Wine Tasting Event In The Turtle Ridge Clubhouse
The December 4th, 2015 wine tasting event in the Turtle Ridge Clubhouse featured the second annual tasting of wines from Fattoria La Vialla. Once again our Turtle Ridge neighbor, Volker Blaschke, arranged for this event with a special shipment of Italian wines from the region of Tuscany. The farm and wine estate, Fattoria La Vialla, is well known throughout Europe. The owners of the Fattoria, provided these wines as a courtesy to the Turtle Ridge community to share their enthusiasm for fine organic wines with aficionados in Southern California. The wines will be available to customers in the US in late January 2016 through www.lavialla.it
Our tasting will include five wines, most of them being different from those we served at last year's tasting from this winery:
Spumante Metodo Classico 2012, "il 35" Extra Brut. (Méthode Traditionelle) Sparkling wine made to celebrate the winery's 35th anniversary.
Vernaccia di S.Gimignano 2014. A smooth, full and complex white wine with almond, dried fruit and floral notes on the nose.
Torbolino 2014. A gold medal winning white wine.
Vin Santo 2010. A delicious dessert wine. Served with amaretto biscuits.
Chianti Riserva 2012. Italy's best known wine, Chianti offers an attractive mix of lively acidity along with an attractive mix of fruit, herbs and mature flavors.
Fattoria La Vialla is a family run organic farm located in the hills of Chianti between Florence and Arezzo in Italy. The farm has been growing organic produce since 1978 and achieved major recognition. Among them Best Producer “Italy Organic “ at the Berlin Wine Trophy in 2013, 2014 and 2015 . Gold Regional Trophy Best Sweetwine Tuscany at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2015. It produces organic and biodynamic food and wine in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. The Fattoria is a household name in England and Germany as a provider of excellent wines, extra virgin olive oil and high quality food products. ( Gold Medal at “Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition”, 2014.)
These wines are still not generally available in the U.S. so it is a special treat for our community.
Following are some awards and commendatory reviews:
Decanter World Wine Award 2013:
Fattoria La Vialla Barriccato 2010 : "4/5 stars. Jammy black fruit characters with hint of method layered with cedar wood."
Fattoria La Vialla Casal Duro 2009: "4/5 stars. Attractive, ripe red fruit aromas layered with prunes and tobacco leaf notes. Mature spice flavors linger on the finish."
Berliner Wine Trophy 2013, 2014,2015: Fattoria La Vialla: "Best producer Italy - organic farming"
Selection Wine Tasting Competition 2015 (formerly ProWine) : Best Organic Wine Estate, Italy
Please see http://www.lavialla.it/uk/recognitions/awards-in-2015.html for a complete listing
photo credit to VERONICA PHOTOARTS ( exclude 1st photo )