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The Story Behind the Bottle — wine

Prunotto 'Mompertone' Monferrato

Posted by Tom Kisthart on

Italy has the world's greatest wealth of indigenous grape varieties so some will cringe when they see them mingling with so-called international grapes. 

Yet still, many interesting combinations have arose. Sangiovese / Merlot blends have caught our attention recently and we actually stock two of them (Supreno & Tages).

The excellent Piedmontese winery Prunotto makes the only Barbera / Syrah blend that I've encountered thus far and the results are compelling. These two grapes together really seem to compliment each other with neither getting in the others way. Red fruits are in abundance here along with a delicate spiciness and lavender tones. Everything is held together by fresh acidity and a slight minerality.

We took advantage of an excellent deal where we're able to sell 'Mompertone' for ten dollars cheaper than what it's being sold for elsewhere online. We love being able to pass these savings onto you: 

Prunotto 'Mompertone' Monferrato DOC 2011 $14.99

90 Points Vinous / Antonio Galloni 

"Prunotto's Monferrato Mompertone, an unusual Barbera/Syrah blend, has been terrific since its first vintage, and the 2011 is no exception. Dark red and black fruit, smoke, tobacco, tar and lavender meld together in an imposing yet impeccably balanced, harmonious wine loaded with personality. Today the 2011 is still quite primary, but it will develop further complexity with time in the bottle. Best of all, the 2011 is a fabulous value."


Domaine de la Pépière - Clos des Briords

Posted by Tom Kisthart on

We have a hard time selling Muscadet here in Tampa, Florida.

Every time I suggest a bottle to someone they look shocked thinking that I just suggested a Muscadine, Muscat or whatever. Couldn't be farther from the truth. I go on to explain that Muscadet refers to the area within France's Loire Valley that producers very dry, crisp and mineral white wines. They're still skeptical. 

I'm sure much of the country outside of New York and other major cities experience a similar problem. Pity for the wineries trying to sell their quality, terroir driven wines. This confusion helps to keep prices down. You can find some of the best wines of the region for under $20.

Clos des Briords 

Domaine de la Pépière makes stunning, biodynamically produced wines. They harvest all of their grapes by hand, use indigenous yeast and only bottle with a gentle filtration. Briords is one of their top wines which comes from a very old vineyard planted in the thirties. It's becoming nearly impossible to find a wine for under twenty dollars that can age gracefully for two or even three decades, this one can in the best of years. At least so I'm told.  

I recommend stocking up on this wine while it is still available. Last year I wish I had bought more and was soon sold out. Drink one now - I like to decant for an hour - and save some to watch evolve with more time. 

Buy now: Pepiere 'Clos des Briords' Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2015 $17.99

 [Photo by John Kafarski and Jules Dressner for Louis / Dressner Selections]