Sartarelli Verdicchio Dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Italy 2001
Sartarelli is one of the standard-bearers of the quality revolution that has been going on in some of Italy’s less recognized wine-growing regions. In this case the region of Marches, centered on the city of Ancona, near the Adriatic Sea produces this wine of exceptional quality. Focused and fresh, this wine possesses the aroma of white fruits and mineral with just the hint of flowers. Another charming aspect of this wine is the purity and crisp clarity of the fruit flavors. This wine was given the “fabulous value” label by Robert Parker and would be well suited for pairing with light seafood dishes such as Poached Salmon or a Calamari Salad
Majazul Tempranillo Crianza Mentrida Spain 1999
The region of Mentrida is located south of Madrid in the rolling hills of the province of Toledo. Traditionally planted to Garnacha, in recent years the grape Cencibal, the local name for Tempranillo, has become the focus of many of the finer wineries. This medium- bodied wine expresses aromas of strawberries, with a light touch of vanilla from the 6 months of barrel aging. A wine of this style should be served slightly chilled and with simple, flavorful cuisine, such as a plate of Chorizo sausages and goat cheese, or even Pork Chops with Onions, Garlic and a touch of Crushed Red Pepper.
Francois Parent Bourgogne Rouge 1999 France
Francois Parent’s father was among those in the early nineteen-fifties in Burgundy who saw the writing on the wall, and started bottling their own wine instead of selling off the juice. This 100% Pinot Noir is geared more to the elegant and finesse driven style of wine than to the over-oaked or bruising renditions often put out by California winemakers. Bright and crisp acidity married with aromas of cherry, and a hint of forest floor, make this wine an excellent selection with Plank Smoked Salmon. It would also be a fine selection with Pork Tenderloin stuffed with Gorgonzola and walnuts.