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2017 Mandrarossa Sicilia Cartagho, Italy, Sicilia DOC, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$27.00USD

This is 100% Nero d'Avola from the far western side of Sicily.  Ruby in color with some brown hues, clear and bright.  The nose has black raspberries, cherries and thyme.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, cherries and anise.  Nice acidity.  Plenty of depth.  Delicious.  A hint of salinity on the finish.  This is drinking well on its own and will work well with bigger meat dishes.  Drink over the next seven to ten years.  

2019 Donnafugata Sicilia Sherazade, Italy, Sicilia DOC, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$21.00USD

This is made from the Nero d'Avola grape in south-western Sicily.  Ruby in color, clear and shimmering bright.  The nose has cherries, black licorice and slight balsamic notes.  Great texture.  Firm tannins.  On the palate, cherries and sour cherries.  Some warmth on the finish.  Long finish.  This is mostly about red fruit but a bit bigger and brighter.  It drinks well on its own and will go great with pasta or pizza.  A nice value.  Drink over the next four to six years.  

2018 Planeta Carricante Sicilia Eruzione 1614, Italy, Sicily, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$43.00USD

This is 90% Carricante and 10% Riesling from the north slopes of Mt. Etna just outside the DOC boundaries.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has asparagus, smoke, minerals and white flowers.  A lovely velvety texture that is slightly  oily.  Light tannins.  A very interesting palate with tarragon, lime and saline.  Moderate finish with some green apple notes.  This is complex and interesting but also a very nice wine for food.  While it works on its own, this would be great with sardines or even salmon.  Drink over the next five to ten years.  

2020 Principi di Butera Carizza Insolia, Italy, Sicilia DOC, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$17.00USD

This is made from 100% Insolia (also known as Ansonica) grapes in Sicily.  Silvery/light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has lanolin, limes, whites pepper and cantaloupe.  Medium bodied.  Lightly oily in texture.  Light tannins.  On the palate, there is the barest perception of sweetness on the attack with melons and light minerality in the mid-palate.  A lingering finish.  This is very tasty.  It drinks well on its own and worked well with Spanakopita.  Drink over the next five years.  

2020 Di Giovanna Sicilia DOC Grillo "Helios 830m", Italy, Sicily, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$29.00USD

This is 100% Grillo from Sicily grown at an altitude of 830 meters (2,700 feet).  A beautiful wine.  Golden in color with a slight copper hue, clear and bright.  The nose has acacia flowers, tangerines and sea air.  Medium bodied.  Very slight oily texture.  On the palate, this is more about minerality with a bit of tangerine and slight smoke.  Good acidity.  Plenty of depth.  Long finish.  This drinks great on its own and is better with food.  It will work with salads, sea food and lighter poultry or pork dishes.  Drink over the next five to seven years.  

NV Mosketto Delicate Sweet Pink, Italy, Piedmont, Wine Review

Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$12.00USD

This is one of those wines that remind me that wine doesn't always need to be serious.  This is a fun wine that is quite tasty.  It is "frizzante" or lightly sparkling and it is also sweet.  The grapes come from the Piedmont in northern Italy and include Moscato Bianco and Brachetto.  At 5.5%abv, this is easy drinking and refreshing.  Pale pink in color with a nice mousse of small bubbles.  The nose has cranberries and cherries.  Light to medium bodied.  On the palate, this is sweet but not cloying.  Lightly carbonated.  Nice strawberry notes with a refreshing finish.  Just plain fun and ea

NV Valdo Spumanti Floral Edition Rose Brut Spumante, Italy, Veneto, Sicily, Wine Review

Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$16.00USD

This is an interesting blend in an Italian sparkling wine.  It is 75% Nerello Mascalese from Sicily and 25% Glera from the Veneto.  The packaging is quite fun and bright.  Light salmon pink in color with a nice mousse of small bubbles.  Clear and bright.  The nose is tight but with air shows nice raspberry fruit with a light rhubarb note.  The wine has 10 g/l of residual sugar but it comes off as dry.  11.5% abv.  On the palate, cherries with a sort of tree bark note underneath.  Very interesting and very food friendly.  It drinks well on its own and would work well with pork chops and many

NV Ruffino Prosecco DOC, Italy, Valdobbiadene, Wine Review

Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$14.00USD

Produced in northwest Italky and made from organic grapes, this is a very nice value in a dry Prosecco.  The label is a bit different utilizing a white (instead of yellow) label.  Gold/silver in color with a lot of smaller bubbles.  The nose has lots of minerality with apple and pear notes.  Medium bodied.  Dry.  On the palate, the minerality comes thru.  Some apples.  Clean finish.  This is very food friendly and will work with just about anything from sushi to pizza.  Drink over the next year.  

2019 Gentleman Farmer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, USA, California, Napa, Oak Knoll, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2022
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$105.00USD

This is a new winery for Intowine.com.  Vintner Joe Wolosz, along with his husband and partner Jeff Durham are making some exceptional wines in Napa.  This one is quite good, but it is very tight and needs some cellaring to really hit its peaks.  Purple in color with the thin ruby rim, opaque and bright.  The nose has loads of cassis, cedar and fresh cut oak note.  It is very rich.

2019 Gentleman Farmer Napa Valley Red Wine, USA, California, Napa, Oak Knoll, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$67.00USD

This is a Merlot dominant Napa Red proprietary blend from Oak Knoll.  Really an impressive wine.  Inky purple in color with a thin ruby rim, opaque and bright.  The nose is tight (it is young) but with some air, black cherries, cherries, and milk chocolate emerge.  With a bit more air, there is also cedar, cassis and slight sandalwood and dust.  It took a few hours to full open up without any decanting.  Full bodied.  Firm tannins.  On the palate, black cherries, cassis, plums, over a char and slight tobacco.  Long finish.  This is delicious and has a nice complexity.  If drinking soon, giv

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