A little while ago, Edible Skinny was lucky enough to have an old world chance encounter with Talosa wine while at the always beachy classy (and super contrasting) Shutters on the Beach.
Since 1972 Fattoria della Talosa has embarked on the quest for fine quality hand crafted wines. Talosa started a trend which resulted in the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano appellation soaring to grand heights in the world of Tuscan and Italian winemaking.
And one of the only places to grab a glass of Talosa’s 90+ point wines is 6,270 miles away from its historic wine region in the lobby of Shutters on the Beach. That’s quite a trip for an Italian to check out a Santa Monica sunset! ;-)
Located in the heart of old town Montepulciano, Talosa’s historic cellars dates back to the 16th century. Located in an underground area between two of the oldest buildings in the city: Palazzo Tarugi and Palazzo Sinatti; its brick passageways contain a series of vaults and niches which are perfect hideaways for sleeping wine.
Their huge oak barrels, each with a capacity of 115hl, have seen quite a ride as some of the barrels date back to Talosa’s inception 44 years ago! Within these oak walls Talosa’s Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is aged for two years, or three years for the Vino Nobile Riserva.
During our chance encounter at Shutters on the Beach, our favorite Talosa wine was their 2010 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva, which got a whopping 94 Points on Wine Spectator and was severely underpriced for that rating (like less than $40, totally totally your gain!) The 100% Sangiovese’s vibrant acidity and supple tannins paired perfectly with the Shutters’ Shishito peppers with lime salt & ponzu! Yummm (with 3Ms)!!!
Here’s to Life Being Delicious and your Santa Monica sunsets having a taste of the Italy with some stellar Talosa wine!