Sale! Corte alla Flora Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2012
The Wine Bar has me here late at nights on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights till midnight or later but we are drinking some of the world’s greatest wines so it’s not really like work!
Check out this week’s menu on our web page www.winewatch.com, Wine Bar Selections Today’s Menu. If you want to stop by to check out our wines by the glass or have a bottle- it’s the same price as we charge for the wines in the wine store and the menu changes every week based on the wine events we are having. Check out the short rib empanadas, Spicy Avocado Fries with Oriental Ginger Mayo or the Chorizo Cheddar Cilantro and Mole Flatbread.
We still have a few seats remaining for the study in Meursault tomorrow night featuring Coche Dury, Compte Lafon and more…
Now, finally an offering on a wine instead of another shameless plug to keep me drinking at the highest level.
Today, we have one of the best values in Tuscany Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva and the entry level from Corte alla Flora Rosso di Montepulciano. They also produce some of the most unique grape varietals in Italy and this winery is the largest producer of one of the most unique autochthonous varietal in Tuscany Pugnitello.
Corte alla Flora – Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano
The Best Value in Tuscany for a collectible, every day and WAG (Weird ass grape)
2015 Corte alla Flora Rosso di Montepulciano
Price: $15.75 Sale $13.86 Case $161
Bright red berry fruit, a bit rustic on the nose with hints of underbrush and herbs, simple and pleasant bouquet of aromas. Light red berry fruit with a hint of balsamic to the wild strawberry fruit, classic Rosso very light and fresh, serve this slightly chilled. Finish 35+ Very Good
2013 Corte Alla Flora Pugnitello
Price: $39.00 Sale $34.32 Case $398
This is one of the only producers in the world of this varietal and they only make 12,000 bottles, this wine has a very unique bouquet of wild blackberry fruit, violet floral notes and a distinct spice and earthy quality. A very exotic wine that is unique and has a good amount of fruit, floral and exotic spice, notes through the finish wonderful freshness and a long-layered finish, a very unique varietal, fruit loop like floral notes on the finish. Finish 45+ Most Excellent
2012 Corte Alla Flora Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva
Price: $36.00 Sale $31.68 Case $367
A blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and this wine has a beautiful bouquet with notes of red licorice spice, red currant and plum fruit. A big wine with lots of berry fruit, dark cherry, notes of graphite, black licorice spice and more, long layered finish, this wine is even better on the second day, needs a little time but has everything in proportion. Finish 45+ Most Excellent
Montepulciano is built along a narrow limestone ridge and, at 605 meters above sea level. The town is encircled by walls and fortifications designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Elder in 1511 for Cosimo I. Inside the walls the streets are crammed with Renaissance-style palazzi and churches, but the town is chiefly known for its good local "Vino Nobile" wines.
According to a Renaissance legend, it was founded in 509 BC by Porsenna, the Etruscan Lucomone of Chiusi, following the expulsion of Tarquinius the Proud from Rome. Though that cannot be proven, the Bishops of Siena and Arezzo did meet before the Steward of King Liutprando in about 700 AD, and argued bitterly for suzerainty of Montepulciano's Pievi. The Bishop of Arezzo won, perhaps sowing the seeds for the long-standing antagonism between Siena and Montepulciano that helped make the town one of Florence's staunchest allies in her centuries of war with Siena. In any case, Florence took considerable interest in Montepulciano, especially after Angelo Ambrogini, better known as Il Poliziano, befriended Lorenzo il Magnifico and educated his sons, one of whom later became Pope Leo X. In 1494 the Sienese finally succeeded in forcing Montepulciano to bow to them, but in 1511 Florence got the town back and dispatched Antonio da Sangallo, one of the greatest architects of the period, to shore up the walls.San Biagio at Sunset While he was there he found time to work on several palaces, which are delightfully variable in style, and designed the Tempio di San Biagio, one of Tuscany's most harmonious and graceful churches. Nor was Antonio alone: Michelozzo, Simone Martini and Taddeo di Bartolo contributed their talents too, as did many others.
It is here in the splendid land of Tuscany, the land of the Etruscans, with their great tradition, the innate elegance, love of art and of pleasure that Corte Alla Flora is born. And here is the “Pearl of the sixteenth century”, Montepulciano, with its courts, the aristocratic beauty of a remarkable piece of land, generous with those that love it, respect it, care for it like a treasure.
For more than ten years the Cragnotti family has been working patiently, selecting the best soils, choosing the vines and olives with love and caring for them with dedication, working with nature and following its slow rhythms. The constancy of the Cragnotti family’s work has its roots in a profound respect for tradition.
The soils are clayey, calcareous, and give an extraordinary balance in the development of the tannins and perfumes. In the Cervognano area – 35 hectares selected from 90 hectares of the property in the heart of the zone of the “Disciplinare”. In Montepulciano they cultivate the traditional Prugnolo Gentile, along with other red grape varieties: Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon. They are also experimenting with an autochthonous variety: Pugnitello.
The vines grown “a cordone speronato” and pruned short, the fruit of modern techniques but also of traditional culture, give their best yield here. Their idea of quality: 5,200 plants per hectare, thinning out and harvesting by hand, a maximum production of 60 quintals per hectare. The great beauty of the area has prompted the Cragnotti’s to find new solutions that are not invasive of the land.
The rest of the Montepulciano in the store:
2013 Avignonesi Vino Nobile Montepulciano DOCG
Price: $30.00 Your Price: $26.40
Quantity in Stock: 3
"Pure Sangiovese from a vintage characterized by a cool and dry spring and a hot summer, resulting in a subtle, elegant Vino Nobile. This is the first vintage which has fruit from all of our 8 vineyard locations in Montepulciano."
2011 Avignonesi Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano Grandi Annate
Price: $106.25 Sale Price: $93.50
Quantity in Stock: 12
The Vino Nobile Grandi Annate (Great Vintages) is the finest expression of Sangiovese from our Montepulciano vineyards. This wine is produced only in the very best years, when the climate brings optimum growing conditions to the vines, permitting the grapes to express all the complexity of the terroir, leading to a wine that is rich in character with the stamina to age for many years.
This selection of Sangiovese is medium ruby red colour. The ample bouquet opens with scents of camellias and wild roses, followed by notes of black currant and red plums, and hints of eucalyptus and sandalwood. The Grandi Annate is well-balanced and round, with concentration and structure coming from the soil and elegance and finesse coming from the age of the vines. The tannins are firm but silky, and the fruity, elegant mid-palate leads towards a long finish reminiscent of cedar.
2013 Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Price: $29.75 Your Price: $26.18
Quantity in Stock: 9
(90 Points) "Dark red cherry, smoke, tobacco, licorice, spice and a hint of new oak infuse the 2013 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Pliant and generous, the 2013 is a good choice for drinking now and over the next few years. The style is built on mid-palate intensity and weight. There is plenty of both here. The 2013 is an especially dark, muscular Vino Nobile." Vinous / Antonio Galloni
1997 Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone MAGNUM
Price: $180.00 Sale Price: $140.00
Quantity in Stock: 2