Above: Grower and winemaker Alessandro Fenino and winery manager Silvia Loschi tasted cuvées from the 2014 harvest in December of last year (image via the Pievalta Facebook).
“The Pievalta’s impressive clarity, vibrant fruit and earthy soil notes make this one of the most refreshing and complex Verdicchios in recent memory,” write the authors of the Liner and Elsen monthly newsletter.
“The Pievalta estate practices biodynamic viticulture on vines grown in the Verdicchio’s finest growing zone. The estate’s classically styled 2013 Verdicchio casts a pale green-gold color and a touch of dissolved CO2 from the bowl, followed by appetizing aromas of green melon, lentils, smoky minerals and marjoram. Showing the appetizing briskness of the 2013 vintage, the wine’s minerality lifts a zesty core of key lime and Bosc pear fruit. Earthy lentil notes return on the wine’s long, vibrant finish. Enjoy now and over the next two years with clams, mussels, baby squid, grilled green vegetables, mushroom risotto, braised lentils, white bean stews and light pork recipes. Also serve with young goat cheeses.”
In a time when big box stores and large wine retail chains dominate the retail sale of wines in the U.S., it’s so great to see an independently owned wine shop like Liner and Elsen in Portland, Oregon thriving. By all accounts, it’s one of the best wines stores in America today.