From the Vine

July 2017 Urban Sampler

Ecstatic for the Adriatic!’

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

If summertime wanderlust has got you vying for Europe’s glittering seasides then this July’s Urban Sampler is your passport for a staycation-ready cruise down the Adriatic Riviera. We’re uncovering the Adriatic’s best kept secrets beginning in Slovenia with stops along Italy’s Eastern Coast in the Marche, Abruzzo, and Puglia to taste wines grown where beach-worthy intersects with food-friendly. No matter the occasion, when the temperature sways into the 90’s these indigenous coastal varietals will have you ecstatic for the Adriatic!

2015 Fontezoppa, ‘Vardi’ Verdicchio di Matelica (Marche, Italy)
Just east of the Appenine Mountains, Italy’s secluded Le Marche is a land of sprawling countryside, sandy beaches, and craggy coastline. It’s also home to exceptional terroirs. In Matelica, Verdicchio vines are planted on an ancient salt lake bed and produce wines as rich and mineral-laden as the soil from which the grapes were grown. Fontezoppa boasts notes of crisp golden apple and citrus, with subtle salinity and hints of lemon creme and chamomile. For a perfect pairing – bust out a loaded antipasti with ruffles of prosciutto, fresh and marinated veggies, salty cheeses (pecorino is a must!) and fried olives! Perfecto!

2016 Rado Kocijančič, Rosé (Primorska, Slovenia)
Rado Kocijančič’s farm in eastern Slovenia’s lies in the reputed Brda growing district. Here, he cultivates six steep hectares of terrain derived from an ancient sea bed rich in fossilized marine elements that impart mineral qualities into the wine. Rado focuses on indigenous varietals, in this case Refosk Teran, to produce a rosè with a subtle aromatic profile of wild red berries with floral notes. Fresh acidity and a broad mouth-feel strike a perfect balance making this a refreshing quaffer. Try it out with Edible Boston’s recipe for griddled striped bass and parsley-cilantro pesto!

2016 Cantele, Negroamaro Rosato (Puglia, Italy)
Puglia, often refered to as Italy’s ‘heel,’ is a magical peninsula flanked on either side by two of Europe’s bluest seas. Here you’ll find the best of Italy’s indigenous warm-climate varietals thriving, like the exceptional Negroamaro – the star of Cantele’s geranium-hued rosato. The wine is perfumed with aromas of raspberry and dried flowers, and offers concentrated flavors of raspberry and sweet spice. Rustic and dry, with refreshing acid and a savory finish. Pair this with a savory vegetable torta made with sweet summer squash, zucchini, and tomato.

2015 Bove, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Pianoro (Abruzzo, Italy)
Wild and hilly, sunny Abruzzo is the epicenter of all things Montepulciano.   Founded in 1930, the Cantine Bove, winery, is in it’s third generation – where the focus is on telling the story of the Abruzzo landscape through this very special indigenous grape. The bouquet is vibrant with sour cherry, boysenberry and blackberry intermingling with oregano and smoke. A generous palate has got us thinking Italian sausage with lemony grilled kale.