Wine Pack: Mucci's Small Grower Italian Pack #1
Help support small Italian family wineries by purchasing a 6pk of some of our favorites from Mucci Imports! As a thank you for your support, we are offering a discount of over 15% for the purchase of these packs (a savings of almost $20!).
Here is what's included in the "#1 pack":
Casa di Baal - Rosso di Baal- this is the Salerno family’s house blend and a wine Annibale has produced since the 70’s. When Baal’s daughter Francesca started bottling the wines in 2006, this was the first wine to go into bottle.
It’s a really nice intro to aglianico as it’s blended with Merlot, that softens the aglianico, And a local Barbera clone, that adds some aromatics.
Gurrieri - a nero d’avola And frappato white sparkling - the first of its kind. Just like Baal, Gurrieri are a family farm though and through. Their primary business is table grapes. Vincenzo, the patriarch of the family has been growing table grapes for 70 years.
Wine production came along in the early 2000s and Vincenzo’s son Giovanni was convinced that their particular microclimate, in the southeast of Sicily, was perfect to experiment with white expressions of these two red grapes. It took some time to win his father over but now the entire family is happy about the end result.
Negro Lorenzo - Roero Arneis- this is easily one of my favorite white wines year in and year old. It comes from Lorenzo Negro who is a 3rd generation in the little known roero denomination of Piedmont. The Roero lies just across the Tanaro River from Barolo and Barbaresco but wines from here have slipped under the radar.
The arneis grape is the local pride and joy which flourishes on the very sandy soils of the Roero. The entire denomination was under the ocean millions of years ago. This wine has incredible minerality and salinity as well as plenty of structure. A tremendous food wine...
Rocco di Carpeneto - Aur Oura
Paolo and Lidia had a goal of establishing a natural winery in a part of Italy that they felt was misrepresented. They came upon Ovada, the birthplace of Dolcetto, and dedicated themselves to creating natural and expressive wines. Along with running an agrotourism on their property, they produce primarily Dolcetto, Barbera, and Cortese.
Aur-oura means "just now" in dialect, a wine that is ready to drink once it is bottled! The wine has the potential to age, but after spontaneous fermentation and time in cement, the wine has bright acidity and fresh red fruits. As is the case with their Dolcetto, the acid is prevalent, the tannins are dusty, and the dark fruit is raw and powerful. However, the tannins and alcohol are not as intense as their riserva wines, giving them an approachability and freshness.
Regina Viarum - Zer05 primitivo. Equidistant between Rome and Naples lies the mythical Falerno where arguably the worlds original grand cru wines were produced during the height of the ancient Roman Empire. The Maddalena family has seemingly always lived in these hills and they’ve always produced Primitivo, claiming that it was this varietal used in the famous falerno wines.
Whether you believe that or not they are one of 4 producers making primitivo here and these wines are much more elegant and nuanced than the primitivo from Puglia. That is thanks to the constant breeze that arrives from the ocean that these vineyards overlook.
Cantina Rao - Pallagrello Bianco: Pallagrello is a grape that has been grown in a few villages in the middle of Campania for centuries. In fact, when the Bourbon’s ruled Naples and the kingdom of two Sicily’s this was the wine they served in their court. Fast forward to the last decade and this grape has come back from the dead with about a dozen producers who make the wine in these historic villages.
Cantine Rao continues their goal of reestablishing the reputation of the once noble Pallagrello varietal.
The Bianco varietal has a certain honeyed and herbal note, enhanced aromatically with a small addition of Fiano. Spontaneous fermentation and a short stay in stainless steel, the wine is enhanced by some time in the bottle.