A couple weekends ago, Gary York from Enoteca Sogno invited us to his holiday open house and wine tasting. We went of course, I mean come on, great Italian wine and food who wouldn’t!
Two of our favorite appetizers were out to share, the crostini with white beans & arugula and the roasted red peppers & fresh mozzarella along with 4 or 5 great cheeses. 11 wines were out for us to serve ourselves with that Gary had ordered in a nice progression that we followed. It was quite relaxing, and a great way to spend a Sunday evening. Plenty of table space for you to take your glass of wine, grab some apps, and sit down and discuss the wines.
The Wines –
Cantina Montelliana Prosecco (Veneto) $10 – very nice apple and yeast aromas, tight crisp bubbles with nutty and slight caramel notes on the palate
2006 Casamatta Vermintino (Tuscany) $13.50 – violet and almond on the nose, apple and pear flavors, very round – could’ve used a bit more acidity
2007 Cantina del Taburno Falanghina (Campania) $18 – mineral, tropical fruit and honey on the nose with similar flavors and a dash of almond. Rich flavors but crisp refreshing mouthfeel.
2007 Caldaro Lagrein (Alto Adige) $13.50 – espresso and dark fruit on the nose, black currant and black cherry flavors, medium to full body with fairly mellow tannins
2006 Cantele Primitivo (Puglia) $13 – blackberry, plum and suede on the nose followed by a hint of cabbage, cranberry and cherry. Good long finish.
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2007 Domaine les Grands Bois Cotes du Rhone “Cuvee les Trois Soeurs” (Rhone) $13 – anise and dark fruit up front, black currant, leather and black pepper flavors led to the wonderfully spicy finish
2006 Felsina Chianti Classico (Tuscany) $21 – raisin, tomato juice and chocolate on the nose with nice sweet cedar, pine and green pepper on the palate. Medium body, nice and well balanced structure
2004 Corte alla Flora Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (Tuscany) $23 – dirt, earth, leather and raspberry on the nose with toast and cranberry flavors and a very dry long finish.
2006 Vajra Langhe Rosso (Piedmont) $13.50 – black peppercorn, and ripe red fruit on the nose that switched to darker flavors of fig and blueberry on the palate. Nice easy drinking, well balanced red.
2006 Sori Paitin Barbera d’ Alba Serra Boella (Piedmont) $18 – blueberry and cherry nose with red currant, baby spinach leaves and clay flavors. Nice Barbera, had an interesting touch of effervescence on the tongue.
2003 Guido Porro Barolo Vigna Santa Caterina (Piedmont) $36 – very “rustic” in nature, raspberry, leather and cooked greens on the nose with similar flavors laced with a hint of bacon and red currant. BIG tannins, needs a couple more years or some time in the decanter
We had a great line up as you can see and thus a fabulous time as always. The prices next to the bottle names are all retail. In case you didn’t know (I didn’t) Gary sells all the wine on his wine list at pretty amazing prices. There aren’t too many places in town, especially restaurants, that you can get a great Barolo for under $40.
Make sure to keep an eye out over on Grove Avenue for Gary’s newest restaurant Coast which he “hopes” to have open in a few weeks.
2043 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220