wine tasting, 4.14.16


name – trattoria busa alla torre
varietal – pinot grigio

region – veneto

country – italy

year – 2014

price – $8

critic review – a venetian favorite!  it is crisp and dry, rich and spicy, with hints of peach and honey; perfect with salads, pasta, chicken, and fish.  musaragno is an organic wine estate near venice, italy.

my review – this wine smelled of apple and melon.  its taste was that of a tart, sour apple with a slightly dusty finish.



name – el cortijillo
varietal – verdejo

region – la monacha

country – spain

year – 2014

price – $6

critic review – 90 points – beverage tasting institute.  golden straw color.  bright, attractive, tropical aromas of creme brulee and fruit tart with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, snappy lime and apple finish with crunchy, fruit tannins, and light oak.  a super smooth and pure white sipper.

my review – this wine smelled of sour apple and honey.  it tasted of apple pies and was reminiscent of fall.



name – cavit alta luna
varietal – pinot noir

region – vigneti delle dolomiti

country – italy

year – 2011

price – $20

critic review – on the nose, cherry, plum, and berry aromas mingle with notes of spice and tobacco.  on the palate, soft, supple tannins and refreshing acidity are beautifully balanced by ripe cherry fruit flavors on the finish – which is dry, harmonious, and elegant.

my review – this wine smelled of cherries and chocolate.  it had a tang in the glass, with hints of blackberries and cherries.



name – jip jip rocks
varietal – shiraz/cabernet sauvignon

region – padthaway

country – australia

year – 2013

price – $19

critic review – 87 – robert parker.  this red wine is a well above average effort with lots of flavor, as well as australia’s so easily obtainable, lush fruit.  the 2013 shiraz/cabernet sauvignon (55% and 45%, respectively) exhibits a dark ruby/purple hue along with a layered, peppery, berry fruit-scented nose revealing licorice and meaty notes.  from a much lighter vintage, it’s a supple, easygoing red to enjoy now and over the next several years.

my review – this wine smelled of cherries and had a rich earthiness.  it tasted of pepper, with a strong spice palate and an enjoyable tang.



name – lost vineyards
varietal – spumante italiano moscato

region – piedmont

country – italy

year – non vintage

price – $7

critic review – pale color. confected, fruity aromas of yellow apple, honeysuckle, pear tartlet, and honeydew melon with a satiny, shy, spritzy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a sleep, fast yellow apple, candied pear, honeycomb, and sweet papaya finish with no tannins and no oak.  simple and approachable with sweet apple, melon, and candied pear on a framework of gentle, delightful bubbles.

my review – this wine smelled of strawberries, honeydew, and cantaloupe juice.  it tasted sweet, like cherry-flavored candy.