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.

Thursday, December 28, 2023

Potpurri Tasting Shows Produces Nice Wines

 I am always amazed by new "discoveries" when it comes to wine. When I think that nothing can impress me,  I am wowed by the quality of an "new" wine that blows me away.
Lapilli Greco Di Tufo DOCG 2022  Campania, Italy                              $23.95        94/100 points  
Colour: Deep straw, brilliant, clear
Nose: Citrus lemon, Lychee fruit, Stone fruit, some vanilla nuances, mineral and sulfur!
Palate: Medium plus to Full body, nice  nice acidity, pebbles, nuts, citrus/lemon and some fruit sweetness on the finish.
Comments: Interesting wine from volcanic/clay soil at heights of 400 to 500 metres. Made from the  Greco di Tufo grape which is a clone of the Greco Bianco.  Some believe it is one and the same grape and refer to it as Greco Bianco. Tufo is also a village in Campania. Tasted twice
Food Pairings: Fish, sea food, salads, aperitif, hors d'oeuvres. 

Terres Secretes "Les Preludes' AOP Macon Rouge 2022 Burgundy     $19.95        93/100 points
Colour: Red, clear
Nose: Ripe red fruit with some dark fruit evolvement, pomegranate, blossom flora notes, smoke, earth
Palate: Medium body, soft tannin, dry, persistent length with noticeable but pleasant acidity 
Comments: Formerly called "Cave de Prisse-Sologny-Verze". In 2007 changed its name to "Vignerons de Terres Secretes". The wine if made from Gamay grapes. Pleasant wine capable of developing over a three or four year period but fine now. Good choice for Beef or veal stew, cold cuts, burgers! A great go to wine for the price!

Fumu Rosso Terre Sicilliane IGT 2021   Sicily, Italy                              $17.95        95/100 points
Colour: Ruby Red
Nose: Black cherry, raspberry, bumble berry mix, smoke, earth floor, wood spice, pepper
Palate: Full bodied, pleasant medium tannin, touch of fruit sweetness, very well balanced, lingering
Comment:  Exceptional wine for the price. A quality Merlot,  Syrah, Cabernet/blend with loads of flavour and a promise of future development. Volcanic soil. Great beef, lamb, game wine! 
Tasted Twice
A great choice for roast beef dinner, steak, salmon    

Crux Corte  2022             Argentina Mendoza                                        $17.95        96/100 points 
Colour: Ruby Red
Nose: Black Fruit, pepper, anise, herbal spice, smoke, vanilla wood, spice mix
Palate: Full bodied, velvet tannin, balanced, pleasant acidity, long and persistent finish
Comments: Another dynamic wine that has an exceptional price/quality ration. As far as I can find out, the wine is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Syrah, 10% Merlot and 10% Tempranillo. The wine is well made with much manual rather than machine handling. This would suffice as a great game . wine as well as roast turkey, wild fowl, Ossobuco. Definitely my wine for a great price/quality ratio purchase! Tasted Twice

Tordelcolle Rosso  DOC Reserva 2018          Molise, Italy                    $14.95        93/100 points 
Colour:  Red, clear   
Nose: Cherry blossom, floral notes, vanilla spice, plum, cherry, pomegranate,
Palate: Medium plus, pepper spice, well balanced with long finish
Comments:  From south-central Italy. Price says it all. Nice price for every day wine. Pleasing.