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Prophecy Pinot Grigio 2016

Prophecy Pinot Grigio 2016

The color of pale green straw, like fresh alfalfa, the sort I used to buy for my sheep (when I had sheep, but that was a lifetime ago) the 2016 Prophecy Pinot Grigio is deliciously, lightly herbaceous, with wafting aromas of green apple and pear, and a twist of lemon zest. It's easy drinking, turning from orchard fruit to more tropical tones on the palate—underripe pineapple, star fruit, and glimmering minerality and fine persistence on the finish. 12.5% ABV | Sample Prophecy Wines 8.9 Points...

San Marzano Talò Malvasia Nera Salento IGT 2015

San Marzano Talò Malvasia Nera Salento IGT 2015

Another delightful find from San Marzano, this 100% Malvasia Nera is softly textured and juicy. As with all wines in the Talò line, it over delivers for its roughly $15.00 price point. Juicy Italian plums, blackberries and black cherries are rendered more complex by an earthy-savory edge of dried herbs, coffee, and underbrush. In the mouth, it's round, fleshy, and voluptuous, and all too easy to drink. A soulful pairing with pizza, roast duck or pigeon. 13.5% ABV | Sample San Marzano 9.0 Points...

Umberto Bortolotti Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut

Cantine Umberto Bortolotti Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut NV

Umberto Bortolotti's exquisite line of Proseccos, their non-vintage Valdobbiadene Brut is the sweetest of the line, all have feature attractive creaminess at the core and a mousse that is notably finer than most Proseccos I've tasted. It opens with a garland of white flowers, acacia honey and honeydew melon. Here, the creaminess is upfront, gradually subsiding to a saline-flecked mineral finish. 7 g/l, 11.5% ABV | Sample Cantine Umberto Bortolotti 9.0 Points...

Rive Di S. Stefano Montagnole

Cantine Umberto Bortolotti Rive Di S. Stefano Montagnole Valdobbiadene 2016

Umberto Bortolotti's stylish 2016 Rive Di S. Stefano Montagnole Valdobbiadene qualifies as one of the best Proseccos I've had in recent memory. Aromas of fresh Williams pear, green apple, and white grapefruit pith are held aloft by ultra-fine, diaphanous bubbles. At 2 g/l residual sugar, it feels perceptibly dry and crisp. Calcium-rich marl limestone soils have contributed to this wine's textural finesse and finish, amply infused with pear and old marine bones. 11.7% ABV | Sample Cantine Umberto Bortolotti 9.1 Points ...

Cantine Umberto Bortolotti Piai Alto Valdobbiadene Rive Di Rolle 2016

Cantine Umberto Bortolotti Piai Alto Valdobbiadene Rive Di Rolle 2016

From a single 2.65 ha parcel on the steep slopes of the Rive DOCG, the 2016 Umberto Bortolotti Piai Alto Valdobbiadene Rive Di Rolle is awash with delicate, tender aromas of acacia flowers, acacia honey, that swirl 'round white peach and Asian pear. It's round and creamy upfront, with a delicate honeyed character that can be felt on the nose, and all the way through to a meandering finish. 13.2 g/l, 11.6% ABV | Sample Cantine Umberto Bortolotti 8.9 Points  ...

San Marzano Primitivo di Manduria riserva Anniversario 62

San Marzano 62 Anniversario Primitivo di Manduria Riserva 2014

From San Marzano, the 2014 62 Anniversario Primitivo di Manduria Riserva is made from 100% head-trained Primitivo grapes grown in highly weathered, calcareous soils rich in iron oxides. Opaque quinacridone violet in the glass, the nose explodes with blackberries, plums, black cherry, anise, candied violets, and sweet tobacco. It's supple and smooth on entry, with it's weight counterbalanced against a bevy of chewy, ripe tannins, moderate acidity and an earthy mineral vein that emerges at the close. Sample San Marzano 9.1 Points...

La Marca Prosecco NV

La Marca Prosecco NV

La Marca Prosecco is a tasteful addition to any holiday table. A torrent of clinquant bubbles adds sparkle and elan to delicate aromas of yellow apple, lemon, white flowers, and acacia honey. This is a spritely, medium-bodied Prosecco graced with bright acidity, creamy texture, and a welcome burst of subtle minerality twining a pleasant bittersweet peach pit note on the finish. 11.29% ABV | Sample La Marca Prosecco 8.9 Points...

Tenuta San Guido Le Difese Toscana IGT 2014

Tenuta San Guido Le Difese Toscana IGT 2014

The third wine of Sassicaia, Tenuta San Guido Le Difese 2014 is a blend of 70% Cabernet and 30% Sangiovese. Aged for twelve months on French and American oak barrels, it's a medium-bodied, fairly liner Tuscan red bedecked in plums, pie cherries, cassis and mint. In the mouth, firm tannins and high-acid and youthful energy converge, revealing a finish of savory sweet tobacco and spice. Best paired with food, this is a wine that should continue to age gracefully in the cellar. Sample Tenuta San Guido 8.8 Points...

Cantine San Marzano Talò Negroamaro Salento IGP 2015

San Marzano Talò Negroamaro Salento IGP 2015

If I were to describe San Marzano's 2015 Talò Negroamaro Salento IGP in a single word, it would be juicy. A plush and plump mouthful of damson plums, black cherries, balsamic, sweet tobacco, and vanilla paste set against a backdrop of velvety tannins and moderate acidity. This is a generous, easy-drinking wine, and it's all too easy to reach the bottom of the glass. 13.5% ABV | Sample San Marzano 8.9 Points...

Vietti Moscato d'Asti Cascinetta 2015

Vietti Moscato d’Asti Cascinetta 2015

An affordable holiday bubbly—Vietti's 2015 Moscato d'Asti Cascinetta has a classic profile for the varietal. Lovely notes of baked apple and poached pear lie well beneath granulated honey, star gazer lilly and chamomile. At 5% ABV, it's quaffable and charming. — August 11, 2017 I have a weakness for Vietti's Moscato d'Asti Cascinetta, the 2015 is no exception, offering a nose of honey, chamomile and bruised pear. Nice concentration and viscosity with enough acidity to keep it light and lively. Yes! — November 27, 2016 Vietti 8.9 Points...