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5218 Lawton Avenue
Oakland, CA 94114

510-654-9159

Oliver McCrum Wines has been importing small production Italian wine and distributing to fine retail and restaurant establishes throughout California since 1994. Over time, our portfolio of producers has steadily grown to over 45 producers from 15 different regions of Italy. We look for typical Italian wines with clarity and freshness, usually made from indigenous Italian grape varieties using clean, transparent winemaking techniques and no obvious use of oak. 

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Upcoming Winemaker Events

Michele Boscia

Wednesday September 3rd - Please join winemaker Cristiano Garella (formerly of Tenute Sella) to taste the wines from three new winery projects he is working with in the appellations of Lessona, Bramaterra, and Fara. 
Biondivino Wine Boutique - 1415 Green Street, San Francisco, CA - 5:30-8pm

Wednesday September 3rd - Late Night Trade Tasting with Cristiano Garella (formerly of Tenute Sella). RSVP info@omwines.com, all trade customers welcome.
Locanda - 557 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA - 10pm to 12am

Thursday September 11th - Please join Cristian Maddalena and taste through the of Erste + Neue from the Alto Adige.
Biondivino Wine Boutique - 1415 Green Street, San Francisco, CA - 5:30-8pm

Friday September 12th - Please join Cristian Maddalena and taste the wines of Erste + Neue from the Alto Adige.
Whole Foods Noe Valley - 3950 24th Street, San Francisco, CA - 5 to 7pm

New Winery: Cantalupo

Michele Boscia

We are excited to add the Cantalupo wines to our portfolio this year. I just completed the new web page for Cantalupo on our site with some notes and tech details for the wines we have in stock. Look for the rosato 'Il Mimo' to arrive in June.

I was extremely pleased with the line-up we tasted at Vinitaly this year. All the wines showed a clear mineral character and a bright mouthwatering acidity. The wines are quite delicate and not at all over-ripe which really allows the mineral character to show alongside the fruit. The climate in Ghemme as in the other areas of Northern Piedmont is rainier and cooler than those of the Barolo and Barbaresco areas to the south, which allows the grapes to enjoy a long growing season without becoming over-ripe. This leads to wines with great depth of flavor and alcohol levels in the moderate range. The wines are all aged for extended periods in very large slavonian oak casks and then further extended aging takes place in their underground bottle cellar. The winery releases their wines quite a bit later than most other wineries producing important red wines these days so we are able to drink wines with a few extra years of age without aging them ourselves. These are really special wines and all for a bargain price considering the complexity of flavor and level of quality they offer. 

New Producer: Podere Salicutti

Michele Boscia

We are excited to be getting back into Tuscany after some years not selling any Tuscan wine. Podere Salicutti is the first of three new Tuscan producers we will be introducing over the next few months. We have a limited first release available now.

Some notes on Podere Salicutti from Kerin O'Keefe's wonderful book on Brunello di Montalcino:

If you appreciate the subtle elegance and complexity of great Burgundy, this is your Brunello: luminous and garnet-colored with earthy flavors and a silky palate. Proprietor Francesco Leanza makes his graceful Brunellos with organic farming methods, wild yeasts, and as little intervention as possible in the cellar...[he] ended up choosing an ideal location that has allowed him such great fruit that it need only be guided rather than forced [in the cellar]... These are some of the best Brunellos...

I agree completely with these notes. The wines are fermented using native yeasts, then aged in a combination of puncheons and large barrels made of French oak, and they show extraordinary elegance, a characteristic that is not always the first thing one notices about Brunello di Montalcino, as well as the acidity and fine tannins that promise a long life in the bottle. Leanza is one of the three founders of Sangiovese Per Amici, a group that was set up to represent an alternative to the Consorzio of Brunello di Montalcino, which many observers feel is not a trustworthy guardian of the appellation after the Brunellogate scandal of a few years ago, and subsequent efforts to allow non-traditional varieties in Rosso di Montalcino.   - Oliver

Podere Salicutti has an incredible array of interesting information about their philosophy, organic farming practices, soil composition, vineyard details, and winemaking details on their website. Following are links to the tech details of the two wines we currently have in stock now. 

Rosso di Montalcino 2010

Brunello di Montalcino 2008