Sunday, May 20, 2007

Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico "RS" 2004

The "Abbey of the Good Harvest" is one of Tuscany's oldest cellars dating back to the 11th century. RS stands for Roberto Stucchio, the winemaker-oenologist-owner. 100% Sangiovese aged in small oak barrels. Hallmark Sangiovese characterists define this wine: ripe red cherry-berry fruit, tobacco, leather, bright acidity, and a little spice. Traditional in style but very accessible and well-balanced.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Aldo Marenco Barbera d'Alba "Pirona" 2004

Purple in color; violets and anise on the nose; medium bodied with raspberry and dark berry fruit on the palette; well-balanced with nice acidity. Eight months in French Oak tonneau, organic, and unfiltered. A beautifully styled Barbera sure to be a crowd pleaser.