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2016 Ruffino Chianti

I enjoy Chiantis, they are perfect for things like red sauce based pastas, and I use them both to marinate as well as to serve with the rabbit stew I make. Dark in color with a nice soft red berry … Continue reading

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2015 San Fabbiano Chianti Classico (mini review)

Dark in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays nice smooth rich red berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely smooth tannins and complexity. A … Continue reading

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2016 Ciu Ciu Bacchus (mini review)

Dark in color, on the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark fruits backed almost immediately by big firm tannins and strong acidity. This is a big wine, with nice complexity that transcend the low price. Shockingly so. Definitely … Continue reading

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2016 Cesari Bosan Ripasso (mini review)

For those not familiar with Ripasso’s they are a process used mostly in Italy where they take the grapes and re-pass them over the skins of another, typically more expensive wine. In this process the wine picks up a lot … Continue reading

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2014 Vinetti De Fiorini Chianti Superiore Docg Chianti

A while back I did a tasting and write up on chiantis. I enjoy them, they pair well with rabbit and pastas. I even use a chianti to marinate my rabbit stew! This on is dark in color with a … Continue reading

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Mionetto Prestige Prosecco Treviso Doc Brut (mini review)

I enjoy Proseccos … super food friendly. The other night I had a little dinner part complete with charcuterie platter and started off with a Proseco. They are super food friendly cut through fatty or spicy foods easily. Yum. This … Continue reading

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2016 Alois Laegder Pinot Grigio (mini review)

Another one from the Mark Anthony portfolio tasting. Pale in color with a nice peach/stone fruit nose. On the mid palate the wine spot on matches the nose with peach and stone fruits dominating a nice fruit forward wine. It’s … Continue reading

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2016 Lumina Ruffino Pinot Grigio

Pale in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate especially without food there’s some mild stone fruits, (think peach), but the dominant flavour here is definitely citrus, lemon and the like. On the medium length finish the … Continue reading

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Pinot Grigio Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT 2015 (mini review)

Pale in color with a lovely crisp nose, with some nice minerality coming through. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely crisp citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely vibrant … Continue reading

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2015 Vignamaggio Monna Lisa Chianti Classico (mini review)

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some varietal Chianti flavors, red berries and the like. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and some lovely dryness. This … Continue reading

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2013 Rocca delle Macìe Chianti Classico

Dark in color with a mild lovely red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice mild red fruits, cherries and the like along with some nice dried fruit notes. On the medium length finish the wine … Continue reading

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Carobbio 2013 Chianti Classico (mini review)

Dark in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice red berries to match the nose along with some slight dried berry notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some … Continue reading

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Marangona 2015 Lugana Turbiana (mini review)

The Italian wine scene can be overwhelming to some. There are so many unique varietals that are unique not just to Italy but to specific regions of Italy. You could spend a lifetime learning them all. But not a bad … Continue reading

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Rivera Il Falcone Riserva Castel del Monte 2009

Dark in color with a nice fruity red berry nose. About the only thing fruity about this wine. On the mid palate the wine displays some red berry notes to match the nose along with some noticeable oak notes. On … Continue reading

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Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico 2013

Dark in color with a mild red cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dried fruits and red cherry notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely smooth tannins, nice dryness and complexity. … Continue reading

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2014 Peppoli Chianti Classico

A while back I did a writeup after a tasting of a bunch of chianti’s from Gabbiano. I learned lots about the region. This chianti classico has seen some time in oak, and then some bottle aging. Nothing specific on … Continue reading

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Santa Margherita Brut Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore

Pale in color with a crisp nose. On the mid palate this is a typical crisp dry, small bubble prosecco. On the medium length finish it’s smooth and dry with some nice citrus notes lingering. It’s a lovely food friendly … Continue reading

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2012 Castello di Neive Barbaresco

Garnet in color with a light red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice soft red berries, rustic notes and dried fruits. But where a good Barbaresco lives is in the finish. On the medium length … Continue reading

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2008 Marchesi de Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Lamaione Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy

As an IGT this Tuscan is allowed to be made with 100% Merlot. Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate straight out of the bottle the wine displays some subtle plummy notes overwhelmed almost immediately by … Continue reading

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Lungarotti Rubesco Sangiovese/Colorino 2012

Dark in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice red berries and dried fruits to match the nose. There’s some noticeable oak present as well. On the medium length finish the … Continue reading

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2015 Anselmi San Vincenzo

Things have been a bit busy in life lately, sorry for being a sparse on the reviews. This one is pale in color with a slightly floral nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some floral notes to match … Continue reading

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Bruna Maje Bianco Riviera Ligure di Ponente Pigato 2014

Italy is one of those places that have a positively dizzying array of unique grapes. A number of them are only grown in a very specific area of Italy. A number of them are never grown anywhere else. Interestingly enough, … Continue reading

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2013 Luiano Chianti Classico Reserva mini review

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich red berries along with some oak. On the medium length finish the wine is nice and smooth with some nice tannins and acidity. … Continue reading

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Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi Tenuta di Castiglioni

Inky dark in color with a nice nose of red berries and dried fruits. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with soft red berries and some nice dried fruits. On the medium length finish the wine displays … Continue reading

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Castello Monterinaldi Chianti Classico 2010

Light red in color with a nice soft red berry nose and a hint of dried fruits on the nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely soft red berries and a hint of dried fruits. … Continue reading

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