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Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Rye

Wine Review: 2011 Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé, Sicilia, Italy The 2011 Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Rye is a sweet dessert wine made from Zibibbo (Moscato d’Alessandria) grapes. It is a  well-balanced, round and pretty wine with a vivid personality. Amber in color with viscous textures; the aromas of brown sugar and ripe peaches are […]

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Elena Walch Gewurztraminer

Wine Review: 2012 Elena Walch Gewurztraminer Kastelaz Alto Adige, Italy Rarely, do I have the pleasure of getting excited about tasting specific varietals, but every now and then a bottle shows up at our door and I am reminded why I love wine so much. Even rarer, tasting two wines from the same producer made […]

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2012 Elena Walch Lagrein

Wine Review: Elena Walch Lagrein Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy . San Jose Mercury News reporter Jessica Yadegaran, asked me in a recent interview what wine are you really excited about these days. I thought about it for a moment and it was an easy answer 2012 Elena Walch Lagrein. It is clean, pure, and there’s […]

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2008 Col d’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Tuscany

Wine Review: 2008 Col d’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Tuscany Italy Col d’Orcia, which means ‘the hill overlooking the Orcia River’, is one of Montalcino’s most historic wineries. The estate’s roots date back to 1890, where records show the Franceschi family of Florence purchasing the property, then known as Fattoria di Sant’Angelo in Colle. 

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2009 Vecchia Cantina Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano

Wine Review: 2009 Vecchia Cantina Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano Tuscany, Italy MacDaddy’s Macin Multiple Montepulciano Night (Part 1) . This is part one of three wine reviews from our multiple Montepulciano night. Vino di Noble Montepulciano from Tuscany should not be confused with the Montepulciano grape that is widely grown in Southern Italy. One of […]

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Wine Review: 2009 Azienda Agraria Perticaia Montefalco Rosso Umbria Italy

This 2009 Montefalco from Perticaia is a bold robust wine made of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino and 15% Colorino. The use of Colorino in the blend insures a depth in color. Traditionally used in Chianti the Colorino grape sounds pretty rare but most people have consumed it if they drink Chianti.

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