Fine Wine Source Wine

April 2019

Le Croci: Le Croci (“The Crosses”) is produced by the Sperone family who have been making affordable premium wines for four generations. In 1911, Antonio Sperone opened a small wine shop in Torino where he sold bulk wine directly to consumers. Unsatisfied with the quality and price of the local wine, Antonio started his own winery in Puglia and built a bottling facility in Torino. He was soon able to offer his customers quality wines at prices everyone could afford. Sadly, it was destroyed when the city was bombed in WWII. The winery in Puglia survived the war and enabled Antonio’s grandson Giacomo to open a new facility in 1965 near Milan where he produced vermouth, sparkling wines, spirits and fine wines. In 1983, the family purchased 75 acres of prime vineyards in Piedmont and built the current winery in the small town of Mombaruzzo just outside Monferrato.

The Wine: Select grapes are hand harvested from the Le Croci (“The Crosses”) vineyard. This special site sits right outside the winery on a modest hill side facing south-east. The soil here is calcareous, and produces concentrated, deeply colored Barbera grapes, fit for producing rich wines with the capacity to age gracefully. Three weeks of maceration is followed by fermentation in stainless steel for four weeks at 77°F. The wine is aged for one year in small oak casks and six months in bottle before release.

Varietal: 100% Barbera

Alcohol: 14%

Tasting Notes: Dark crimson color in the glass, and the nose has a modern, full-bodied, ripe cherry and toast aroma. Lush and smooth on the palate, with wild blackberry flavors framed by ripe tannins, bright acidity and hints of vanilla.

Food Pairings: Served with cured, grilled or roasted meats, hearty pasta dishes, or rich cheeses.

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: A pop of fresh blackberry and blueberry fruit with a long and silky finish. Best served with pasta and a classic tomato sauce!

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Fine Wine Source Wine

April 2019

Tortoise Creek Wines: Tortoise Creek is an outstanding line of varietal wines that have been sourced from vineyards predominately in the Lodi region. Great importance is placed on sustainable practices in both the vineyard and winery and the large majority of the Tortoise Creek wines are certified sustainable. The wines all represent the purist possible examples of single varietal wines and all are remarkable value. Starting with the 2009 vintage Lodi Zinfandel “The Chelonian”, Tortoise Creek Wines has partnered with the Chelonian Research Foundation (CRF) to donate a portion of the annual profits to benefit the conservation of turtles and tortoises. The Chelonian Research Foundation, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1992 by Dr. Anders G.J. Rhodin for the production, publication, and support of worldwide turtle and tortoise research, with an emphasis on the scientific basis of chelonian diversity and conservation biology. More information can be found at Chelonian.

The Chelonian Zinfandel: “The Chelonian” refers to the genus of tortoises and turtles. The Zinfandel fruit comes from three well-managed vineyards in the Clements Hills and Lodi-proper areas near Sacramento and is a blend of 90% Zinfandel, 5% Tannat and 5% Petite Syrah. Gravity flow handling is used where the fruit is destemmed (but not crushed) and whole cluster fermentation maximizes flavor and color extractions. Extended maceration was used to add depth, structure, complexity and to stabilize the unique color of Zinfandel. To fill in the mid-palate and add softness the wine was aged in oak for 6 months.

Varietals: 90% Zinfandel, 5% Tannat, and 5% Petite Syrah

Alcohol: 14.5%

Tasting Notes: No other variety represents the region of Lodi like Zinfandel. Over 100 years ago European settlers believed it to be the best fit for the climate and soils and their keen insight paid off. Our Zinfandel “The Chelonian” has a lovely spicy, cherry like bouquet and is bursting with sweet, berry flavors. There are also delicious overtones of black currant and plums, with a welcoming finish of vanilla and cinnamon toast.

Food Pairings: Zinfandel wine is happiest when paired with anything from the meat aisle, burgers, grilled sausages, lamb chops, pork, meat stews, hearty pastas, or barbequed dishes. If cheese is more your thing, try The Chelonian Zinfandel with aged cheddar, aged Gouda, parmesan, asiago, or a dry cheddar jack.

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: Big, rich, and spicy with layers of complexity; best served with zesty grilled or BBQ meats!

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