is undeniably beautiful, but what really sets Toscana apart for me are
the smells. There's that deep bass-line of earth, the pointy feel in
your nostrils of mineral rocks, that fecund scent of dirt, and even a
tangy dusty smell of clay; you can't escape it, nor do you want to. All
those growing things--the tiny flowers, the many blades of grass, the
delicate wild arugula and the tender wild garlic, the budding vines and
the roots of the tree--they too throw off their own scents.
You can't remove one scent from the whole picture. It all blends
together seamlessly. Sometimes in a faint saline waft you can smell the
sea; other times, you can smell jasmine, hyacinth or cherry blossoms.
Usually, though, it all works together to create
un bello profumo, the beautiful perfume, of Toscana. It's not one thing; it's everything. And the best wines from Toscana embody it.
offer brings you two recent releases of Querciabella's Camartina, a
Super-Tuscan blend that features Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Querciabella grows their grapes biodynamically, so they're committed to
making their wines in harmony with the Tuscan landscape. When you get a
bottle of Camartina, you're getting a bottle of wine that's imbued with
all the flowers, the grasses, the trees, and the earth around it. I've
really enjoyed seeing this winery mature over the years--Sebastiano
Castiglioni has worked hard to take a very good estate and make it
seriously great. It shows both in his graceful, powerful flagship
Camartina and his kaleidoscopic White, Batar. I'm delighted to offer you
both wines today.
Toscana's Querciabella, Spain's Pingus grows its grapes biodynamically.
Peter Sisseck exhibits a commitment to the earth similar to
Querciabella's Sebastiano Castiglioni. Pingus makes one of Spain's most
expensive, collectable wines, but today I want to introduce two of
Sissek's wines that are delicious--and affordable. They prove the
veracity of my belief that a producer's skill is apparent in all the
wines he or she makes, not just the estate's flagship.
some time to stop and smell the roses, the hyacinths, the cherry
blossoms and the daffodils. They're a beautiful part of your world, just
like the poppies in Toscana.