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Paolo E Noemia D’Amico Falesia

Wine Review: 2011 Paolo E Noemia D’Amico Falesia Chardonnay, Lazio, Italy

The winery harvested the grapes from 30 year old vines at a vineyard located between Rome and Florence, overlooking Umbria, in the gentile climate of Central Italy.  Continue Reading

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Chateau Montelena Chardonnay

Wine Review: 2012 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California

The 2012 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay is lean with green apple, peach and lemon core finishing with a lively dose of grapefruit and mineral that dance in the background. This is a great food wine that would pair with grilled seafood and chicken dishes.  Continue Reading

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Weingut Liebfrauenstift Riesling

Wine Review: 2013 P. J. Valckenberg Weingut Liebfrauenstift Riesling Trocken, Rheinhessen, Germany

Founded in 1786, the Weingut Liebfrauenstift estate is located in the German wine-growing area of Rheinhessen. The 37 acre estate is planted with Riesling and Pinot blanc, with environmentally sound agricultural practices that promote maintenance of soil structure. Continue Reading

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Bodegas Vizcarra Ramos “JC” Tempranillo

2011 Bodegas Vizcarra Ramos “JC” Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero, Spain

The 2011 Bodegas Vizcarra Ramos “JC” is a rich and earthy wine made from the Tempranillo grape. The initials “JC” stand for Juan Carlos, which happens to be the proprietor and winemaker for the Bodegas.

Consisting of roughly sixty-five acres in the central area of Ribera del Duero, the area has sandy, limestone soils that produce wines that are fruit forward and powerful.  The “JC” is made from grapes harvested from a number of cool climate parcels located in Ribera’s Burgos district.  Continue Reading

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Donnafugata Mille e Una Notte Contessa

Wine Review: 2008 Donnafugata Mille e Una Notte Contessa Entellina, Sicily, Italy

I’ve tasted my share of Sicilian Nero d’Avola wines, so trust me when I say the 2008 Donnafugata Mille e Una Notte Contessa is probably the best example I‘ve had—ever! Many critics compare this grape to Syrah, but this particular example is like no other—rich and intense, yet it has a unique multilayered characteristic that mesmerized my palate. It’s a tannic beauty that packs a punch of dark chocolate, currants and raspberry.  Continue Reading

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Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Review: 2006 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California

The Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is layered with a nice balance of red and black fruits complimented by underlying flavors of chocolate, tobacco, menthol and herbs. The finish is lingering, soft and dusty. This Cabernet needs some more time in bottle. If you must, decant several hours before serving. Drink through 2018. Continue Reading

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