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Jane Staples

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Gran Reserva

Faustino I Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2010

Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain
127 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
144 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
353 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

Tessellae Rosé 2020

Côtes Catalanes, Roussillon I.G.P., France
370 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 87/100

This summery rosé is easy-drinking and easy to love. It gives pretty strawberry and watermelon notes on nose and palate, with slight herbal touches. Extra-dry and light, making it a perfect patio sipper. Pair with a chicken sandwich or mild cheeses. Tasted May 2021


Kutjevo Dry Rosé 2019

Kutjevo, Slavonia, Croatia
382 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 90/100

Pale salmon pink, this rosé is crisp, delicate and seductive, with aromas of roses and strawberries. Fruity palate with ripe strawberries, raspberries and herbal touches. Refreshing acidity keeps it feeling light in the mouth. Enjoy with all your favourite appetizers, shrimp salad and Mediterranean fare. Crafted from Pinot Noir and Zweigelt varieties. Great value in this very summery rosé, will definitely buy it again. Tasted May 2021

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Memorable Wine

Perrier-Jouet Champagne on the plane home from Paris.


First Wine

Folonari Valpolicella


Current Fav Wine

Faustino1 Rioja Gran Reserva 2010





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