Straight’s magazine’s top 5 must try European wines of 2017 is out and two of our hand-picked wines from boutique wineries in Italy has made it to the list. Here’s an expert from Kurtis Kolt’s column:
Fontanavecchia 2015 Taburno Falanghina del Sannio
Next time you’re wandering the Italian section of the store and about to reach for Pinot Grigio, give this little number a try instead. Full of stone fruit, young almonds, lemongrass, and white floral notes, Falanghina’s a rather unsung indigenous Italian variety that should be cracked open anytime you’re preparing seafood or fish-forward dishes.
While it should be served chilled, do pull it from the fridge 10 to 15 minutes before serving, as the character of the wine really develops as it moves a few degrees toward room temperature.
Casale Del Giglio 2013 Cesanese
The Cesanese grape variety is new to me, but after trying this wine for the first time a few weeks back, I’m hell-bent on tracking down more wines made from it. Yep, it’s another one of the zillions of indigenous Italian grapes out there. It was historically made into sweet or sparkling wines, but is now being embraced for its still-table-wine potential.
Casale Del Giglio’s take on the grape is immediately quaffable and an absolute treat to drink. With a similar structure to a ripe, fruit-forward Pinot Noir, there’s an abundance of red fruit and purple flowers here, with maybe a pinch each of cinnamon and clove. It’s fresh and vibrant, and would make an easy match for poultry, duck, or game.
Do serve with a hint of a chill—it’ll make things even brighter.