Fabio has been in Italy at Vinitaly, the world’s largest wine exhibition, scouting for new wines to bring back to us! So, come and check out some of Bravo’s wines and find out if anything special is on the way … there is only about 15,600 wines on offer there …
Today we are going to be tasting a selection of wines from Cantine Manfredi and their Castelvecchio wines, plus a great little rose! Manfredi started in the 1930s in the Langhe with Giuseppe and today, the family tradition continues with the third generation continuing the tradition of quality production. Their wines come from across the Piedmont but all express their care for grapes, their innovative winemaking, and their passion for tradition. While these bottles may not be the fanciest on the shelf, don’t pass them up!
- Castelvecchio Gavi di Gavi DOCG 2016: This is an dry white wine that is produced in a restricted area of the Province of Alessandria, Piedmont, close to the Ligurian border. The name, Gavi, derives from the comune at the centre of its production zone. This wine is 100% Cortese, a white grape that is almost never seen outside of the northern part of Italy. There it is revered for it’s lightness and ability to produce crisp wines. This wine is very delicate and dry with light fruit notes and nice acidity. It is excellent with appetizers, fish, and seafood. Try it with chicken, cheeses, or vegetarian dishes for other great pairings!
- Nobile Delle Rocche Cerasuolo D’Abruzzo Rosato 2016: With a name meaning “cherry red” and with its deep color, even despite the very brief time of skin contact, this is a hearty rose! It is a fairly new DOC that was only created in 2010 and the wine has to be made from at least 85% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (our wine today is 100%!). The DOC region covers an area from the Adriatic coast to the peaks of the Gran Sasso d’Italia. This wine is the typical bright cherry color and has an intense bouquet of red fruit. It is a soft and well-balanced wine on the palate with good length. This is a great all-purpose rose that is a great value!
- Castelvecchio Piedmonte Rosso 2015: If you like Italian wine, then this should possibly be your everyday table wine. A blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto, it punches well above it’s price point and showcases the region’s great suitability for grape growing!
Pronounced fruity nose followed by loads more fruit in a full bodied red that will leave you saying “More, please” and that only costs $10.99. Pair it with anything that you can think of … pizza, burgers, lasagna, fried chicken, spaghetti & meatballs, ribs, Chicken Parmigiana, charcuterie, Cioppino, pulled pork, or skirt steak.
- Castelvecchio Barolo DOCG 2012: Nebbiolo is possibly the greatest of all the Italian grapes. Nebbiolo grows almost exclusively in the northwestern reaches of the peninsula, most notably Piedmont, where it thrives in the DOCGs Barolo and Barbaresco. Nebbiolo ripens very late (usually mid October) and when fully ripe has abundant amounts of flavor, aroma, acidity and tannins. The very best Barolo can take decades to reach maturity but today many winemakers are producing styles that are designed to be drunk much younger. These fresher styles are usually full of fresh red fruits and violets. This wine is 100% Nebbiolo and has those notes one expects in a Barolo designed to be drunk young with nice touches of violets and a hint of rose petals on the intense and lingering finish. This is a great pairing with red meat and strong, mature cheeses.