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2017 Ca Del Monte Valpolicella Classico, Italy, Veneto, Wine Review

50% Corvina / 20% Rondinella, 25% Molinara / 5% indigenous varietals.  Deep ruby in color.  The nose is nice with cherries and baking spice.  On the palate, this has deep cherry fruit.  Good acidity.  Slight tannins.  This wine is correct and everything expected for a nice Valpolicella including the price - $18.  Will work with medium and heartier foods and if needed, on its own too.  

2017 Cascina Praié Rossese Riviera Ligure di Ponente Stundaio, Italy, Liguria, Wine Review

Made from the Rossese grap in Liguria Italy near the town of Cervo.  Light ruby in color.  The nose has dusty cherries.  On the palate, good acidity.  Fresh cherry fruit.  Slight salinity.  Long finish.  This will work with a wide variety of foods and is probably better at the table than as a cocktail.  It retails for $24.  An unusual wine that is a bit different and worth trying.  

2016 Bodegas Cobertizo Mencía Joven, Spain, Bierzo, Wine Review

This is 100% Mencia from the Bierzo region in Northwest Spain.  It is a young wine and meant to be consumed in the first few years.  Ruby in color.  The nose has black cherries and some raspberries.  On the palate, there are some tannins.  Black cherry and cherry fruit.  Some underlying earthiness.  Good acidity.  This wine is really all about the fresh fruit though.  Easy to drink and delicious.  Some depth.  Good finish.  This will work on its own or with a wide variety of foods.  

2016 Bodegas Canopy Castillo de Belarfonso, Spain, Méntrida, Wine Review

This is a Garnacha from near the city of Toledo in Spain.  Ruby in color.  The nose has some cherries with an herbal quality and some anise.  On the palate, this is light bodied with good acidity.  Some tannins though give it a bit of extra weight.  Cherries and slight bitter cherries on the nose with just a bit of earthiness.  Good finish.  This should be very food friendly for a wide range of foods.  Drinking well now and should be for 5 years.  

2017 Biurko Gorri Rioja Joven, Spain, Rioja, Wine Review

Ruby in color.  The nose is dusty with cherries.  On the palate, this has cherries turning to bitter cherry on the finish.  No tannins.  Easy to drink.  Nothing complex here, but for 12 bucks, this is a food friendly wine that will work for a variety of foods that are not too light or heavy.  Great for parties or cookouts.  Drink over the next couple of years.  

NV CLE Urban Winery Lake Erie Riesling, USA, Wine Review

This is from a wine bar in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.  They buy juice from around the country and make a wide variety of fun and sometimes very good wines.  This is a sweet Riesling from Finger Lakes, NY grapes.  Light green/gold in color.  On the nose this is ok.  Some citrus and slight minerals.  On the palate, this is quite viscous.  It is very sweet, cloying and lacking much acid.  This will appeal to the Blue Nun lover.  If that is what people like to drink, that is fine, but know that this is the type of wine that some will like and some will dislike.  

NV CLE Urban Winery Footlights Sauvignon Blanc, USA, Wine Review

This winery buys juice around the country and then makes the wine in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.  This version was 2017 juice but the wines are not labelled with a vintage.  There is a wide range of quality and styles in these wines and some of them a very nice.  All of them are fun.  This one is made from California Sauvignon Blanc juice and is a tribute to the Playhouse Square are in downtown Cleveland.  Light golden in color.  It has nice grapefruit on the nose.  On the palate, there is good acidity with some grapefruit notes.  A bit short on the finish.  Will work with a wide variety of li

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