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Jane Staples

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Farnese Fantini Sangiovese 2019

Terre Di Chieti, Abruzzo Igt, Italy
7 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 90/100

I love Sangiovese and this lip-smacking, fruity version is one more example of why. Tart cherry and sweet spice aromas followed by a delicious palate full of more cherry, vanilla, sweet spice, tobacco and dark chocolate. The vibrant acidity makes it sooo food -friendly, especially with pasta or chicken in tomato sauce, or a platter of cheese and salumni. But wait! The other exciting thing about this Fantini Sangiovese is the price; less than $9! At this price, order a case. Tasted April 2021

13 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 90/100

Intense and delicious, there’s nothing like a fullbodied and fragrant Amarone to pair with Easter dinner of roast leg of lamb and spring vegetables. Notes of blackberries, black currants, blueberries, coffee, licorice, smoky and herbal hints in a wonderful complex palate, with soft tannins and lingering layered finish. Worked well with the chocolate cheesecake too! Tasted April 2021

Reserva 1850

Carmen Wines Reserva 1850 Carmenere 2019

Colchagua Valley, Chile
17 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 89/100

This aromatic, mediumbodied wine hails from Chile's oldest winery, founded in 1850. Although Carmenère is indigenous to France, because of Chile's particularly long growing season, it grows extremely well there. It's a pretty deep ruby colour with lots going on in the glass; notes of dark berries, prunes, mocha, toast, nuts and honey. In a word, delicious! It's aromatic and medium bodied, with lively acidity and lots of juicy flavour right through to the finish. It would pair well with spicy sausages, in case you're firing up the barbeque this weekend and it would equally well suit steak or leg of lamb. I just happened to have some dark chocolate on hand and discovered that this also paired very well! Will definitely buy this again.

Sonoma County

Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Sonoma County, California, United States
76 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 91/100

A rich and velvety Cal Cab from Sonoma county. Opaque bright purple with aromatic notes of ripe cassis, vanilla, dark chocolate, mint and sweet spice. Excellent structure, satiny mouthfeel and delicious lingering finish. Pair with bison tenderloin and winter vegetables. Great value at this price point. Taste Jan. 2021

Bosconia Reserva

R. Lopez de Heredia Bosconia Reserva 2008

Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain
85 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 93/100

A flavourful Tempranillo blend, (Tempranillo 80%, Garnacha 15%, Mazuelo and Graciano 5%), made only in exceptional vintages. 2008 had optimal vineyard conditions. Made from hand- harvested grapes, this wine was aged in American oak barriques for 5 years, with further bottle aging. Intense ruby red with lighter rims. Beautifully fragrant, with mainly cherry, tobacco and sandlewood. The fullbodied palate reflects the nose and adds cedar, oak, leather, vanilla and herbal hints. Extra dry, tannins present but balanced, along with mouthwatering acidity. Lingering cherry, sandlewood and tobacco finish. Enjoy now or cellar for up to a further 10 years. Superb pairing with lamb, game or dark chocolate desserts. 92/93 pts. www.bellovinoj.com

Jane Staples

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Memorable Wine

Perrier-Jouet Champagne on the plane home from Paris.


First Wine

Folonari Valpolicella


Current Fav Wine

Stina Plavac Mali from Croatia

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