2009 Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, CA, $25 (S) – Rating 90 One heck of a value. A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot with a big nose of bright cherry, plum, dark fruit and dark spice. Medium-bodied with moderate tannins and [...]
2010 Moone-Tsai Napa Valley Chardonnay, Bald Mountain Vineyard, CA, $55 (S) – Rating 93 For those who enjoy balanced oak and creamy malolactic flavors, this is an extraordinary Chardonnay. Give it about 15 minutes to fully open. These grapes, from high in Mayacamas Mountains, offer aromas of caramelized pineapple, honeycomb, ripe pear and vanilla. The creamy [...]
2011 Giordano Prosecco doc, Sparkling Wine, Veneto, Italy, $15 (S) – Rating 90 This is one Prosecco that should not be relegated to a mixer or mimosa. A crisp floral nose with notes of lemon and orange peel. A near perfect level of effervescence with a soft mouth-feel yet mouthwatering acidity. Dry flavors of citrus [...]
2010 Giordano Nero d’Avola i.g.t. Sicilia Rosso, Sicily, Italy, $10 (S) – Rating 90 Nero d’Avola is the preeminent grape of Sicily and similar in style to New World Syrah/Shiraz displaying the jamminess one would expect from those wines. This Nero d’Avola is no exception with aromas of dark cherry with hints of dark chocolate [...]
2010 Giordano Piedmont Barbera d.o.c. Piemonte, Piedmont, Italy, $11 (S) – Rating 89 This medium-bodied red wine offers up firm tannins that soften in the glass and balanced acidity. The nose entices with notes of dark fruit, leather and spice. The palate will enjoy flavors of cherry, dark fruit, plum and dark spice with just [...]
2010 Giordano Nebbiolo Langhe d.o.c., Piedmont, Italy, $15.50 (S) – Rating 88 Looking for a cold winter night wine, this Nebbiolo from Piedmont fits the bill with its aromas of dark cherry, leather and spice. The food pairing acidity will work well with winter stews and meats. Medium bodied with flavors of black cherry, ripe [...]
2010 Giordano Barbera d’Asti d.o.c.g. Piemonte Collection, Piedmont, Italy, $14 (S) – Rating 89 Be patient with this big red wine. She needs at least an hour to show her full beauty. A rich nose of dark fruit, plum, cassis and dark spice is the prelude to a medium-bodied wine with soft tannins. Italian earthiness [...]
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2011 Giordano Negroamaro Pinot Nero Puglia, Apulia, Italy, $11 (S) – Rating 89 A full-bodied red wine blended of Pinot Nero and Negroamaro grapes offering an indulgent nose reminiscent of dark chocolate covered cherries. The palate will be treated to flavors of dark cherries and ripe plums with integrated and enticing notes of chocolate, espresso [...]
2011 Giordano Verdicchio Classico d.o.c. dei Castelli di Jesi, Marche, Italy, $11 (S) – Rating 88 A crisp white wine produced with Verdicchio grapes cultivated exclusively in the area of Jesi on the central east coast. A lovely floral nose with tropical aromas of lemon and caramelized pineapple. Mouthwatering acidity creates endless food pairing possibilities [...]
Over the past few months I have been introduced to the exciting Italian wines created by the Giordano family of Giordano Wines. If you are not familiar with Giordano’s award winning wines, you are not alone. It is only recently that have been available in the U.S. and still on a limited basis. But that is all about to change.
In the early days of Wine Reviews at Bacchus and Beery Wine Blog I wanted to be a bit rebellious so I eschewed the 100-Point wine rating system made famous by Robert Parker and adopted by just about every other mainstream wine reviewer around. Today, we fall in line with the big boys…as far as the rating scale goes, anyway.
During my time as a wine blogger I have been lucky enough to meet many of these exciting next-gen winemakers. Rock and Vine does an excellent job of bringing their dynamic personalities and passion for a new style of winemaking to life, through both thoughtful words and eye-popping photography.
While Kurt learned much of his craft working with his uncle Chuck Wagner (co-founder of Caymus) and cousins at Caymus Vineyards, he ventured out a few years ago to create hand-crafted Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Chardonnay under his own label Bohème Wines. Kurt’s five small-lot wines are exceptional examples of terrior-driven single-vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. For those who support small, family and artisan wineries…Bohème is a wine find that will definitely excite your palate and enhance your cellar.