Nimbus Estate 2006 Syrah “Single Vineyard,” Casablanca (CH)

A nose of superripe, concentrated blackberry and plum, cigar smoke, cedar, grilled meat, and a touch of alcohol heat lead the way to a red-berry-fruit palate buttressed by fine-grained tannins, bright acid, and espresso. The finish is all bitter cherries, bringing...

Primitivo Zinfandel

Moletto 2004 “La Pisara”, Salento IGT, Puglia By now most oenophiles know about the Primitivo-Zinfandel connection. And most would be able to sniff and sip the differences in a North American zin and a dark, spicy, mildly tannic Salento wine. So along...

Italian Pick of the Week Sicilia

Feudo Maccari “ReNoto”, 2005, IGT, Sicilia Sicily is developing a reputation as the “California” of Italian wine, a region where ambiguous regulations allow winemakers latitude regarding production and freedom to experiment. The inclusion of...

Campania Vesuvio

Terre Nera 2005 “Calderara Sottana”, Etna DOC, Sicilia The volcanic soils of the Etna DOC, like those created by the ancient activity of Campania’s Vesuvio, impart to its wines an expression of southern Italian power and flavor. The zone’s...

Italian Pick of the Week Soave Classico

Bertani “Le Lave”, 2002, Veneto…Old and New World styles synthesize in this full bodied,creamy blend born of volcanic soil that is the antithesis of vapid, watery white wines from the Veneto. Garganega, the basis of true Soave Classico, plays a 40%...