wine tasting, 2.18.16


name – tonnino

variety – grillo

region – sicily

country – italy

year – 2014

price – $14

critic review – fruit-forward and tangy, this light-bodied, snappy white offers flavors of guava, apricot, candied grapefruit zest, and stone.  drink now.  20,000 cases made.

my review – this wine smelled of pear and citrus – specifically grapefruit.  it had a tart taste, from the citrus notes, and had a lingering finish.



name – palacio de bornos

variety – verdejo

region – rueda

country – spain

year – 2013

price – $12

critic review – zesty and clean, with pure grapefruit and passion fruit aromas.  it’s charged up, but perfectly balanced, with bright, focused citrus and pineapple flavors.  lemony acidity keeps the finish rolling, then throw in some chive and fresh greens and you have a spot-on verdejo.

my review – this wine smelled of peach, pineapple, nectarine, and melon.  it tasted of citrus and grapefruit, with a tart and lingering finish similar to the tonnino grillo.



name – indwe

variety – pinotage

region – south africa

country – africa

year – 2013

price – $12

critic review – “a disclaimer: i have never cared much for pinotage, the indigenous south african grape variety, but this 2013 pinotage from indwe, named after the country’s national bird, the blue crane, comes across like a light pinot noir.  subtle notes of cherries, spice, and forest floor are followed by a round, light to medium-bodied, pure, seductive, well-crafted wine.”  drink now – 2016.

my review – this wine smelled of tobacco, cherry, vanilla, and oak.  the taste was reminiscent of the sweetness of strawberries, with an aftertaste of a well-rounded spice palette.


name – codirosso

variety – chianti

region – tuscany

country – italy

year – 2014

price – $13

critic review – ruby red color with purple reflections.  intense vinous bouquet with hints of violets and dark cherry fruit.  the flavor is full of ripe fruit and a hint of spice.  it is well balanced and dry.  the finish is persistent and satisfying.

my review – this wine smelled of sweet berries with oak hints.  it tasted of cherries and strawberries.  i loved to see a chianti in the weekly tasting – my favorite region for wines!


name – crane lake

variety – gewurtztraminer

region – n/a

country – california

year – 2013

price – $6

critic review – slightly high-toned notions of rose petal mingle with lemon on the nose and the palette of this lightly sweet, richly textured, yet balanced gewurtztraminer.  this is not as heady as you may expect and will be a treat with spicy asian dishes.  lychee and rose petal make another very fetching appearance on the finish.

my review – this wine smelled of honey with a strong floral bouquet.  also present were scents of honeydew of melon.  it tasted of honeysuckle and peaches, combined with a pleasant tang on the finish.