220 20th St S
Arlington, VA 22202
We’ve had Le Storie in a couple of times and their wines rock! Tonight we are featuring a split tasting bar … half Italian, half American, all Tasty!
Founded in 2017 by three friends from Richmond, Va., Le Storie Wines is a small importer and distributor of wines from the USA and Europe. Le Storie means The Histories in Italian. They chose this name because the stories of each wine and winery and the stories that they share are always what we come back to when asked a question about these wines. These stories of wrong turns, good fortune, successes, failures, new discoveries, and old friends are what we enjoy telling and talking about. Their goal is to bring those people, wines, and stories to you.
- Antiquum “Aurosa” Pinot Gris Romato 2017: This is a gorgeous treatment of Pinot Gris that starts in the vineyard! They allow it to get more sun exposure than for typical white production. The goal is to increase skin thickness, tannin levels, and aromatic compounds. Conversely, the yields are elevated to increase acidity, repress sugars, and lengthen hang time (still, Stephen is only cropping these grapes at 3/ton acre). This allows a fuller spectrum of flavors and textures to develop without losing the framework of minerality and acidity. The fruit is gently crushed and left on the skins for 24 hours before collecting the free run juice. It is barrel fermented and rests on the lees for 5 months to build more texture. Coming from one of our favorite winemakers, Aurosa showcases a charming light golden rose color and unique hibiscus tea and rose hip tones. A layered texture compliments the dancing lacework of this intriguing pinot gris. 200 cases produced
- Primosic Refosco 2014: Refosco is a very old grape variety that is actually a small family of closely related grapes (as many as eight distinct clones, including Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso [aka, red-stemmed], which is the most planted one). Even with the high-levels of interest in Italian wine, Refosco remains a little known variety but it is quite enjoyable. A deep garnet-red color with hints of violet, it has an intense nose with tons of wild berries. It is a bold wine with loads of red fruit, a touch of savoriness, and a nice tannic note to balance to fruit presence. This is a perfect wine to chill for barbecues or as a patio sipping red!
- Le Papesse Di Papiano 2016: The history of Villa Papiano began in the 15th century when under Papiano, a Lieutenant of the Medici family, the territory became an important seat of power because the agriculture and security of the whole area could be controlled. The current Villa Papiano Winery started in 2001 with the rebuilding of terraces of old vines planted in the 1960s. The estate is certified organic by the Institure Suolo e Salute for regulations in Europe, in the United States (NOP) and in Canada (COR). Their vineyards are planted in small parcels, completely grassed, and surrounded by woods; they work in balance with the surrounding environment, use only native yeasts, and have very low sulfur wines (reds have one-third the maximum quantity for organic wines allowed under EU law). They also produce more energy than the winery consumes. Le Papesse is a DOC Romagna Sangiovese Superiore made from 95% Sangiovese and 5% Balsamina from a vineyard that was planted in 1980 and 2001. This is a wine that really shows it’s spicy side (that would be the full spice cabinet) more than it’s fruit. Wonderfully flavorful and rich. A great food wine!
- Headhunter Old-Vine Carignane 2014: Native Virginians, Brian and Sarah Grzybowski, make single-varietal, single-vineyard wines in Berkeley, CA. They use native yeasts and minimal intervention, including very little oak and no fining or filtering. They work with organic farmers to source their fruit to make a different style of California wine. The winemaking style is greatly influenced by the time that Brian spent in France during his youth. Their production is tiny (this bottling is only 160 cases). This 100% whole-cluster old-vine Mendocino Carignan is full of red fruit, spice, and nice smokiness that would pair great with anything off the grill or smoker. Don’t sleep on this summer red!