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Italy, Sangiovese, Chianti Classico, Cecchi, Tuscany, Chianti, 2012

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90% sangiovese N/ Red berries, blueberries, earth, river rocks, wild herbs, the smell of the countryside after a rain. Lovely. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Red and blue fruits, great earth, mushroom, light game, and mineral notes. Acid work is perfect for a variety of dishes. http://cecchi.net/en/ Price = $22 N = A T = A- I […]

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Italy, Vermentino and Chardonnay, Mazzoni, Bianco Di Toscana, Montalcino, Toscana, 2014

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White blend of 75% vermentino and 25% chardonnay. N/ Fresh rain, soft yellow grasses, seaspray, green apples, light tropical fruits, and toast points. Lovely. T/ Medium mouth feel. Fresh melon and pear flavors with lime zest dancing about. Popping acid work. Clean lines and nice mineral presence. The aging on lees this wine had was just […]

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Italy, Sparkling Wine, Franciacorta, Brut, Lo Sparviere, Agricole Gussalli Beretta, Cuvee Number Seven

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N/ One of my favorite aromas in the entire world is saffron. This is the first wine I’ve ever smelled that had some of the characteristic aromas of saffron. Simply blew me away, and admittedly biased me to loving this wine even before I sipped it. Her other aroma attributes include light citrus, pears, green […]

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Italy, Red Blend (Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese), Liberta, Collazzi Vineyards, Toscana, 2012

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N/ Cellar room, sage, crushed rose petals, cassis, light confection, sweet woods, forest floor, and rhubarb. Complex and delightful. T/ Light to medium mouth feel. Silky but bouncing with acidity. Clean, mineral driven cassis and red berries, with a cranberry tartness that tamed with time in the glass. A perfect food wine that worked seamlessly with […]

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Italy, Garganega, Soave, Rocca Sveva, Classico, 2013

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N/ Yellow flowers, honeysuckle, melon, sun bleached rocks, with hints of resin and spice. T/ Medium full mouth feel. Nice introduction of melon and tropical fruit notes. She is more rounded and has a higher mouth weight then would be expected from her nose. Some mouthwatering action on the close. Her only fault is that I […]

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Italy, Glera, Prosecco, “Extra Dry,” Sparkling Wine, Spumante, Prosecco DOC Treviso, Mionetto, Brut, Organically Grown Grapes, Valdobbiadene, Veneto

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Note: this is one of the first wines where I’ve enjoyed (very much) the non-organic variety of the same brand and then actually enjoyed the wine made with organic grapes even better. This is a quality to price champion. N/ One of the purest expressions of green apple aroma that I’ve ever encountered outside of an […]

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Italy, Garganega, Soave, ReMidas, Cantina di Soave, Soave DOC, 2012

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N/ Honeysuckle, lime zest, yellow flowers, light Vaseline. Fresh rain on cement. Cream Brulé and toast points. Lovely.T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. A very nice balance between a lightly  coating mouthfeel, and ample, lime zested acid work. Yellow apples, honeydew, and pineapples. Medium long finish with a touch of mouthwatering lime. http://www.cantinasoaveusa.com/re-midas-soave.php Price = a […]

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Italy, Sparkling, Brut Rosé, Franciacorta, Contadi Castaldi, Lombardia

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65% chardonnay, and 35% pinot nero C/ Gorgeous cantaloupe / copper and light pink coloration. N/ Strawberries, rose petals, light bread, and stone fruits. Hint of lime zest. Lovely. T/ Creamy, medium-full mouthfeel.  Wow, the acid work gets one’s mouth watering right away. Delicious layers of raspberry and strawberry flavors are refined yet power packed. Clean, […]

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Italy, Sparkling, Brut, Franciacorta, Antica Fratta, Lombardia

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N/ Clean marine wafts, oyster shells, dried beach. Hay and yellow grasses. T/ Light mouthfeel. Bottle of sunshine with a spritz of salt and lime zest. Steamed hay. Extended steel, flint, and green apple skins on her close. Absolutely delightful. http://www.anticafratta.com/en/ Also, a well-translated and information packed descriptor here… http://www.anticafratta.com/pdf-eng/brut.pdf Alcohol = 12.5% Price = […]

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Italy, Glera, Sparkling Wine, Spumante Prosecco DOC Treviso, Mionetto, Brut, Valdobbiadene, Veneto

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N/ Toast points, fresh oyster shells, popping green apples, almond powder. Throughly pleasing – and for this price point? – well, simply remarkable. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Green apples and light white pear intertwine with ample acids and a touch of yeast/toast flavors. Clean lines of both mouthfeel and flavor –  and a nice backbone as […]

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Italy, Super Tuscan Red Blend (Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet, etc.), L’Andrea, Monte Vibiano, Colli Perugini Rosso DOC, Marsciano – Perugia, 2007

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Red blend of: sangiovese 50%, merlot 15%, cabernet sauvignon 15%, Syrah 5%, other red grape varieties 15%. N/ Lightly smoked black cherry, and deep red fruits with layers of earth, tobacco, wet, aged oak, and rock. Pine needles, sage, and wild herbs slow dance. Only, slight detraction, is a wee bit of reduced aromas that […]

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Italy, Sangiovese, Vecchio Rosso, Monte Vibiano, Marsciano – Perugia, Umbria, 2011

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She started out on the light side of the equation but, with time, became ample and full of fruit. A touch of spice and a delightful acid presence throughout the experience. Paired perfectly with roasted chicken and a persimmon chicken risotto. The balance between her ripe red fruit flavors, acid throughout, and clean lines made […]

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Italy, Sparkling, Brut, Franciacorta, Satèn, Lo Sparviere, Agricole Gussalli Beretta, Monteicelli Brusati, Lombardia

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N/ Acid dancing like her Franciacorta sisters do so well. Apple, hay notes, and toast points. The funk is a little intense here. I also get light resin and some hard herbals. Not nearly as balanced, for my nose, as other Franciacortas I’ve recently enjoyed T/ She is also crisp and fresh, but while her […]

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Italy, Sparkling, Brut, Franciacorta, Ronco Calino, Agricole Ronco Calino, Agro, Lombardia

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N/ Steamed hay, crisp green apples, honeysuckle, white flowers and oyster shells. T/ Nice acids and crispness are present like her Franciacorta brethren, but just a tad less powerfully. Along with some lean green apple flavors I tasted some white pear. A few marine notes intrigue. She offers up some minerality in her lean and popping close. […]

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Italy, Sparkling, Brut, Franciacorta, Villa, Monticelli Brusati, Lombardia, 2007

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N/ Acid dancing hay, toast points, oyster shells, canvas, green apples, and a hint of dank funk – oh my. Lovely. Complex. Inviting. Clean. T/ Crisp, fresh, acid popping, and steely, but with a creaminess and depth of apple and toast flavors that leaves you wanting another sip much faster than many a sparkling wine. […]

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Italy, Sparkling, Brut, Barone Pizzini, Franciacorta, Lombardia

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White blend of: 90% chardonnay and 10% pinot nero. N/ A touch of funk layers over deep marine and fresh oyster aromas. There is a savory element here that is hard to describe – fresh white mushrooms perhaps. Lightly oxidized apple notes and a bracing acidity delight. Complex, fun, and deep. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Creamy […]

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Italy, Garganega, Soave Classico, Rocca Sveva, Cantina di Soave, 2012

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Grape pronunciation: garganega (gar-GAH-nay-gah) N/ I excitedly and spontaneously excluded that her nose was “citrus, nutmeg, carmel, toasty yeast, passion fruit and and wet cement – oh my!” Meaning, I loved it. T/ Oh wow, delivery here as well. Medium mouthfeel. Pineapple, apples, and passion fruit deliciousness with ample acids to keep your mouth watering. […]

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USA, Pinot Grigio, Cupcake Vineyards, DOC Trentino, Italy, 2010

N/ Honeysuckle. Crisp hay. Soft grasses. Soft, river rock aromas. Citrus. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Ripe cantaloupe and white pear. Medium-high acid pop. Solid mineral backbone. Soft, fruit full finish. http://www.cupcakevineyard.com Winemaker = Adam Richardson Price =$14 Great Q2PR again from the Cupcakers! Very Good. 87 / 88 This wine was a media sample kindly provided […]

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Italy, Sparkling Red Blend (mainly Brachetto grape must, partial ferment), Riboli Family, Stella Rosa, Il Conte’ de Alba, Piedmont

Note: to me, this is not a wine, so I will not rate it as I normally do… N/ Sort of an amazing bubble gum blast. Huge, quite startling really, citronella. Strawberry jam. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Quite sweet, saunters right up to the edge of cloying and then extends her pink (manicured and […]

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Sparkling Wine / Champagne / Cava / Cremant / Prosecco = “Sparkling Spectacular”

This following wines were part of blind tasting by the #SDWM (twitter hashtag) group – our “Sparkling Spectacular”. We were fortunate enough to have bottles of bubbles from all over the world, a dozen of which I found interesting enough to write up. The results were quite surprising.  Flat-out amazing deals exist in the sparkling […]

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