Update on the Summer Six-Pack Redux

(I know, I know… it’s not really news…)

In case you didn’t get a chance to see today’s post on our AMAZING dinner at Frasca in Boulder over the weekend, here it is. I really believe that Frasca is the best Italian restaurant in the U.S. today. There are many great Italian and Italianate dining destinations in our country. But at Frasca, truly great service, superb food, and a value-driven wine list really take this restaurant from A to A+ in my book. And for the record, I didn’t call my friends Bobby and Lachlan the owner to get a reservation: I just called like anyone else and was treated with extreme cordiality and genuine hospitality. At every step of the experience, Tracie P and noted how pleasant and warm the staff was. It’s the real deal… Click here for the photos and my post on our amazing dinner there.

In other news…

I am very excited to announce that I was able to obtain the Lettere for this month’s six-pack below! So instead of 2 bottles of Gragnano, the six-pack will include 1 bottle of Gragnano and 1 bottle of Lettere, Gragnano’s sister appellation. The wines are made from the same grapes Piedirosso, Sciascinoso, and Aglianico. The only difference is that Lettere (the name of the village) is grown farther inland and at a higher elevation. While the Gragnano is more grapey and more fruit driven, tending toward the sweet, the Lettere has more earth and is more minearl in nature. This is due to the fact that as you head up to the inland foothills of Campania, the soil because more and more volcanic in composition and thus more nutrient poor. I love both wines and it’s great to taste them side by side. (If someone prefers to receive 2 Gragnano or 2 Lettere, please just let me know.)

There are still a few six-packs left but they are going fast and I imagine I’ll run out with this e-blast. For more details on the six-pack and to order, please send me an email by clicking here. And here’s the original six pack post.

The 2007 Barbaresco by Silvio Giamello

I also have some 2007 Giamello Barbaresco available for $35 a bottle. If you like Produttori del Barbaresco, then you’ll recognize the style and the place of this wine: Giamello’s vineyards are at the northern tip of the Ovello cru of Barbaresco, where Produttori del Barbaresco sources the majority of its fruit for its classic blended Barbaresco. And as for Produttori del Barbaresco, Giamello had an incredible harvest in 2007. Aldo Vacca of the Produttori told me that 2007 might be the best vintage of Barbaresco during his time as export manager of the cooperative (and as soon as it hits the U.S. market, I’ll be doing an offering of the Produttori as well).

In 2007, Piedmont essentially had no winter. This accelerated the vegetative cycle and led to the fruit ripening early but – thanks to good weather throughout the year – ripening well. It is one of the most powerful expressions of Barbaresco I’ve ever tasted, more muscular and earthy than most recent vintages and reminiscent of 1989. I’m putting down as much as I can in my cellar and I’m offering the rest to the wine club. Just let me know if you want some and we’ll figure out how and when to get it to you.

For more details and to order, please send me an email by clicking here.

Mini Verticals of Struzziero Taurasi and Vallone Graticciaia

If you’re going to be in Los Angeles later this week, please stop by Sotto on W. Pico where I’ll be “pouring wine on the floor” Thurs.-Sat. nights. I’m really excited about mini verticals of Struzziero Taurasi (93, 97, 01) and Vallone Graticciaia (05, 06) that we’ll be featuring as flights. I posted about the Struzziero here and will post about the Vallone later this week. It’s been a blast to curate Sotto’s wine list and the response has been one of the most rewarding chapters of my career in wine. And I LOVE working the floor, pouring wine and talking to folks about the wines on our list. The wines in these flights are amazing and as far as I know, we’re the only restaurant in town to offer them as mini verticals.


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