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Jane Staples

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Filaree Italia Ribolla Gialla 2020

Friuli-Venezia Giulia I.G.T., Italy
35 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 91/100

Crafted sustainably from an ancient indigenous grape varietal, Ribollo Gialla is grown in a microclimate in the province of Friuli, located between the Adriatic Sea and the Dolomites. The climate benefits from Mediterranean sunshine by day and breezes off the Adriatic at night, allowing the grapes to maintain excellent acidity as they ripen. A dry and refreshing unoaked white wine, perfect for summer sipping. Pale yellow with slight golden hue. Highly aromatic, with pretty white floral, tangerine and almond notes. A well-balanced palate gives clean citrus, Gala apple and slight herbal flavours with a hint of minerality. Precise acidity makes this very appealing and food-friendly. Lovely finish of lingering apple and citrus. Food pairings include mussels in white wine sauce, aged cheeses or prosciutto. Can’t wait to try it again with grilled calamari. 91 pts. Excellent value at $14.95 Tasted May 2022

12 e Mezzo

Varvaglione 12 e Mezzo Primitivo del Salento 2020

Del Salento, Puglia I.G.P., Italy
37 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 90/100

An elegant and flavourful Primitivo from Salento, in Puglia, known as the heel of southern Italy’s “boot”. Bright ruby red. Highly perfumed, showing ripe plums, cherry jam, cocoa and allspice. Dry and smooth with soft tannins. Very flavourful cherry jam and plum on the palate, with delicious notes of cocoa, baking spice and fennel, finishing with a lingering vanilla note. This delicious wine can be enjoyed with cheese such as aged parmesano and it’s excellent with prosciutto or with a pasta dish. I paired it with Andouille sausage from @wellington butchery and grilled sweet potatoes - absolutely delicious! It stood up well to the spicy sausage and added a fruity note to balance it. I'll definitely buy this one again! Tasted May, 2020

Gran Reserva

Faustino I Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2010

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

Jane scored this wine: 94/100

The bottle is empty, but the memory lingers on. This was definitely one of my top wine picks of 2021. Rich, fragrant and opulent, with layers of flavour, satiny smooth texture and lingering finish, all in very fine balance. Notes of tart cherry, vanilla, sandalwood, violets, leather, fine tobacco and earthy mushrooms. I was impressed by the harmonious flow of all the elements, start to finish, throughout this wine. The acidity is just right, making it versatile with food. I also recommend enjoying a glass of this on its own, so that you can savour the flavours, the silky texture and the excellent balance. I'll definitely buy this again! Pair with roast lamb or duck, mushroom risotto or hard cheeses like Manchego or Gran Paderno. Prepare to be seduced... Tasted Jan. 1, 2022 www.bellovinoj.com

Rioja Reserva

Marques De Riscal Rioja Reserva 2016

Rioja D.O.C., Spain
191 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 93/100

An elegant example from Spain's Rioja D.O.C . and one of Spain's most famous wines. Generations of winelovers have enjoyed this wine, including Ernest Hemingway, Salvador Dalí and Frederick Forsyth. Me too! This blend of 96% Tempranillo with 4% Graciano has a perfumed nose of blackcurrant, ripe cherry, cinnamon and cedar. The voluptuous palate shows the same dark berries, vanilla, licorice, sweet spice and cedar in a velvety mouthfeel with soft tannins. Excellent structure and lingering balsamic finish. Aged 24 mos. in American oak barrels. Enjoy this with roast lamb, duck, turkey or beef. Tasted Dec. 24th, 2021 www.bellovinoj.com

Familia Arizu

Luigi Bosca Familia Arizu Malbec 2018

Mendoza, Argentina
400 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 91/100

An excellent representation of Argentina's signature varietal in this elegant and fullbodied Malbec. Opaque dark purple with lovely ripe damson plums, pepper and vanilla on the nose, followed by a rich palate that showcases the ripe fruit, spice and dark chocolate with nicely balanced tannins and a lingering elegant finish. Definitely a buy again selection! Enjoy with grilled steak or lamb. Or you could cellar this for up to 10 years. Tasted May 2021

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Perrier-Jouet Champagne on the plane home from Paris.

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Folonari Valpolicella

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Faustino1 Rioja Gran Reserva 2010

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