Saturday, December 20, 2008
Intercepting these e-letter notes from VaLa Vineyards in Avondale, Pa., and sharing them with everyone.
We are now offering semi-private reserve tastings in the Galleria. These tastings feature what we feel are some of our most interesting and age-worthy wines, as well as, the occasional Library release, or other surprises. This month we are featuring the new La Prima Donna 2007, Mahogany 2005, and Siranetta 2006. If you are interested, just let us know at the
time of your visit. These tastings are held on Saturdays and Sundays. The tasting room is open every day this month except for Christmas Day.
New wine releases:
La Prima Donna 2007
Malvasia Bianca, Pinot Grigio, Tocai, Viognier, Petit Manseng
Fioretti 2007 - Batch II 79 total cases produced.
Viognier, Petit Manseng, Bianca, Tocai
La Siranetta 2006 - 214 total cases produced.
Syrah, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Carmine
Sangiovese & Cabernet Franc
Nebbiolo & Corvina Veronese
Nebbiolo 2001 - 2004 Notes
For those of you not holding onto the first Va La Nebbiolo's as collector's items as some of you apparently are, it is time to start drinking up these guys. Remember, these first vintages are very light and delicate, almost rose-like. We recommend serving in pinot noir style crystal, and pair with antipasta dishes, prosciutto, veal, chicken, or pork. The very limited Black Label releases were made using the ancient rancio techniques and present more bing cherries and leathery qualities.
VaLa does not have a lower-end line, per se. Wines start at $28. If you stop, expect a mix of whites and reds with names you've never heard before and with distinct fragrances and tastes.