Fontanafredda Barolo Serralunga d’Alba opens to a darkly saturated color and shows pretty highlight of wild cherry, cassis, black truffle, cola and menthol herb. This is the estate’s most popular wine with an annual production of 200,000 bottles. The wine is extremely focused and bright with the heft and structure that is common to Serralunga d’Alba. Some 80% of the fruit comes from the Fontanafredda estate and the other 20% is purchased off-site. Drink: 2017-2028. Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d’Alba is dense and chewy, this red evokes cherry, tar, spice, earth and underbrush flavors; Stiff and drying on the finish now, yet has fine length and a balanced feel.
Serralunga d’Alba is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Cuneo in the Italian region Piedmont. It’s located about 37 miles southeast of Turin. In the 12th century, when the descendents of Bonifacio del Vasto, Bonifacio Minore and Ottone del Carretto were the lords of the region, a fortified tower overlooked the village of Serralunga. From the early 13th century there are also records of a fortified estate and a rural community which, ruled by the Falletti family, became an important centre of production over the centuries. In 1340 Petrino Falletti gained possession of the Marquis of Saluzzo’s portion of the Serralunga estate, in exchange for his military achievements. He had the fortified tower demolished and built the castle.
In the heart of wine-growing Piedmont – in the hills of the Langhe – Fontanafredda was born: chronicles of the time relate that “by order of 17 June 1858″ an area of 138.82 “giornate piemontesi” (approx. 54 hectares) of the property of Roggeri Giacomo, son of Giovanni Battista in Serralunga d’Alba, was registered under the private estate of Vittorio Emanuele II King of Sardinia. The king, who had fallen hopelessly in love with Rosa Vercellana, also known as “La Bela Rusin”, a commoner and daughter of a drum major at his majesty’s service, gave the entire parcel of land to her, making her Countess of Mirafiori and Fontanfredda a year later. The history of Fontanafredda had begun, but it did not start operating as a business venture until twenty years later, in 1878, thanks to the farsightedness of Emanuele Guerrieri, Count of Mirafiore, son of the king and Bela Rusin, a noble entrepreneur who devoted his life to wine with a very modern approach.
Decades later, he continues his legacy. Mike’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville Selection earned 91 points from Wine Advocate and is only expected to grow in taste for the next ten to fifteen years – if you can resist opening it for that long! Indigenous yeast and French oak barrels start the process of the wine for 21 months before they are transferred to oak casks for the final six months, just before bottling. This process gives the wine a strong oak aroma and taste along with juicy black berries, cassis, and a long, elegant finish of mocha. Unlike most Cabernets, Yountville Selection is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon with a well-balanced and full-body texture.
Grgich Hills Estate is in possession of the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines in Napa Valley. The original Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon vines were planted in 1959. Throughout the years, the historic vines contracted red leaf virus, an infection of the leaf that is similar to a potassium deficiency that reduces the brix level in fruit and can delay harvest which is one of the main reasons the vineyard switched to organic farming in 2003. The plants responded quickly with better health and allowed the grapes to reach the ideal ripeness!
BOYANCI, a play on “buoyancy – a upward force that keeps things afloat, is derived from the founders Kevin Boyer & Tom Steffanci. For these two, the name couldn’t have fit any better. Boyanci Wine is known to “uplift” any occasion as well as your lives, palates, and spirits. This motto alone can appeal any wine drinker. The Nappy Valley wine company just wants to see a smile on their customers face and the Boyanci Cabernet Franc Inspire Romance 2011 is doing just that!
Boyanci 2011 Cabernet Franc Inspire Romance has scents of earthiness, blueberry pie, and toffee. Intense flavors of blackberries and hazelnuts fill the palate and finish off with tannins that balance nicely with the acidity in the wine. The wine maker, Mia Klein, has produced some of the greatest wines, ever! She has worked with amazing wineries & vineyards such as Dalla Valle, Spottswoode, Chapellet, Viader, and Araujo Estate. Selene, her own wine label, produces world-class wine as well. 2011 Inspire Romance Cabernet Franc received 90pts from Wine Enthusiast and is drinkable until 2030. Inspire Romance wine pairs fantastically with well-marbled steaks, stews, roasted lamb, and dark chocolate. It is aged for 17 months in 100% new French Oak casks and is 14.7% alcohol.
Boyanci donated 10% of their proceeds to COPRODELI, a 501(c)(3) based out of Chicago, Illinois that helps serve the impoverished families of Peru. The non-profit company helps provide the fundamental needs of life: housing, healthcare, nutrition, food, and job-training. Coprodeli currently has 25 schools across Peru and over 64,000 students have been served since 1994. 90% of graduates from their 2011-2012 class continued onto further their education. The name Coprodeli comes from the beginning letters of community, promotion, development, and liberation. The idea for the community outreach program came about in 1984 when Padre Miguel began to establish the program for the extreme poor while maintaining his first parish in Callao, Peru. In 1989, he finalized his efforts and founded Coprodeli.
BV Coastal Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Wine has a dark, ruby-violet color with aromas of black & green peppercorn, currant, mint, and black tea. It is medium-bodied while the aromas echo onto the palate and are touched with dark chocolate. A velvet finish is light, making it super easy to drink!
Beaulieu Vineyard, better known as BV Coastal, is a wine company from the Napa Valley region of California; specifically known as Rutherford. BV has a history of growing grapes on the best vineyards in Napa. They now own and operate over 10 different vines. It all started in 1904 when Georges de Latour bought his first vineyard in Rutherford. This vineyard is now known as BV Ranch #1. Georges didn’t want to just make wine for California, but for the entire world! In 1934 de Latour went abroad to France to find a winemaker & viticulturist who would bring the fine European wine making techniques to the heart of Napa Valley. His one stop was at France’s Pasteur Institute where he found André Tchelistcheff – a Russian immigrant whose insight, experience, and leadership would eventually revolutionize wine making, not only for BV but for the entire Napa Valley. The methods he introduced to the vineyard and winery earned him the industry’s most infamous title: “The Maestro.” He has a constant pursuit of higher wine qualities and whenever he reached that goal – he wanted to go even higher. He continues to find new and innovative winemaking ways.
André was born to a noble Russian family. He studied viticulture and enology at the Pasteur Institute and the Institute National Agronomique in Paris. Once he arrived in Napa Valley at Beaulieu Vineyard (which translates into Beautiful Land Vineyard,) Tchelistcheff introduced the European methods of pruning and cultivation. He also emphasized to increase the level of sanitation in the winery. For many, this would have been all; But for André.. This was just the beginning. He began tasting wine from every vine on the Rutherford estate. The rigorous small-lot fermentation continues to this day. A cold to ferment white wines and making malolactic fermentation in red wines (a process in winemaking in which tart-tasting malic acid, naturally present in grape must, is converted to softer-tasting lactic acid) were also André’s doings. His palate was so pristine, sampled a special lot of Cabernet Sauvignon from 1936 and emphasized it received a separate bottling due to its quality. That bottling is known as Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Tchelistcheff retired from BV in 1973 but returned in 1991 to consult with the new Director of Winemaking: Jeffrey Stambor.