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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...

Quintessentia Amaro Nonino

Quintessentia Amaro Nonino

Amaro, where have you been all my life? That is a question that begs serious thought. I was first introduced to it by my host on a recent trip to Umbria, he graciously ordered us Amaro Monte Negro on our first night and later, this classic, Amaro Nonino. Orange peel, spice cake, brandied pear, star anise, and dried herbs, this saffron-hued elixir from Quintessa is an absolute delight. In the mouth, it's round and mellow, with burnt caramel at the core. Note to self: stock up for the holidays. 35% ABV Nonino Distillatori S.R.L 9.3 Points...

Ruffino Lumina Pinot Grigio 2015

Ruffino Lumina Pinot Grigio 2015

Ruffino's Lumina Pinot Grigio firmly falls in the great values category. The 2015 vintage is softly textured and crisp. Notes of Bosc pear and Golden Delicious apple are complicated by white flowers and lilting minerality. Easy drinking and bright, it's a wine that offers versatility in spades—I paired this bottle with pappardelle with sauteed rapini and fresh ricotta. 12.0% ABV | Sample Ruffino 8.8 Points...

Bastiianich Vespa Bianco 2012

Bastianich Vespa Bianco 2012

The Bastianich Vespa Bianco 2012 is a showy and rich blend of 45% Chardonnay, 45% Sauvignon Blanc, and 10% Picolit. Beguiling notes of bruised pear, ripe nectarine, dried mango and orange blossom honey lingers heavily in the air above the glass, like a warm day in mid-summer. Dark gold and luxurious, there is just enough acidity to add lift to its decadent, creamy texture. Finishes with a hint of fennel pollen and of a sprightly dash of minerality. 14.0 ABV | Sample Bastianich Winery 9.1 Points...