Lanciola 2009 Le Masse di Greve Chianti Classico

Chianti Wine Review A hedgehog playing in a pile of autumn leaves. This bottle starts off with a very specific wet fur-and-oak-leaf aroma that was both surprising and delightful. There is a question whether this was an element of brettanomyces  along with a dose of...

Bertani 2009 “Villa Arvedi” Amarone della Valpolicella

Amarone Wine Review Aromas of licorice and Cherry Coke on the nose with a shaving of bitter chocolate.  This is a very flirtatious aroma, with a hint of cardamom and white pepper beneath the surface. Then: flavors go big and texture go smooth and tannins go ripe. The...

Erasmo 2009 Red, Maule Valley

Background European influence has always been a presence in the American wine trade. Up north the effect is more historic, but there are a few winemakers like Philippe Melka  still kicking about, making awesome wines. In South America, it’s a much more palpable...