Hello Wine Explorers,
Asimov's recent posts on having a mixed case of wine as learning tool was spot on; I remember one of my "wine school" was the Enoteca in Cortina d'Ampezzo were everyday I was going after a skiing day, to have a different glass of wine.
So far I've being providing this kind of service on one to one basis, so I suggested mixed cases on personal basis according to the taste of the costumer.
After reading Eric's article I realize that if I can put together a mixed case filled with wines that have different character, it may better if somebody is in for a learning experience.
As I said earlier my approach when I needed to learn was the "scientific" one; I order two different glass every day starting from the top of the board working my way down, so in one week I tasted 14 different quality wines that weren't chosen to my taste, also the fact that I was buying the glass (I was 16 years old with some cash flow) made me think about the wine itself more then whatever I liked it or not.
So with this week newsletter I would like to propose the "learning case" a selection of 3 different wine for 4 different categories, Reds, White, Rose and Sparklers under $ 250.
Bruno de Conciliis Salim Brut 2005 (Italy)
Refreshing and elegant blend of Fiano and Aglianico grapes patiently crafted by the master Bruno de Conciliis.
Avinyo Cava Brut NV (Spain)
Parellada, Xarel-lo, Macabeo blend and vinified with the traditional method, complex and elegant; from the Penedes region north of Barcellona.
Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve NV (France)
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, fine Champagne elegant and round with charming fresh berries flavors.
Cantina Valle d'Isarco Kerner 2005 (Italy)
From Trentino Alto Adige mineral and crisp with red apples and pears palate
Movia Tocaj Gredic 2005 (Slovenia)
Full and dry Tocai Friulano, round and mineral very unusual like the hand that is behind the Movia Estate.
Albert Boxler Riesling 2004 (France)
From Alsace not too sweet with good acidity and minerality that makes the wine refrrshing and clean.
Cantina Bolzano Lagrein Rose` 2005 (Italy)
Nice fresh red berries flavors dry and refreshing
Shinn Estate Vineyards Rose` 2006 (USA)
From the North Fork of Long Island this 100% Merlot is full and dry gentle fruit bouquet and long dry finish.
Lopez de Heredia Rioja Rose` 1997 (Spain)
Blend of Tempranillo, Garnacho and Viura aged for ten years between large casks and bottle; very unusual herbal and full light in color big in structure.
Felipe Rutini Malbec 2004 (Argentina)
Rutini is an Italian family that started to make wine in Mendoza in the late 19th century, traditional style, spicy and full of dark fruit and mint leaves flavors.
Domaine du Gallet du Papes Chateauneuf du Pape 2001 (France)
Great medium bodied Chateauneuf made mostly from Grenache grapes, earthy with soft tannins.
Cavallotto Dolcetto d'Alba Vigna Scot 2005 (Italy)
Sharp with firm and sweet tannins, fresh flavors of cherries dry and long in the finish.
The case priced at $ 240 (before taxes and shipping were applicable) to order click here.
Enjoy your "homework"