Barry’s Pick: 2014 La Segreta Pottarello $29

This is one of the best values in Italian wines in our shop right now. It hails from Umbria, located smack dab in the middle of Italy. The wine is comprised of 80% Sangiovese, 10% Colorino and 10% Malvasia Nera, all grown organically. The vines are pruned by hand and the grapes are picked by hand. After the grapes are pressed, the juice goes through a spontaneous ferment on natural yeasts in stainless steel. The resulting wine is perfectly balanced. On the nose I found aromas of fresh cherry, thyme, licorice, chocolate, and leather. It was very difficult to stop swirling and sniffing, but when I finally got some on my palate I was pleased to observe the taste of sour cherries and dried orange peel had joined the party. This wine is medium bodied with fine tannins and plenty of lift to add an undeniable prettiness that makes it irresistible. Drink on its own or with a wide variety of foods.