WINES OF THE WEEK
Mariotti Sèt e Mèz Fortana Dell'Emilia Rosé NV
Unlike the classic Charmat method sparklers of Emilia-Romagna, Mirco Mariotti produces his bubbles in the méthode ancestrale, from vines located in the heart of Bosco Eliceo (300m from the Adriatic.) Wines are rustic and complex, full of sultry mouthfeel and saline-tinged fizz. The 2016 ‘Set e Mez’ is fruit-forward and bright, with a fizzy, off-dry finish. Perfect for brunch!
Les Alliés Brut Blanc de Blancs NV
This wine is 100% Chardonnay. Graphite and spice accents lace this tightly meshed, mouthwatering Sparkling, with vibrant acidity swathed in a fine and silky mousse, carrying flavors of ripe melon, lemon sorbet, toasted brioche, and mineral notes.
Denny Bini Spuma Vino Frizzante NV
Spuma is a bottle-fermented Metodo ancestral made from the geeky high-acid Sorbara grape, and everyday drinking sparkling red Lambrusco from Emilia, that’ become affectionately and unofficially known as the ‘Festa’ or ‘Party’ label, owing to the big ol’ table of various types of people enjoying a raucous meal, and to the fact that it’s delicious, a touch bitter, and goes down easy if you don’t overthink it.
Lambert de Seyssel Seyssel Grand Cru Régional Méthode Traditionnelle Royal Seyssel 2015
Seyssel’s sparkling wines must be produced in the méthode traditionnelle and aged for at least nine months before disgorgement; the Royal from Lambert is aged on its lees for three whole years. This provides a delightful richness of flavor, fine bead, and unrivaled aromatics. Floral notes dominate—iris, violet, and alpine wildflowers come to mind—while the succulent texture recalls fleshy white fruits. At five years of age, secondary notes like honey, brown sugar, and an inviting muskiness have also emerged. A tasty treat all on its own, this unusual dry sparkler will stand up to pretty much anything you put on the table.
Le Monde Pinot Nero Rosé NV
Bright pink in color with a fine bouquet that is elegant with flavors of red wild fruits currant raspberry and hints of rose petals. The vibrant and balanced taste between acidity and sugars with a fruity aftertaste.
Champagne Collet Champagne Brut NV
50% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir
Champagne Collet Brut is the distinctive Cuvee and identity of Maison Collet, harmoniously combining Champagne's three main grape varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. Light golden-amber color. Toasted brioche aromas with fine citrus notes. Powerful and full-bodied revealing the great freshness and amazing length.
Collet Brut is wonderful as an aperitif and ideal when served with a vast array of dishes from oysters to light game dishes such as rabbit terrine and seared duck breast.