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Apr 072014
Giordano Pinot GrigioGiordano Grecanico Pinot Grigio 2012, Sicily Collection, Sicily, Italy, $12 (S) – Rating 88

From a small vineyard on Sicily, this Pinot Grigio – Grecanico blend is produced in a softer creamier style than many mouth-puckering Pinot Grigios. A gentle nose of citrus, pineapple and melon. Light-bodied with soft acidity, offering flavors of pineapple creme, lemon and green apple with a bit of minerality in the finish. Think summertime with friends. Will pair well with lighter summer and picnic fare. Buy This Wine

Apr 072014
Giordano WineGiordano Primitivo di Manduria d.o.c. 2011, Giordano Collection, Apulia, Italy, $14 (S) – Rating 89

Aged 50% in 2 -3 year old oak barrels and 50% in underground oak casks from low yield vines in southern Italy near the Adriatic Sea. This rich and jammy brother to Zinfandel, sports aromas of dark cherry, plum, ripe raspberry and a touch of saddle leather. Balanced tannins and acidity are highlighted with flavors of plum, black cherry, vanilla, tobacco box, cassis, pepper and spice. A nice compliment of campfire smoke in the finish. Buy This Wine

Mar 242014
Giordano Italian WineGiordano Montepulciano d’Abruzzo d.o.c. 2011, Progetto Collection, Abruzzo, Italy, $12 (S) – Rating 89

This a a hearty red wine that needs some time to open. Patience will be rewarded. The nose entices with rustic and briary scents combined with aromas of forest floor. A soft mouth-feel with soft tannins. Round flavors of plum, blueberry, ripe cherry, oaky vanilla and a hint of peppery spice. Pleasant notes of espresso and chocolate on the finish. Buy This Wine

Feb 122014
2011 Jekel Vineyards Gravelstone Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco, Monterey, CA, $16 (S) – Rating 88

Scents of red apples, pears, tropical fruit and baking spice. A round mouth-feel with juicy acidity from the judicious use of new and neutral oak barrels. Creamy flavors of pear and red apple with a hints of pineapple and vanilla. A nice touch of spice on the finish. Buy This Wine

Jan 202014
2011 Novy Family Wines Zinfandel, Russian River Valley, CA, $18 – Rating 89

A well made zinfandel with a bit of complexity. Aromas of blueberry and black cherry with subtle notes of leather. Medium-bodied with a soft mouth-feel and a touch of acidity. Rich Zinfandel flavors of blackberry, black cherry, blueberry and cacao with hints of cinnamon spice and caramel. 15.1% alcohol yet well balalnce. Buy This Wine