Archive for August, 2008

Northern Whites, New Vintages

August 29, 2008

Introducing new vintages of two of our favorite northern whites

Domenico Valentino is excited to announce the arrival of new vintages of two of our finest white wines from Northern Italy. From Conti Sertoli Salis in Lombardy comes the 2007 Chiavennasca, an opulent wine made from a clone of Nebbiolo, while Friulan producer Ronco dei Tassi presents the latest vintage of the award-winning Fosarin.

Both of these wines will be available for tasting by appointment next week. If you wish to arrange a tasting, please call 718-902-1140 or email info@domenicovalentino.

Our full portfolio is available at DomenicoValentino.com. And don’t forget our Fall Portfolio Tasting on September 15th! Scroll down for more details.

Chiavennasca 2007 Conti Sertoli Salis

Chiavennasca is the local name for a clone of Nebbiolo grown almost exclusively in the northern Italian region of Lombardia. The winemaker at Conti Sertoli Salis creates this opulent white wine by vinifying the grapes without skin contact during maceration, thus preventing color from being imparted to the wine. The resulting wine retains the nobility of the Nebbiolo grape but is fresh and clean on the palate.

Wines vinified “in bianco” or “in white” have been made in Lombardia for as long as anyone can remember and represent a connection to ancient winemaking techniques Indeed, in antiquity, all wines were vinified “in bianco” in order to avoid bacteria present on the skins of the grapes after harvest.

Fosarin 2007 Ronco dei Tassi

Ronco dei Tassi is an artisanal producer located in the heart of the Collio Goriziano appellation of Friuli in north-eastern Italy. Here, just a few kilometers from the Slovenian border, the sandy subsoil is ideal for the cultivation of both indigenous and international grape varieties. The estate was founded in 1989 by Fabio Coser, who has since gained recognition as one of the area’s leading winemakers. His award-winning wines are characterized by their balance. The name Ronco dei Tassi means “hilltop of the badgers”, as pictured on the wines’ labels.

The company’s flagship wine blends barrel-fermented Pinot Bianco with stainless steel-vinified Friulano and Malvasia Istriana to produce a medium-to-full-bodied white with a creamy palate and luscious acidity. Fosarin is a three-time Tre Bicchieri winner at Gambero Rosso‘s annual Guide to Italian Wines and won “White Wine of the Year” in 2006.

Fall Portfolio Tasting

August 15, 2008

Taste our full portfolio and celebrate the return of D’Angelo’s wines to New York!

Monday, September 15th, 2008
1pm-5pm

Centovini
25 West Houston Street
New York, NY 10012
(Btw. Mercer and Greene)

RSVP 212-679-0822
info@domenicovalentino.com

Our full portfolio is available at domenicovalentino.com.

La vita in rosa!

August 8, 2008

Four diverse rosé wines from four unique producers hailing from four different regions of Italy

August, with its sunny days and sultry evenings, is the best time of year for dining al fresco. And when temperatures are high, there’s no greater accompaniment to a meal than a chilled glass of rosato. Though often wrongly overlooked by some wine enthusiasts, Italian rosé is certainly enjoying an increase in popularity stateside this summer.

This week we are pleased to feature four of our finest rosé wines, from four unique wineries. Though Italy’s climate and attitudes towards food vary tremendously up and down the country, each region still produces its rosé, or “rosato” as it is known by Italians. In fact our four featured wines originate from four wildly different regions: Alto-Adige, Tuscany, Piedmont and Emilia Romagna.

Lagrein Rosato Nives 2007 Castel Sallegg
Grown on the slopes of Lake Caldaro in the German-speaking region of Alto-Adige, the tannic Lagrein grapes give this wine complexity and structure while the enologist at Castel Sallegg ensures that the wine expresses the pillars of rosato: refreshing, easy-to-drink and adaptable. Named Nives (a reference to the region’s snowcapped mountains) this refreshing screw-capped Lagrein Rosato is the perfect outdoor picnic wine for summer.

Vino Rosato 2007 Guido Gualandi
Archeologist, artist, writer and wine producer: Tuscan renaissance man Guido Gualandi produces all-organic and sustainable wines in the Chianti Classico subzone of Montespertoli. Full bodied and smooth, this 100% Sangiovese rosato owes its character to the ripeness of the fruit before harvest and Guido’s innovative practice of ageing the wine for six months in old acacia and chestnut barrels.

Canavese Rosato Rubiconda 2007 Orsolani
Piemontese producer Gianluigi Orsolani’s family name may be synonymous with local white variety Erbaluce, but this year the fourth-generation producer has broken with tradition. Using Nebbiolo, Barbera and Uva Rara, Orsolani has created a small production of Canavese Rosato named “Rubiconda“. This fresh, fragrant and exquisitely dry rosato, a blend with enough structure to stand up to summer favorites like ribs and barbecue grilled chicken.

Lambrusco Rosé 2007 Lini 910
In the Lambrusco heartland of Emilia Romagna, Lini has been making wine for nearly 100 years. While most of Lini’s Lambruscos are made with the Lambrusco Salamino grape, Lambrusco Rosé is made with Lambrusco Sorbara. The light skins of this clone give the wine its gorgeous rosy hue. Lini Lambrusco Rosé is one of our favorite picnic wines: gently sparkling and low in alcohol, it’s the ideal wine to take to the park on a hot summer day and pairs well with anything grilled — from vegetables and seafood to burgers.

The wines featured above will be available for tasting by appointment next week. If you are interested in tasting the featured wines and wish to arrange a meeting, please email info@domenicovalentino.com or call 718-902-1140.

Our full portfolio is available at domenicovalentino.com.

Ronco dei Tassi’s award-winning whites

August 1, 2008

Try five diverse whites from artisanal Friulan producer Ronco dei Tassi

Summertime, and the living is easy. It’s a great time of year for drinking refreshing whites, but there’s no reason such wines should be any inferior to the meatier reds consumed during cooler months. Friulan producer Fabio Coser has won multiple awards for his Ronco dei Tassi whites, and his mono-varietals are among the best we’ve tasted. This week we feature five of the best, designed to be enjoyed all year round.

The wines will be available for tasting by appointment next week. If you are interested in tasting the featured wines and wish to arrange a meeting, please email info@domenicovalentino.com or call 718 902-1140. Our full portfolio is available at domenicovalentino.com.

Ronco dei Tassi
Ronco dei Tassi is an artisanal producer located in the heart of the Collio Goriziano appellation of Friuli in north-eastern Italy. Here, just a few kilometers from the Slovenian border, the sandy subsoil is ideal for the cultivation of both indigenous and international grape varieties. The estate was founded in 1989 by Fabio Coser, who has since gained recognition as one of the area’s leading winemakers. His award-winning wines are characterized by their balance. The name Ronco dei Tassi means “hilltop of the badgers”, as pictured on the wines’ labels.

Fosarin 2006
Ronco dei Tassi’s flagship wine blends barrel-fermented Pinot Bianco with stainless steel-vinified Friulano and Malvasia Istriana to produce a medium-to-full-bodied white with a creamy palate and luscious acidity. Fosarin is a three-time Tre Bicchieri winner at Gambero Rosso’s annual Guide to Italian Wines and even won “White Wine of the Year” in 2006.

Sauvignon 2007
Fabio Coser coaxes as much as he can out of his Sauvignon Blanc without wounding the wine with excessive gooseberry or tropical fruit character. This fabulously expressive wine possesses great aromatic character, a lively acidity and is a cocktail-hour favorite.

Pinot Grigio 2006
When you taste this excellent expression of Pinot Grigio, you experience what this grape variety really tastes like. Fabio Coser uses only top fruit for the monovarietal bottling. The resulting wine shows beautiful fruit and nice acidity — an excellent food wine.

Malvasia 2007
The family of grapes known as Malvasia show up in various varieties throughout Italy. Friuli’s Malvasia Istriana is traditionally vinified as a dry wine in the region, and Fabio Coser’s careful selection of fruit results in a superior expression of the grape.

Friulano 2007
Friuli’s Tocai grape was controversially renamed (to avoid confusion with the Hungarian Tokaji) last year, so Ronco dei Tassi’s 2007 Tocai is known simply as “Friulano”. We’re pleased to report that the wine itself remains unchanged in its exceptional distinction.

All these wines will be available for tasting by appointment next week. If you are interested in tasting the featured wines and wish to arrange a meeting, please email info@domenicovalentino.com or call 718-902-1140.

Our full portfolio is available at domenicovalentino.com.