Tuesday, April 8, 2014

High Score, Low Price

We're finally confident that the weather will continue to warm, so we wanted to feature this outstanding Italian white wine today.

Old World wineries often trace their beginnings back a couple of hundred years. The history of Count Saladini Pilastri dates back to the year 1000; a noble family from Ascoli Piceno that boasts of a rich and fascinating past whose ancestors were priests and leaders. The deep antique roots of the family are a heredity for the present; it is a heredity of long lives of tradition over the centuries of history.
Vineyard in the Marche

The vineyard activity has always coincided with the value and culture of the land from which it belongs. Count Saladini Pilastri's farm began three centuries ago; the land has always produced wine. Originally the tenant farmers gave up their wine to the Counts so they could age it in the so called "barriques", the famous durmast barrel.

From the 1970's new vines were planted; the present canteen was constructed beside the old one so that all the production could be kept in the same place. The Saladini Pilastri winery binds the knowledge of an antique tradition with the guarantee of advanced technology. It is a matter of fact the wines born on this small parcel of Marche land are exported to America, Europe and Asia and they are appreciated by the most sophisticated palates.

The flavor of this wine unites the perfumes and colors of its land; the care with which it is produced and the knowledge of an antique art. In addition to wine, Saladini Pilastri also produces olive oil and Grappa.

The Saladini Falerio dei Colli Ascolani is produced from an ancient mixture of grapes from Trebbiano, Passerina and Pecorino. Its typical straw-yellow hue and delicate bouquet are due to the excellent position of the vineyards. Elegant and full-bodied Falerio makes an excellent accompaniment to fish, soups, delicate sauces, white meats and Ascolani green olives.

Priced in the Bottle Club® at only $6.96, it still rated 90 points from Tanzer/IWC. You'll want a case of this for the upcoming warm weather.

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