Two Solid Italian Wines – 2012 La Quercia Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and 2019 Langhe Nebbiolo Padrun

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One of those evening where wines other than California were grabbed from the cellar. Opened two very different wines from Italy. The first being a 2012 La Quercia Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG Riserva. Wine from this area overlooking the Adriatic Sea have ample sunlight, fog and ocean breezes to produce some highly developed and well-structured wines. This Riserva is aged two years in oak barrels creating spice and aromas with dark fruits and briarwood flavors. Always a favorite wine! Price per bottle was $35/bottle.

The other wine was a rather young 2019 Langhe Padrun DOC from Poderie Elia in Neive, Italy. This is the highest altitude vineyard in Barbaresco appellation. A soft and drinkable Nebbiolo without food. The radiant light red coloring is hypnotizing to view in the wine glass. The first smell and sip of the wine is one of strong red cherries. Also nuances of minerality and dried herbs are present. It is aged two years in French and Slavonian oak barrels to create a richer more robust flavor than the color! Price was $25.29/per bottle.

Both wines were recently added to the cellar from an Italian presentation evening event at The Wine Steward, Pleasanton, California. Look forward to enjoying these wines with Italian meals in the near future.




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