Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 13, 2020

I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes in a “mini-review” format.
They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), and are presented links to help you find them, so that you can try them out for yourself. Cheers!

  • NV Quinta do Vallado 10 Year Old Tawny Port (Portugal): Freshly-baked caramel-coated pecan pie, anyone? $35 A-
  • 2014 Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez Tinto Pesquera Crianza (Ribera del Duero): Showing much of its age, but also a good amount of it’s wisdom. $35 B+
  • NV Drusian Spumante Brut Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore (Veneto): A sprinkle of almond, and a whole heap of fun. $18 B
  • 2015 Enrico Serafino Monclivio Barolo (Piedmont): Earthy, leathery, rose-petal-y, dark-sour-cherry-y… $45 A-
  • 2018 Donnafugata ‘SurSur’ Grillo (Sicily): The white flowers will sway in the sea breeze, and the crowds will be pleased. $20 B+
  • 2017 Donnafugata Floramundi (Cerasuolo di Vittoria): Succulent, wild, floral, and, dar we say it, frisky. $29 B+
  • 2016 Viticultori Associati Canicatti ‘Centuno’ Nero d’Avola (Sicily): Enough leather and tobacco to fill an old, stylish European bar. $14 B
  • 2018 Viticoltori Canicatti Brillo ‘Bio’ (Sicily): Organically good for the Earth, tastily good for your mouth. $NA B
  • 2017 The Hilt Estate Pinot Noir (Sta Rita Hills): You have reached strawberry and rhubarb Central, and this is your stop. $45 A-
  • 2017 The Hilt Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County): Apricots, flowers, and a lovely, smiling face. $45 A-

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