During the winter months, the staff here at Panzano always changes from the bright, crisp wines we love during the summer to vino that’s more fruit-forward, soft, and warm. This week’s Four Pack is filled with some of our favorite winter wines!
2010 Villa Gemma, Bianco d’Abruzzo delle Colline Teatine IGT, Abruzzi $18
Located in the village of San Martino, Villa Gemma is a smaller estate of Azienda Agricola Masciarelli. With vines growing well into their fourth decade, Villa Gemma uses a blend of both traditional and modern technology to craft this beautiful bottle of white wine. Made mostly with Trebbiano grapes, but blended with the rounder flavors of Pecorino and the brighter acidity of Cococciola, this graceful and vibrant wine presents peaches, mint, herbs, and flowers on the nose.
2011 Cantine Due Palme, “Le Sciare” Salento Chardonnay IGT, Puglia $14
Angelo Maci, winemaker and agricultural guru, founded the cooperative of Cantine Due Palme more than twenty years ago in the hills of Salento outside the city of Brindisi. This bottle of Chardonnay is made from grapes grown by its one thousand members, all working together with a passion for creating high-quality wines. With notes of spice and fresh herbs, complemented by a luminous acidity, rounded out by fresh pineapple and citrus fruit, and finishing with a smooth chalky texture, this wine is great with antipasti and seafood of all kinds.
2011 Cantine Due Palme, “Le Sciare” Primitivo Salento IGT, Puglia $14
The twin to the Le Sciare Chardonnay, this Primitivo is made from a grape that is closely-related to California’s Zinfandel. With notes of blackberries and dark fruits, chocolate and plums, with hints of mulling spices, this wine is great with antipasti and grilled veggies.
2010 Azienda Agricola Martilde, Bonarda Oltrepo Pavese DOC, Lombardy $15
On the banks of the Po River just south of the ancient city of Pavia sits the Oltrepo Pavese, a wine region of southern Lombardy where valleys and hills give way to the towering Appennini, the mountain range that is the spine of the Italian peninsula. It is here that Raimondo Lombardi and Antonella Tacci settled in 1991, after leaving the everyday hectic life of Milan behind them; and Azienda Agricola Martilde was born. Also known as Croatina, Bonarda is a grape grown throughout Lombardy, and this particular expression is the essence of Autumn in bottled form. With rich, dark fruit flavors laced with warm spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves, this lighter style red is perfect with winter braises.
Regular Retail Price: $61 (for all four bottles) Friday Four-Pack Price: $48