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Small Vineyard Summer Wines

Many of you know Small Vineyards, a favorite Italian importer. They work with tiny estates, mostly family-run and many organic, who produce personality-filled wines. Twice a year we directly import wines whose production is too small to carry year-round. We sent an e-mail offer in the spring but if you missed it, we ordered extras of our favorites.

La Quercia Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva 2015   
$20.99/$16.80 by the case


A favorite five years running, this shows just how good Montepulciano can be in the right hands. The quality starts in the vineyards with 40+-year-old vines and strictly organic farming. More polished and aromatically expressive than the brooding 2014, there's still plenty of intensity and layered flavor saturation. It initially leans red, all roses and kirsch, before shifting to darker tones mid-palate, a mix of brambly blackberry and cocoa-dusted plum, all shaded with notes of warm wood, balsamic and crushed rosemary

Marchetti "Later Harvest" Verdicchio 2018
$16.99/$14.40 by the case

Aromatically this stands out - an Alsatian-like mix of Indian brown spice, white pepper, dried apricot and a stony dry earthiness, a compelling intro to any white wine. The texture as always is what really grabs your attention - fleshy, polished and nibbly soft - while the poached pear/ white peach richness is balanced by subtle tangerine acidity and gravelly grip. Flavors of dried mango, pineapple and a hint of bitter orange zest emerge and linger on the finish, dry yet persistent.

Monte Tondo Valpolicella Superiore 2017
$16.99/$13.60 by the case

Charming, perfumed and light on its feet, the aromatics are like a summer garden where many overlapping aromas blend into a unified pleasant whole. Roses, violets and leafy herbs introduce flavors of wild strawberry, sour cherry and fresh redcurrants while wisps of crunchy acidity crackle and pop keeping it all vibrant and expressive. Medium-bodied, pretty and supple throughout, the finish is toothsome and lightly firm echoing hints of red licorice and white pepper.