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Weekly Pairing 10/29/2012

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Marchese Carlo Guerrieri Gonzaga
San Leonardo

This wine is truly one of my favorites. With all the talk about Super Tuscan this and that, when it comes to Cabernet based Italian wine, this is the one I go to. In my opinion, it is far more elegant and structured than other wines from warmer regions. I find it much more Boredelaise in aroma and structure. Testimony to this would be how well the wine ages as it easily lasts into the decade after its vintage date.

The wine comes from the Trentino area of Northern Italy. The estate has been owned by the Guerrieri family since the 1440's. Basically, they have a good sense of the land and how to farm it which is the major key to success in running a winery. The vines that go into San Leonardo are between 10-15 years of age and are farmed according to the standards set in Bordeaux.

I recommend it with traditional northern Italian fare, Osso Buco or perhaps Pizzoccheri. A little cheese never hurts either.

Latteria di Grotta
Friuli, Italy
$35 /lb

This is a wonderful raw cows milk cheese with production dating back to the 18th century. It is aged in a cave (Grotta) with hay protecting it from the cave's excess moisture. This cheese is many things: salty, sour and sweet. Enjoy it with a little glass of San Leonardo.

Something sweet to drizzle...

Apicoltura Dr. Pescia
Sunflower Honey
$17 for 1.1 pounds

Some of the items below require overnight shipping (marked with *)

  Marchese Carlo Guerrieri Gonzaga San Leonardo 2006 $60.00 (currently out of stock)

  1 lb Latteria di Grotta $35.00*


  1/2 lb Latteria di Grotta $17.50*


  1/4 lb Latteria di Grotta $8.75*


  Apicoltura Dr. Pescia 1.1 lb $17.00




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