Fine Wine Source Wine


November 2018

Podere Ciona:

Franca and Franco Gatteschi were looking for a place in the countryside to retire to, after many years of working in Italy and abroad, when they came across a small, beautiful, albeit run down property: 100 acres of land, mostly wooded with 10 acres set aside for cultivation, of which 2.5 acres already had vineyards; a house from the 18th Century, abandoned for more than 40 years; and, above all, a view without equal on the Chianti hills, with Siena in the distance. They purchased the estate at the beginning of 1990 and they immediately started the reconstruction work on the main house (it took nearly three years). They also set up a small but well equipped wine cellar for making wine. In 1996 they permanently moved to live on the estate and the following year, the great 1997 vintage, saw the birth of the first “official” wine of Podere Ciona: a Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva.Between 2000 and 2003, the Gatteschis decided to replant all the available land with vines, build a new wine cellar that would be needed for the larger production and purchase another small property not far from their residence at Podere Ciona, destined to become their “agriturismo”, today Le Diacce. Today the estate is humming with activity, as the agriturismo is populated with guests throughout the tourist season, and the cooking classes by Franca’s cooking school, Tutti-A-Tavola are always in high demand. Our wine production has grown throughout the years and has been awarded in the United States and Italy. Truly a family owned and operated estate, Franca manages the Agriturismo and Franco manages the vineyards. Son, Lorenzo is the winemaker and daughter-in-law, Jennifer handles all the sales and marketing.

About:

This is only the second vintage of the Rose that Lorenzo has produced! The first vintage was blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc, Lorenzo was so happy with the way it turned out that he decided to make it a permanent offering and increase its production. As fate would have it, during the growing season of 2016 a pesky group of local wild boars decided that the Cabernet Franc would be more suited to their dietary needs than for the 2016 Rose. Lorenzo did not let that deter him from producing what we believe is one of the finest Rose wines that we stock on Fine Wine Source’s shelves. The 2016 Ciona Rose is produced from 100% Sangiovese that is grown from vineyards that sit on a mixture of quartz arenite (aka sandstone) clay, schist, and marl soil at an altitude of 535-625 Meters above sea level. The vines are horizontal and double-spurred cordon trained and have an age of 6 to 16 years with an average yield of 1.1 Kilograms per plant. Lorenzo and his father Franco produced only 1,200 cases (100 cases) and we at FWS have worked out an exclusive deal to be the ONLY US location to offer it for purchase! Lorenzo will be joining us for the Post-Thanksgiving days and regaling us with stories from the 2018 Harvest and Wine Production. Please mark November 28th through December 1st on your calendars so you don’t miss this opportunity to speak and sip with Lorenzo Gatteschi!!!

Varietal:

100% Sangiovese

Alcohol:

13.44%

Tasting Notes:

Dark Salmon Pink in color with a fresh fragrance of fruits and slightly herbal & earthy tones. Well-balanced on the palate with lovely notes of strawberry, watermelon, and red licorice.

Food Pairings:

We believe that a good Rose is a great wine pairing for Turkey Day; however, this Rose is GREAT and therefore a Great Pairing for all the Thanksgiving traditions! Salute!!!

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts:

Red licorice on the nose and the palate…WOW!!! Loaded with flavor and fruit burst on the finish and best served with Turkey, Chicken, or Salmon, Cheers!

Fine Wine Source Wine


November 2018

Primary Wines:

Every Holiday Season we seek out the “as close to perfect” wine to pair with traditional Holiday dishes as we can find. This November, as we move toward another Thanksgiving Feast with family and friends, we have found Primary Wines Pinot Noir. Primary Wines was born out of the desire to bring good wines at great prices to people who aspire to live free and drink well. At the same time, it was imperative to stay true to our ideals, one of which is the essential understanding that all good wines are created equal, but if and only if they reflect their primary and wholesome source, which is the grapes that they are produced from. Finally, we wanted to embrace and encourage the natural intelligence and inquisitiveness of our fellow drinkers by giving them a little insight into the often opaque language used by wine connoisseurs, hence the brief lesson appearing on our labels. In our communal quest to live well, we invite you to go back to the basics and enjoy our fruit-driven, thirst-quenching Primary Wines.

About:

Pinot Noir is an excellent choice for Thanksgiving. Why? These wines are food-friendly, with soft tannins and a fresh burst of tart acidity that helps to cut through rich dishes. They have herbal notes that complement all the sage, thyme, and fennel in a Thanksgiving feast, and an earthiness that brings out the best in mushroom gravy, turkey dripping gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, and turkey itself. At its best, pinot is elegant, sultry and savory, with a pop of fresh tart berries and base notes that remind me of the wet forest floor. Unfortunately, Pinot Noir is typically an expensive and notoriously tricky grape, so you’re not going to find a ton of delicious bottles in the budget price range that will allow you to populate the Thanksgiving table with multiple bottles (Cheap pinot can be overly sweet, overly oaked, and totally disappointing). But if you are looking for a special bottle(s) of Pinot Noir to share at Thanksgiving, we have found one that over-achieves for its price point and delivers exactly what a great Pinot Noir is supposed to for the Thanksgiving Feast. Primary wines produces varietally correct and over-achieving wines from the best vineyards in California. The fruit for this vintage comes primarily from Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley but incorporates other California vineyards, and had been crafted by their winemakers that have worked multiple vintages to deliver consistently delicious offerings. On a side note, we have purchased more than what we require for our Wine Club Members to accommodate you and your guests, if you choose to serve this delicious Pinot Noir at your Thanksgiving Feast!

Varietals:

100% California Pinot Noir

Alcohol:

13.5%

Tasting Notes:

Elegant and smooth, but still lively, this California Pinot features enticing aromas of sun-ripened strawberries against a background of warm baking spices.

Food Pairings:

From Turkey to Ham, or Salmon and the enigmatic Turducken, Pinot Noir is the perfect Holiday Feast pairing for the main dishes as well as the many delicious and savory sides!!!

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts:

Rich and opulent, layers of complexity, with a long lingering finish, the Primary Wines Pinot Noir is best served with Thanksgiving Turkey, Oily Fish, or Duck.