Friday Tasting - Casale del Giglio Wines

Friday, June 22, 2018

Time: 05:00pm - 08:00pm

Type: Wine Tasting

Location: The Wine Cabinet

Event Free


Every weekend we have free tastings that give you a chance to explore the wide word of wines! 

Each Friday we try to start your weekend off with a sampling of fine wines and beers that will allow you to relax into your "days off" with a positive note. Always a gathering of friends and neighbors and good conversation.

Come in this weekend and visit with us!


The Vineyard
As a child and young teenager the fields and lanes of the family estate, Casale del Giglio, were nothing more to Antonio Santarelli than a place where he could spend carefree weekends and indulge his budding passion for motorbike riding; but all that changed when he joined his father Dino in the family business. By then, a shrewd twenty-five year old, he knew instinctively that their unconventional land in the Agro Pontino valley, some 50 kms south of Rome, offered a unique opportunity to attempt something no-one had ever attempted before.

The total lack of any vine growing tradition in the area meant that Antonio and his father could give free rein to their pioneering ideas. Some of the most famous ampelographers and university researchers of the day were convinced by these ideas and were inspired to join them in a research project which was launched in 1985 with the planting of close to 60 different experimental
vines in Casale del Giglio’s soil.

No scheme as bold and daring had ever been approached in such a scientific way before and Casale del Giglio’s young winemaker, Paolo Tiefenthaler, was to become its leading light. The believers in the endeavour were amply rewarded for their audacity however when they achieved their first significant results from the red grape varieties Syrah and Petit Verdot and from whites such as Sauvignon, Viognier and Petit Manseng. These varieties have given rise to monovarietal wines and to blends, all of which offer excellent value for money.

The estate’s flagship wine is the rich, red Mater Matuta (Syrah with a touch of Petit Verdot); a proud thoroughbred, fullbodied,
silky and seductive on the palate with aromas of woodland fruits, coffee beans and spice.
Aphrodisium, a sweet golden-yellow late harvest wine, is a blend of Petit Manseng, Viognier, Greco and Fiano.

The Wines!!

Bellone $13.99
Deep yellow flecked with gold.
The wine evokes sunshine and ripe tropical fruit such as mango and papaya, carefully balanced by a marked acidity which makes it suitable for long bottle aging. Rich, ample and lingering on the palate with light floral and spicy notes.
Hallmarked by its pronounced acidity and zesty tang. A long finish.

Viognier $18.99
A brilliant yellow wine whose distinctive floral overtones of white rose petals, linden blossom, acacia and broom join the signature aromas of ripe peach and apricot on the palate. A perfectly balanced confection which draws slowly to a close on a fresh, aromatic finish.
Serve with Fish or sashimi

Satrico $14.99
A bright straw-yellow, this elegant blend reveals a fruity, lightly aromatic yet mineral nose, confirmed on the palate by a pleasing crispness and a lengthy finish.
Serve with appetizers and simply grilled seafood.

Cesanese $15.99
Deep ruby red. Intense aromas of marasca cherry, typical of late varieties, followed by spicy notes of white pepper, black pepper and violet.
The mouthfeel is soft, with persistent tannins and pronounced acidity, essential criteria for long aging.
Serve with Stews and rich meat dishes.

Petit Verdot $19.99
This deep crimson wine displays an intense, lingering aroma of red berry fruit, cherry, myrtle and juniper. Elegant and full-bodied, with rich velvety tannins, the wine presents a spicy, white peppery finish.
Serve with Roasted Lamb and Filet Mignon.

Mater Matuta $49.99

85% Syrah 15% Petit Verdot
A deep, dense, ruby-red wine which displays outstanding personality both on the nose and on the palate with its aroma of coffee beans, violets, ripe black cherry, coriander, nutmeg and cinnamon. Silky and seductive, but perfectly supported by fine tannins and a pleasing astringency, Mater Matuta delivers a long, lush finish.
Burrata and aged cheeses. Ribeye Steak and Veal Prime Rib with Risotto.

The Beers!!

Swell Rider Tangerine Session Ale 4 pack $11.99
5.1% ABV
A kickflip of an IPA, Swell Rider is made to be enjoyed relentlessly throughout the day.
Splashed with tangerines and waves of pineapple, mango and stone fruit hops.

Six Point Citrus Jammer Gose 6 pack $12.99
Squeeze it. Salt that rim. 

4.0% ABV
We’re talking about that Sixpoint Salty Tango with a twist—the tangy waves of JAMMER with just the right amount of lemon and lime juice. Time for some Vitamin J. A refreshing tart beer with a lemon-lime kick.
Just tangy enough to tingle the tastebuds.

D9 Brewing Cryonic Sticky India Pale Ale 4 pack $15.99

7.2% ABV. 42 IBU.
"Not only was its clarity immediately evident, but it was also forming, unbidden, a finger of dense, foamy, tawny head with good retention, leaving nice lacing in its wake. In instances like this, I like to allow the beer to do its own thing. Color was Yellow-Gold. Nose had a strong pine resin quality accompanied by a light tropical fruitiness and even a bit of fusel alcohol. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but definitely big for the style. The taste was interesting with some grapefruit bitterness and a little but of tropical fruit sweetness.
It was the kind of mélange that I have been advocating for.