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93 • Salvano 2007 "Trabuch", affinato in barrique, Langhe Rosso $34.99.
Deep garnet color. Aromas of crusty tomato-olive tart, berry pie, and pistachio nougat follow through on a supple, satiny entry to a dry-yet -fruity medium-to-full body with polished depth, balance and smoothness. Finishes with a deft array of savory earthiness, spiced apples, and mandarin orange peel tanginess. A complex, yet uncomplicated wine that will provide great pleasure at the table. (tasted on Jun-14-2010)
92 • Feudo Marino 2008 Nero d'Avola, Sicilia Rosso IGT $14.99. Best Buy.
Intriguing aromas of seared pork skin, chocolate covered raisins and butter toasted nuts follow through on a supple, satiny entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with polished depth and balance. Finishes with a touch of pencil shavings, tangy sour cherries, and grassy earth. A very appetizing wine to pair with braised meats and sausages. (tasted on Jun-14-2010)
91 • Marrone 2004 "Sancarlo", Langhe $44.99. Organically Grown Grapes
Aromas of coconut sorbet, berry pie, and peppery spice follow through on a supple entry to a dryish medium body with savory notes of roasted tomatoes and salty nuts. Finishes with a very long, tangy, cocoa and earth accented fade with elegant tannins. A delicious wine that will be the star of the table. (tasted on Jun-14-2010)
90 • Masserie Civitella 2008 Rossone, Salento Rosso IGT $14.99. Best Buy.
Aromas of chocolate covered boysenberries, graham crackers, pink pepper and nuts follow through on a silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with very good depth and seamless balance. Finishes with a pleasing apple, nectarine and slate accented fade with polite tannins. A delightfully crafted table wine or sipper. (tasted on Jun-14-2010)
87 • Benedetta 2008 Chianti $10.99. Best Buy.
Deep ruby black color. Boysenberry, clay, and char-roasted nuts aromas have delicate dried meat and rosemary notes and follow through on a soft entry to a dryish medium body with good depth and a tangy berry skin and firm, powdery tannin finish. (tasted on Jun-14-2010)
85 • La Cantina Pizzolato 2009 NSA "Rosso Convento", Piave $12.99. Certified Organic|Find-a-Wine|
Rich aromas of dried berries, oily marzipan, and coconut flakes. Polished wood and marinated okra nuances on the dryish medium-bodied palate with a pithy finish. A bit esoteric, but food friendly acidity keeps everything in check and well working for the table. (tasted on Jun-14-2010)