Naples Winter Wine Festival
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2 - 750ml 2000 Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico                                                               
2 - 750ml 2010 Fontodi Chianti Classico
2 - 750ml 2012 Domaine de Durban Gigondas Red Rhône
1 - 750ml 1997 Artesa Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon     
1 - 750ml 2003 Turley “Hayne Vineyard” Napa Valley Petite Syrah
1 - 750ml 2006 Le Dome, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru                             
1 - 750ml 2010 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino                                                                             
1 - 750ml 2016 Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon   

What does this assortment of wines have in common? Many things, as it happens: they are all hand-crafted examples of their type, made by vintners who take enormous pride in their craft, and they are representative of the finest expressions of their grape varieties, vintage and terroir.

The two Cabernet Sauvignons display different aspects of the family winemaking experience in California. Jack and Dolores Cakebread founded their winery in 1972, releasing their first vintage two years later (a whopping 157 cases). Today, Cakebread has morphed into a brand known to connoisseurs around the world. Artesa was established in 1991 by the oldest winemaking family in Spain; the winery sits on a mountaintop overlooking Carneros in Southern Napa and focuses on small, ultra-premium lots from estate vineyards.

Italy is represented by Fontodi, a certified organic estate located in the heart of Chianti Classico south of the town of Panzano, which has belonged to the Manetti family since 1968, as well as the celebrated winery of Allegrini. Allegrini’s Amarone harmoniously combines tradition and innovation in a rich, smooth and subtle style. For an interesting contrast, try the Chianti side by side with its uptown cousin, the Brunello clone of Sangiovese which has made Montalcino famous.

Two wines from France are a study in contrasts. Le Dome, owned by Jonathan Maltus of Château Teyssier, is a Grand Cru of St. Émilion. Made from a tiny nine-acre vineyard, his powerful and concentrated blend of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot is a connoisseur’s wine that is difficult to find. Down in the Rhône Valley, the hilltop vineyard of Domaine de Durban also produces wine in small quantities, but their Gigondas is a totally different flavor profile from St. Émilion: warm, rich and earthy, perfumed with ripe fruits and wild herbs.

The final wine comes full circle with a grape variety almost unique to California: Petite Syrah, not to be confused with the Syrah of the Rhône and the Shiraz of Australia. While the origins of the grape are obscure, the guiding hands are those of Larry Turley, a former emergency room physician who came west, founded Frog’s Leap with John Williams, and branched out on his own in 1993. It’s said that Larry never met an old vine he didn’t like, and it shows in this bottle.

INSIDER’S INFO: Wine must be picked up at the Naples Children & Education Foundation office or shipped at the winning bidder’s expense.

DONORS: Mary Pat & Frank Hussey