Italian Wine Merchants
No Thanksgiving would be complete without the perfect wine pairings. Francesco, at Italian Wine Merchants has suggested the perfect white and the perfect red to get you through the day, smiling and feeling grateful.
Sartarelli Verdicchio Tralivio 2011 $21.75/btl
Le Marche’s Sartarelli, who began operations in the mid1960s, sources its Tralivio from specially selected grapes from the winemaker’s oldest vineyards, and it makes the wine with the traditional methods. Yields for the Tralivio are limited to 8 to 9 tons per hectares, which produces softness and finesse that again makes the wine stand out. This crisp yet full-bodied white gives you floral tones on the nose followed by that unmistakable bitter almond and apricot, and the palate explodes with buttery almond and apricot flavors with herbal undertones. If what you are looking for is a full-bodied, unoaked white that gives an abundance of flavor and aroma, you can’t go wrong with this Verdicchio. At just over $20 a bottle you’ll find something special in a glass of Sartarelli.
Quinto Chionetti San Luigi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2010 $27.95/btl
Made with only natural yeasts and vinified entirely in stainless steel, this cru Dolcetto offers pure, unmitigated, Dogliani terroir. Unlike the other two grapes that make up the great triumvirate of Piemontese red wine grapes–Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto–Dolcetto’s aromas tend toward black fruits: black cherries, black plum, black raspberries, all alluded to in the wine’s dark purple color. The sumptuous, juicy 2010 Chionetti Dolcetto di Dogliani San Luigi is intense and brambly, offering bright cherries and berries, dusky earth, fresh-cut herbs, and a nice core of minerality. Supple, fresh, balanced, and offering chewy tannins, this Dolcetto will make you reconsider the grape, and the under $30 price point means you can enjoy it early and often!