has a deep garnet red color. From the first whiff you can tell this is a classic old world wine. Rioja wines have this unique mustiness, not in a bad way, that let you know you are drinking a special wine whose aromas and characteristics have survived the test of time. Aromas of violets and plums emerge from rich soil that grows the spectacular grapes that give life to this wine. As the Marques de Murrieta, Reserva opens, more smells emerge, toasted oak, vanilla, dark cherry and strawberry. The palate has more happiness awaiting it. The mouth experiences some of that … Continue reading Marques de Murrieta, Reserva, Rioja, Spain, 2015
Susana Balbo, Crios, Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, AR, 2018 has a deep garnet red appearance in the glass. Deep aromas of plum, violets, dark cacao and graphite show the serious nature of this Cab. Dark cherry, tart blackberry, toasted oak, and minerals greet the tongue while firm tannins lead to a full mouth feel. A sharp brace of acidity hits mid mouth raised the fruit and leads to a long mouth drying acidity. The Susana Balbo, Crios, Cabernet Sauvignon leaves no stone unturned in giving the drinker a true Cabernet Sauvignon. Still in its infancy, the Susana Balbo, Crios, Cabernet … Continue reading Susana Balbo, Crios, Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, AR, 2018
Susana Balbo, Crios, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2018 has a deep purple hue in the glass. The nose is filled with fresh picked plums, strawberry, violets and hints of cacao. The full bodied Susana Balbo, Crios, Malbec has flavors of tart red cherry, wild berries, blueberry, dark chocolate notes and blood orange acidity on the finish. Susana Balbo takes a real pride and sense of place in her winemaking. Too often wineries make a generic perfumed yet bold Malbec, but they all taste the same. It is like someone created a cookie cutter formula for Malbec and drinkers are ok until … Continue reading Susana Balbo, Crios, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2018
Cono Sur, Bicicleta, Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 2018 is pale yellow in the glass. The nose is filled with pleasing aromas of lemon-lime citrus, summer peaches, wild flowers and tangerines. The palate starts out with a blast of citrus that melts in crisp Granny Smith apple, pineapple, and peach and backed with minerals. The citrus notes bring in nice acidity that rounds out the palate and leaves your mouth ready for the next sip. With the Bicicleta, Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Cono Sur salutes the bicycle that powers workers through the vineyards keeping Cono Sur’s carbon footprint to a minimum. The … Continue reading A duo of wines to take on your next picnic. Make sure to ride your bicycle to the picnic!
Vietti, Roero Arneis, Castiglioni Faletto, Italy, 2017 is pale yellow-gold in the glass. The nose is filled with fruit aromas such as honeydew melon, nectarines, pears and lime. The palate is rewarded with delicious mandarin orange, peach, green apple and minerals that are balanced with crisp acidity. Vietti, Roero Arneis is medium bodied and has a nice long finish; the green apple goes from start to finish. The Vietti, Roero Arneis was enjoyed with a lunch at La Grotta in Richmond, VA. Puree of Cauliflower with Gorgonzola soup was tamed with the crisp acidity of the wine. Even better was … Continue reading Vietti Roero Arneis and lunch at Richmond’s La Grotta, perfect combo
With spring and summer fast approaching it is time to think of lighter meals and what wine to drink with those dishes. Time to age those big red wines in your cava until next fall and stock up on white wines to enjoy. Albariño, a grape from Spain’s northeastern corner is the perfect wine to go with warm weather cuisine. Its crisp acidity works with all kinds of cuisine and satisfies the palate. Here is a list of some of my favorite Albariños from a recent tasting at Miami Beach’s Bylbos restaurant. Bodegas Vionta, You & Me, 2015 has a … Continue reading Lighten up your summer with Spain’s crisp white wine, Albariño
Fattoria Selvapiana was founded in 1827 by Florentine banker Michele Giuntini in Chianti’s Rufina section. The winery is still owned and worked by the Giuntini family. Since 2002 the winery began to move in the direction of organic wine making practices. Fattoria Selvapiana, Chianti Rufina, 2012 is light garnet red. It has aromas of cherry, raspberry, strawberry and wet slate. The palate is fruit forward with bright red berries and backed by minerals. The tannins are light and this has a medium long finish. The Chianti Rufina is very easy to drink, enjoy with a roasted pork loin with roasted … Continue reading The Wines of Fattoria Selvapiana