Casadei “Sogno Mediterraneo” Toscana, Italy,G.S.M., 2016
About: In 1997 the Casadei family planted many desirable varietals on their 37-acre Suvereto property in Maremma. Stefano’s dream of creating unique wines expressing the remarkable terroir of the Tuscan Coast shows in every bottle of Casadei wine. The family believes that well-tended vineyards using centuries-old farming methods result in remarkable wines.
Stefano and Anna met Sonoma vintners Fred and Nancy Cline in 2012. The four formed an almost familial tie with their shared love of family, respect for the land, innovative endeavors, and of course wine. And this is how a partnership was formed.
Biointegrale farmers are stewards of the land, using sustainable, organic and biodynamic methods with the end goal of quality today and balanced ecosystems for the next generation. This method cultivates a harmonious environment in which to live, work and grow.
Biointegrale methods used in the vineyard include respecting the fundamental principles of biodiversity, eliminating the use of synthetic chemicals, reducing human intervention, choosing rational and traditional farming practices, and favoring the use of animals and plows. In addition, Biointegrale minimizes the handling of raw materials in order to preserve natural characteristics, quality and flavor of the wine.
Casadei “Sogno Mediterraneo” Toscana, Italy, G.S.M., 2016, $19.99
James Suckling 92/00: Lots of currants and blackberries with hints of dried flowers on the nose. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Fun! From organically grown grapes.
Brightwater, Nelson, New Zealand, Pinot Noir, 2017
Wine Makers Tasting Notes: An elegant Pinot Noir displaying dark cherry, berry fruit and savoury characters. It is a concentrated wine exhibiting well integrated fine tannins, a rich full palate and has a wonderful persistence of flavor.
About: In 1992 returning to Nelson after years of expatriate life, we brought with us a burning passion for fine wine and a desire to make it.
Our objective was to establish a vineyard and winery in Nelson that would be considered among New Zealand’s finest.
Brightwater Vineyards is the family owned premium boutique vineyard and winery of Gary and Valley Neale.
Situated on the Hope Plains of Nelson, New Zealand, our vineyards rest at the top of an elevated river terrace
overlooking the picturesque village of Brightwater.
We are 20 minutes south of Nelson — the sunshine capital of New Zealand.