Meet il Porcellino’s new “La Nascosta” wine selection, a secret stash showcasing 12 rare and unique findings curated by Wine Director Ryan Arnold. Focusing on Sangiovese-based wines from Tuscany, with sprinklings from famed regions like Veneto, Piedmont and Napa, the selection features iconic producers from renowned appellations to extremely limited-produced wines that are only available in Chicago at il Porcellino.
Join us, sip on some La Nascosta wines and grab some antipasti by making a reservation here!
We’ve tapped into Ryan’s expertise to find out what he’s most excited about and what to pair each wine with.
1991 Vallana Spanna, Gattinara ($189)
Spanna (Nebbiolo grape from the Gattinara appellation) is the most important grape after Sangiovese at il Porcellino. The Vallana offers a lighter expression than the bulk of the La Nascosta wine list in a much older vintage. Spoil yourself this holiday season!
*A rotating 1991 vintage will remain on the menu after the Vallana Spanna is sold out.
Pair it: Four Cheese Tortellini – imported from Bologna – with brown butter and sage
2013 Le Macchiole “Paleo Rosso” Cabernet Franc, Toscana ($205)
Featuring Cabernet Franc – which happens to be one of Ryan’s favorite grapes – it’s often used as a minority grape in blends to add a touch of freshness and acidity, though is often underappreciated. Not often seen as a monovarietal in Tuscany, Ryan loves this particular wine due to its tart red cherry, bright cranberry and herbaceous notes, and is light in body.
Pair it: Stuffed Mushrooms with spinach, garlic, parmesan breadcrumbs, atop a chicken jus
2004 Isole e Olena “Cepparello” Sangiovese, Tuscany ($234)
Made by the iconic winemaker Paolo DeMarchi who is from the Piedmont region and was a pioneer in the mid-1970’s in challenging traditional winemaking practices, such as using Barriques (smaller barrels). One of the first to focus on pure Sangiovese wines rather than blends, Ryan chose this wine due to the historic significance Paolo played in the Sangio world.
Pair it: Pappardelle alla Porcellino with a three meat ragu
2015 Reeve Sangiovese, California ($128)
A new world take on one of Italy’s most iconic grapes, Reeve is experimenting with making Sangiovese wines on a rocky knoll in California’s Chalk Hill. With only two barrels produced, due to its exclusivity, Ryan has secured Chicago’s first allocation of this vintage. Get it while you can!
Pair it: Barolo-Braised Short Rib with polenta and spicy tomato ragu