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Expert Picks: Sartarelli and San Giuliano

Posted on | April 24, 2014 | Written by Will Di Nunzio | No Comments

In Italy, as in other great wine-producing countries, pairing wines with food is important, but pairing wine with weather is even more so. Spring is here, and the warm sun shines on us, reminding us that in the next few months we will likely step away from the heavier wines and look to those that are lighter and easier-drinking. Today I chose two wines that are just that: lighter, prettier wines that you can drink anytime this summer. During the day, the Verdicchio is a personal favorite of mine, and for the evenings I like a nice, elegant Barbaresco. Enjoy!

Sartarelli Verdicchio Castello di Jesi Classico 2013 $17.75

Drive thirty minutes inland from the Adriatic Sea, and you’ll find the city of Ancona, home to one of the most famous white winemaking regions of all of Italy, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi. Most likely founded by monks, Castelli di Jesi is ancient, and Sartarelli produces its bottling right in the middle of it. The average altitude of their vineyards is about 1000 feet above sea level, and the proximity to the sea gives these wines incredible minerality along with beautiful balance and aromatics. This is a wine I always have on hand; it’s easily the best value white at IWM right now.

San Giuliano Barbaresco 2009 $52.25

San Giuliano occupies the historic hillside vineyard of the same name, yet it comprises a total of 17 acres of vineyard area spread throughout the Piemonte zones of Roero, Asti, Neive, and Barbaresco. While owner/enologist Giulio Pastura continues his grandfather’s trade, he has wholly altered the winery’s orientation, pursuing high-quality production as opposed to bulk efforts. This limited-production wine (400 cases) is partially aged in Slavonian oak for a period of 18 months and receives an additional six months of bottle age prior to release. As the product of a ripe vintage, it offers accessibility, rich fruit flavors and a beautiful bouquet. Overall, this ‘09 is simply a pretty wine. I love this Barbaresco.

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