A dense, muscular red, featuring blackberry, plum, earth, wild thyme and tobacco flavors. A beam of acidity keeps this defined as the finish echoes fruit, earth and savory accents. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
A ripe style, this balances black currant and plum fruit with balsamic elements of Tuscan scrub, wild herbs and loam. Balanced, with solid grip on the finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
This red exhibits black cherry, blackberry and plum fruit accented by iron and earth. Open-knit, making it enjoyable now, with moderately firm tannins on the finish. Sangiovese, Canaiolo Nero and Cabernet Sauvignon.
A supple, vibrant red, this boasts strawberry, cherry and floral flavors. Elegant and charming, with fine harmony and length.
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Soft and fairly sweet, with honeysuckle and orange blossom aromas and tropical fruit flavors.
Soft and delicately sweet, with lively pineapple and lemon flavors that show spicy accents. Drink now.
Appealing notes include pear, jasmine and orange blossom. It drinks a hair off dry with stone fruit flavors that seem a bit dilute
Sweet, polished, focused and expressive, playing the grapefruit, pear and spice flavors against bracing acidity. This avoids being cloying, and persists harmoniously. Delicious now, but should deepen with cellaring. Drink now through 2025.— H.S. (5 March 2015)
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Penetrating aromas suggest lemon oil and citrus blossom, with a hint of terpene. This is the driest version of this wine to date, with residual sugar down around 0.5%. Pear skin, pear flesh and citrus carry it through a lengthy finish. May 2014
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BEST BUY ~ # 10 TOP 100 BEST BUYS 2012 ~
A Fresh and textural wine, this puts a spicy spin on citrus rind and stone fruit flavors of peach and apricot. There’s an intriguing hint of white pepper as well, and an overall sensation of density, intensity and exceptional length. – PG 9/01/12
Sweet and silky, balanced with aggressive acidity. The poached pear, pineapple and spice flavors linger on the finish. Drink now through 2015. 1,400 cases made. -HS 11/30/12
#1 TOP 100 2011 ~ Rich on the borderline between dry and sweet, this richly fruity riesling is packed with flavors or peach, apricot, pear, a hint of mint, and a streak of wet stone. There is a lot going on for such an inexpensive wine. – PG 11/01/11
BEST BUY ~ The sweetness gauge on the back label indicates this as medium dry, and at 3.2% residual sugar, there is more than a hint of sweetness. It’s all in fine balance, full flavored, fruity and round. A mix of peaches, apricots and Mandarin oranges makes this an interesting Riesling with some complexity. — […]
Sweet and silky, balanced with aggressive acidity. The poached pear, pineapple and spice flavors linger on the finish. Drink now through 2015. 1,400 cases made. –HS
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Spicy and intense, this excellent Pinot Gris is loaded with Gravenstein apple, cut pear and a taste of orange peel. Surprising length and power for a European-styled wine, with modest alcohol. Best Buy. – Paul Gregutt
BEST BUY ~ This is the first release from Rainstorm, part of the expanding Mariani Family presence in the Pacific Northwest. It’s bone dry, immaculately fresh, and lees-aged, with lovely depth and finesse. Flavors of melon and cucumber dominate, and the crisp acidity offers bracing minerality. — P.G. (8/1/2012)
This is the first release from Rainstorm, part of the expanding Mariani Family presence in the Pacific Northwest. It’s bone dry, immaculately fresh, and lees-aged, with lovely depth and finesse. Flavors of melon and cucumber dominate, and the crisp acidity offers bracing minerality. – P.G.
Some mossy berries and a hint of sweet spices to the strawberries. Juicy and bright on the palate with some restrained sweet-sour fruit. Clean and concise. Most of the grapes are from Bio-Bio, with some from Colchagua. Drink now.
Fruity and expressive on the nose with some nice white pepper and currants. Juicy and generous on the medium-bodied palate with a nice crunch to the sweet cherry fruit. Nice tannin tension here. Drink now.
Savory cranberries, cumin and some redcurrants and plums. Nicely generous and bright with juicy fruit and firm tannins on the palate and a flavorful finish. From organically grown grapes with Ecocert certification. Vegan. Drink now.
Fresh grapefruit and some scented flowers and wet stones on the nose, followed by nectarines on the palate. An elegant and supple rosé. From organically grown grapes with Ecocert certification. Vegan. Drink now. Screw cap.
Cranberries, cherries and some herbs on the nose. This is a juicy and bright pinot with some herbs, red dates and white pepper on the palate. Easy-drinking style with some tannins. From organically grown grapes with Ecocert certification. Vegan. Drink now. Screw cap.
A juicy, fruity red with some cooked fruit, yet it comes out fresh and vivid at the finish. Medium body. Drink now.
Sour cherries, redcurrants, dried flowers and smoky undertones. It’s medium-bodied with creamy tannins. Crisp and crunchy with pure, juicy character. Flavorful finish with good length. From organically grown grapes. Vegan. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
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