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Ligurian Delight: Bisson Bianchetta Genovese

2013 BISSON Bianchetta Genovese “U Pastine”
$23.95 bottle/ $228.00 case

IMG_4126Should you happen to glance up and catch a peek of the vineyards dotting the hillsides above you while  hiking along the trail that connects the too picturesque villages of Liguria’s Cinque Terre region, a few of the vines in sight might belong to artist-turned-winemaker Pierluigi Lugano, who has made it his mission to resurrect the nearly extinct native varietals of this gloriously beautiful land. The nearly forgotten bianchetta genovese grape, bottled for your drinking pleasure here, is one of his missions. What an astonishingly great white wine! I was floored by how much I loved this wine when the importers rep brought it by. This is truly a white wine you have to taste to believe! Absolutely riveting in its über-vibrant, almost electric fruit and palate feel. Grown in rocky soils on steep hillsides that can only be farmed by hand, this bursts with a precise, mineral and citrus driven aromas. The palate reflects those sensations, with wet stone, grapefruit peel, spice, and a lingering saltiness (I LOVE it when I get that saline pop) ricocheting across your tastebuds. It finishes with a shock of brilliant acidity, exactly what keeps you coming back for more. A brilliant choice for fish or any other seafood, I also popped a bottle with some sausage pasta with fresh basil and it worked beautifully! I almost can’t tell you strongly enough how you need to have a few bottles of this at home. A fabulous, intensely satisfying wine and one of my favorite wines in the store right now!

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2013 CASA CONTINI Salento Rosso “Verso” $14.95 bottle/ $144.00 case You want to know what grapes that have ripened to perfection in the warm southern Italian sun taste like? Pop the cork on this deep, resonant rosso, pour a glass, take a sip and close your eyes. Intellectual transport to the Apulia region in the…

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