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This is a secret jem I decided to pick up while I could, even though it is supposed to be best when it is at least 10 years old. If you wait until then you won't be able to get anymore. I had a bottle recently with BBQ ribs and it was incredible. Big wine which stood up to the spicey BBQ sauce. I plan on holding the other in my cellar for a couple of more years to see how it ages. If you like your wines big, bold and complex this is the one for you.
If you have never tasted a Barbera this is the one to start with. Barbera is one of the most planted grape varieties in Italy, this one comes from the Piedmont region. Family owned and operated by the Chiarlo family. This is a very easy to drink red wine, very fruity, not heavy with a velvety finish. I enjoy it with both food or by its self. I like to serve it to friends which are just learning to drink red wines because it is very easy to drink. I also serve it to my wine snob friends also because it is something new which many of them have never tasted along with being complex enough for their more educated palletes. If you are tryin to find something unique or different for your next dinner party which pairs well with food this is your answer.
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The most expensive grape in champagne is Chardonnay. This champagne is over 40% Chardonnay. Compare to it's competition at the same price which has much less chardonnay in their blend makes it a value.
I don't know about you but I am always looking for a nice full bodied red wine I can enjoy when I get home from work but I don't want break the bank. This is it folks, best value I have found in a long, long time and it is from Sonoma County, not some south american country. Something that is also fun about this wine, they have 12 different labels. The red splashes on the label are diffierent - 12 in all. I have been saving my bottles but have yet to get all 12 different ones. Going to keep buying/trying until I collect them all.
I find in my travels that their are two Chardonnay drinkers, some like creamy oak and some like fruity & crisp. This wine appeals to both types of Chard drinkers. Nice levels of oak but also nice fruit with a slight crispness. Give it a try and I bet it appeals to everyone at the dinner table.
This wine is made by Tom Mackey at St. Francis. He has won many awards for his Merlot. Tom has been at St. Francis since 1983, this is very important when choosing a when because you know the quality will be consistent every vintage. I like this wine because it is a real Merlot, full bodied, deep berry flavors with the smooth finish we all look for in Merlot. Not thin and light like a lot of Merlots. Great with food, especially BBQ but also nice when you just want to have a glass of wine when you get home from work.
I know, I know, most NZ Pinot's are not that good especially at $47.99 but this one is. If you tasted it blind you would never guess it is from New Zealand. As you can also see it is a consistent high scoring wine from the Spectator which is not easy to do. I rank this one up there with my other favorite, Foley Santa Rita Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara. If you have the money, you can't go wrong.
I had a group of friends coming over last weekend for brunch. I couldn't afford to serve my favorite Domaine Carneros or Taittinger so I decide to give the Caposaldo Prosecco a try. This turned out to be my lastest and greatest find. Very nice fruity nose, clean and crisp with nice delicate bubbles. Half the guest enjoyed it straight and the other had it in mamosa's. Either way they all liked it and it was very, very affordable fore me. I mark this wine a very good buy.
The title says it all. I usually don't find this high of quality and body in a Cab at this price. I would say it is an incredible value. Give it a try over some of the Napa Cabs you have been buying at the same price or higher.
I have written reviews for previous vintages of Craggy Range Pinot Noir and this vintage is no different. Probably one of my favorite Pinot Noirs period, not just my favorite New Zealand Pinot. As you can see by the scores listed, it is one of the highest rated and consistent New Zealand Pinot made. If you are looking for a Pinot which is very fruity with a supple, velvety finish this is your wine. I drank a whole bottle before I even started to think about dinner.