Bryan’s Picks for May: Ashbrook Estate Semillon and De Forville Barbaresco
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Bryan’s Picks for May: Ashbrook Estate Semillon and De Forville Barbaresco

Ashbrook Estate Semillon and De Forville Barbaresco

Ashbrook Estate Semillon
Ashbrook Estate
Semillon 2012

The Ashbrook winery uses 100% estate grown fruit, all harvested by hand. This particular wine is sourced from a single vineyard planted to the Semillon grape. Semillon is seen mainly in Bordeaux where it can be a component in dry white wines, as well as the backbone to the sweet wine Sauternes. However, don’t be mistaken, this is by no means sweet or done in a Sauternes style. This dry white wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel, allowing the fruit and minerality to shine through. On the nose one will notice spice and floral notes. The Ashbrook Estate Semillon is a weighty wine with an almost waxy like mouthfeel. The palate bursts with citrus and orange blossom. The finish is long and pleasant, leaving you longing for another sip. This wine is fairly versatile when it comes to food pairings. The delicate floral and citrus flavors lend themselves to ceviche and sushi, while the weight and body of the wine can stand up to heartier foods such as grilled chicken or pork dishes..

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De Forville Barbaresco
De Forville
Barbaresco 2011

Originally founded by Gioacchino De Forville, and still family run to this day, the De Forville winery in Barbaresco has been around for over 150 years. Since the beginning, the family has aimed to honor the history of the Barbaresco region by achieving high quality standards both in their vineyards and in their wines. In Piedmont, the two highest regarded appelations are those of Barolo and Barbaresco. In each of these areas, the wines are made exclusively from the Nebbiolo grape. Barolo is usually referred to as the “King” and Barbaresco as the “Queen” of Piedmont wines. The De Forville Barbaresco certianly fits this description. With its soft tannin structure and developed flavors, displaying red fruits along with earth, leather, and a hint of mushroom. While it is priced lower than many other Barbaresco on the market, the De Forville Barbaresco over delivers for the price. A true value from an appelation where value wines can be few and far between.

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One comment

  1. This really is Spring on a plate. I love ristoto. It wasn’t part of my family’s southern Italian culinary traditions, either, but nowadays it’s a staple on our table. By the way, I recently switched from arborio to vialone nano. The texture is fantastic for making ristoto. Would heartily recommend it!

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