- Orsolani Caluso Spumante Cuvee Tradizione 2009 Product #28394 (In Stock)
Gigi Orsolani makes a fantastic line-up of still whites from his Erbaluce vineyards in the northern Piedmont region of Caluso. His handcrafted sparkling wines are even better! This is small production, handmade, wine that undergoes a Champagne-style secondary fermentation in bottle, ages on the lees for 3-4 years, and then is riddled, disgorged, and given its final dossage all by hand. There's a little Champagne buttered toast and bread dough in the aromas along with yellow fruits, fresh herb, and a hint of mint. In the mouth, it's creamy and finely textured with peach and apricot notes and a nice dose of toast. Finishes bright, fresh, and elegant. A terrific riff on Champagne from just below the Italian Alps!
- Orsolani Carema Le Tabbie 2009 Product #27924 (In Stock)
Ferrando and Carema’s co-op produce the bulk of the meager 10,000 cases of Carema each year, but Gian-Luigi Orsolani makes a tiny bit as well – making this the only other estate-grown/bottled Carema you’ll find. The name “Le Tabbie” is local dialect for the “tables” or terraces perched on Carema’s mountainsides where Nebbiolo is grown. Orsolani harvests these grapes in late October and gives them a traditional, long, fermentation and maceration before aging for 2 years in large oak barrels, 1 year in smaller barrels, and 1 last year in bottle. All the wood is neutral – just letting the wine soften rather than imparting any oak flavor.
This 2009 Carema is more ripe and generous than the lovely 2008, lthough there’s still plenty of bright acidity and chewy tannins. A beautiful perfume of roses, red fruits, cinnamon and licorice jumps out of the glass with a note of Barolo tar emerging with air. In the mouth there’s plenty of cherry and strawberry fruit, but the wine is very pure and transparent with accents of rose petal, tar, truffle and mountain flowers. Very perfumed on the long, elegant, finish, where there’s so much going on that you just have to take another sip. Fantastic wine, even better value.