Epicuro Nero d’Avola

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This is on the lighter side for a Nero d’Avola, both in color and in flavor. Stylistically, it’s closer to South America than Sicily, but at this price, these are quibbles. Almost entirely devoid of tannins, this is a very fruity, almost off-dry wine with a medium body and little acidity. (more…)

Fratelli d’Italia Chianti

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The nose of this wine is smoky, musty, and gamey; the palate is acidic and dry, overwhelming the subtle berry fruit. Skip it.

Bruno Porro San Luigi Dolcetto di Dogliani

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The nose initially smells a bit like corn, with hints of candied fruit and a bit of dirt. The wine itself is tart on the introduction to the palate, finishing with strong tannins and a lack of distinguishable fruit.  Although this wine is drinkable, there are much better options at this price point.

Antica Corte Garganega Pinot Grigio

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A casual glance at this bottle suggests it’s a Pinot Grigio, but a closer look reveals that it is in fact 80% Garganega, and only 20% Pinot Grigio. The nose has some tropical fruit notes with hints of yeast and melon. While the palate does not offer much fruit, it is bright and acidic, with a bit of honeydew. (more…)

Trecciano Chianti

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The nose vacillates between red berries and sweaty vegetation. If that isn’t enough to turn you off, the taste certainly will. Upon opening, the wine has a slight effervescence; however, this quickly fades into a thin, watery consistency, offering nothing more than a generic “grapey” finish.  For $7.99, there is better to be had.