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Nov 30, 2012 09:53 AM
About a month ago, I had the incredible pleasure of traveling around the northwest for an entire week with one of our masterful winemakers. Pasquale Petrera, of Fatalone, rules the Gioia delle Colle region of Apulia (in the heel of the boot of Italy) with his complex, elegant, and down-right delicious Primitivos. I must say that Pasquale and I got along like old brothers. Joking constantly, picking on one another as we had done it for years, and constantly interested in the other's culture, language, and thoughts on wine. Needless to say, we had a blast together, and most of all - I was able to get a much deeper grasp of how Pasquale makes his wine.
Pasquale is the fifth generation wine-maker for his family and is about to bring the sixth into the world with his wife, Martha. And let it now be known, that the baby that is cookin' in Martha's belly is going to be a boy!! His name will be Filippo, as the tradition falls for the first son to carry the name of his grandfather (Pasquale's father). The family's dedication to natural wine-making practices is fantastic and quite admirable. Including certified organic farming, zero-emissions from the facility (their solar power takes care of four times their estate!), low sulfur additions, vegan friendly practices (no egg-white fining... in fact, no fining at all), and even music therapy to the wood aged wines to assist with the micro-oxygenation of the aging Primitivos!! With all of this minute attention to detail, the 'love' that is given to each and every bottle is evident in each glass you drink.
And for one exciting part of our great week, we were with our distributor and friend Earl Cramer-Brown (of Vertical Wine & Beer), in Oregon, and participated in a laid-back tasting event at Storyteller Wine Co. in Portland. Michael Alberty is a fantastic man, whose wine knowledge and palate are on par with the best of them. He only hosts and promotes incredible wines with incredible stories at his store (you can see why he welcomed Pasquale to his shop), and on his weekly newsletter/online store, and brought in an eclectic group of sophisticated wine drinkers to meet the Fatalone himself! One of these esteemed participants was Katherine Cole of the Oregonian. She seemed to take a liking to Pasquale's unique approach to Primitivo, and especially his 'Teres.' Click HERE for what she had to say!!
This light-bodied Primitivo is stunning and beautiful just like the rest of Pasquale's great line-up. But if you can get your hands on any of the Fatalone wines... you won't be dissapointed. In fact, if you become as stoked about his wines as I am, and find his regular Primitivo Riserva to blow your mind away - we do have a limited amount of Pasquale's 2000 Riserva in embossed magnums coming by the first of the new year. If you can get your hands on one, it will be a keepsake for a very special occassion. 2000 was his greatest vintage ever (2012 may have competed nicely though :), and this wine will age like any of the greatest reds in the world.
Be sure to find these wines, and keep your eye on this guy... because his Primitivo's will change your mind on what you always thought about this grape.... Cheers!
Jun 1, 2012 07:41 PM
We noticed THIS great little article from Winelines Online the other day- thanks to our friends at Fatalone (in Puglia). As the summer heat is starting to rage, there is always a need to expand horizons in wine drinking and getting a bit creative with what happens to land in your glass each night (or day). They point out oh-so-well, the art of chilling particular red wines down just a bit to really experience something special on a warm day.
They review both the Fatalone 'Teres' Primitivo, and the Frank Cornelissen 'Contadino 8' as perfect examples of a time to add a bit of a chill to a red. I can't agree more!!! Both these wines are incredible in their own right... but drink at the right temperature, and magic settles in.
The 'Teres' was originally made to replace the local rose's on those hot summer days in Puglia. They built things called 'nevieres' - crazy dug out rooms in the thick stone rock underground - to capture as much snow as possible during the winter months, so that a massive ice-cube would form for the long, hot summer. Throughout the heat, chizzled bits of ice were used to chill down a water bath where wines would be waiting for their appropriate temperature... pretty sweet!!! Wish I had one in MY backyard! So the 'Teres' was truly designed for this slight chill - so try it!
And the Cornelissen with a chill? Perfecto! Crazy and amazing like all of Frank's wines... but at the right temperature... the wine really sings!
My eyes were personally opened to a chill on reds when sitting in Walla Walla Washington with my wife and Master Sommelier Greg Harrington. Greg ordered a bottle of 2001 Talenti Brunello di Montalcino, and before even tasting... asked for an ice bucket to chill it down a bit. Confused but excited to try, my wife and I enjoyed the conversation about the reason why, and the flavors that exploded when this wine was at the right cool temp. I've been hooked ever since on trying it out with different reds that seem to lend themselves to a slight chill.
I hope that you enjoy this great article... and then go chill down some reds and see what you think!
Mar 9, 2012 02:38 PM
Eric Asimov, of the New York Times, did a beautiful write up on Etna Rosso wines from Sicily. Not only does he give a great little shout out to the ever-so-controversial Frank Cornelissen wines... but he mentions Bon Vivant as well!! And luckily, through our great relationship with Zev Rovine in New York City who established this connection with Frank - we are able to get small amounts of these amazing wines! Check out this great article, and feel your mouth water for these elegant and beautiful Etna wines!
Jan 25, 2012 12:28 PM
John Radford of Decanter just put out a great review of the 2007 vintage for Ribera del Duero. And of course, our most fantastic Silvanus (from Asenjo & Manso) gets a lovely write-up & 4 stars!!!
Check it out!! -- CLICK HERE
This robust and elegantly produced Tempranillo comes from 80 year old vines that have been in Jesus Ansejo's family since their planting. In the Bougros area right outside of the town of La Horra, this organic fruit sees only new French oak after completing both alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in stainless steel. A truly delightful Ribera del Duero, this wine will age for years and years to come.
Oct 1, 2011 11:09 AM
I was just informed that Wall Street Journal did an article on Italian Wines & food a few weeks back- and that they gave a great little shout out to one of the many outstanding values in our portfolio: Italo Pietrantonj's Black Label Montepulciano d'Abruzzo! We couldn't agree more that Italian wines are great to have in the cellar when it's time to break out some vino for dinner... great acidity, lovely fruit, expressive tannins... everything that can make your delicious cuisine of the evening really stand out.
We love to see the wines we import featured across the nation by great publications and/or tasters- it helps to let everyone know how stinking tasty Bon Vivant Imports wines really are!!
Here's the link to the full article: CLICK HERE