Mandolina Italian Varietal Case with Wooden Wine Rack

by Wootbot

Emergency Wine Cellar

Maybe you just opened a wine bar, and between getting permits and buying stools and putting together the ultimate smooth-jazz playlist, you forgot to stock any wine.

Maybe you and your frat brothers are ready to move up to a more mature kind of 12-pack. Maybe you pretended to be European nobility to land a date with some fine-looking gentleman (or lady), and you need props to pull off the ruse. Maybe, like the germophobic Howard Hughes, you take one sip from a wine bottle before you throw it away.

There are all kinds of reasons why this case of Mandolina Italian-style varietals might find a home with you, along with the included wooden 12-bottle wine rack. What matters is, every bottle bears the stamp of Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards of Santa Barbara County. And if you’ve ever sampled any wines from this Wine.Woot favorite, you know that’s a very good stamp to bear.

Alas, space permits only a brief glance at this extensive assortment. The prestigious Super Tuscan-style blends are represented by the 2003 Toccata Reserve, with its earthy, dewy, spicy berry character, and the 2004 Toccata Classico, laden with strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry. Single-varietal reds include the untamed, brooding 2005 Barbera; the soft, chewy, jammy 2004 Nebbiolo; the tea, leather, and strawberry flavors of the 2005 Sangiovese; and the medium-bodied, food-friendly 2007 Dolcetto. Fans of the obscure, take note of the 2006 Freisa, a versatile, easy-drinking red from a tiny planting of a grape almost unseen in California.

On the whiter side, we find the aromatic, complex 2007 Malvasia Bianca, another grape rarely seen in California. Although Italians usually use it for light, sweet wines, Mandolina made it in an off-dry style, with a slightly sweet, perfumey quality that’s not really like anything else we’ve ever had. Other whites in this case include the delicately floral and sunny 2007 Moscato and the crisp, subtly fruity 2007 Pinot Grigio.

Finally, add a dry, smooth rosé (the 2007 Rosato) and a sparkling wine with distinctive melon, quince, and coriander flavors (the 2004 Metodo Classico Bianco de Bianco), and you’ve got yourself a virtual master class in the California approach to classic Italian varietals.

No, we don’t really care what personal interest, unfortunate circumstance, or strain of madness leads you to buy this 12-bottle Mandolina collection. All that matters to us is that you enjoy it in good health. And that your credit card goes through.

2003 Toccata Reserve:

  • Composition: 45% Cab Sauv, 35% Sangiovese 10% Freisa, 5% Cab Franc, 5% Merlot
  • Fermentation: Individual
  • Barrel Aging: 3-4 mo.
  • Bottled: December 2005
  • Alcohol: 14.1%
  • Production: 822 Cases
  • Release Date: August 2006

2004 Metodo Classico Sparkling-bianco de bianco:

  • Composition: Muscat CanelliChenin Blanc
  • Fermentation: Methode Champenoise
  • Alcohol: 13.4%
  • RS: .012 g / 100 ml
  • Production: 400 cases
  • Release Date: April 2007

2004 Nebbiolo:

  • Vineyard: Los Alamos
  • Composition: 100% Nebbiolo
  • Oak: 18 mo. French Oak
  • Bottled: June 2006
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Production: 401 Cases
  • Release Date: September 2007

2004 Toccata:

  • Composition: 45% Sangiovese, 15% Freisa, 15% Cab Sauv, 15% Cab Franc, 10% Merlot
  • Fermentation: Individual
  • Barrel Aging: 18 mos.
  • Bottled: June 2006
  • Alcohol: 13.9%
  • Production: 539 Cases
  • Release Date: August 2007

2005 Barbera:

  • Vineyard: Los Alamos
  • Composition: 100% Barbera
  • Bottled: July 2007
  • Alcohol: 14.8%
  • pH: 3.7
  • Production: 416 Cases
  • Release Date: January 2008

2005 Sangiovese:

  • Vineyard: Los Alamos
  • Composition: 100% Sangiovese
  • Fermentation: Open Top
  • Barrel Aged: 18 months, French
  • Bottled: March 2007
  • Alcohol: 13.6%
  • Production: 472 Cases
  • Release Date: August 2007

2006 Freisa:

  • Vineyard: Los Alamos
  • Composition: 100% Freisa
  • Oak: French Oak
  • Bottled: Feb 2008
  • Alcohol: 14.4%
  • Production: 179 Cases
  • Release Date: February 2009

2007 Dolcetto:

  • Vineyard: Los Alamos
  • Composition: 100% Dolcetto
  • Oak: 6 mo. French Oak
  • Bottled: April 2008
  • Alcohol: 12.1%
  • Production: 496 Cases
  • Release Date: August 2008

2007 Malvasia Bianca:

  • Vineyard: Los Alamos
  • Composition: 100% Malvasia Bianca
  • Fermentation: Stainless Steel
  • Bottled: January 2008
  • Alcohol: 12.8%
  • Production: 437 Cases
  • Release Date: March 2008

2007 Moscato:

  • Vineyard: Los Alamos
  • Composition: 100% Orange Muscat
  • Alcohol: 11.66%
  • RS: 3.4 g/100mL
  • Production: 202 cases
  • Bottling Date: January 2008
  • Release Date: March 2008

2007 Pinot Grigio:

  • Vineyard: Los Alamos
  • Composition: 100% Pinot Grigio
  • Fermentation: Stainless Steel
  • Non-Malolactic
  • Bottled: January 2008
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Production: 2244 Cases
  • Release Date: April 2008

2007 Rosato:

  • Vineyard: Los Alamos
  • Composition: 75% Nebbiolo, 25% Barbera
  • Fermentation: Co-fermented cold
  • Bottled: April 2008
  • Alcohol: 14.2%
  • Production: 278 Cases
  • Release Date: May 2008

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