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Teruzzi & Puthod Terre di Tufi 2009

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  • WS87
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Winemaker Notes

Deep straw tending toward a gold color. Intense and fruity aromas with light notes of vanilla cream, tangerine, citrus and pineapple. Full-bodied and rich on the palate. Firm acidity and fresh with flavors of citrus zest, walnuts and a pleasant touch of toast on the finish.

Enjoy with hors d'oeuvres, first courses, all types of seafood, white meats with sauce, delicate red meats, roast veal and carpaccio.

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Rich, with a hint of vanilla shading the peach and grapefruit flavors. The lively acidity keeps this fresh and leaves a mouthwatering impression. Vernaccia, Chardonnay and Sauvignon. Drink now through 2013. 35,833 cases made.
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Teruzzi & Puthod

Teruzzi & Puthod

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Teruzzi & Puthod, , Italy
Teruzzi & Puthod
The life of restless Enrico Teruzzi is as unique as his wine. Born in one of Italy's most industralized, urban areas, near Milan, he found himself, at forty, in one of the most beautiful, historical, unpolluted regions, producing a superb, historical wine.

Eclectic and versatile, Enrico's interests have ranged from electromechanics to professional skiing. At twenty-eight, he married French born Carmen Puthod, prima donna of Milan's celebrated La Scala; at thirty, he was a father; at forty, a country gentleman in Tuscany; at forty-four, a hit.

In a way, being a newcomer in the wine world was instrumental to his success: Enrico started from square one, unburdened by prejudice and past mistakes; supported by expert advice at first, and by such classics as Gayon and Peynaud. He was actually one of the very first to introduce temperature control in Vernaccia di San Gimignano production, and his state-of-the-art technology soon set the pace in the appellation.

Today, he has achieved a perfect balance of depth and cleanliness; of fruit, complexity and barrique; of tradition and international appeal - and, thanks to his revolutionary, minimal temperature treatment of musts, exceptional continuity in quality, whatever the vintage.

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Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, Champagne is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to be labeled ‘Champagne’ within the EU and many New World countries, a wine must originate in this northeastern region of France and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide. Well-drained limestone chalk soil defines much of the region, lending a mineral component to the wines. The climate here is marginal—ample acidity is a requirement for sparkling wine, so overripe grapes are to be avoided. Weather differences from year to year create significant variation between vintages, and in order to maintain a consistent house style, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years.

With nearly negligible exceptions, three varieties are permitted for use in Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. These can be blended together or bottled varietally, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, delicacy, and elegance, as well as bright and lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit, and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body, and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while one comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’

SOU165881_2009 Item# 111173

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