Chateau Ramage La Batisse 2005 Haut Medoc (Bordeaux)

A finely honed bottle, with eucalyptus and wet stone aromas that edge into black fruit and crème de cassis. Full bodied and velvety, the palate offers fresh red fruit, black tea, and a bracing minerality that finishes like a teacher’s desk: notes of pencil...

Ascoli Piceno

Cantine dei Colli Ripani Passerina “Ninfa Ripana”, 2004, Marche Verdicchio has been the shining star of white wine from the Marche since Fazzi-Battaglia hit the market with its fish shaped bottle over thirty years ago.Lesser known whites were pushed even...

Enzo Mecella Verdicchio

Enzo Mecella Verdicchio di Matelica “Pagliano”, 2006, Le Marche Verdicchio is the sole white varietal of note in a region whose lush, well crafted red wines are slowly garnering adherants. Of the two DOC zones producing Verdicchio, Castelli di Jesi hard by...

Emidio Pepe Montepulciano

Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d’Abruzzo “Torano Nuovo”, 2001, DOC, Abruzzo Every now and then I come across a bottle that can only be described as an Al Pacino wine – you know, an experience that moves you to say “..hooo ahhh”, like the...

L’Angolo di Vino Fondo Antico

Sicily, Part II The Gambino winery sits in the shadows of Mount Etna near Linguaglossa, its terraced vineyards sloping toward the ring of towns that circle the still active volcano. The high altitude, tufarous soils are home to a range of indigenous varietals that...