OIC's "Sensational 17" Bottles as Selected by Osteria IL Centro Customers!
When Osteria IL Centro was awarded its 17th consecutive Wine Spectator “Best of Award of Excellence” accolade we asked 17 notable OIC customers and other friends of the restaurant to pick one of their favorite bottles from the OIC Reserve Wine list. See below each of the esteemed wine connoisseur’s picks here. Why not consider one the next time you visit Osteria IL Centro?
1. Brent Wittrock - Larkmead Cabernet
Brent D. Wittrock is GM of Osteria IL Centro and lives in Brookside with his wife Katie, and daughters Audrey and Avery.
2. Doug Newman - 2002 Sequoia Grove Rutherford Reserve
My wife and I were at a wedding in Newport, Rhode Island last summer and enjoyed dinner with close friends at Canfield House. One of their friends is a head honcho at St. Francis and Sequoia Grove (and Domaine Carneros and Louis Jadot!). He was nice enough to order the wine and introduced us to the Sequoia Grove Rutherford Reserve. It's a fantastic Cab that's very reasonably priced.
Doug Newman is a partner at DMH, an advertising agency in Kansas City. He and his wife, Mary Catherine, live dangerously close to Osteria Il Centro. Photo taken by Mary Catherine Newman.
3. Rob Hagg - 2005 Pahlmeyer
A great blend that never seems to let us down. The last time Jessica and I drank it we were celebrating at Il Centro my new job offer. It has always been a great wine that we enjoy, but it seems a little better when celebrating a major event.
Rob Hagg is the Senior VP of Life and Integrated Financial Services distribution for CreativeOne located in Leawood, KS
4. Shelley Hall - Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet
I've been lucky enough to have visited the Mondavi Winery a couple of times but the most memorable was last summer with 3 of my girlfriends. Robert Mondavi is the man who brought worldwide recognition to the premium wines of Napa Valley, so the winery is a must see for any true wino. We were given a private tour and did a vertical tasting of the Mondavi Reserve Cabs, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006. The wines were drinking spectacular and tasting each vintage next to each other was a very special experience. The picture I have attached is my friend Amber Carlson who has just recently joined my team at Glazers and I in the To Kalon vineyard where Mondavi sources the Cabernet for the Reserve bottling. It was a very special day and this wine will always have a special place in my heart.
Shelley Hall is a District Sales Manager for Glazers Midwest, the largest wine and liquor distributor in the state of Missouri
5. Cory Lagerstrom - Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley Merlot
In the vast world of wine, it is always great to be pleasantly surprised by a new wine and different varietal than we normally drink. While attending an Il Centro wine tasting (if you have not attended one, you should) with the Woodward Canyon vineyard we were educated about the differences of California merlot and the northwest merlots of Washington State and Oregon. Because the nights are cooler in the northwest prior to the harvest, it lengthens the ripening period which allows for much deeper and heavier merlots than their California counterparts. Julianne and I instantly loved this bottle of wine. It has a great price point and has the body of a light California Cabernet. Our thinking on the Merlot grape instantly changed and we consistently keep a case of this wine in stock for our cellar.
Cory is an entrepreneur that enjoys traveling with his family, wine, BBQ, and hunting and fishing.
6. Ryan Wilhite - 2009 Carlisle Russian River Papera Ranch Zinfandel
I have always been a huge fan of Carlisle wines. I think they are making some of the best Zins and Syrahs coming from California, especially for the price. I know there is an extensive wait time to even get on the mailing list, like 3-4 yrs., so to find these wines on a restaurant wine list is a rarity. I like the Zin because it can be very versatile and I feel like it can accompany any of the food at Il Centro. I don’t have strict rules about only drinking white wines with certain dishes and red wines with other dishes, I just go with what I like. This wine in particular has a great dark fruit and mocha nose with flavor profile that follow suit. There is a balance to the wine that blends the fullness of ripe fruit with the acidity that keeps it vibrant.
Ryan lives with his wife, Liza, and daughter Quinn, in Fairway and has been coming to IL Centro for around 6-7 years. "We love the restaurant and the staff feels like family – and the wine list isn’t too bad either."
7. Taylor McCammon - 2005 Cristom Signature Cuvee Pinot Noir
I strongly recommend The 2005 Cristom Signature Cuvee Pinot Noir. For both enjoyment in the near- and long-term, Cristom pinots are extremely well balanced. There's always a portion of the wine that is made with whole cluster pinot grapes - this gives the wine a structure not normally tasted in pinot, and produces an expressive, aromatic nose that can be tasted with a long finish. This is one of our favorite Oregon producers who never disappoint with any of their wines. (Plus, 2005 has a special meaning for us as we moved from KC to Oregon!)
Taylor is an L&D Project Manager for a financial services company. He was born and raised in KC, but now calls Portland, Oregon, home. He and his wife come back each year to visit family, friends....and Il Centro!
8. Dr. Mark Friedell, MD - Zenato Amarone and Zenato Ripassa
Zenato Amarone and Ripassa are some of the favorite Italian wines of my wife and I from the years that we lived there. They are fruit-forward with notes of cherries, plums and currants and have a smooth finish. Chocolate is noted on occasion in the more complex Amarone. Because they are immediately drinkable and do not need hours of decanting they are perfect Italian wines to order when dining out. Have the Amarone for special occasions and the “little brother (or sister)” anytime.
Dr. Mark Friedell, MD is the Chairman of Surgery at UMKC School of Medicine, Truman Medical Center and Saint Luke’s Hospital