Wine Reviews

Ratings Explained

84 & Below – Not Posted ‘cause we won’t drink it
85 + A good wine. Buy if the price is right
90 + A very good wine, in our humble opinion
95 + An awe inspiring wine – Possibly life altering

All wine reviews are based solely on the personal tastes of the authors.
Disclosure: Samples are designated by an “S” beside the wine reviewed.
We’re still objective. Robert Parker doesn’t buy his wines either

Mar 252013
2010 Giordano Nebbiolo Langhe d.o.c., Piedmont, Italy, $15.50 (S) – Rating 88

Looking for a cold winter night wine, this Nebbiolo from Piedmont fits the bill with its aromas of dark cherry, leather and spice. The food pairing acidity will work well with winter stews and meats. Medium bodied with flavors of black cherry, ripe raspberry and dark fruit. The long finish offers subtle notes of root beer. Buy This Wine

Mar 252013
2010 Giordano Barbera d’Asti d.o.c.g. Piemonte Collection, Piedmont, Italy, $14 (S) – Rating 89

Be patient with this big red wine. She needs at least an hour to show her full beauty. A rich nose of dark fruit, plum, cassis and dark spice is the prelude to a medium-bodied wine with soft tannins. Italian earthiness combines with flavors of dark cherry, black currant and plum with hints of leather and spice. Try pairing with grilled sausage. Buy This Wine

Mar 232013
2011 Giordano Negroamaro Pinot Nero Puglia, Apulia, Italy, $11 (S) – Rating 89

A full-bodied red wine blended of Pinot Nero and Negroamaro grapes offering an indulgent nose reminiscent of dark chocolate covered cherries. The palate will be treated to flavors of dark cherries and ripe plums with integrated and enticing notes of chocolate, espresso and saddle leather. Soft tannins create an easy drinking experience with enough acidity to pair well with richer meats. Buy This Wine

Mar 232013
2011 Giordano Verdicchio Classico d.o.c. dei Castelli di Jesi, Marche, Italy, $11 (S) – Rating 88

A crisp white wine produced with Verdicchio grapes cultivated exclusively in the area of Jesi on the central east coast. A lovely floral nose with tropical aromas of lemon and caramelized pineapple. Mouthwatering acidity creates endless food pairing possibilities with lighter summer fare. Balanced flavors of ripe pineapple, lemon and citrus with just a hint of tropicals and orange zest in the long finish. Buy This Wine

Mar 212013
2011 Giordano Orvieto d.o.c., Umbria, Italy, $10.50 (S) – Rating 88

A crisp blend of Verdello, Grechetto and Trebbiano Toscano grapes possessing a floral nose with notes of lemon zest and welcomed minerality. This white wine has a soft mouth-feel with flavors of Meyer lemon, tropical citrus and terrior minerality. A touch of green apple in the soft finish. Buy This Wine