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Special Tasting w/ Jennifer Horner SE Sales Manager and Partner of Folio Wines Thursday 9/28 5-7pm
September 28 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join Us for This Rare Tasting Opportunity
With Jennifer Hornor
Southeast Area Sales Manager and Partner
Whether you are a casual wine drinker or an aspiring Somm, chances are you recognize at least a couple of those names! Welcome to the star studded lineup of Folio Wines managed here in Georgia by Jennifer Horner. Jennifer’s passion for wine started while living in France and seeing the way wine brought people together. This led her to seek out a career in wine in Bordeaux, France and experience production first hand. Her journey has seen her hold positions with the prestigious AXA millesimes group in Margaux as well as Gallo Europe. Eventually she decided to move back to the US to be closer to family, enjoying 10 years in the distributor network, as the On Premise Sales Manager with United Johnson Brothers. She had the pleasure of joining Folio in November of 2011, and is excited to “get back to my roots” and be a part of a family owned winery, and a great portfolio of wine families.
~Selections To Be Tasted~
Bruno Giacosa’s winery has been making wine for three generations, and Bruno Giacosa himself says that his success is due to his respect for traditional winemaking methods which he believes enhance the characteristics of Piedmont’s varietals. His property covers 37 acres of totally cultivated vines. The altitude of the estate, its ideal exposure (south, south-west), and the microclimate combine to create optimal winegrowing conditions.
Bruno Giacosa makes wine not only with grapes from his property but also with grapes purchased from growers he has known for 30 years and trusts completely. He, in fact, made his reputation as a outstanding selector of fruit. The winemaking methods employed by this estate are scrupulous and traditional without ignoring the benefits of modern technique.
2014 Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis $32.99*
Its delicate skin makes it one of the most recalcitrant varieties in Piedmont. Native to Roero, this grape was on the brink of near-extinction by the 1970s. Thanks to houses such as Vietti and the legendary Bruno Giacosa, it is still here for your enjoyment. Salute!
“This is fantastic. Gorgeous acidity and minerality with dried pear and apple. Lemon and other citrus undertones; hints of grapefruit. Full to medium body. Very long and fresh.”– James Suckling 92 Points
2014 Bruno Giacosa Barbera D’Alba $34.99*
The 2014 Barbera d’Alba is a clean and forthcoming wine that leaves a lasting impact on all the senses. The Giacosa family sources the fruit for this wine from the various time-trusted contractors they have worked with for years. The wine shows very good intensity and a pristine approach. These qualities are not easy to find in this vintage.
Intense ruby red color with violet reflections with an aromatic bouquet recalling sour cherry and spices. Lively, generous, and full flavor.
The production philosophy revolves around Ornellaia’s obsession with excellence – at all levels. Every choice they make is of absolute importance and implies an all-consuming attention to detail. At no point in the production process are shortcuts allowed or tolerated, and this is how they succeed harvesting grapes that are of the very highest quality irrespective of the climatic conditions in that particular year.
During the harvest period analysis and empiric testing enables them to determine which grapes to pick and in which order. The tasting of the grapes allows the team at Ornellaia to better ascertain the ripeness of the tannins and the balance within the bunches in order to establish the optimum harvest time and the vinification technique for the grapes from each parcel of land. They then subject each and every grape to a double selection process. On the first table the quality of the bunches is checked, while during a second control every single piece of vegetation is removed.
The grapes from each vineyard ferment separately in individual tanks, in this way each individual base wine (of which there are more than 60) contributes its own character to creation of the final blend according to the specific conditions of the vineyard area from which it comes : a combination of soil type, climatic exposition, and grape variety. Only after a period of 12 months of ageing in French oak barrels will the base wines be selected and blended according to 2 principal criteria : the elegant expression required by Ornellaia and the character of vintage itself.
2012 Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore (JS 97) $219.99*
The desire to nurture the Estate’s exceptional qualities has shaped Ornellaia’s philosophy since the beginning. Ornellaia is a cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot and the faithful expression of unique terroir developed in harmony with nature.
Winemakers Notes:“The 2012 growing season was characterised by an abundance of sunny, dry weather; some rain did fall as well, but it occurred in just the right periods, before the harvest, and helped the vines to cope with the hot, dry conditions. The result was an even, consistent ripening process that in the end yielded generous, full-volumed wines that are remarkably appealing and seductive, with an overall character that we like to define with the word Incanto (‘Enchantment’). Ornellaia 2012 appears a deep ruby, and a remarkably beguiling bouquet boasts rich fruit and spices notes. The palate shows well-rounded, full, and generous, with glossy tannins and a complete absence of any roughness. The 2012 lacks none of the proverbial concentration that distinguishes Ornellaia’s great vintages, but this vintage adroitly masks that richness behind an expansive, magisterial structure, then concludes with a near-endless finish.”
The Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi is one of Italy’s oldest wineries, with a history dating to the 1300s. The family has included medieval knights, bankers, lawyers and patrons of the arts. The Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi is one of the most significant wine producers in Italy, with nine estates—and roughly 2,500 acres—in Tuscany. The family has been growing wine since the late 19th century, when they became the first in Tuscany to import and plant French vine cuttings. Because they have been producing wines for more than 700 years, to experience Frescobaldi is to glimpse the history of Florence, from the Middle Ages to the present day.
2012 Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino (JS 93) $84.99*
The Frescobaldi family is becoming an ever more important force in the Montalcino territory thanks to recent land and winery investments. The Castelgiocondo 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a soft and supple expression of Sangiovese. This oak-driven wine offers a generous bouquet that is based in part on dark cherry and primary fruit, and in part on spicy tones of toast and smoke. That said, this estate has very much redefined its use of oak and the results show much more balance and purity compared to wines made one decade ago. The brightness of the acidity also comes as a surprise given the warm vintage. That freshness is essential to the wine’s aging potential.
Located in the heart of the Prosecco area at the foot of the Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG hills, sits Villa Sandi and its exquisite Palladian-style villa. Dating back to 1622, the villa represents the combination of art and agriculture which has characterized the Venetian landscape for centuries. Owned by the Moretti Polegato family, the Villa is home to and headquarters of Villa Sandi Winery where for generations the ancient tradition of winemaking has been handed down from father to son.
Benefiting from land suitable for growing both white and red varietals, Villa Sandi produces and offers wines for every occasion – from the everyday approachability of the Prosecco DOC to the Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG to the special Cartizze, a cru made in the heart of the most prestigious Valdobbiadene Prosecco area. Of particular note, are the versatile Proseccos from Villa Sandi, ideal accompaniments for a variety of cuisines and courses. Whether served as an aperitif, at the end of the meal, or any course in between, the natural acidity and fresh taste lightly complements, but never overpowers a meal.
Villa Sandi Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore $19.99*
Fragrant and refined, this opens with aromas of white orchard fruit, fragrant spring flowers and a whiff of cinnamon. The foaming palate delivers yellow apple, lime and sage accompanied by a frothy mousse.