Whites with age and for aging, reds to drink now

First Fall Flight

Dettori 2006 Bianco
Cogno 2008 Anas-Scetta (Nascetta)
Ronco Severo 2006 Tocai Friulano
Ronco Severo 2007 Refosco
Vajra 2008 Dolcetto d’Alba
Produttori del Barbaresco 2008 Langhe Nebbiolo

$150

Plus tax (shipping and handling if applicable)

I’ll be shipping the wines on Monday from my warehouse in San Diego and delivering the wines to San Diego residents on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

To purchase, please just send me an email by clicking here.

You might notice something unusual about this first Do Bianchi offering for the fall of 2010. The white wines in this flight are as old and even older than the reds.

This time around, I was able to source two white wines that need to age before drinking and will also cellar well (if you choose to lay them down).

The Dettori 2006 Bianco (Sardinia) is made by one of Italy’s most radical natural winemakers (and no one I know, not even the most radical among the natural wine bloggers, would challenge that statement!). Biodynamic farming, aggressively low yields, native yeasts, and no filtration. The wines of Dettori, in this case made with Vermentino grapes, have been known to age gracefully for more than 50 years. Tasting Dettori for the first time 10 years ago changed my palate and my wine life. I know it will change yours: gorgeous fruit, nervy acidity, and tannic structure. I love these wines and was entirely stoked to get my hands on some.

The Ana-Scetta or Nascetta: you may remember this wine from a recent post I did at Do Bianchi. The first time someone poured me this wine, it was in a wine bar in Austin. The wine was ice-cold and the glass was handed to me by someone saying, “this is an unusual white grape from Piedmont.” In the noise and bustle of the evening and the excessively cold glass, I hardly understood what I was tasting. And when I finally visited the winemaker earlier this year, I was doing so as a favor to a publicist. But when Valter Fissore (above) poured me a taste of his 2001 Nascetta (that’s the real name of the grape), in the proper setting and at the proper temperature, I was floored by how good this wine is. Nutty and rich, unctuous on the tongue and bright on the nose and palate. No one really knows because Valter is the first to cultivate this native grape of Piedmont with such meticulous attention to detail. But at nearly 10 years out, this wine seemed like a young, powerful colt.

The older I get and the more I develop my palate, the more I find that aged white wines are what deliver some of the greatest rewards to my senses. They are the wines that I find myself lingering over and returning to… again and again… both of the above bottlings contain such wines.

For anyone who’s been following my adventures at DoBianchi.com, you know that I was recently part of an amazing trip to Friuli.

So, I’ve also included a couple of wines from the Colli Orientali del Friuli, both from a producer that I enjoy and respect immensely and made from native Friulian grapes — a Tocai Friulano (white) and a Refosco (red).

The Ronco Severo wines are fresh and clean, with that bright acidity that Tracie P and I look for in wines that we drink at home.

Lastly, I’ve included two red wines that we couldn’t live without and that a lot of people have asked me about.

The one is Langhe Nebbiolo 2008 by Produttori del Barbaresco. I think this wine is drinking great right now and it’s just one of those wines that I can drink on Wednesday or Saturday nights, in other words, on a school night or on a special occasion.

And the Dolcetto d’Alba 2008 by Vajra? It’s mama Judy’s favorite wine!

A fantastic food wine, with gorgeous acidity and balanced fruit with just the right amount of gentle tannin. It’s one of those wines that I love to pair with classics of Piedmont cuisine but I also love to pair with American comfort food. It’s so versatile: it goes great with everything from fried chicken and mashed potatoes and beef stews to spicier cuisines like Mexican and Indian, its bright acidity and juiciness a great match for the heat in those gastronomic traditions.

Dettori 2006 Bianco
Cogno 2008 Anas-Scetta (Nascetta)
Ronco Severo 2006 Tocai Friulano
Ronco Severo 2007 Refosco
Vajra 2008 Dolcetto d’Alba
Produttori del Barbaresco 2008 Langhe Nebbiolo

$150

Plus tax (shipping and handling if applicable)

I’ll be shipping the wines on Monday from my warehouse in San Diego and delivering the wines to San Diego residents on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

To purchase, please just send me an email by clicking here.

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  1. Pingback: Barolo, I’m still in love with you on this harvest moon « Do Bianchi

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