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Recent Sips and Tips

Recent Sips and Tips

Cantina di Santadi Shardana Valli di Porto Pino

Cantina di Santadi Shardana Valli di Porto Pino

Some recently tasted wines, roughly in order of preference:

--Cantina di Santadi Shardana 2013 Valli di Porto Pino, Sardinia, Italy, $30. A rich, dry red. Dried currant and plum, herbs and earth, savory, with touches of licorice and leather. Long finish. Very good.

--Domaine Wachau 2019 Federspiel Terrassen Gruner Veltliner, Austria, $12. Lemon, green apple, herbs and spice. Dry and juicy with refreshing acidity. Very good.

--Peyrassol Cuvee de la Commanderie Rose, Cotes de Provence, France, $20. Cherry, raspberry and spice. Bracing acidity. Very good.

--Resonance 2017 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Ore., $36. Herbs and tea on the nose. Good acidity, light and dry on the palate, with cherry and more herbs. Very good.

--Gary Farrell 2017 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Ca., $45. Cherry, cola, graphite, spice. Medium-bodied, good acidity, smooth and silky, nicely balanced. Very good.

--Baileyana 2018 Rose of Pinot Noir, Edna Valley, Ca., $24. Strawberry and cherry aromas, but primarily cherry on the palate, along with some floral and spice notes. Juicy, with good acidity. Very good.

--Trefethen 2018 Dry Riesling, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, Ca., $26. Kerosene and floral aromas, lime, green apple and minerals on the palate, with a long finish. Very good.

-Matanzas Creek 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Alexander Valley, Ca., $22. Lemon, lime, apple, grass aromas. A bit of ginger and some salty, stony minerality on the palate. Aromatic, dry, with refreshing acidity and lingering finish. Very good.

--Loimer 2018 Lois Gruner Veltliner Kamptal, Austria, $17. White-pepper aromas. Lemon-lime and pear flavors with a bit of spice and salinity. Dry, high acidity, a well-made wine. Very good.

--Zenato 2018 Lugana San Benedetto, Italy, $20. Made from Trebbiano di Lugana. Herbal and floral aromas. On the palate, lemon and pear mingle with slight bitterness of peach pit on the crisp finish. Very good.

--Saldo 2018 Zinfandel, Ca., $32. This zin from The Prisoner Wine Co. has cherry, blackberry, brambly, pepper and spice flavors. A bit hefty at 15.5% alcohol. Good plus.

--Chalk Hill 2016 Estate Bottled Chardonnay, Chalk Hill, Russian River Valley, Ca., $42. Lemon and vanilla aromas. Lemon, apple, pear, butterscotch, spice and vanilla on the creamy palate. Good plus.

--Beronia 2015 Rioja Reserva, Spain, $20. Dark fruit, tobacco, herbs, touch of vanilla. Good plus.

--Flotsam & Jetsam 2017 Stalwart Cinsault, Western Cape, South Africa, $25. Aromatic with pepper, cherry and currants – flavors that carry over to the palate. A light-to-medium bodied, well-balanced dry red. Good plus.

--Galea Nals Margried 2018 Schiava, Alto Adige, Italy, $20. Light cherry, violets. A nicely balanced, easy-drinking light-bodied red. Good plus.

--Francois Montand Blanc de Blancs Brut, Champagne, France, $15. Yeasty aromas. Apple. Lemon and touch of gingery spice on the palate. Balanced acidity. A good value in French bubbly. Good plus.

--Marras Piekenierskloof 2018 Chenin Blanc, South Africa, $15. Pear, lemon and spice. Good.

--Pasqua 2017 Passimento Rosso, Veneto, Italy, $16. A smooth, easy-drinking red with dried cherry and red currants with a touch of spice. A blend of Merlot, Corvina and Croatina. Good plus.

--Enrique Mendoza 2016 La Tremenda Monastrell, Alicante, Spain, $12. Black cherries and dried red currants, herbs and earth. Straightforward but enjoyable. Good.

--Rombauer 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Ca., $24. Tropical aromas. Ripe tropical fruits – pineapple and grapefruit - on the palate, with just a slight grassiness. A very fruity sauvignon blanc. Good.

--Beringer Bros. 2016 Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon, Ca., $17. Smooth and easy-drinking, ripe and jammy dark fruit, toasty oak, vanilla. Good.

--Vina Bujanda 2018 Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain, $12. Red and black fruit, herbs. Good acidity. Straightforward, food-friendly. Good.

--Matanzas Creek 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County, Ca., $20. Grapefruit, grassy, floral aromas. Melon and grapefruit on the palate. Good.

--Bonterra 2019 Young Red, Ca., 16. A light red with flavors of raspberries and other red fruit, with a touch of orange peel. Designed to be served chilled. OK.

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