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This Week's Tasting

Sartori and Cerulli Spinozzi With Export Director Luciano Castiello
November 1, 2017

Tonight we welcome Luciano Castiello to lead us in tasting wines from two of the producers he represents. Cerulli Spinozzi is located in northern Abruzzo and Sartori is in Verona.

Castel del Monte    

Enrico Cerulli  


Peter writes,

We will actually start the tasting with a Prosecco that Luciano also represents. The 2013 Maschio dei Cavalieri Prosecco Rive di Colbertaldo is a DOCG wine from Valdobbiadene. The wine is 100% Glera and is in a clearly different class than what we are used to with Prosecco.

The Sartori family got into the wine business in Verona back in 1898 to supply wine for their hotel. Over the years wine became the family’s main business. We will begin with the 2015 Sartori Ferdi Garganega. This is medium bodied, dry and shows a lot of character. Meanwhile, in Abruzzo, the Cerulli family made their fortune in textiles made with wool from their large sheep herds. Getting into wine was started more as a hobby. Today Enrico Cerulli has taken the wine part to a whole different level. We will taste the 2014 Cerulli Spinozzi Pecorino Cortalto. Pecorino is a grape variety experiencing a great revival both in Abruzzo and the Marche.

We trust it is not too late to taste a really good Rose. So next we will show the 2016 Cerulli Spinozzi Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo. This is rose of Montepulciano and is absolutely perfect with the fresh trout out of the rivers in the l’Aquila province.

The 2012 Sartori Regolo Corvina Rosso Veronese will be our first red. Corvina makes wines in roughly the same style as Pinot Noir with a bit more richness. Next we will taste the 2012 Cerulli Spinozzi Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Torre Migliori. This is made from vineyards in the DOCG Colline Teramane in northern Abruzzo. This is very high elevation territory and the farming is organic. This is a substantial red and also ages well. We will finish with the 2013 Sartori Amarone della Valpolicella. As you know, this is also a substantial red.

One other note is that both of these wineries employ Franco Bernabei as consulting winemaker. Franco is also consultant to both Fontodi and Felsina in Tuscany. He is really good at what he does and his principal goal is to have the wine reflect the place where it is from.



2015 Sartori Ferdi Garganega: 17.99/bottle 16.19/mixed case 15.29/case

2014 Cerulli Spinozzi Pecorino Cortalto: 19.99/bottle 17.99/mixed case 16.99/case



2016 Cerulli Spinozzi Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo: 18.99/bottle 17.09/mixed case 16.14/case



2012 Sartori Regolo Corvina Rosso Veronese: 25/bottle 22.50/mixed case 21.25/case

2012 Cerulli Spinozzi Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Torre Migliori: 19.99/bottle 17.99/mixed case 16.99/case

2013 Sartori Amarone della Valpolicella: 56/bottle 50.40/mixed case 47.60/case


11/1/17 Italian tasting case: Two bottles of each of the above wines for a special price of $269

In store only-11/1/17 Italian pack: One bottle of each of the above for a special price of $142


Bonus wine:


2013 Maschio dei Cavalieri Prosecco Rive di Colbertaldo: 24/bottle 21.60/mixed case 20.40/case


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