Distilled from pomace, a by-product of the winemaking process found in the winepress after the juice has been extracted, grappa was invented by frugal Italian wine producers endeavouring to extract the last drop of value from their grapes. Read More »
Domenis, perhaps the finest producer in Friuli, has produced an entry-level grappa that beats a lot of other distiller's top of the range efforts, thanks to its higher strength and delicious creamy texture.
Nardini's Reserva is a grappa that is aged for five years in Slavonian oak barrels. This softens the grappa and slightly sweetens it, due to the natural sugars in the wood. This has notes of apples and honey and is considered by many to be reminiscent of a lowland malt in style.
Domenis Nera is the biggest-selling grappa from the Domenis distillery, and it's easy to see why - a flurry of classical grappa flavours, impeccably constructed on a delicious creamy mouthfeel - this is a revelation.
A half bottle of Nardini's 15 year old Grappa Riserva. This was launched in 2004 for the 225th anniversary of Nardini's foundation. Aged for in Slovonian oak, it is complex and intense, yet soft. Nardini suggest this is a great post-prandial grappa which combines extremely well with strong dark cigars.
A smart gift set of Domenis Storica grappa presented with some smart tasting glasses from which to sip it. Produced in the town of Cividale del Fruili near Udine in the north of Italy, this is a blend of Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Verduzzo and Piccolit grapes, which are aged for 12 months in stainless steel tanks after distillation.
A grappa produced from Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Distilled in small batches in a copper pot still, this is subject to a double maturation. Firstly being matured for four years in barriques before a 6 month finishing period in barrels previously used for Sassicaia, the famed Super-Tuscan wine.
A vintage grappa (whatever next!), this Tosolini 1996 has been aged in small oak barriques that previously held Hungary's legendary dessert wine, Tokay - giving this grappa an amazing golden colour, complexity and sweet notes.