Do Bianchi Springtime Selection

Do Bianchi Springtime Selection

3 Whites and 3 Reds for Springtime

Fresh, clean, bright wines for springtime dishes.

whites

Librandi Cirò Bianco 2008 (100% Greco from Calabria, Italy)
Quattro Mani Toh-Kai 2007 (100% Tocai Friulano from Brda, Slovenia)
Laroche Chablis 2007 (100% Chardonnay from Chablis, France)

reds

Massolino Barbera d’Alba 2007 (Barbera from Piedmont, Italy)
Hofstätter Pinot Nero Meczan 2008 (Pinot Noir from South Tyrol, Italy)
Les Crêtes Torrette Petit Rouge 2006 (Petit Rouge from Val d’Aosta, Italy)

$137.93 plus tax and shipping and handling (if applicable)

to order, simply send me an email by clicking here

N.B.: I’ll be delivering and shipping wine next Monday and if you like, you can meet me at Jaynes Gastropub on Sunday to pick up your wines (I’ll be leading a tasting of wines inspired by my recent trip to Piedmont with owner Jon).

The theme of this offering is bright acidity and freshness, perfect for spring vegetables and the lighter meals we enjoy as warmer weather arrives. And, of course, all of these wines pair superbly with fish tacos!

Librandi Cirò Bianco 2008 (100% Greco from Calabria, Italy)

You may remember this post from Do Bianchi, where Tracie P and I paired this wine with one of our favorite dishes, pasta in bianco, short pasta cooked al dente and then dressed simply with extra-virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, chili flakes, and finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley. I love the acidity in this expression of one of Italy’s most ancient white grape varieties, Greco, and I love its low alcohol content (about 12.5%).

Quattro Mani Toh-Kai 2007
(100% Tocai Friulano from Brda, Slovenia)

The Movia winery in Brda, Slovenia has stopped bottling a 100% Tocai Friuliano: today, the grapes are used only in the winery’s top-flight blend, Veliko. But the surplus fruit — all sourced from Movia’s 100% biodynamic vineyard, farm, and estate — is now bottled under this second label. They call it Toh-Kai because EU labeling legislation forbids Italians and Slovenians from labeling their wines as Tocai, after a trademark dispute with Hungary (over Hungary’s botrytized Tokaj). What’s in a name? The same fresh, herbal and grassy flavors that I LOVE about Tocai. Remember when Nous Non Plus played at Movia?

Laroche Chablis 2007 (100% Chardonnay from Chablis, France)

If you read Do Bianchi or My Life Italian, you know how much Tracie P and I love Chablis. To my palate, Chablis — for both the terroir and the traditional style of vinification — is where Chardonnay reaches its most sublime expression: rocks and fruit in a glass, minerality, vibrant acidity, and fresh white and stone fruit. The Laroche entry-level (screw-cap) Chablis is not a life-changing wine: it’s a great, crisp, fresh food-friendly wine to go with a wide range of dishes, including fresh springtime vegetables and spicier foods. This bottle would probably be my number-one pick for a before dinner salad with vinaigrette.

Above: That’s me with Franco Massolino of the Massolino winery back in 2008 before Tracie P talked some sense into me and I decided to shave my mustache. He’s the NICEST guy and I love his wines. In 2008, I tasted his Barolos going back to the late 1980s. Wow…

Massolino Barbera d’Alba 2007 (Barbera from Piedmont, Italy)

If you’ve been following Do Bianchi, you know that I just got back from a trip to Piedmont where I spent four days tasting Barbera. Massolino, in Serralunga d’Alba, is one of my favorite Barolo producers, and so when I saw a good price on this Barbera d’Alba 2007 I jumped at it: while 2007 was a slightly more difficult vintage for Nebbiolo in Piedmont (it all depended on when the grower decided to pick), the earlier ripening Barbera had one of its best vintages in recent memory. This wine is fresh and bright, super food-friendly, with those wonderful juicy red fruit and berry fruit flavors that I love in traditional style Barbera.

Hofstätter Pinot Nero Meczan 2008
(Pinot Noir from South Tyrol, Italy)

The last day of my trip to Italy, I played hooky and spent the afternoon book shopping in Milan (one of my guilty pleasures) before heading over to my friends Stefano and Anna’s house for dinner. Stefano always takes great pride and pleasure in choosing the wines for our dinners together and one of the reds he picked this time around was the Hofstätter single-vineyard Meczan Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir) 2008. I visited Hofstätter (in German-speaking South Tyrol) back in 2008 and I’ve always been a fan of its Burgundian-inspired wines. Pinot Noir has been grown in this Alpine appellation for nearly three centuries and the fresh river-valley breezes, combined with excellent temperature variation during summer and elevation make it an ideal zone for the cultivation of fresh, clean expressions of Pinot Noir. It paired perfectly with Stefano’s dinner of steamed vegetables, bresaola (Lombard air-dried beef, thinly sliced), and young cow’s milk cheeses. I can still taste its wonderful fruit and acidity…

Les Crêtes Torrette Petit Rouge 2006
(Petit Rouge from Val d’Aosta, Italy)

This wine, made primarily from a grape called Petit Rouge (that you may not be familiar with), is produced in the French-speaking Alps of Italy, the Val d’Aosta. Les Crêtes is one of those iconic wineries of Italy that stands apart for its commitment to organic farming and superior quality for the price in its wines. Few wines express their terroir more aptly and earnestly than the wines of Les Crêtes: in this wine, you find tannic structure balanced by freshness, acidity tempered by natural red fruit flavors, in a distinct combination that could only be created by meticulous vineyard management, an indigenous grape variety (in this case, Petit Rouge), and the unique sandy soils and high-elevation climatic conditions of the Italian-French Alps. A great wine for springtime pasta and rice dishes and fresh cow’s milk cheeses. I simply LOVE this wine and could drink it everyday.

$137.93 plus tax and shipping and handling (if applicable)

to order, simply send me an email by clicking here

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3 responses to “Do Bianchi Springtime Selection

  1. Pingback: Do Bianchi Springtime Selection is LIVE! « Do Bianchi

  2. Great Librandi Cirò Bianco!

  3. Great selections!

    Showing DSWE some love, I see. 🙂

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