Hard-to-find wines from Friuli: sommelier Bobby Stuckey’s Scarpetta

Above: Bobby Stuckey, Master Sommelier and probably the nicest guy I’ve met in the world of fine wine and dining. I tasted with him in November 2009 in Austin.

Scarpetta Six-Pack: 3 wines from Friuli

Scarpetta 2009 [Tocai] Friulano
(still white, 2 bottles)

Elegant and mineral, with notes of white fruit and a subtle nuttiness (my fav in the bunch). Btw, I still call it TOCAI Friulano even though the EU doesn’t allow Friulian producers to label it as such!

Scarpetta 2009 Sauvignon Blanc
(still white, 2 bottles)

Classic cat piss notes on the nose tempered with gorgeous floral aromas, rich but light in the mouth, a classic expression of Sauvignon Blanc from Friuli, one of the few international grape varieties I drink from Italy.

Scarpetta 2009 Spumante Rosé
(Pinot Nero, Franconia, sparkling rosé, 2 bottles)

This is one of you-can’t-stop-drinking-it wines: so fresh, such bright acidity, such wonderful fruit, and gentle fizziness. It could be my top wine for summer this year.

$150 (plus tax and shipping and handling)
free delivery for San Diego residents

Please email me by clicking here to order.

If you read my blog Do Bianchi, you know that Tracie P and I love the wines of Scarpetta, a small winery in the eastern hills of Friuli founded by one of America’s top Italian wine experts and sommeliers, Bobby Stuckey (above), owner of Frasca in Boulder, Colorado.

Above: The pig on the label of Bobby and chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson’s Scarpetta is inspired by their love of Prosciutto di San Daniele. The name “scarpetta” comes from the Italian word for “sopping up leftover sauce from your plate.”

Why are we so crazy about wines from Friuli made by an American, you ask? Not only is Bobby one of the foremost authorities on Italian wine in our country, he is also one of its top experts on the foods and wines of Friuli (and his restaurant Frasca (named after the traditional Friulian trattoria is one of the leading Italian cuisine destinations in the U.S. — it’s fantastic).

Because of his celebrity in the biz and his connections in Friuli, he is able to source his fruit from some of the top growers in the Colli Orientali appellation, including one of my favorite producers, Ronco del Gnemiz.

The wines are fresh and bright (2009, a great, classic vintage for the appellation) and extremely food friendly: the real secret here is Bobby’s amazing palate and his uncanny ability to pair food and wine. When I tasted the wines for the first time in November of last year, I was blown away by how approachable and delicious they were and how — just as Bobby intended — they are SUPER FOOD FRIENDLY: balanced alcohol, bright acidity, and honest fruit flavors.

sweet peas

Above: Tracie P and I paired our first spring tomatoes with one of Bobby’s wines this year.

Roughly 100 cases were made of each wine and I was able to obtain a small allocation thanks to my friendship with Bobby (he is SUCH a nice guy… one day I’ll tell you a great story about something so incredibly gracious I saw him do in his restaurant a few years ago).

I can’t think of better wines to pair with the foods I love to eat in summer (think ceviche and fish tacos, think grilled vegetables and thinly sliced Prosciutto di San Daniele, think fresh goat’s and sheep’s milk cheeses and pickled beets).

To my knowledge, I’m the only retailer of these wines in Southern California.

Please email me by clicking here to order.

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  1. Pingback: Champers and pizza? Hell yeah! « Do Bianchi

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