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La Quercia Montonico Superiore 2013 – $17.99

So, we have always been big fans of the folks at Small Vineyards Discovery, which is a group of Italian paesanos searching out the best fruit at incredible values. I found it on a wine list at a restaurant and ordered it already knowing that it was going to be a great bottle. I was right! What a fantastic little white wine!!!
 It turns out La Quercia is a type of beautiful oak tree that grows nobly on this small, intimate estate in Abruzzo. Winemaker Antonio Lamona believes in making inspired wine that respects the earth or, as he likes to say “I want to make wines that are pleasing to the body and the spirit.”

This particular wine is made of 100% Montonico, which is similar to the Chardonnay grape but these vines are centuries old. The wine is bright and crisp, with lovely floral, citrus, and salt air aromas. It’s subtle and not overpowering like a lot of new world wines can be. It was soft with some minerality, but full of flavor, I paired it with a variety of different foods and it work wonderfully especially with my salad and raviolis. So, stop in and pick up a few bottles on your next visit and experience what small vineyards has accomplished. There are many other wines available as well and are easy to find, just look for the gold sticker that says small vineyards discovery above the label near the neck of the bottle.
Ciao for now