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[GregsFineWine] 2010 Scavino Barolo Offer

One of my favorite Barolo producers is Paolo Scavino.  In fact, the very first Barolo I tasted was a 1993 Scavino Barolo Riserva Rocche Dell'Annunziata enjoyed with a  wine industry friend almost 15 years ago (I was just getting into the wine trade and this wine blew my mind!).  Ever since then, I've been a huge Scavino fan (I have a few bottles tucked away in my cellar for special occasions).

I just received the 2010 Scavino Barolo pre-arrival offer.  2010 is a GREAT vintage for Barolos (the best in years), a vintage not to be missed by lovers of these wines.

Here are the Barolos on offer (AG is Antonio Galloni, the longtime Italian reviewer for Robert Parker's "Wine Advocate," who has recently gone out on his own and created a very good website, "Vinous"):

Carobric: $79.99, AG 96 points
Carobric is a blend of fruit from the vineyards Cannubi, Rocche di Castiglione, and Bric del Fiasc (thus the name "Ca," "ro," and "bric").

Bricco Ambrogio: $64.99, AG 93 points
This is one that you can enjoy on the youngish side as you wait for the others to age in the cellar (though this can age a bit itself).

Monvigliero: $67.99, AG 95+ points
This is only the fourth year that Scavino has made this bottling and it should easily be the best one so far.  In the past it has vividly demonstrated Barolo's classic 'iron fist in a velvet glove' description; feminine on the nose, yet intensely tannic on the palate when young.

Cannubi: $99.99, AG 92 points
Cannubi always enters life brooding and backwards.  It is a powerful wine.  This one demands time in the cellar.  Galloni's rating is the 2010 at this point in its existence.  It will rate higher with time. This is often the highest rated wine in the Scavino lineup.

Bric del Fiasc: $99.99, AG 95 points
This is my favorite Scavino Barolo.  It always has beautiful fruit, herbs, and earthy notes and shows the power/finesse combination in spades.

The high water mark in the Scavino portfolio is the Riserva Rocche Dell'Annunziata bottling.  It always sees extra aging in barrel and in the cellar, so the 2008 vintage is the one on offer here.  It is $174.99.  Galloni rated it 97+ points.  A classic Barolo in every sense, this is one of the Piedmont's greatest wines.

All of these wines are bottled in 6-pack cases.  You will receive a 10% discount on the above prices with the purchase of a case or more, mixed or solid.  (The regular, non-pre-arrival pricing on these wines is roughly 25% higher, so these represent some good deals.)

If you're interested in these wines you have to act fast.  Not only are they available in limited quantities, but I need to submit orders by this Friday, March 28.  That's when this offer closes.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions and/or orders.

Greg Knowlton 
Wine Manager 
Kappys Fine Wine & Spirits 
325 Bennett Highway / Route 1N 
Malden, MA 02148-2130 
ph: 781.321.1000 
fx: 781.321.8426

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Casa Vinicola Natale Verga    
by Rolf Holly

I am always curious to try new wines - especially when they promise a lot of bang for the buck!  One of my newest discoveries is a Chianti Classico from Natale Verga.  The production of Chianti has been subject to strict government regulations that have been constantly evolving for hundreds of years.  Even within this rigid structure though, there are a variety of Chianti styles available.  Some Chiantis showcase the sour cherry taste of the Sangiovese grape.  In contrast, the Riserva style Chiantis are heavily oaked and lean more to the black cherry and dark fruit side.  The Natale Verga Chianti Classico, however, is very special due to its elegant expression and pureness of fruit.  It is a delight to experience the balance of delicate sour cherry, sandlewood, earthiness, and subtle oak.  Crafted from 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiaolo, this Chianti offers a unique and delightful expression.

A few months earlier, I was wowed by Natale Verga's Barolo, which is made from the Nebbiolo grape.  In fact, the Nebbiolo grape is used throughout the Piedmont region of Italy to make several different styles of red wine.  Barolo is the deepest and most concentrated of these wines.  Traditionally, Barolos are described as possessing aromas of tar and roses.  Natale Verga's Barolo possesses these aromas in addition to blackberry, graphite and a very subtle wood smoke. The Nebbiolo grapes used are sourced from the Gomba Family Estate and the wine is aged for 24 months in French Oak.  Additionally, the Barolo spends an additional three years resting in the bottle prior to release.

It is worth noting that Casa Vinicola Natale Verga also produces a line of table wines designed for every day drinking. The line includes a Pinot Grigio, a Gavi, a Prosecco, a Montepulciano and a Chianti (from the general region of Chianti versus Chianti Classico). Enjoy!

Ciao for now! 

Our Wines of the Week this week come from Alsace, Baron de Hoen Riesling and Gewurztraminer:


Baron de Hoen Riesling
Sale Price $7.99 Regular Price $11.99 750 ml

Tasting Notes:

If you equate Riesling with sweet wines, then this is one that will blow your mind! Made by one
of the better (and unheard of) producers in France, this Alsatian Riesling has interesting notes of Anjou pear, smoke, licorice-like herbs and white fruit. The dry finish prevents this lovely sipper from
becoming cloying.

Food Pairing: Ham, Turkey, and light Hors D'Oeuvres

Baron de Hoen Gewurztraminer:
Sale Price $7.99 Regular Price $11.99 750 ml

Tasting Notes:

The lovely Alsatian Gewurtztraminer has a gorgeous straw-golden hue to it, which leads to a palate of golden delicious apples, spice, lychee, orange peel and pretty flower notes. The full bodied and rich palate leaves a touch of sweetness in your mouth and finishes with just a hint of spice. . 

Food Pairing: A great wine to serve with spicy Thai cuisine.

Our Spirit of the Week this week is St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur

750 ML Sale Price $29.99 Regular Price $34.99

The Story:

St-Germain is the first liqueur in the world created in the artisanal French manner from freshly handpicked elderflower blossoms.

With a subtle yet complex flavor, reminiscent of tropical fruits, pear and citrus, St-Germain is extremely versatile. It pairs well with every base spirits and adds character to any cocktail. 

Featured Cocktail: Pretty Ricky

2 oz Silver Tequila (100% Agave)
1 oz St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
3/4 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
3-4 Sour Cherries
Club Soda

Muddle the sour cherries in a shaker and add remaining ingredients and ice (except club soda).  Shake and strain into a ice-filled Collins glass.  Top with club soda.  Garnish with a sour cherry and a lime wedge or wheel.  

Tastings Friday and Saturday at Kappy's Route 1:

4 pm - 6 pm - Pinnacle Cinnabon & Rhum Chata
5 pm - 7 pm - St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
7 pm - 9 pm - Captain Morgan White Rum

11 pm - 2 pm - William Hill Wines
2 pm - 5 pm - Horizon Beverage Bourbon Tasting
3 pm - 6 pm - The Great American Wine Company
4 pm - 7 pm - Mt. Gay Black Rum

The people who engage in an annual 'spring cleaning' understand the benefits of assessing the overflow in the closets, cabinets, basements, attics, etc and then paring down the items that they no longer wear or use.  Some of these items might be in perfect condition and might find new homes with family members, friends, in a consignment shop, or donated to charity.  

Our version of that here doesn't happen in the spring, but in the post-holiday days of winter.  During this time we examine our wine department and see where there might be opportunity to bring in some fresh faces and introduce our customers to some exciting new wines.  The immediate result of this is exciting too: BIG discounts now on some really nice wines!

To make room for new selections means we have to part ways with some old friends, wines that might be in perfect condition, might have sold very well for us in the past, and might just end up being another person's treasure.  We gathered up these selections, put them in our front of store wood bins, and reduced their prices by 25-50%.  Yes, up to 50%!

There are no dogs and many gems among the reduced price selection here right now.  Australian Cabernets, Loire Valley Chenin Blancs from Montlouis and Savennieres, California Pinot Noirs, a bevy of interesting Spanish and Italian wines, German Rieslings, and much, much more.  I'd stock up if I were you (actually, I AM stocking up myself ;-) ).

The big caveat here, however, is that none of the wines are available in large quantities.  I might have a case or so on a handful of the wines, but with most of them I only have between 1-6 bottles.  And once they're gone, they're gone.  The early bird absolutely gets the worm on these bargains, so hurry down today!

{On a different note, make sure to mark March 15 down on your calendar.  From 1pm-5pm that day we're holding a special wine tasting highlighting the wines of six of the world's greatest winemakers.  Laurence Feraud (of Domaine du Pegau, one of the great Chateauneuf-du-Pape producers), James Hall (of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir specialist Patz & Hall), Jeff Carrel (a Languedoc winemaker and consultant), Paul Hobbs (we'll be tasting the Napa great's Chilean and Argentinian wines), Francois Villard (of his namesake winery in the Rhone), and Elisa Scavino (of Paulo Scavino, maker of some of the Piedmont's best wines).  More details to follow, but this is one tasting not to be missed!}

See you soon.


Greg Knowlton 
Wine Manager 
Kappys Fine Wine & Spirits 
325 Bennett Highway / Route 1N 
Malden, MA 02148-2130 
ph: 781.321.1000 
fx: 781.321.8426

This week's cocktail of the week features Pyrat Rum XO Reserve (750 ML Sale Price $23.99 Regular Price $26.99)

The Story:

Pyrat XO Reserve is a complex yet mellow blend of select Carribean rums, aged up to 15 years in French Limousin and American sweet oak barrels. Its hanscrafted decanter is fashioned after relic rum bottles once hoarded by pirates and ship captains in the 1800s. In tribute to the true Pyrat spirit of social enlightenment, each bottle is adones with the image of Hoiti, patron saint and protector of fortune-tellers and bartenders.

Featured Cocktail: Pyrat Punch

2 oz Pyrat XO Reserve
2 oz Soda water
Juice of 1/2 Lime
Dash bitters
Splash of Pineapple Juice
Splash of Grapefruit Juice
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Fresh Cherries


Combine rum, lime juice, pineapple juice, grapefruit juice, and bitters in a shaker of ice. Shake gently.  Pour into margarita glass. Garnish with nutmeg and fresh cherries.

Here's our tasting calendar for this weekend at Kappy's Route 1:

5 pm - 7 pm - Triibe Celtic Liqueur

12 pm - 2 pm - Damrak Gin
2 pm - 4 pm - Galliano
4 pm - 7 pm - Greystone & Markham Wines
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Captain Morgan White Rum

Poggio Scalette has long been one of Tuscany's leading wineries.  The wines have always shown great purity of flavors, intensity of fruit, structure, and balance.  They are a master of the Sangiovese grape.  I have enjoyed their wines over a number of vintages and I can honestly say that the current set of releases from them is the best that I've ever had.

I am running a limited time (limited because there is not a lot available at my distributor) pre-sell offer on these.  The offer expires once the wines are gone.  Order 3 bottles or order 24 bottles, order whatever quantity you'd like and I will put your request right in and try to secure them for you.  Any fan of Tuscan wines will not want to miss out on these.

The two wines being pre-sold are:

2012 Poggio Scalette Chianti Classico, (not reviewed yet): $24.99
2010 Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione, AG 97 points: $64.99

Both are discountable by 10% with the purchase of a solid or mixed case.

The AG is Antonio Galloni the longtime Italian reviewer for Robert Parker's "Wine Advocate," one of the world's leading voices on Italian wine.  I'll get to his review below, but first, just some of my quick thoughts on the wines.

The Chianti Classico has a nose of dark fruit (blackberry, blueberry) with a floral hint.  The palate shows similar dark fruit, with some red fruit highlights.  There is a wonderful salty minerality to the wine that makes you want to keep drinking it.  There is great structure and balance and this will be a Chianti that will age nicely in the cellar.

The Il Carbonaione is a WOW wine.  From 90 year old vines, again there is tons of black fruit on the nose and palate.  It reminds me of a great Bordeaux from Graves with that fruit profile accompanied by flavors of earth and tobacco.  Really intense flavors and again perfectly balanced.  The tannins are there on the finish, but they are ripe, not harsh.  Enjoyable now this is a wine that will be better in a few years and age for quite a long time.  Most Brunellos are not this good.

2012 Poggio Scalette Chianti Classico
100% Sangiovese and fermented and ages in cement.
Only 3,000 bottles produced (This is even more limited than the more expensive Il Carbonaione.
Again, Galloni hasn't reviewed this yet, but he gave the 2011 90 points and "Wine Spectator" gave the 2010 92 points... I've tried both of those and I think the 2012 is even better.

Here is his review on the Il Carbonaione:

2010 Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione, 97 points
100% Sangiovese, 90 year old vines, fermented in cement and aged in French oak for 15 months
30,000 bottles produced
"The 2010 Carbonaione is a stunner. Deep, rich and utterly impeccable, the 2010 boasts breathtaking richness, energy and power. The flavors remain incredibly primary in a wine that will require years to develop. Graphite, crushed rocks, blue/black fruit, plums and smoke emerge over time. As phenomenal as the 2010 is today, it really should be cellared for at least a few years. This is a drop dead gorgeous wine from Vittorio and Jurij Fiore."

Both of these wines will absolutely find a way into my cellar.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions and/or orders.

Greg Knowlton 
Wine Manager 
Kappys Fine Wine & Spirits 
325 Bennett Highway / Route 1N 
Malden, MA 02148-2130 
ph: 781.321.1000 

Kappy's Spirit of the week is ... Hendrick's Gin

The Story:

Small batch typically means 1,000 litres or fewer. Hendrick's distills in miniscule batches of 450 litres, which gives our master distiller even greater control of her careful artistry. Hendrick’s wondrous botanical signature consists of flowers, roots, fruits, and seeds from the world over. They function to complement and set the stage for our delicious duet of infusions: rose petal and cucumber.

Featured Cocktail: Flora Dora

1 1/2 oz Hendrick's Gin
3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 oz Raspberry Syrup
Topped with Ginger Beer
Pour all ingredients in a hi ball glass over ice. Stir and serve.
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