“From the folks at Franz Haas, the Kris 2017 Pinot Grigio (in a screwcap bottle) is a fantastic wine to throw back with garden-fresh summer salads. I'm thinking a generous platter of salade Niçoise with fresh tuna, string beans, boiled potatoes and vinaigrette. The wine is fresh, easygoing and very true to the variety with stone fruit aromas, pear and dry summer grass. This is absolutely one of the best value wines to come out of Italy.”
“Here is a pure and simple expression of Sangiovese that makes a great value buy. The 2016 Locorosso offers red fruit aromas of cherry and cassis backed by earthy tones and grilled herb. This wine benefits from the warm vintage to show the soft and accessible side of Sangiovese with no oak intervention and a snappy, fruit-forward personality. Some 40,000 bottles were made.”
From the Murgia IGT appellation, the 2014 Primitivo is a world apart from the expressions of this same grape made further south of here in the Salento area of Puglia. In fact, I initially mistook the grape used here for Aglianico, which would not be a stretch considering how close the vineyards are to the regions of Basilicata and Campania where Aglianico reigns supreme. But this is Primitivo, a grape with radically different aromatic and taste parameters. This interpretation shows stripped down simplicity with austere red fruit and more natural structure than expected. Botromagno delivers excellent value here.
“Ceretto's 2012 Bricco Asili is dark, powerful and enveloping in texture, but it is also reduced, something I am not used to seeing in these wines. It will be interesting to see what happens with bottle age, but for now, I am not sure the 2012 will ever be in balance.”
Zardetto - Wine Advocate
Tre Venti Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Rive di Ogliano Brut DOCG
“The 2013 Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Tre Venti Rive di Ogliano Millesimato Brut exhibits pretty delineation with sharp aromas of lime and green apple that rise from the glass. The perlage is compact and tight and there's a spicy touch of freshly milled white pepper on the close.”
The 2006 Cabernet Salebro is impressive for its concentration and heft, even if the massive, big tannins make it difficult for any real nuance to emerge. For the moment the wine remains somewhat of an enigma.