If you look closely over the left shoulder of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, you’ll spot the Buriano Bridge, the seventh bridge on the road out of Florence. The bridge inspired the name of a well-known Italian vineyard, “Tenuta Sette Ponti“. The owner of the vineyard, Dr. Antonio Moretti, was in Houston last night to share his wines with a large group of wine lovers at Spec’s.
Dr. Moretti began the evening by discussing his new properties in Sicily and the wines he is producing under the Feudo Maccari label. One of them, the Grillo is a full-bodied white wine with lots of fruit and a creamy texture. It is made from Grillo grapes grown on vines that are Alberello trained (bush trained). Spec’s Italian specialist, Joseph Kemble, and Spec’s Fine Wine Buyer, Nate Rose, both declared that Dr. Moretti’s Grillo is the best they’ve ever tasted.
Dr. Moretti’s best known wines come from his vineyards in Tuscany. He spoke with passion about his Crognolo Toscana, a very fine Tuscan Sangiovese wine that garnered a 90 points rating from Wine Spectator. His Poggio al Lupo Maremma is a Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante, and Petit Verdot blend which also received a 90 points rating.
The highlight of the evening was Dr. Moretti’s 2006 “Oreno Toscana”, a wine that received a 96 point rating from Wine Spectator which also ranked this wine as # 15 in its Top 100 wines list. When the gathered crowd heard that Spec’s had a very limited supply of the Oreno, a mad dash ensued. Doctors, lawyers, engineers, and assorted wine lovers rushed to the exit and raced downstairs to grab the remaining cases of Oreno.
Dr. Moretti ended the evening by autographing bottles of his wine and chatting happily with Spec’s customers in broken English.
If Mona Lisa has a reason to smile today, it’s because of the incredible Italian wines produced by this proud and celebrated ambassador of the Italian wine industry.