Fratelli Brunello Grappa Casetta

Fratelli Brunello Grappa Casetta

This Grappa was provided to me as a Tasting Panel member, coordinated by StudioCru. Sincere thanks to editor Davide Cocco and Fratelli Brunello for the opportunity to participate.

Let’s begin with an image upgrade:

Then -> Grappa-drinking elderly men scoop up wormy cheese with crusts of bread.

Now -> Fashionable under 40-somethings sample grappe in trendy cafes and grappa bars.

Though my grandfather wouldn’t believe it, it’s true: young food and wine lovers are discovering the pleasures of artisan made grappa distilled by quality minded producers.

fratelli-brunello-grappa-casettaOne producer of fine grappa which you’ll want to keep on your radar is Fratelli Brunello. Since 1840, four generations of family have put their hands to business at Fratelli Brunello, Italy’s oldest artisan distillery. Located in Italy’s Veneto, Fratelli Brunello specializes in fine distillations of select pomace from authentic and rare grape varieties.

Legally protected by European Union decree, grappa is a distilled spirit product exclusive to Italy made from the fermented pomace of grapes which must themselves be a product of Italy.

I appreciate care and attention to detail when I find it: the Fratelli Brunello Grappa Casetta for this Panel Tasting arrived to me packaged in a handsomely designed box printed with colorful reds and greys inside and out. The package included two ANAG (Associazione Nazionale Assaggiatori Grappa / National Association of Grappa Tasters) certified tulip shaped glasses perfectly suited to tasting grappa.

Trouble was taken to provide the Tasting Panel with good information about optimal tasting conditions which I followed exactly. I must point out that the guidance was not restrictive at all and allowed great latitude for my personal preferences.

Fratelli Brunello Grappa Casetta is made from the pomace of Casetta aka “foja tonda”, a varietal that in the mid-late 1900’s, had nearly disappeared, in fact. Still rare today, Casetta is lovingly kept alive by a few stout hearted, artisan growers in northeastern Italy.

Tasting Notes / Impressions:

Colorless and crystalline clear, like looking into a flawless white diamond. Exquisite forest wood, wild berry and almond on a nose of delicately etched intensity, offering subtle hints of grass and ginseng. Flavors of raisin, red plum and berry combine with sensual liquidity on the tongue for an intimately ethereal taste / touch experience. Alcohol remains in constant balance with other components throughout, never getting too hot or overpowering. A fresh, persistent finish with plenty of flavor and inner mouth aroma.

Food Pairing Suggestions:

Grappa, of course, is a wonderful spirit to enjoy without food, after a good meal or while relaxing in a moment of meditation.

But, grappa is also delicious with accompaniments: try Fratelli Brunello Grappa Casetta with medium aged cheeses – I liked a mild French blue and Italian Taleggio – as well as savory goodies like thin-sliced cured salmon or caviar on toast.

This grappa also pairs nicely with fine dark chocolate and confections that are not overly sweet.

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Joel Mack has worked for a celebrated importer / distributor of Italian wines and continues to study the wines and winemaking of Italy. He has advised many restaurants in making their Italian wine list selections and has provided training to restaurant staff. Today, Joel conducts wine classes and leads specialized private and corporate tastings of Italian wines. Joel carried out his higher education at a highly regarded College of Music and continues to extend an artistic point of view to Italian wine, balanced with factual information about wine, its nature and identity. By day, he applies his time to collaborative software technology. Joel can be contacted at joel at vintrospective dot com.

2 thoughts on “Fratelli Brunello Grappa Casetta”

  1. We got a taste of Fratelli Brunello’s grappa (one made from Spergola grapes) when we were at one of our favourite restaurants (La Bulesca) in the tiny town of Rubano, outside Padova. For a place where the biggest thing is the two-story bowling alley, Rubano brags some great eating places. You might have heard of Le Calendre, which rates stars in the Guida Rossa. Anyway, we stop at Bulesca every time we’re in Italia, and the owner (Daniele Chimetto) always takes pains to introduce us to more tipico local wines, foods and liquors. We liked their Spergola, but unfortunately, it’s impossible to find if you’re more than 50 K outside of where it’s made.

  2. Hi, thanks for the tip about La Bulesca / Rubano… sounds like a great place to seek out if in the area ! And thanks for stopping by Vintrospective 🙂 …best, Joel.

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