Now, that’s Italian: Tasting at Guglielmo Winery

ICONIC BRAND Guglielmo Winery’s Nik Zorn and Angelia Guglielmo show some of the historic winery’s lineup. Photo: Laura Ness

Everyone knows Guglielmo Winery, perhaps for its estate Zinfandel or Petite Sirah, the latter soon to be on local Trader Joe’s shelves. 

Assistant winemaker Niklas (Nik) Zorn is not just about making old world style wines from Santa Clara fruit, though. He looks far and wide for vineyards with Italian varieties, augmenting the heart and soul of the iconic brand.

Guglielmo’s current Italian lineup ranges from a grippy, earthy 2016 Grignolino, to a hefty, Saint Bernard-like 2016 Teroldego, each one delivering a unique taste profile. Priced from $22-$35, you can easily take the entire lineup home and pair them with your favorite Italian dishes.

The smooth and lush 2018 Dolcetto (Paso) presents plum, raspberry and cranberry, while the electric red plum and bright cherry of the 2016 Sangiovese (Santa Clara Valley) comes on like birch beer soda with its swig of vanilla. On to the more statuesque 2016 Barbera, you’ll find ripe cherry, cocoa and blackberry lurking in a big mouthfeel. 

On the opposite end of things is the 2017 Nebbiolo (Paso), exuding aromatics of dried herbs, violets and exotic flowers, with flavors of orange peel and Campari. The 2016 Sagrantino (estate) exudes dark herbs, hitting like an avalanche of savory basil and menthol. Bolognese comes to mind. 

We wrapped up with the gorgeous dark rum cherry Teroldego, from a vineyard that has since been ripped out. Ponder this with warm, cozy, comfort food: lasagna, anyone?

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