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10 Ideal Summer Lunch Wines: Luca Gardini’s Selection

Luca Gardini
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A weekly appointment to discover excellent Italian wine: Luca Gardini selects the most interesting bottles among reds, whites, and rosés, with a focus on natural wines.



Chianti DOCG Orange 2022

1 Piccini 1882 Chianti 2

A reliable Chianti Classico from Sangiovese with Canaiolo and Ciliegiolo, a product of great freshness, excellent drinkability, and great suppleness. Red cherry on the nose, with touches of rosehip and white pepper. On the mouth, it is juicy and sapid, with a fruity-floral aftertaste and beautiful flavor persistence.


Narni IGT Ciliegiolo Grifo di Narnia 2018

2 Leonardo Bussoletti Grifo di Narnia 2

From a selection of the estate's best grapes, a very rare, brilliant pure Ciliegiolo, aged for 30 months in French oak barrels. Fresh, multifaceted nose, notes of red currant, touches of bay leaf, rosehip, and rhubarb, with touches of nutmeg; on the palate, it is juicy with a fruity aftertaste.



3 Tenuta di Fiorano Vino Rosso

The culmination of a vigorous project of surprising quality, testimony to a terroir of absolute vocation. It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from spontaneous fermentation in oak. On the nose, it has jammy blueberry notes, with hints of bay leaf and underbrush. A full-bodied wine on the mouth, with sapid tannins and great persistence.



Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi Riserva DOCG Classico Misco 2020

4 Tenuta di Tavignano Misco Riserva

This wine is a sumptuous Riserva from a winery of proven reliability, to which the 12 months in steel on its lees give temperament, character, and great tension. On the nose, it has notes of yellow plum, touches of bay leaf, nuances of white pepper and toasted nuts. Crisp-sapid palate, with a fruity aftertaste that has some spicy notes.


Grottino di Roccanova DOC Bianco Ursolei 2022

5 Cantine De Biase Ursolei

Blend of Malvasia di Basilicata and Sauvignon Blanc that pricelessly enhances the Roccanova terroir. It has fresh and floral notes on the nose, along with yellow plum, elderflower, hints of wild rosemary and white pepper. On the palate, it is briny-savory with a floral-fruity aftertaste and great persistence. Closes with marked herbal touches.



Cirò DOC Rosato Mani Contadine 2022

6 Tenuta del Conte Ciro Rosato Mani Contadine

Mariangela Parilla's Gaglioppo rosé is one of the inescapable names of Cirò's nouvelle vague. Aged in stainless steel tanks for 12 months, it is enjoyably tannic, with underbrush notes. Red raspberry notes on the nose, with touches of jasmine and a wild mint finish.  It is juicy-sapid on the mouth, with a fruity, minty aftertaste and underbrush sensations.


Franciacorta DOCG Satèn Club Cuvée 2017

7 Castello di Gussago Franciacorta Saten Club Cuvee 2

A Satèn of great taste pleasantness, with very low residual sugar and bright citrus tones. Lemon zest on the nose, with hints of sage and touches of white pepper. It is intense on the palate, with a savory and herbal aftertaste and great persistence.


Franciacorta DOCG Riserva Brut Millè 2012

8 Villa Crespia Franciacorta Mille

One of the benchmark bottles for understanding the aging potential of Franciacorta.  It is made with exclusively with Chardonnay grapes and has more than 100 months of aging. On the nose, it has notes of yellow plum, mango, and marjoram. It is crisp, taut, with beautiful flavor notes and closed by a fruity aftertaste.



Recioto di Soave Classico DOCG Le Sponde 2021

9 Coffele Recioto di Soave Classico Le Sponde

Reference label for this type of wine, a pure Garganega with grapes that are aged for 7 months in traditional fruit drying cellars, then 12 months in oak. It has a nose of a beautiful complexity, with notes of candied apricot, almonds, hints of chamomile and eucalyptus. Fruity-balsamic on the mouth, with a balsamic-floral aftertaste.



Vino Rosso Nonno Mariano

10 Di Cato Vino Rosso Nonno Mariano

Fermented in vats, aged in both steel and oak barrels, this wine is a pure Montepulciano that tells a layered varietal story. Notes of sour cherries on the nose, with touches of licorice powder and bay leaves, followed by hints of wild iris. Crisp-dense on the mouth, with a spicy aftertaste.

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