ITALY

LA PORTA DI VERTINE

Chianti

La Porta di Vertine’s history begins in 2006 when Dan and Ellen Lugosch acquire the amphitheatre shaped vineyard in Vertine, a tiny ancient hamlet in the Chianti Classico area of Gaiole. The proprietors’ and winemaker’s main interests are to explore the characteristics of Sangiovese by selecting vineyards and soils to exhault and reflect the complexity and longevity of the variety. Giacomo Mastretta, La Porta di Vertine’s director and oenologist, and agronomist Dr Ruggero Mazzili adopt a philosophy of “less is more” in the vineyard and cellar, the central premise being that great wine comes from a vineyard where you have to do as little as possible. We see our greatest advantage in the Galestro and Alberese (shale and limestone) soils, whose high rock and stone content makes the region of Chianti Classico unique.

Region: Chianti |  Winemaker: Giacomo Mastretta |

2012 Chianti Classico

Quite floral and with lots of fruit, e.g. cherries and cranberries, without being heavy. Fresh and elegant with good acid and impeccable balance.

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2010 Chianti Classico Riserva

Dark ruby in color, the wine have a velvety taste and a slightly longer finish.

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TERENZINO

Abruzzo

Bonnet Rouge Gamay Noir brings the revolution back to France. By blending Cru Beaujolais wine together, Bonnet Rouge is disrupting the rigid French wine hierarchy that put classification over taste, and is liberating amazing juice for the people.  Founded by native Burgundian, Manoël Bouchet, Bonnet Rouge seeks to introduce Gamay Noir to a broader audience, eschewing the rigidity of the current system to make wines that are fresh and food-friendly.

Region: Beaujolais |  url: www.bonnetrouge.com

2014 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Dark ruby. A lovely mouthful of dark fruit and cherry framed by velvety tannins. An ideal match for classic dishes based on pasta and ragout, roast chicken, lamb chops, and aubergine and bell pepper dishes.

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VALDONICA

Toscana

The heart of Valdonica are the vineyards, which we planted into pure mother nature – all soil here is untouched and virginal. The buildings in Valdonica are integrating traditional Tuscan architecture, modern design, the comfort of Italian “Dolce Vita” and leading edge ecological technology. The uniqueness of Valdonica lies in the interplay of high altitude vineyards (up to 500 meters), the microclimate of the Mediterranean Sea, the volcanic soil and the spirit of our team – it all reflects in the “spiciness” of our wines!

Region: Toscana, Italy |  url: www.valdonica.com

2010 Arnaio

A fine balance of bright fruit and acidity with soft tannins, perfect for easy drinking. The nose has textbook aromas of red cherry, a perfect reflection of our terroir. The vintage 2010 was complex, balanced and elegant; Arnaio fills the mouth with a symphony of flavours.

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