Next time you are in El Dorado County or on your way to and from Tahoe, check out Nello Olivo for “the best Italian wines under the California sun” in an equally regal tasting room. Just 8 miles from Sutter Mill, where gold was discovered in 1848, you can make a few enriching discoveries of your own. A tasting room in Sequoia’s Historic Wine Cellar appears to be designed for wine with thick natural rock walls and a stone floor. You feel like you’re tasting in a wine cave.
Their wines are even more delightful. Many Italian varietals are featured with local favorites like Viognier and Cabernet Sauvignon. Their styles are befitting of each individual varietal. A Sangiovese has bright vibrant red fruit that makes you quickly return for another taste and each mouthful hits your palate differently as it evolves. A Merlot has a really nice balance of crisp acidity with a big bold red body. But the succulent and elegant Super Tuscan Style will be the one you want to take home for an equally succulent meal or sipping by a roaring fire. It gets its balance of ripe red acidity from Sangiovese with deep dark plum and blueberry from Barbera and Petite Sirah. Finally, a backbone with tremendous elegance and complexity with an array of spices are probably the result of the famed Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Serve this with your most elegant super supper.