Italian Wines

Mar 202013
2011 Giordano Salento Prestigio Chardonnay i.g.t. Gold Collection  Apulia, Italy, $11.50 (S) – Rating 89

An excitingly crisp Chardonnay for those who prefer an unoaked style. A bright nose of floral notes complimented with hints of citrus, honeydew melon and honeysuckle. The palate will enjoy the flavors of pineapple and Meyer lemon with red apple undertones . Crisp acidity makes for many food pairing possibilities. Buy This Wine

Mar 202013
Giordano Esclusivo Etchetta Oro Salento Rosso, Apulia, Italy, $13 (S) – Rating 90

A big red blend of native and international grape varieties with an inviting nose of rich dark cherry, raspberry jam spice and leather. Rather fruit forward with flavors of dark fruit, cherry and raspberry with hints of cola and vanilla. Full to medium bodied with supple yet integrated tannins. A great value wine that will pair well with grilled meats or stews. Buy This Wine

Mar 202013
2011 Giordano Sangiovese Puglia i.g.t. “Apuliae Collection”, Puglia, Italy, $9.50 (S) – Rating 89

A very easy drinking red patio pleaser. Aromas of raspberry, red berries, blueberry and cinnamon waft from the glass. Medium to light bodied, offering well balanced flavors of red berry fruit, plum raspberry and spice with soft tannins.  Excellent with lighter spring or summer fare. Buy This Wine

Mar 092013
2010 Giordano Collection Nebbiolo Maestri Italiani doc, Piedmont, Italy, $17 (S) – Rating 89

A fruit forward red wine with old world charm and earthiness. The nose entices with notes of ripe cherry and plum with hints of raspberry and spice. The palate is treated to flavors of dark cherry, plum and spice. Soft tannins make this a very enjoyable and easy drinking red wine. Certainly a party pleaser. Buy This Wine

Feb 262013
2010 Giordano Collection Tuscany i.g.t. Toscana Rosso, Tuscany, Italy, $13.50 (S) – 91

A Super Tuscan at a super price. This traditional blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet is rich and deep with aromas of red cherry, blackberry, dark spice, oaky vanilla and camp smoke. Very fruit-forward with moderate tannins offering notes of dark cherry, plum and dark fruit with intriguing hints of  dark chocolate and leather in the long finish. It is simply a “cuddle up by the fire” kind of wine. Buy This Wine