Old World Wine Enthusiast from West Palm Beach, FL
Drank 3/5/19. Paired well with shrimp.
My go to every night chardonnay. Right now at around $11, an excellent buy. I enjoyed this vintage perhaps a touch less than others, but overall a great wine and an outstanding value.
Nose of light tropical fruits, a touch of citrus and butterscotch. Palate medium + body with pear, lemon curd, buttery notes, and a hint of oak. A nice balance for those who enjoy a bit of oak in their Chardonnay.
3/22/7/4/3 +50 =89 pts. — 16 days ago
Drank 3/13/19. Excellent pairing with grilled lamb chops.
A big, dark brooding wine. Plenty if dark fruit, soil, tar, and firm, well integrated tannins. See my earlier tasting notes.
4/21/8/4/4 +50 =91 pts.
A great value Southern Italian at around $20. — 8 days ago
Drank 3/4/29. Nice pairing with a seared pork chop .
Smokey red and black cherry on the nose. Cherry, vanilla, and wood presence on the palate, with notes of soil and medium + tannins. The wood and soil notes go on for a while, but the fruit fades rather quickly on the finish. This did improve a bit as it warmed. Preferred at around 76 degrees.
3/21/7/3/4 +50 = 88 pts. — 17 days ago
Drank 2/21/19. Tasting event. Tasting pour.
Soil and black fruit on the lighter nose. Very smooth, dark flavors of blackberry, black cherry soil, and tar. Medium, very well integrated tannins. An incredible value for those looking for a big old world red.
3/21/8/5/3 +50 =90 pts. — a month ago
@Delectable this is the Chiantia Rufina Vendemmia.
Scents of tar, tobacco, black cherry, and a touch of barnyard. Earth, and black cherry flavors with medium tannins giving some structure. Medium finish. Overall, not quite enough fruit on this one. Expected more given the vintage. You could do much better for around $20.
3/20/7/4/3 +50 =87 pts. — 10 days ago
Plums, red fruit, soil, and graphite on the nose. Plum, blackberry, earth flavors mix with firm tannins on the drying finish. I would hold this a few more years, but could drink now with a nice steak and an hour decant. Always a quality wine for the money.
3/22/8/4/4 — a month ago