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Cantina del Signore

Metodo Classico Millesimato Extra Brut Rose 2018

2018; Sparkling Nebbiolo (Spanna). The new vintage landed in our cellar quite some time ago, just getting around to tasting this evening.

What a fantastic color, nothing else like this in Italy.

See notes from my numerous posts on prior vintages, mostly consistent but strawberry notes are quite prominent on the palate for this vintage. Just lovely. 92-93
— 11 days ago

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Bob McDonald

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Interesting. I don’t see too many Sparkling Reds outside of Australia.
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@Bob McDonald Not red like sparkling Shiraz, but good copper/salmon color, a bit darker than prior vintages though
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Ok. Thanks for the clarification. More like a sparkling Rose it seems.

Fantinel

Extra Dry Prosecco

This wine makes pretty bubbles which don’t last too long, so enjoy them while they are here. The very pale sparkler offers a nose which carries floral notes along with citrus and minerals. The palate is very dry and loaded with minerality and lemon-lime fruit flavors. It comes off more like a “serious” sparkling wine than a “fun” Prosecco, but there is plenty there to please both camps. — 3 days ago

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Cardedu

Bucce Bianco 2019

This wine is deep gold with notable haze and visible lees, due to lack of fining / filtration, which gives this wine great texture and weight.

The extended skin contact contributes not only the color and texture, but the aromatic notes of ripe cantaloupe, honeydew, orange peel, grapefruit pith, also dried orange blossom, freshly cut herbs, wet slate, tomato leaf, and salinity.

Vintage 2019. ABV 13%.

Excited for this delish and versatile, food-friendly wine.
— 7 days ago

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Vanessa

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@Andrew Schirmer Yes! We’re planning a food and wine pairing class and wanted to taste this for our possible use in the class. We’re definitely going with it! So fun 🤩
Sharon B

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Is this a dessert wine? Sounds fantastic!
Vanessa

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@Sharon B No, it’s dry, savory, has salinity, floral - all great qualities for food pairing!

I Vigneri di Salvo Foti

Aurora Carricante 2020

Clover, honey, lime pith, minerals. Outrageously beautiful. Somewhere between Chablis and Mosel Riesling — 3 days ago

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Montepepe

Toscana Red Blend 2015

ESF
9.3

This was infanticide - absolutely inky & impenetrable color, and shut down nose. I caught a glimpse of the power & depth after several hours, but I opted to hold the bottle for a couple of days… glad I did: drenched in rich black cherry, blackberry, black plum, and secondary notes galore: smoke & white pepper, lilacs & violets, turned soil, cherry cough drop, and so much more. Wave after wave, first it was Brunello then it was some intense Aussie Shiraz. Palate is huge, but finely grained tannins. Lacking acidity is really the only facet holding this back. Paired w/leftover roasted lamb w/balsamic reduction rice. Impressive @Lyle Fass but I won’t touch this again for at least 5 yrs — 4 days ago

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I love this estate. So legit. Incredible stuff.

Cantine Riondo

Extra Dry Prosecco

The Riondo Prosecco provides a nice bit of white froth at the top of the glass, along with beautiful aromas of fruit and flowers. The palate is, as promised, bone dry and features minerals, lemons and limes in the flavor profile. It has a wonderful level of acidity so it is completely fresh and refreshing. I had mine with a grilled cheese, swiss. Delicious. — 15 days ago

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Cantina Viticoltori Senesi Aretini

Gatto Grasso Vino Rosso Red Blend

color: pale purple
aroma: cherry coke, vegetable garden, minerality
flavor: red cherry, dark berry juice, mirepoix

aroma: med
acidity: med+
body: medium
tannin: med to med+

a juicy summer sipper with solid minerality. not a lot going on, but enough. great bargain, great crowd pleaser. a new house wine.
— 2 days ago

Eduardo Torres Acosta

Versante Nord Terre Siciliane Nerello Mascalese 2019

Close to excellent but missing something. Good length and depth but a little square. — 12 days ago

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Scarpa (Antica Casa Vinicola Scarpa)

Rouchet Rosso da Tavola Ruche 1996

Tim
9.3

Drinking with mom and dad for Mother's Day. Plumish but with some brown-ness. Not garnet but orange-er. Nose is minimal. It has a little something but it is hard to place. It is juicy, surprisingly so, but the age shows through. It is complex and grows. A little sweetness, pomegranate maybe. It is very good. $150 at Fiola (1996) — 11 days ago

Montepeloso

A Quo Toscana Cabernet Sauvignon Sangiovese 2017

A purplish red color catches your eye as it flows freely into the glass. Fruit forward with red cherries and blackberries with notes of limestone and cinnamon. Medium tannins follow well with its bold and intense richness. This super Tuscan goes well with a nice filet or a meat gravy and pasta! Montepeloso A Quo! — 3 days ago

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