2003 Il Templare

2003 Montenidoli Il Templare
White Wine; White Blend; Tuscany;
SALE $14.95

Reg. $19.99

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Someone wise once wrote “I don’t believe in coincidence. Nope, no such thing.” This same person and I both, perchance (?), recently drank a bottle of the 2003 Il Templare from Montenidoli within a day of each other. As is customary at The Wine House, we like to update one another how we spent our weekend or day off. These updates always include wine drinking highlights. We swapped notes on the Il Templare. Here is what I shared: indulging once again my craving for preserved lemons, I invited my parents over for dinner. I served Risotto with lemons and roasted asparagus for the entree. My parents introduced me to wine at an early age. Being emigres from Russia, it was deemed appropriate for young children to have “tastes” of wine at special occasions. I was hooked, most likely, from the very first sip. Anyway, my parents drink and enjoy Californian wines. So, from time to time I like to serve them something different. The 2003 Il Templare is different. First of all it’s a blend of 6 grape varieties: Vernaccia, Trebbiano, Malvasia Bianco, Semillon, Verdicchio and Grechetto. All these varietals were found in the old vineyards of the Montenidoli estate. The wine is fermented in barrel, giving off a lovely hint of Burgundian butter cream on the nose. The richness persists on the palate but is supported by this incisive and zippy acidity. This combination is what makes this wine so perfect for food. I did not hold back on the butter or parmesan for the risotto, so the Il Templare nicely cut through all that fat. A bottle of 2003 Il Templare and suddenly a Thursday night impromptu dinner with the folks was a real celebration.
When I came to work this week, still suffering from my Eastern Orthodox Easter celebration, I could not believe my eyes! The Il Templare was put on sale as part of an in-store promotion for 25% off the bottle price! That did it! I had to pick this wine as my “staff pick of the week”. I was excited about this wine when it was $19.99 per bottle, $16.99 by the case. At $14.95 per bottle, it is downright dancing-on-the-table time. The coincidences keep coming, or not…. Anya Balistreri
2003 Montenidoli Il Templare
White Wine; White Blend; Tuscany;
SALE $14.95

Reg. $19.99

Add to Cart
Peter’s Thoughts
Ya know, I’m going to stick to my guns here, there is no such thing as coincidence. Even though my Russian parents thought it was important to allow me to taste the wines on special occasions when I was a child. Even though I was hooked early on. Even though I just celebrated Eastern Orthodox Easter. Even though both Anya and I chose to taste this wine 24 hours apart.

Brevity not being my strong suit, I’ll try my best here. A recent visit to my best friend’s cellar had him pulling some white wines to take upstairs in preparation for the recent heat wave. I spotted a bottle of the 2003 Il Templare, pulled it, and said, “Make sure I’m around when you pop this one.” A few days later, I was invited over for an impromptu jam session. Only problem was, it was after work, and he didn’t have any food. The text messaging went something like this: What time?, 7:15, What about dinner?, Gira Polli, Great we can open that wine you wanted. So I popped in to Gira Polli, picked up a whole rotisserie chicken, swiss chard, and pasta and was on my way. Now this is the part I was regretting. Anya is so good at tasting notes, I mean, come on, Burgundian butter cream? How can I follow that? I know, with my big mouth, or fingers, or whatever. So yes, we popped the wine and poured it. It had a pale golden tone to it with spicy, complex aromatics. On the palate, it was the perfect wine for our meal! It had a nutty, spicy note that complimented the slight char of the rotisserie perfectly. Alive and vibrant, it stood right up to the mild red pasta sauce, and a bite of swiss chard served as a brilliant precursor to demonstrating the fine texture of white fruit in the wine. Even my friend was astonished. I love it when I get a pairing dialed in perfectly.

So you see, there is no such thing as coincidence. This write-up in praise of the 2003 Sono Montenidoli Il Templare was meant to be!Peter Zavialoff

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