Wine Reviews: Mini Round-Up for February 13, 2023

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 Il Colle ‘Colle Baio’ (Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Superiore): Instantly delicious. Pear, blossoms, and lots of fun. $18 B
  • 2021 Valdo ‘Amor Soli’ Brut (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore): The Green Apple Train just rolled into the station. $NA B+
  • 2019 Conte Vistarino ‘Pernice’ Pinot Nero Oltrepo Pavese (Lombardy): Stately. Elegant. Woody, too. But it’s VERY hard to argue with all of that brambly, authentic energy. $50 A-
  • 2019 Conte Vistarino Bertone Pinot Nero dell’Oltrepo Pavese (Lombardy): These guys are just really good at making bigger reds seem lighter on their feet… $NA A-
  • 2019 Conte Vistarino ‘Tavernetto’ Pinot Nero dell’Oltrepo Pavese (Lombardy): If you want your Pinot big, burly, and full, this one fully delivers. $NA B+
  • 2018 Adega Cooperativa de Portalegre Conventual Reserva Branco (Alentejo): Let’s get to grillin’ them tangerines, baby! $25 B+
  • 2019 Mettler Family Vineyards Petite Sirah (Lodi): BOOM. An explosion of tangy, rich tastiness for immediate pleasure. $25 B+
  • 2021 Sostener Pinot Noir (Monterey): Deep, dark, and doggedly determined. $20 B
  • 2020 Novelty Hill Merlot (Columbia Valley): A semi-wild ride of blackberry, blueberry, coconut, & caramel. $26 B+
  • 2017 Raphael La Fontana Red (North Fork of Long Island): Delivers its spices sauteed, and its fruitiness lithe and lively. $17 B

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