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4429 days ago

Taylor scored this wine: 88/100

I was pretty stoked when I recently tried Centine 2008 Toscana red, made by Italy’s winery giant, Castello Banfi. With the buying power to source grapes from all over the Tuscany wine region, they blended together Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to craft a pleasant, easy-to-quaff, fruity, light-hearted red wine that sings harmony with food and puts a smile on the face. Shockingly good for the price.

Bodegas Naia Verdejo 2009

D.O., Rueda, Spain
4505 days ago

Taylor scored this wine: 88/100

Tastes like a tangerine creamsicle dipped in tart homemade lemonade. $15.

181 Merlot 2008

Lodi, California, United States
4505 days ago

Taylor scored this wine: 88/100

It tastes much like other reds from the hot, arid Lodi Valley: ripe, soft tannins but decently high acidity. Also not as slutty as other reds from Lodi. Full-bodied with raspberry, smoky cedar, black cherry, sweet chocolate and a finish that begs for another sip. Nicely done. $15.

Brut Prestige

Mumm Napa Brut Prestige Sparkling White

Napa Valley, California, United States
4505 days ago

Taylor scored this wine: 86/100

Sour apple squirted with lime and dipped in sweet honey. Slightly earthy but mostly the fruit reigns. The best deal I found. Their Blanc de Blancs is also fantastic. $19.

Erath Winery Pinot Noir 2008

Oregon, United States
4505 days ago

Taylor scored this wine: 85/100

At an affordable price of around $20, this wine delivers true value and quality. The grapes are sourced from throughout the state of Oregon, thus the “Oregon” designation on the label. It has well-defined and upfront acidity as a good pinot should, bright red cherry and strawberry flavors, oak spiciness and dusty mushroom earthiness. Light-bodied and easy on the palate. $20.


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