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The Cellar” at Harbor View Thursday Tasting

October 18, 2018, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Two Little Known Italian Wineries; Four Terrific Wines!

We think Italian wine drinkers are very smart people. While most of us here in America are drinking wines from bigger, more well known producers, and sometimes paying a little more for them, smart Italians (gli italiani intelligenti) normally drink wines produced close to where they live from smaller producers. And since they are really affordable, they tend to enjoy a small glass or two on a daily basis.

So this week in The Cellar, we’re pretending that we are smart Italians (siamo italiani intelligenti) and we’ve rented Air B and Bs in Umbria and Sicily for a month or two and we are drinking wines like natives. Check it out:

La Carraia Orvieto Classico 2017 Italy (Umbria) – La Carraia’s Orvieto Classico is one of the best-known white wines from central Italy. It is a classic Italian white, made from native varietals – 40% Grechetto, 30% Procanico, 20% Malvasia, and 10% Verdello grapes.

“Pale yellow in color, elegant and intense aromas of Mediterranean flowers complement undertones of citrus fruits and apples. On the palate, it is fresh and full with good acidity balancing a long, pleasing finish.” ~ Winery

Tasting Bar Price: $8.79/bottle; Regular Price: $10.99

Tenuta Rapitalà Piano Maltese Bianco 2016 Italy (Sicily) – 87 points Wine Spectator  Grillo and Cataratto grapes give this wine fresh Mediterranean scents and a savory, elegant flavor with a typical hint of almonds.

“Piano Maltese is yellow-gold in color with a rich fruit driven nose. On the palate, it is rich yet fresh with apple, pear, herb and a touch of roasted nut.” ~ Winery

“This light-bodied white is fresh and graceful, offering a subtle mesh of white peach, orchard blossom and spice flavors, with a clean-cut finish.” WS

Tasting Bar Price: $9.49/bottle; Regular Price: $11.99

La Carraia Sangiovese 2016 Italy (Umbria) – La Carraia offers an Umbrian twist on a Tuscan classic: this supple wine is made from 100% Sangiovese.

“Brilliant ruby-red in color, aromas of ripe blackberries and black fruits develop into notes of strawberries and currants with subtle hints of mocha, tobacco, and sweet spice. On the palate, it is full and rich with soft tannins and lively acidity.” ~ Winery

Tasting Bar Price: $9.99/bottle; Regular Price: $13.99

Tenuta Rapitalà Campo Reale Nero D’Avola –88 points Vinous; 87 Wine Enthusiast The grape Nero d’Avola vinified on its own gives this wine an exciting red color, an aroma of ripe fruit and a typical, deep, balanced flavor.

“This early-drinking Nero d’Avola opens with ripe black-skinned fruit, tilled soil and cooking spice aromas. Straightforward and savory, it delivers black cherry, blackberry and ground pepper flavors alongside round tannins.” WE

“Fully saturated purple-ruby; this is very dark for a monovariety Nero d’Avola. Subdued aromas and flavors of dark plums and spices could use more lift.” V

Tasting Bar Price: $9.49/bottle; Regular Price: $11.99

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