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Bottega Prosecco DOC Spumante Brut
This Prosecco DOC is a Brut sparkling wine, obtained by Glera grapes grown according to classic,
traditional techniques in the province of Treviso. Over the years, typicality and quality, the
distinctive traits of these grapes, have remained unchanged, making Prosecco the most famous
and best-selling Italian wine all over the world. The colour is straw yellow with gold reflexes, fine
and persistent perlage. On the nose is fruity (apple, white peach, citrus fruits) and delicate floral
(acacia, wisteria) notes. On the palate is fresh, delicate, balanced, with an harmonious blend of
acidity and softness. Excellent as an aperitif and in cocktails, it is also an ideal all-around wine. It
goes particularly well with pasta, risotto, fish or meat courses and vegetables.
Bottega Gold Prosecco DOC Spumante Brut
Bottega Gold is a superior Prosecco DOC, obtained by the vinification of the best Glera grapes. The
elegance, freshness and liveliness of its bubbles stem from the beauty and tradition of its territory,
where unmistakable panoramas are shaped by vineyards. The appearance is bright, straw yellow,
fine and persistent perlage. The nose is typical and refined with fruity (green apples, pear, citrus
fruits) and floral (white flowers, acacia, wisteria and lily of the valley) notes, sage and spices in the
finish. On the palate is soft, harmonious and elegant, with a slim body and with lively yet balanced
acidity. Excellent as an aperitif and in cocktails, it goes particularly well with starters, light first
courses (seafood and non- aromatic herb pasta and risotto), steamed or raw fish dishes, grilled
white meats, stewed or fresh vegetable dishes.
Bottega Prosecco Rosé Gold Spumante Brut
Pinot Noir, Veneto
Bottega Rosé Gold is a Brut rosé sparkling wine obtained through vinification of Pinot Nero grapes.
The appearance is brilliant, subtle pink color, fine and persistent perlage. On the nose is intense,
elegant and complex, characterized by floral and fruity notes, mainly mixed berries, currants and
wild strawberries. On the palate is fresh, delicate, soft, structured, with balanced acidity and a
pleasant and persistent aftertaste. Excellent as an aperitif, it accompanies any meal. It goes
particularly well with vegetarian and fish dishes (shellfish, crudités), white meats and cheeses. It is
a pleasant after-dinner.
Ferrari Brut Trento DOC
Ferrari winery is now the most widely recognized producer of quality sparkling wine in Italy, thanks
to Giulio Ferrari who, in the late 19th century, believed that the region around Trento would be ideal
to produce quality wine similar to Champagne and started planting Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Trento DOC (as the wine is now officially named) is different from Prosecco. It is fermented in the
bottle with the classic method and can reach levels of quality and complexity to compete with most
champagne wines. This Brut is produced with 100% chardonnay grapes. Offering a fresh and
intense bouquet, with broad fruity notes of ripe golden apples, white flowers and a delicate scent of
yeast, deriving from aging in the bottle for more than two years. The palate is well-balance and
harmonious, with a subtle hint of ripe fruit and attractive hints of crusty bread.
Bellavista Alma Gran Cuvée Brut Franciacorta DOC
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Lombardia
As for Trento DOC, this sparkling wine is produced with classic method, but in this case with a
blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. Franciacorta is other famous Italian region for classic
method sparkling wines, besides Trento. It is a cuvee, so non-vintage wine, which means that the
best and consistent quality is obtained by blending the winery’s wines under the careful direction of
the winemaker, following a long and prestigious tradition. The nose is characterized by a strong
minerality. It’s wide and inviting, with hints of ripe sweet fruits, meringue, pastry and candied citrus
zests. The palate is dry, with creamy sensation, crispy, and a texture that combine elegance and
lightness. Due to its freshness, it is a perfect aperitif but thanks to its complexity and body it can
easily pair with a full meal, especially creamy pasta dishes, pork, fish and cheese.
La Scolca Gavi DOCG Etichetta Bianca 2015
Gavi is produced using a Cortese grape varietal; primarily grown in the Piedmont region, close to
the Italian Riviera (Ligurian) border. The name ‘Gavi’ originates from a small town with the same
name, located at the centre of this wine production area; approximately 100 km southeast of Turin.
These white wines have a fresh and vibrant style. Gavi DOCG (Denomination of Controlled and
Guaranteed Origin) has a faint straw colour with greenish reflections. Gavi has a delicate but
tasteful scent of fresh fruits, white and flowers, with notes of citrus and bitter almonds, enriched by
complexity and ageing mineral aromas. The wine has a dry and full taste which is cool,
harmonious, refined and sophisticated.
Alois Lageder Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Sauvignon Blanc, Alto Adige
This aromatic variety was first planted in Alto Adige at the end of the 19th century, and in the
following decades it was grown almost exclusively on sandy soils of volcanic origin in Terlano near
Bolzano. Fermented in stainless steel at controlled temperature and then on the lees for 4 months.
The colour is brilliant, straw with a green shimmer. The nose is semi-aromatic, fresh, fruity, floral
and mineral. On the palate is dry, medium bodied, harmonic, mineral, fruity and juicy, lively fresh. It
pairs with starters, truffle, fish and white meat and poultry.
Alois Lageder Gewürtztraminer, 2017
Gewürztraminer, Alto Adige
One of the most popular grapes in Alto Adige is Gewürztraminer. This particular one owes its
character to a combination of grapes from two wine growing areas: the warm sites around
Termeno Lake which contributes to the wine’s substance, body and sweetness, while the higher
altitudes and cooler climate of the mountains confer finesse, freshness and a fine aromatic
structure. The nose is pronounced, aromatic of fresh ripen yellow fruits and spices The palate is
medium-full bodied, with juicy pronounced minerality and a long after-taste. The wine is perfect as
an aperitif and it pairs well with flavoured starters, cheese, pastas and fish.
Bottega Pinot Grigio Veronese IGT 2017
Pinot Grigio, Veneto
Pinot Grigio is a white grape that flourishes in the Veneto region of Italy where the climate and
environment are ideal for the cultivation of this grape. With an elegant and refined bouquet, this
Pinot Grigio evokes delicate floral notes of acacia and elderflower, coupled with fruity aromas of
peach and pear, with notes of almond in the finish. The wine is dry, harmonic and fresh to taste,
while the acidity is perfectly balanced with the smoothness and good structure of the wine. Pinot
Grigio is known to be light, fresh and crisp, it is perfect as an aperitif and complements light
starters from risotto and pasta to cured ham, white meat, fish and vegetables.
Bottega Soave Classico DOC 2017
The wine is named after Soave, a small town in Veneto. Produced using Garganega grape (Vitis
vinifera ‘Garganega’), the production area of this wine was limited by a decree in 1931 and is the
first DOC-recognised wine in Veneto, when DOC ‘Soave Superiore’ was acknowledged. When
produced in the original, ‘classical’ and most ancient part of the hills of Soave and Monteforte, the
wine has the privilege of carrying the ‘Classico’ label. The wine offers a delicate, fruity bouquet
particularly of apple and citrus fruits, and hints of white flowers and sage. The taste is harmonic,
mineral, sapid, pleasant and elegant; characterized by acidity and a subtle note of almond. This
wine can be enjoyed as an aperitif; it pairs well with starters, soups, risotto, eggs, fish, snail, white
meat with delicate sauces or vegetable-based first courses.
Villa Antinori Bianco Toscana IGT 2017
Trebbiano and Chardonnay, Toscana
A traditional white wine produced in 1931 by Marchese Niccolò Antinori. Villa Antinori Bianco IGT
Toscana is a fine expression of the Tuscan territory by blending traditional white grapes (Trebbiano)
with other varieties (Chardonnay). The wine is fermented at a temperature held to a maximum of
18°; then is held in stainless steel at a cold temperature to fully maintain freshness and aroma. The
2017 Villa Antinori Bianco offers a straw yellow color with greenish highlights. The nose is delicate
and elegant with its notes of bananas, pineapples, white flowers, and candied fruit. The palate is
balanced and harmonious with good flavor persistence and mineral notes on the finish and
Planeta Chardonnay Sicilia Menfi DOC 2014
The wine which has become an image of the change in Sicilian wine. It arrived from the wish for
success in competing with the world in the production of this noble and widespread grape. The
fermentation and aging in French wood, carefully and precisely judged, delivers a wine unique for
its grace and power. After destalking, soft pressing and static sedimentation at a low temperature,
fermentation in barrique at 180C, maturation of 11 months with bâtonnage carried out every 10
days. Starting from the richness of its deep clear golden but transparent colour one imagines the
pleasing contrast of creaminess and crispness in the taste. On the nose it is indeed a soft white
wine underlaid by a refreshing acid vein which accompanies each mouthful.on the palate, a slight
mineral suggestion combines harmoniously with the flavour of ripe yellow peaches, acacia honey
and marzipan and with some peaty, cereal and toasted aromas which precede the powerful
balanced finish. It pairs perfectly with fish and white meats, pork, creamy pasta and risotto dishes.
Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino di Sardegna 2015
Argiolas is one of the most important wine estates in Sardinia that produce typical wines from
native varietals. Established by Antonio Argiolas in 1938, it is now Sardinia’s leading wine producer.
Taking its name from the area, Costamolino is made from Vermentino: a native white grape variety.
The grapes undergo a vinification process in stainless steel tanks to retain acidity after they’re
harvested in August and September. A small percentage of the wine sees malolactic fermentation
which defines the wine’s texture and roundness. The wine’s fragrance resembles that of macchia, a
mix of evergreen herbs and shrubs that’s common to the Sardinian terroir. The wine offers aromatic
hints of mint and pine, with sweet citrus and ripe stone fruit. The palate is first vibrant and textural,
and then finishes with lingering acidity. The lemony acidity of the wine pairs with seafood starters
or vegetable dishes but has enough depth to pair with seafood pasta or risotto and white meats.
Attems Pinot Grigio Ramato Venezia Giulia IGT 2015
Pinot Grigio, Friuli Venezia Giulia
Attems Pinot Grigio Ramato continues a tradition of the Republic of Venice, since “ramato,” or
coppery, was the term that referred to Pinot Grigio. A special vinification practice led to the use of
this term: the must remains in contact with the skins for about 10 hours and this practice gives the
wine a beautiful copper rosè hue. The wine opens to a rich, complex bouquet of crisp floral
impressions followed by fragrant strawberry and wild cherry. Subtle hints of roasted espresso bean
and ginseng conclude the aromatic array. The palate, appealing and superbly balanced, displays a
pronounced minerality, while the crisp, long-lingering finish ends on a tasty, slightly bitter note. A
perfect partner to sweeter cured meats and prosciutto, as well as pasta and risotto with vegetables
sauces or shell-fish.
Castello di Gabbiano Rosé Toscana IGT 2016
Born out of the winery’s yearning to discover and reveal the versatility of Sangiovese, the grape that
has always dominated in Tuscany. Obtained from a short maceration of the skins (around 24
hours) and a long, slow alcoholic fermentation at low temperature, around 14/15°C. The wine does
not undergo malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged for a short period in steel tanks,
approximately for two months, before being bottled. The wine has a nice pink strawberry color. On
the nose, the wine has a soft exquisite flavor of red fruits and flowers. The palate is rich with
persistent flavors of red fruits and a medium body and finish. The wine goes well with light starters,
poultry, pasta. Ideal as an aperitif.
Dezzani Barbera d'Asti DOCG 2016
Barbera D'Asti, Piemonte
Dezzani Barbera d’Asti is produced using a selection of Barbera grapes from the Monferrato, a
well-known wine district. This ‘young-style’ wine is unique to its terroir. Barbera grapes are known
for its dark colour and is the third in terms of popular wine grapes used. During the vinification
process (the process of turning grapes into wine), they are fermented at a controlled temperature
with a short maceration on the skins. The colour is bright ruby red, to the nose it presents a wide
bouquet with hints of red fruits and apricot. With its characteristic flavour, highly intense and
all-round, Barbera d’Asti is best paired with typical Piedmont appetizer Vitello Tonnato and pasta
Dezzani Stardé Barbaresco DOCG 2014
This great Barbaresco is made with Nebbiolo grapes of one of the most prestigious areas of the
Langhe, UNESCO area and DOCG area for Barolo and Barbaresco. After the manual harvest,
vinification takes place at controlled temperature with about fifteen-days-maceration on skins and
the subsequent malolactic fermentation. The wine, is then refined in traditional fifty hectoliters oak
casks, for 18/24 months.
Its colour is garnet red. The bouquet is intense and complex, with notes pointing to ripe red fruit,
vanilla and spices. On the palate is warm, soft and harmonious to the tongue.
Ideal with pasta, roasted meat, cheese, or as a meditation wine.
Dezzani San Carlo Barolo DOCG 2013
Barolo, which takes its name from the small town in the Langhe area in Piedmont region, is one of
Italy’s greatest wines and is considered to deliver the highest and most powerful expression of the
Nebbiolo grape. It is often referred as “the king of wines and the wine of kings” due to its
outstanding international reputation since mid-19th century.
Harvested manually in early October, the grapes follow the traditional vinification process. After a
40-day maceration at controlled temperatures and the malolactic fermentation, the wine ages in
big oak barrels for a minimum of 2 years and a further 6 months in bottles. The colour is red garnet,
the aromas are complex and elegant, ranging from ripe red fruits and spices, until toasty. This
Barolo tastes gently tannic, full, austere, and velvety. This great wine perfectly complements rich
first courses, game, roasts and hard cheeses, but it can also be an ideal post dinner treat.
Bottega Merlot IGT Trevenezie 2017
Wines indicating ‘Trevenezie’ originates from ‘Tre Venezie’ or ‘Le Venezie’ area, a territory that
includes Veneto and Friuli Venezia-Giulia regions and the province of Trento. Merlot (Vitis vinifera
‘Merlot’) is a dark blue-coloured grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal
wines; it adapts well to any climate and soil but in Italy it finds its best expression in Veneto. The
bouquet of this Merlot is full, mellow with hints of violet, blueberry, blackcurrant and classic notes
of humus and undergrowth. Subtle fragrant spices like thyme and oregano develop into balsamic
notes. The taste of this wine is vigorous, intense and persistent, with full-bodied yet velvety tannins,
earthly and delicate herbal notes. The wine is best paired with a variety of dishes from pasta with a
meat-based sauce, red/white meats like pork, rabbit, veal or poultry, and mushroom sauces, salami,
spicy dishes or aged and blue cheeses.
Sacchetto Pinot Nero 2017
Pinot Noir, Veneto
Pinot Noir is not a very common grape in Italy due to its preference for cooler climates, like France
or Germany. However, Veneto region produces some of finest examples in Italy due to the perfect
soil and climatic conditions. To make this wine, the must obtained through stalkless pressing, marc
maceration at a controlled temperature, followed by pressing and fermentation of must thanks to
selected yeasts. Ageing is done in steel containers. The colour is ruby red. The nose is vinous with
red fruits, raspberry and blackberry scents. On the palate is fresh and lively, smooth and elegant. A
perfect match with tasty first courses, salami, mushroom and poultry. Excellent with cheese.
Masi Costasera Amarone Classico DOCG 2011
Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara, Veneto
Proud, majestic, complex and exuberant. Amarone, together with Barolo and Brunello, makes up the
aristocracy of the Italian wine world. The product of an unrivalled expertise in the “appassimento”
technique (grape drying), whereby traditional grapes for the Valpolicella Classic area – Corvina,
Rondinella and Molinara – are laid out on bamboo racks to concentrate their aromas during the
winter months before vinification. The colour is very dark ruby red. On the nose, baked fruit, plums
and cherries. On the palate, fruity tastes, with hints of coffee and cocoa. Very well balanced.
Excellent as an after-dinner wine, or with red meat, game, and richly flavoured dishes. Very good
with well-aged cheeses, such as parmesan, pecorino and gorgonzola.
Antinori Santa Cristina Rosso Toscana IGT 2016
Merlot and Sangiovese, Toscana
A red hue with purple highlights, Santa Cristina offers notes of ripe cherries on the nose, which is a
typical aroma of both Sangiovese (sanguis Jovis, “the blood of Jupiter” – the most widely planted
grape variety in Italy) and Syrah (a world famous international grape variety), well integrated with
the balsamic sensation of mint which characterises Merlot. Pleasurable sensations of coffee and
vanilla complete the bouquet. Soft and ample on the palate with a fruity finish and aftertaste.
Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico DOCG 2016
The Chianti Classico as the name suggests is from Chianti region in central Tuscany of Italy and
expresses its historic grape variety with a full fruity, floral character. Ruby red in colour, the Antinori
Peppoli Chianti Classico produces intensely fruity notes of red currants and cherries that dominate
on the nose, along with combined hints of violet and a subtle touch of toasted oak. On the palate,
it’s balanced, fresh and savoury with supple tannins, shows a finish and aftertaste which recall the
sensations first felt on the nose.
Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2010
This red wine is produced since 1892 and was awarded many times for its quality. This Brunello is
made with 100% Sangiovese grapes from the winery’s best vineyards in Montalcino. Before the
fermentation the grapes were subjected to a cold pre-fermentative maceration which consists in
cooling the grapes at a temperature of 16° C in an environment protected by CO2. This process
increases the extraction of polyphenols and aroma compounds. The regular alcoholic fermentation
followed and lasted 16/17 days at a controlled temperature of 27°-28°C. After the racking and the
malolactic fermentation the wine aged in small-medium size oak barrels for the first few months.
Later it completed the aging in larger oak barrels, for a total period of two years and then is bottled
at least 4 months before the release. The colour is brilliant ruby red. On the nose ripe red berries,
plum and sour cherry, hints of mint. On the palate is very well balanced, with scents of cinnamon,
balsamic and savoury, persistent. Perfect for important dishes, roasted or grilled meats, game,
venison. Excellent with mature cheeses.
Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri DOC 2012
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, Toscana
In a terroir common for Sangiovese and Trebbiano wines, Marchese Mario Incisa planted Cabernet
Sauvignon in his estate at the end of World War II. This was the start of the history of Bolgheri DOC.
Bolgheri is a tiny town, located about 8 km inland from the Tuscan coast, however some of Italy’s
most renowned vineyards lie just west of the town. Le Serre Nuove is a blend of Cabernet
Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Combining the generosity and depth of flavour
with a vibrant and engaging personality, this elegant wine offers a deep ruby red tone. The bouquet
is crisp and clean edged, with definite notes of sweet violets and wild berry fruits and subtle hints
of roast espresso bean and pungent spice. The palate is full bodied with a good weight, displaying
a velvet-smooth glossy texture and up-front fruit. The wine ends on an intensely refreshing note,
with a lovely vein of acidity driving a near-endless finish.
Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT 2015
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese, Toscana
Tignanello is produced using Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc, and is
recognized as one of the best wines in the world and has achieved many milestones in Italian wine
history. It was the first Sangiovese-based wine to age in barriques, the first new red wine blended
with untraditional varieties and one of the first in the Chianti region to not use white grapes in the
blend. It was, along with Sassicaia Bolgheri DOC, the precursor of all modern Super Tuscan reds.
The 2015 vintage has a very intense ruby color. The bouquet has notes of ripe red fruit, cassis and
blackberries, well balanced with hints of licorice and chocolate. On the palate, the wine is vibrant,
rich, ample and endowed with lively, silky tannins which offer a great complexity and important
length to the finish and aftertaste.
Emotivo Montepulciano 2016
Montepulciano grapes produce deeply coloured wines with pepper and spice notes. Highly
aromatic, tannic and with low acidity, the wine has earthy notes and a thick, almost syrup-like feel
to taste. This young, approachable Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from Emotivo offers aromas of Morell
cherries, chocolate shavings, vanilla, dry tobacco and cedar with floral undertones. The palate is
sweet and supple, with simple, rustic flavours of earth, spice and black cherry. With a smooth finish
and enough acidity, the wine pairs perfectly with meaty, tomato-based pastas.
Sasseo Primitivo del Salento IGT 2015
Primitivo (Zinfandel), Puglia
Sasseo is a whimsical name. It is derived from the Italian word “sasso”, meaning stone; this name
refers to the abundance of limestone in the area, which creates a reflective quality in the vineyards.
Mature grapes are machine harvested, then gently crushed and de-stemmed. Afterwards, the must
is fermented over a period of fourteen days at controlled temperature. Following fermentation, the
wine is aged in Slavonian casks for one year and an additional three months in the bottle. The
colour is ruby red with purple hues. On the nose, prominent tobacco and leather, ripe blackberry and
blueberry with hints of cocoa, baking spice, and delicate pine.
On the palate is juicy and medium bodied; reveals rich fruits, sweet herbs, and milk chocolate; leads
to plush tannins and an elegant finish. Compliments barbecued and grilled meats, an assortment of
pastas with red sauce, as well as rich vegetarian dishes as parmigiana.
Baglio del Sole Nero d'Avola 2016
Nero d’Avola, Sicilia
Very peculiar to Sicily, Nero d’Avola wines are the best expression of Sicilian territory The colour is
dark ruby red. On the nose generous aromas characteristic of this variety, reminiscent of red plums
and with notes of Mediterranean scrub intersected with pleasant shades of black pepper. A wine
that impresses with the integrity of the fruit, fleshy, rich, consistent with the typical characteristics
of the variety. The wine is best enjoyed with spicy food, grilled vegetables, first courses consisting
of various meats, especially red meats, and grilled vegetables.
Poesie Recioto di Soave Classico DOCG 2011
A sweet dessert wine that boasts an ancient tradition, is still made in very small quantities from the
finest Soave (Garganega) grapes left to dry on rafters. The wine is made with brief cold maceration
on the skins for 24 hours, then fermentation in stainless steel. An extremely refined wine featuring
bright appearance, intense and fruity aroma, and a mellow and velvety, warm harmonious, slightly
bitter (almond taste) and full body flavor. It combines perfectly with creamy and fruity desserts.
Perfect as meditation wine at the end of the meal.
Poesie Recioto della Valpolicella DOCG 2013
Corvina and Rondinella, Veneto
Poesie Recioto della Valpolicella DOCG is made using late harvested, semi-dried Corvina and
Rondinella grapes, from the best Valpolicella-area vineyards. It goes through a brief cold
maceration on the skins for 24 hours, then fermentation in stainless steel. The result is a ruby red
hue and a fragrant scent of red roses to the nose; a wine that is extremely elegant, seductive; the
palate is sweet and velvet smooth with a long, lingering finish. The wine pairs well with chocolate
cakes, cream puddings, fruit pastries and confections containing nuts.
Marchesi di Barolo - Barolo Chinato
Nebbiolo and aromatic herbs, Piemonte
The production of the aromatised wine Barolo Chinato begins with Barolo wine having completed
its minimum period of ageing. The aromatisation process of Barolo is carried out through a cold
infusion in a hydro-alcoholic solution of cinchona bark, gentian root, cardamom seeds and other
spices, such as vanilla pods. In order to reach an harmonic taste, an aromatic infusion, sugar and
alcohol are added to the wine. After its preparations, Barolo Chinato is matured for at least one year
in the cask before being bottled and released on the market. This period let all the aromatic
elements in the infusion blend in a perfectly harmonious sensation. The wine then continues its
maturation in the bottle over time, developing a flavour of greater softness and making aromatic
sensations become better and better. Garnet-red colour with orange tinges. Aromatic and intense
perfume with scents of all oriental spices of which the wine is made up. Warm, full and aromatic
flavour with a retro-nasal sensations reflecting the basic aroma. The persistence of the flavour
ensures a last pleasantly bitter note because of the gentian roots. A classic after-dinner digestive, it
perfectly matches chocolate desserts.
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