85 + Good Wine

Nov 202013
2011 Giordano Roero Arneis Vendemmia , Piedmont, Italy, $ – Rating 89

A beautiful white wine with a soft nose of citrus and some floral notes. A luxuriously soft mouth-feel with balanced acidity. Flavorful yet lean with notes of red delicious apple, citrus and spice. A touch of honeysuckle completes the finish.  Great to pair with lighter fare or as a patio sipper. Definite crowd pleaser with lower (13%) alcohol than many. Buy This Wine

Nov 172013
2010 Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR $30 (S) – Rating 89

A very enjoyable wine with aromas of cherry and raspberry with definite earthy and smokey notes. Medium-bodied with juicy acidity boasting flavors of smokey cherry, strawberry and ripe raspberry with subtle hints of leather and cigar box. Buy This Wine

Nov 172013
2012 Conundrum Wines California White Wine, Napa Valley, CA, $22 (S) – Rating 88

This is a food pairing wine, the off-dry sweetness pairs quite nicely with lighter fare and particularly spicy foods such as Thai dishes. Tropical aromas of Meyer lemon and white peach with a touch of flintiness. The soft and plush mouth-feel with a definite kiss of sweetness is highlighted with flavors of white peach, tropicals and honeysuckle with hints of ripe pineapple. Your holiday guests will not be disappointed. Buy This Wine

Nov 172013
2011 Conundrum Wines California Red Wine, Napa Valley, CA, $22 (S) – Rating 89

A very easy-drinking wine consisting of a “non-traditional” bled of grape varieties.  A vibrant nose of dark fruit, dark chocolate covered cherries with hints of smoke. The flavors are a rich combination of dark cherry, plum and chocolate with notes of ripe raspberry on the finish. Soft tannins, a bit a acidity and the slightest touch of sweetness add to the complexity. Sure to be a holiday crowd-pleaser on its own and paired with tomato dishes or turkey dinner left-overs. Buy This Wine

Oct 082013
2009 C. G. Di Arie Vineyard & Winery Rosé, Sierra Foothills, CA, $18 (S) – Rating 88

A fun patio Rosé made of 42% Syrah, 28% Grenache, 25% Primitivo and 5% Petite Syrah with a nose of strawberry, spice and rhubarb. Soft acidity with flavors of red cherry, strawberry and bright red fruits with just a touch of cinnamon on the finish. Buy This Wine