Location: Whitby, Ontario, Canada

Born in Malta but in Canada since age 5. Has written three books and presently does several columns about wine and food for various magazines.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Recent Tastings Show High Quality and Low Price

Tor Del Colle Rosso Molise Riserva       $12.95       95/100 points                     
Named after the many ancient watch towers that frequent the area  the wines produced here are as distinctive as they are great. A full bodied robust wine made from Montepulciano grapes,the red Tor Del Colle Rosso Riserva exhibits earthy flavours and ripe black fruit with forward tannin and an earth finish.  The wine can be enjoyed with a variety of foods ranging from beef and game to pasta. A truly great wine with a more than reasonable price which when available will not allow it to last long on the shelves.  *
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Corto Di Passo Grillo                             $12.95               92/100 points
The Grillo white grape variety originates from Sicily and has parentage from a Catarratto/Muscato cross. The Corto Di Passo is an extremely reasonably priced introduction with citrus, peach, herbal  characteristics and a fresh acidity. The wine is easy drinking and a perfect for summer eve sipping.  Try it with pasta with cream sauce, shell fish and chowder!*  
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Corto Di Passo Inzolia                     $12.95                                         92/100
Inzolia is an ancient white grape variety that is grown mostly on the Island of Sicily where it produces a variety of wines including the sweet Marsala. This particular wine is dry with citrus grapefruit, peach and mandarin. The wine is medium in body and has a refreshing acid finish. As with many wines from this part of the world there is a fine mineral presence! As with the wine above, this wine can be enjoyed by itself or with an assortment of sea food and light meat. *   

Corto di Passo - Nero d'Avola Ripasso 2018 <span>(750ml)</span> <span>(750ml)</span>

Corto Di Passo  Nero D'Avola            $12.95                                              94/100 points
The Nero D'Avola grape variety is almost synonymous with Sicily and this wine is as perfect as one can imagine.  Part of the harvest is dried before vinification in stainless steel. The resulting wine is full flavoured with violet notes, plum, black currant and raspberry with a very long finish. This is a wine for a serious meal of lamb, venison or beef. What makes this full bodied wine a bargain is the price which will always please the pocket!*                             

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Corto Di Passo Syrah              $12.95                                     93/100 points
The Syrah grape variety (also known as Shiraz) is making a splash in Sicily and producing some very fine results. The wine featured in the Corto Di Passo portfolio is quite intense and spicy. Full in body it has a mixture of red  fruit and pepper spice. It has a very long finish indicating of some evolution in the cellar but why wait? At that price one can enjoy it as an every day wine.*

*wines reviewed here can be obtained via The Case For Wine 416-482-0241