Milton’s Pick for October: Casanuova Cerbaie Brunello and Benito Santos Igrexario de Saiar Albariño

Casanuova Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino 006
Casanuova Cerbaie
Brunello di Montalcino 2006

Brunello is a wine that always seems to be tied in our customers’ minds to the memory of a great meal or moment, or maybe a visit to Tuscany – as Brunello comes from the town of Montalcino in the southern hills of that most famous Italian region. The wines are made from Sangiovese Grosso, a “clone” of the same Sangiovese used to produce Chianti. The warmer climate and thicker skins of the grapes make Brunello one of the world’s great wines, more powerful and intense than Chianti. The wines maintain their balance because of the altitude and cooler evenings at those heights which helps the  Sangiovese grape to maintain its natural freshness and acidity. The Casanuova delle Cerbaie is crafted in an elegant style whose beauty comes from its subtlety and restraint rather than from heft. This makes it a great wine for food pairing. It offers complex fragrances with floral hints, pomegranate, and raspberry. Enjoy with Osso Bucco or a nice Pasta with a meaty Ragu. A perfect wine for the cooler fall weather.

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Benito Santos Igrexario de Saiar Albariño 2011
Benito Santos
Igrexario de Saiar Albariño 2011

Albariño is a grape found predominately in Northern Spain in the region of Galicia and Portugal. The wines tend to be crisp, dry, aromatic, and refreshing. They offer versatility with food and are a great option for any fans of crisp, bright, white wines. Todd Blomberg, an American from San Francisco, worked with Benito Santos for several years and has taken over the estate following Mr. Santos’ death. Blomberg believes in natural winemaking – the vines are certified organic. He vinifies each of his three vineyards separately and only allows for native yeasts and minimum sulfur. This wine represents a pristine expression of Galician Albariño with minerality, notes of peach, green apple, white flowers and tropical fruit. Enjoy this wine with a fresh goat cheese, ceviche, sushi, or grilled fish.

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