From the Vine

April 2017 Urban Sampler

 “Fritalian Face-Off: Savoie Vs. Sicily”

Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50

Bigger than David and Goliath? More like Goliath vs. Goliath. Two of the world’s most classic regions are facing off in April’s Urban Sampler: France and Italy, Savoie Vs. Sicily. In one corner we have Savoie, wines offer compelling flavor profiles and great aging potential. These are food-friendly, unusual wines for those of us who are bold enough to, occasionally, venture off-piste. In the other corner we have Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and the island’s inhabitants have been drinking wine as far back as the 17th century B.C.

2015 Domaine Eugène Carrel Vin de Savoie Jongieux Blanc *1W*

(Savoie, France)

First up is Jacquère, a grape found primarily in Savoie. This bright white expresses citrus fruit essences, associated with floral overtone and a slight mineral driven finish. Drink up this alpine influenced white and serve as an aperitif or with traditional savoy specialties such as fondue!

2015 Domaine Eugène Carrel Gamay Vieilles Vignes *2R*

(Savoie, France)

Gamay is a true French classic and will keep you on the ropes. This light wine offers a generous bouquet of delicious red fruits, blackcurrant, strawberry, and raspberry coupled with spices. It’s hard to go wrong with Gamay and food, but we suggest roast chicken with herbs de Provence.

2015 Murgo Etna Bianco *6W*

(Sicily, Italy)

A lively blend of Sicilia’s two native white grapes, Carricante and Catarratto, throws a one-two punch! Carricante contributes citrus fruits like nectarine and lemon as well as stony minerality, while Catarratto adds body and spicy star anise. This wine is a knock out with fresh calamari in zesty tomato sauce.

2015 Murgo Etna Rosso *2R*

(Sicily, Italy)

Throw in the towel with this Etna Rosso. 100% Nerello Mascalese from 30+ year old vines, hand harvested and de-stemmed before fermenting and aging in stainless steel. A classically floral and high acid Nerello from the sandy slopes of Mount Etna. Leave the ring a winner and throw a steak on the grill to pair with this red.

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