Dark reddish-purple with a clear garnet edge. I detect fresh, subtle mixed berries on the nose, blackberry over back notes of strawberry and blueberry with a touch of warm spice. Fresh acidity wakes the palate, with soft tannins adding structure to simple but pleasant ripe plum and berry fruit. On the rustic side, but there’s nothing wrong with that in a modest Italian table wine. Tannic astringency, not unpleasant, lingers after the fruit fades. The label’s midrange 13% alcohol statement seems about right.
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Can it be only a coincidence that the nation’s first coffee-infused red wine rolls out to a waiting nation on April Fool’s Day? Despite the sad old joke about coffee and wine producing a wakeful drunk, this rumor appears to be true.
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We’re enjoying our month-long exploration into good-value, low-price wines generally under $10 (or the equivalent in Euros, Pounds Sterling, Yen and such) in Wine Focus: How low can you go? Here are my reports on three more good cheap wines, including two French reds and an excellent white from Italy’s lake country. See below, also, for links to buying information on another half-dozen good cheap wines that I’ve enjoyed recently. Read article.
The Timorasso grape, native in the eastern part of Piedmont, was almost extinct by 1980. Resurrected, now producers are again making Timorasso wines praised by the experts. Neil Duarte recently tasted some Timorassos from the Claudio Mariotto winery. Read article.
Wine prices depend on many factors, and may range from the cost of a dollar burrito to a luxury car. How low can you go and still enjoy quality wine?
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Clear, bright straw color, with a marked melon aroma, a mix of musky cantaloupe and more subtle honeydew. Fresh and tart flavors carry over the melon character and add a bright squirt of lemon. Medium-bodied, its texture becomes more evident as the wine warms in the glass, and a hint of pleasant peach-pit bitterness joins in on a very long finish. Its rather light 10.5 percent alcohol makes it an easy sipper. It’s fine now but will become even more appealing as spring returns and warms into summer.
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Remember last February when we celebrated Open That Bottle Night, retrieving and finally enjoying that old dusty bottle that we’d been hoarding for some future occasion that never quite arrived?
We had so much fun that this year we’ve declared all of February Open That Bottle Month!
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About four years ago, Neil Duarte visited Lecci e Brocchi, just outside of the town of Castelnuovo Berardenga, a short distance to the northeast of Siena, and discovered their white Sangiovese, Il Sangio, which he had never seen before. Recently he returned to the winery to see their current offerings. Read article.
Wedding Oak Winery in picturesque San Saba, is about an hour’s drive northwest of Austin. This Texas hill country winery is well worth a visit, says Neil Duarte. Read article.
Last year may have been the second-warmest year ever, but the past few weeks have been icy in the Eastern U.S. What happens if we leave our wine in the car overnight and it freezes?
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