Another early WAwineman classic, 1st posted on March 27, 2008:
Bravo Italia! Great wine follows great food. The Argentines have their beef and malbec. Chile owns nebbiolo with their sea bass and con carne…just kidding! But Italy, ahhh, the home of comfort foods like pizza and spaghetti, not forgetting to mention spumoni. Thursday night is spaghetti night, at least this Thursday it was. And coming off the bench is this rookie from Woody’s wine country.
Lou Facelli. Just saying that name brings a hearty smile to me face. The man, like all Italians I’ve met, is a master of personality. A genuine smile and beefy welcome to his tasting room as he details his lineup of wines should be taught to every winemaker in Woodinville. Even if he sold plonk wine (which he doesn’t), I’d likely still bookmark his winery as a go-to just for his hospitality. Truly one-of-a-kind. And that goes for his equally genial wife, Sandy, and his hard-working daughters. Founded in 1988, the winery only produces up to 3500 cases/year, with an emphasis of reds. This is his first vintage of barbera, which is the grape representative of the Facelli family’s regional roots in the Piedmont (northwest Italy). Salute!
A natural match with basic spag topped with marinasta sauce…oops, I’m tipsy…mariNARA pasta sauce from Albertson’s. The plummy, blackberry fruit fit like a perfect piece to the puzzle. No wonder Italians are so phreakin’ happy all the time. And I thought it was only due to Sophia Loren.
Alcohol: 14.4%. Label autographed by Lou and Sandy (of course, it’s free!). pH 3.3. Pure varietal. Nose: moderate bouquet of dark fruit. Mouthfeel: good essence. Color: deep purple. Tail trail: 4 seconds. Three plums with a touch of blackberry with a little tingle from the 14.4%. Again, a natural pairing with spaghetti. Visit the winery ($5 refundable tasting fee)…tell Lou the WAwineman sent you…maybe that way I can get a freebie or two. Psych!
Value: $19. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated, but not uncouth.