2011 Poggio Anima ‘Gabriel’ Basilicata IGT

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In the ancient Hebrew Book of Enoch, Gabriel, along with Michael, Raphael, Uriel and Suriel, hears the cries of humanity under the strain of the Nephilim. It was their beseeching of “the Ancient of Days” – interpreted to be Yahweh – that prompted God to call Enoch to the prophetical office. After Enoch informed the Watchers (or “Grigori”) of their fall from grace, the Ancient of Days sent the archangels to earth to complete various tasks. Gabriel was to “Go to the biters, to the reprobates, to the children of fornication, the offspring of the Watchers, from among men; bring them forth and excite them against one another. Let them perish under mutual slaughter; for length of days shall not be theirs.” Gabriel is recognized as the most important archangel in many texts in various religions. From revealing the Quran to Muhammad to announcing the birth of Jesus to Mary, his importance is noted throughout historical texts.

As is such, Greco arguably the most important grape in all of Italy, due to its use in various liqueurs as well as fine wines. It is often better known by its mutation moniker of Trebbiano. It’s a delicious, food-friendly wine made of an ancient grape. Often compared to Viognier because of its subtle fruit and herbaceous aromatics, Greco (“Greek”) originated in Greece, but it came to southern Italy more than 2,500 years ago.

  • Region: Basilicata IGT
  • Varietal: 100% Greco
  • Vintage: 2011
  • Vineyard: Taverna’s San Basile Vineyard
  • Vine Age: 19 years old
  • Yield: 3 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Sandy & Gravely
  • Oak: None – Stainless Steel
  • Production: 1,000 cases

Ixel Balamke

Ixel Balamke was one of the two founding members of Sekhet-Bast-Ra in Oklahoma City. Currently living in the Twin Cities, she is currently the LBM of Leaping Laughter Lodge. She also is a Meanad and lover of fine wines. Her life long partner Hunahpu and she are well known for their Wine Tastings at NOTOCON. Together they have a small wine cellar that currently holds over 300 bottles.

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