Normally I don’t l do reviews of wines of very limited to no availability. But in the case of the Shane “The Charm” Pinot Noir I have to make an exception, for Shane Finley is a winemaker to watch. This “spare time” initial offering of Pinot from Shane, who has crafted wines at Kosta Browne, is a stunner. Deeply colored, with an enticing, lively nose of very ripe raspberries yielding to an explosion of fruit on the palate, with hints of chocolate and plum. Languorous finish. As this was Shane’s first Pinot on his own, only 100 cases were produced. But keep your eyes peeled. If his future Pinots are anything like this, leap on them. Perfect with simple grilled lamb chops. Come back, Shane! Highly recommended.
An acid and mineral spike coated in soft wood, driven straight through the palate into the brain. Great fruit hangs from the spike, Meyer lemon and pear are followed by light toast and a hint of butterscotch. All the fruit and wood, though, is wrapped tightly around limestone and acid. When first opened it was tight as a drum, all acid and tartness, but after a few hours the flavors and aromas broke free. Give it air or time in the cellar. Highly recommended.
Last time I was in Sicily, there was great excitement in the local wine community about the creation of the island’s first DOCG, its first highly denominated wine classification (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita). Amongst the rest of us, there was a bit of puzzlement. The new DOCG would define a traditional, blended wine from the southwest corner of this triangular island, a fairly obscure wine from an international perspective: Cerasuolo di Vittoria.
The nose is full, dark and red fruit with sweet vanilla and toasted wood. On the palate, loads of chocolate-covered cherries dominate, followed by root beer, then raspberry black tea as it approaches the finish. Tannins are very sweet, just barely dusty, a bit stronger than acids. This would be good with a rib-eye steak, but it would be even better with a good hot dog. Recommended.
Nice nose of raspberry and light earth. Feels lightweight on the palate, however. The fruit is there and pleasant enough, with notes of allspice and light currants, and the finish is nice, it’s kind of all dressed up with nowhere exciting to go. Try with lamb kebabs. A nice enough wine, but for the price, this wine is not recommended.
The first foray for this producer from Pinot Noir and Riesling—and just in time for summer. Bright, medium intensity golden color. Clean on the nose and incredibly aromatic—jumps out of the glass—bright grapefruit, pineapple, green apple, fresh herbs, and the sweet smell of freshly cut grass in the summer. Medium-high acidity on the palate, but with a lot of fruit sweetness. Clean flavors including pineapple, mango, Granny Smith apple, peach, grapefruit, watermelon rind, lime zest, herbs, and grass. Pair with grilled summer vegetables, scallops in cream sauce, or citrus glazed pork loin. Highly recommended.
Of the 220 islands that make up the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea southeast of mainland Greece, Santorini is a playground for jet setters, the wealthy and those who follow the seasons around the globe like dust on the wind.