Giannoni Selections with Andrea

Slovenia borders the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of Italy, so if you love Italian wine, but haven't tried a Slovenian wine yet, you are in for a treat! The Refosk is my current "fall into winter" wine. It's a total campfire wine, and easy on the wallet too. 

2013 Valter Sirk Rebula - Primorska, Slovenia ($26)
Valter Sirk's vineyards and cellar are located at Slovenia's western border with Italy. Because of the steepness of the terrain, there is absolutely no possibility for mechanization in any of his vineyards. Fermented in stainless steel, this Rebula (Ribolla Gialla) shows hints of smoke, cooked figs and pears. It is rich on the palate with bold and brisk acidity, finishing long with notes of tangerine oil and white blossom.

2015 Rado Kocijancic Refošk - Primorska, Slovenia ($17)
Rado Kocijančič farms on six hectares of calcareous and clay marl terrain, or ponka in Slovenian dialect. Rado focuses on local Slovenian grape varietals including Refosco Terrano. A light and quaffable red, it exudes elegant raspberry and cherry fruit with hints of thyme. Pairs splendidly with meaty dishes like braised goat shank.

2014 Castello di Tassarolo 'Il Castello' Gavi DOCG - Piedmont, Italy ($25)
This gorgeous Gavi originates from hand-harvested Cortese grapes from 70-year-old vines. Full-bodied and complex, the grapes are picked slightly later in the harvest season, imparting a goldenrod hue to the wine. The juice then rests on its lees for 6 months prior to bottling. The Spinola family have worked the family’s vineyards in Piedmont since the 14th century, and today use only organic and biodynamic methods, which farming methods saved the land from completely drying up in 2006. 

2013 Giacomo Mori Chianti - Tuscany, Italy ($25)
This is a Chianti exactly as Chianti should be: mostly Sangiovese, light on its toes, expressive, quaffable, and not oaky! It hails from a historic property about 40 miles southeast of Montalcino. Look for characteristic Sangiovese aromas and a refined palate of black cherries, herbs, and a touch of earth. Pair with a variety of dishes, but especially roasted meats, aged cheeses and earthy vegetables. 

Crealto 'Pionda' Nebbiolo - Piedmont, Italy ($29)
One of Andrea's favorites! 100% Nebbiolo from Crealto's 25 year-old vines. "Pionda" shows the Nebbiolo's characteristic amber hue, vibrant acidity, bright red fruit, and silky tannins. Formerly classified as Monferrato Rosso, until Eleonora and Luigi Armanino, two sommeliers from Genoa turned winemakers, decided that they had had enough of contradictory and frustrating regional wine legislation and decided to leave the DOC.   Less bureaucracy, more magic.