Ripe fruit, with peach and pear notes on the nose. Palate full of flavor with almond, peach and mineral elements. Good balance and a clean finish. Lots of complexity for an inexpensive wine. Best Buy.
Ripe cherry and dark plum fruit, light tobacco and cedar accents mark this pleasant, medium-weight wine. It’s a good basic red and will have wide appeal with its round, supple mouthfeel. Generally a workaday, inexpensive Italian red, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a good pizza/pasta choice. It’s not to be confused with the Tuscan Montepulciano. In Tuscany…
Primitivo is Zinfandel, according to University of California at Davis ampelographers (students of grape DNA), but that doesn’t mean they taste the same, as this medium-weight southern Italian version proves. Dark cherry, leather, coffee and cocoa predominate here, with some nice spice, tar and a slight black pepperiness (maybe that’s the Zin gene) on the finish.
Here is a clean and easy-to-drink Grigio with notes of citrus candy, Granny Smith apple and stone fruit. It’s everything you should expect from a wine at this price point. The mouthfeel is lean but refreshing acidity comes through at the end.
For a meatier, heavier bargain red, head south to the sun-drenched Puglia region. Canaletto sources fruit to make a wine that delivers bold fruit, black cherry, roasted espresso bean and moist earth. The wine is aged 12 months in oak to shape a softer wine accented by exotic spice, cinnamon and sandalwood. This is the kind of wine you want on a chilly winter…
This easy-to-drink, supple, jammy cherry bomb is a fine, inexpensive choice to accompany spring and summer grilling. The very ripe cherry fruit shows a slightly tart, earthy element on the back end that adds a bit of complexity, and will stand up to charcoal-broiled foods.