My ah-ha wine was a Barolo. To this day, the opportunity to enjoy a well-made glass of Barolo from inky, earthy Nebbiolo fruit from Northwest Italy’s Piemonte region makes my heart flutter. Enrico Serafino has been producing premium Barolo wines for over 140 years, highlighting the robust nature of the variety, producing full-bodied wines with character and age-ability. Enrico Serafino Barolo “Monclivio” DOCG ($40) is produced from a mix of fruit from various hillsides in the Barolo region from vineyards averaging 20-35 years old, blending clay and limestone soils, delivering a bold, earthy wine. The wine opens with aromas of black cherry, dried tobacco, espresso, and herbal notes, lingering on the palate with powerful tannins, kept in check with a nice note of acidity.
In the hills of Alto Adige, in the shadows of the Dolomite Mountains, Italy’s favorite white variety, Pinot Grigio, thrives delivering elegant, elevated wines with character. The Pinot Grigio from Alto Adige is not like others from Italy or really any other style of Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris from any place in the world. The elevation of the vineyards of Alto Adige ensures a focused freshness, with great acidity, shines in each and every wine from the region.
Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio ($20), one of the region’s best, shines with golden peach, pink grapefruit zest, tropical passion fruit, and a crisp, clean mineral-intense backbone, ensuring fruit-forward flavors are kept light and bright.
The Chardonnay wines of Burgundy, France are to be lingered over as they sensuously unveil their luscious beauty in the glass, showcasing Burgundy’s premium terroir for growing world-class Chardonnay. Made in a lean, focused style, Domaine Matrot Meursault ($65) shines with a mineral-driven backbone, layering crushed stone and oyster shells, mixing with sweet cream, honey, lemon zest, almonds, and peaches. From 40-year-old Chardonnay vines, the wine ends with a hint of smokiness, with an overall palate filled with balanced acidity and freshness, perfect for seafood pairings.
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