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In December, we drink Champagne at closing at K&L- and we prefer to drink it out of magnum when possible. The highlight this year was the Ariston Aspasie Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne (1.5L) magnum ($74.99) that we had on Christmas eve. This single vineyard beauty comes from the Gouttes d’Or, a very steep east facing parcel in the little village of Brouillet. It was creamy, delicate and perfectly refreshing! We all say to cheers to you, and hope your holiday is filled with fun and friends!

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Wednesday
Sep232015

The Mayor – Live From Tuscany: Part IX

It's not often you get to do falconry on a K&L trip abroad (or maybe it is because I also got to do it in Scotland a few years back), but today Greg was hunting for food the old fashioned way. My favorite part is that both he and the falcon have the same facial expression. I can't wait to see what kind of Tuscan game hare they caught for dinner!

-David Driscoll

Tuesday
Sep222015

The Mayor – Live From Tuscany: Part VIII

Montepulciano is an ancient medieval town that sits in southern Tuscany, within the province of Sienna. In the center of the walled commune sits the Palazzo communale designed by Michelozzo and built in what was once the traditional Tuscan style of architecture. While the region is well-known for winemaking, what's often confusing for wine drinkers is that there is also a grape varietal from Italy known as Montepulciano, but the wines made near the town of Montepulciano are all Sangiovese-based. You've gotta delineate between the wines from Montepulciano and the wines made from Montepulciano. After a delightful morning in Umbria, Greg headed back into Tuscany to visit the Fattoria della Talosa, one of Montepulciano's most famed producers. 

Talosa has been around since 1972, when winemaker Angelo Jacorossi first attempted to bring a renewed quality to the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano appellation. The family owns about thirty-two hectares of property in the region almost entirely committed to Sangiovese. 

Michele Merola, the agronomist for Telosa was on hand to bring Greg for a tour through the vineyards. 

The Sangiovese vines are located in one of the most beautiful areas of Montepulciano with views of the rolling hills and scattered steeples tucked into the background. 

Perhaps the most exciting part of a visit to Talosa is the tour of the historic underground barrel cellar, located directly under the town center. The brick passageways were built in the 1500s and contain a series of vaults where the wine barrels can be placed for maturation. The Vino Noble Reserva from Talosa is aged for two to three years in these underground caverns before bottling. Some of the larger oak barrels have been in use since the company first started in the early 70s. Greg was able to taste samples of the recent vintage directly from cask while there, and reported yet another success story from what is shaping up to be an incredible 2015 harvest.

-David Driscoll

Tuesday
Sep222015

The Mayor – Live From Tuscany: Part VII

Today Greg stepped out of Tuscany for the morning and headed east into Umbria to visit the Antinori Castello della Sala estate. One of the most storied producers in all of Italy, the Antinori family can trace its winemaking roots all the way back to 1385 when Giovanni di Pietro joined the Winemaker's Guild in Florence. Twenty-six generations later, the wines are considered to be some of the best in the country—thanks in part to the guidance of Piero Antinori, who runs the estate today with help from his three daughters. 

The grounds at Antinori are as ancient as seven centuries of history would suggest and induce the perfect amount of both romance and respect in all who visit. A medieval fortress tucked in between the Paglia River and the peak of Mount Nibbio, the property is surrounded by historic hillside Etruscan villages. Greg would sit down in midst of this heady environment and taste some of the wines from the estate.

Antinori is famous for making the Tignanello—the original Super Tuscan—which was one of the first Italian wines to blend the native Sangiovese varietal with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, then age that combination for a year in French oak. It's made entirely from fruit grown in the Tignanello vineyard—about fifty-seven hectares of limestone rich soil that face southwest on a high-elevation plot above Antinori's Tignanello estate in the Chianti Classico region.

The highlight of the trip, however, according to Greg was a twenty-three year old bottle of Chardonnay! The 1992 vintage of the Castello della Salla, which speaks to the serious aging potential of the white wines from Antinori. I never would have assumed that Italian Chardonnay, blended with a bit of Grechetto, would hold up for two decades in the cellar, but what's why Greg is in Italy and not me. 

-David Driscoll

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