producing the world famous wines of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Literally translated the name means “Blood of Jupiter” and wines made from this varietal tend to feature flavors of candied cherry, orange peel and moderate to firm tannin.
Il Molino de Grace, “Il Volano”, Tuscany, Italy, 2010 $40
Querciabella, “Mongrana”, Tuscany, Italy, 2010 $56
La Gerla, Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy, 2012 $60
Farnese, “Edizione”, Puglia/Abruzzo, Italy, 2011 $96
Mazzei, “Fonterutoli”, Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy, 2011 $68
Coltibuono, Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy, 2011 $11 $44
Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona, “Pianrosso”,
Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy, 2008 $152
Costanti, Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy, 2009 $188
Despite being native to Lombardy where it is called “Chiavennasca” this grape is best known for wines from Piedmont, where it makes the king and queen of Italian wine: Barolo and Barbaresco. The varietal expresses “terroir” as well if not better than Pinot Noir and is known for flavors of violets, cherries, raspberries, and truffles.
Produttori del Barbaresco, Langhe, Piedmont, Italy, 2012 $66
Franco Serra, Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy, 2011 $58
Breaux Vineyards, “Graffiato 1.0”, Loudon County, VA, N/V $12 $48
Nino Negri, “Le Tense”, Lombardy, Italy, 2013 $88
G. D. Vajra, “Albe”, Barolo, Piedmont, Italy, 2010 $85
Barbera & Dolcetto
Native to Piedmont, these two grapes often get overshadowed by their more famous cousin, Nebbiolo, they are both very capable of making complex and flavorful wines. Barbera based wines tend to feature low tannins, high acid and deep color. Dolcetto wines tend to be more tannic, more fruit driven, and less acidic.
Barbera, Fratelli Alessandria, Alba, Piedmont, Italy, 2013 $12 $48
Barbera, Jeff Runquist, Amador County, CA, 2012 $78
Dolcetto, Grimaldi, Alba, Piedmont, Italy, 2012 $48
Corvina, Rondinella, & Molinara
We know what you’re thinking: “What, what, & what!?” Well that’s because the wines (Valpolicella & Amarone) that these grapes make are better known than the grapes themselves. Corvina is fresh and juicy with hints of almond, Rondinella adds body and richness, and Molinara lends strong acidity. Often the grapes are dried on straw mats before being pressed which leads to a “raisin-y” flavor in many wines.
La Ragose, Amarone della Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy, 2006 $152
La Giaretta, Amarone della Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy, 2011 $88
Zenato, “Alanera”, Veneto, Italy, 2012 $52
Other Native Italian Grapes
The grapes and wines of Italy are too varied and unique to truly lump into one category, but we did it anyway! Lagrein from the north is one of the driest wines you’ll ever have, while Nero D’avola from Sicily is lush and smooth. This is the area of the wine list where the adventurous should gravitate to, for not only do the wines taste fantastic, but they are also uniquely Italian.
Negroamaro, Cantele, Salice Salentino, Puglia, Italy, 2010 $9 $36
Primitivo, Castello Monaci, “Piluna”, Salento, Italy, 2012 $9 $36
Aglianico, Paternoster, “Synthesi”, Vulture, Basilicata, Italy, 2011 $72
Nero D’Avola/Frappato, Planeta, Ceraulo di Vittoria, Sicily, Italy, 2012 $12 $48
Lagrein, Andrian, “Rubeno”, Alto Adige, Italy, 2013 $55
International Grape Varietals
Many international grape varietals such as Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon have found a home in Italy. In many cases, the Italian versions of these popular wines are just as good as or possibly even better than ones from the grapes’ homelands.
Gammay, Jean-Paul Thevenet, Morgon, Beaujolais, Burgundy, France, 2011 $84
Pinot Noir, Domaine Faiveley, “La Framboisiere”,Mercurey, Burgundy, France, 2012 $100
Pinot Noir, Tiefenbrunner, “Tumhof”, Alto Adige, Italy, 2013 $72
Pinot Noir, Cuvaison, Carneros, CA, 2011 $148
Xinomavro/Syrah/Merlot, Kir-Yianni, “Kapnos Reserve”, Naoussa, Greece, 2011 $52
Grenache/Syrah, Elyse, “C’est Si Bon”, Sierra Foothills, CA, 2010 $60
Zinfandel, Terlato, “The Federalist”, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, CA, 2011 $60
Cannonau, Pala, “I Fiori”, Sardinia, Italy, 2012 $49
Cabernet Franc, Ransom, Rogue Valley, Oregon, 2010 $80
Syrah, Tenuta Rapitala, “Nadir”, Sicily, Italy, 2011 $48
Syrah, Rob Murray Wines, “Amor Fati”, Santa Maria Valley, CA, 2011 $119
Merlot/Syrah/Sangiovese, Gaja, “Ca’Marcanda-Promis”, Tuscany, Italy, 2011 $120
Cabernet/Merlot, Maculan, “Brentino”, Veneto, Italy, 2011 $11 $44
Cabernet/Merlot/Syrah/Sangiovese, Argiano, “NC”, Tuscany, Italy, 2012 $16 $64
Cabernet Sauvignon, If You See Kay, Lazio, Italy, 2011 $56
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