Often it is remarked that "a dog and his owner look alike." If this is true and if the statement could be applied to wine and people, then Alberto Passeri has some very handsome wines! Yes, ladies, about the most handsome gentleman in the Italian wine world will be descending down upon Corvallis for a tasting of his suave Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino.
The tasting is free and we will be offering 10% off individual bottles or 15% off 12-or-more bottles.
We will be sampling out current releases and I'll have a couple library wines so you can see just how phenomenally these wines age!
- Rosso di Montalcino, 2012,
- Rosso di Montalcino, 2014
- Brunello di Montalcino, 2011
- Brunello di Montalcino, Riserva, 'Glii Angeli" 2008
What's the difference between a "rosso" and a "Brunello"? It really comes down to age as they use the same high quality fruit for both styles of sangiovese. In the case of La Gerla, the rosso current release is 2014 which means that it received one year in barrel and 4 months in bottle before release, with an expected life expectancy of 3 years. In the case of the Brunello (same fruit!), the wines are aged 4 years in barrel and 8 months in bottle before release and age worthy for 10 years. Glii Angeli - their cru vineyard - is aged 5 years in wood and a year in bottle before release.
This is the land of sangiovese and La Gerla is one of the great producers of the region. One of the reasons why their wines are so good is that they pull fruit from two different vineyards, each contributing polar opposite characteristics to provide a harmonious blend that is elegant and powerful. Canalicchio (NE) and Castelnuovo dell' Abate (SE). Canalichiio is the location of The Angels vineyard, a Cru vineyard that receives gentle breezes across poor soil with a good slope drainage. Another factor in the success of these wines is the vinification process and aging of the wines. The vines are immaculate (Yes, I've personally stomped around the vineyards and know this first hand!) and perfectly grown fruit comes in during harvest. In the cellar the wine is aged in large Slovinian casks; La Gerla has the largest cask in all of Montalcino!
It's a unique pleasure that we have to have Alberto Passeri in Corvallis for a tasting of his wines that he is adamantly passionate about. I hope to see you here!