2012 San Felice, Campogiovanni, Brunello di Montalcino, $55
Winery info: San Felice is based in Castelnuovo Berardenga, in the southern part of the Chianti Classico zone. They also produce wines from other parts of Tuscany, including Montalcino, from which this wine is sourced. They bought their Compgiovanni estate vineyard here in the 1980s and their Campogiovanni Brunello is now one of their flagship wines, regularly garnering top accolades and awards. The 2012 vintage was ranked number 20 on the Wine Spectator’s top 100 wines of 2017.
Grapes: 100% Sangiovese Grosso. Aged 36 months in 500-liter French oak barrels, followed by 12 months in bottle.
Vineyard: Their Campogiovanni estate vineyard, on the gently sloping southwestern side of the Montalcino hill. The vineyard is divided into different zones, with distinct soil types that highlight different characteristics of the vines. The fruit gets power from the calcareous soil, softness from the clay, and elegance from the alluvial soil.
Flavor Profile: Very classic in style, with beautiful structure and ripe, layered flavors of dark fruit and savory earth notes. With a rich, textured mouthfeel, balanced tannins, and a long, elegant finish.
Availability: 70,000 bottles were produced but because of the high ratings for this one, this vintage is long gone.
Drinkability: Now through 2020
Food Pairing: Red meats, game, wild boar dishes, mature pecorino cheese.
2015 Scarpetta, Friulano, $39.75
Winery info: Master sommelier Bobby Stuckey met Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, who was chef de partie at the time, while they were working at the iconic French Laundry in Napa. They shared a love of the wines from northern Italy’s mountainous Friuli region, and founded their own restaurant, Frasca, in Boulder, Colorado, with a focus on Friulian food and wine. The idea to start create own wine label, Scarpetta, took shape on a buying trip to Friuli.
Grapes: 100% old vine Friulano, a white grape grown in Friuli, previously known as Tocai Friulano (also known as Sauvignonasse). They use organically farmed fruit to showcase the purest expression of the grape. Fermented in stainless steel and aged 18 months in new and used French oak.
Vineyard: Sourced from a single hillside vineyard in Buttrio, in the Colli Orientali.
Flavor Profile: Ripe and medium-bodied, with aromas of white flowers and almond skins, and flavors of apricot and white stone fruits. With balancing, food-friendly acidity.
Availability: It is limited, but there are still a few cases available.
Drinkability: Now, through 2020
Food Pairing: Typically paired with Prosciutto San Daniele and other salumi. Or grilled seafood.