week's pick: Passport Series Brunello
of origin: Montalcino, Italy
wine: An elegant wine made from Sangiovese grapes
with a deep garnet hue, full body and velvety texture.
Aromas of leather, cranberry, tobacco, and rich flavours
of ripe cherry with a hint of earthiness, define this
classic Italian wine style. Smooth tannins and ripe
fruit- driven characteristics make this well balanced
with a silky finish.
region: Located 120km south of Florence, Montalcino
is one of the warmest and driest regions within Tuscany,
receiving just 700mm of rain on average per year.
Montalcino is a small medieval village in the Province
of Siena, with the wine district centred to the northeast
of the village in wooded and hilly terrain. Vineyards
are planted on both the north and south facing slopes:
vines on the northern slopes ripen slower producing
racier and more aromatic fruit, while the increased
sun exposure on the southern slopes lends more power
and complexity to the fruit.
pairings : Enjoy with Tuscanys famous grilled
steak Florentine, marinated and grilled portobello
mushrooms, or a rich beef ragu over pappardelle pasta.
a charcuterie platter of cured meats and a mix of
hard cheeses is also a perfect match.
exclusively at the Orléans Town Centre Wine
Kitz location on St. Joseph Blvd. near the corner
of Prestone Drive. You can reserve your kit now by
calling 613-841-8197 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mention that you read about this wine in Grape Pickings
and receive an additional $10 discount.
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