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Marcia J. Hamm

Marcia J. Hamm

1068 days ago

Marcia J. Hamm scored this wine: 94/100

From the famed Il Palagio estate in Tuscany, many may not know the estate name, but they would certainly know the proprietors~ Sting and Trudie Styler. With 4 wines currently in the market from their winery, When We Dance is part of the Chianto Classico designation, which therefore means there must be at least 80% Sangiovese in the blend. This wine goes above and beyond that with 95% Sangiovese and 5% blend of Colorino and Canaiolo. Love the lightness and freshness of this wine! Sweet aromas of sour cherries, floral notes of iris and hints of earth, the tannins are light with refreshing acidity and further flavours of sour cherries, red currants, sweet tobacco, hints of black liquorice. and earth. A perfect wine for all those traditional Tuscan recipes!

Rizieri Barolo 2011

Piemonte, Italy
1124 days ago

Marcia J. Hamm scored this wine: 93/100

One of the "prettiest" Barolos I've had, this one hails from La Morra, on the left, which means it is significantly softer and more approachable earlier than those on the right (Serralunga, Monforte). Very floral on the nose with tons of red berries, specifically sour cherries and oodles of red roses. Yes, Nebbiolo is high in acid and tannins, but this wine brings it all together with great balance, finesse and elegance. An absolutely gorgeous wine, with a very long finish. You will want to pour yourself more than one glass...

1179 days ago

Marcia J. Hamm scored this wine: 88/100

From Avellino in Campania, where Fiano is grown, this wine was really hot at first...over the top alcohol that was not integrated well! I decided to leave it overnight to see if it improved the next day, and it certainly did! Lots of steely minerality, pears, honey and hazelnuts, the alcohol at 13.5% had mellowed out substantially, making this wine as good as it can get!

Chat Pitre 2014

Languedoc, France
1195 days ago

Marcia J. Hamm scored this wine: 89/100

Not just any critter wine. I'm vehemently opposed to them, but these are well made and well priced wines from Languedoc in Southern France. From Clos de l'Amandaie these are Pay D'Oc wines (Country wine, which are never slouchy!) in all shades: white, pink and red. "Pitre" translates to "Clown" but I prefer to call this wine "silly cat" as opposed to "clown" cat. The usual suspects of Syrah (40%), Grenache(30%) and Cinsault(30%) make up this wine, and it's seriously easy to drink. Red fruits of raspberries, cherries and currants with some blackberries, and hints of spice. Easily quaffable for sure!

1222 days ago

Marcia J. Hamm scored this wine: 90/100

Another geeky wine! Sagrantino is a big, rich, powerfully tannic grape from Montefalco in Umbria. I wish it was 100% (you'd have to go to big brother for that...review to come at a later date), but there's only 15% in here, softened by 70% Sangiovese and 15% Merlot, two perfect grape companions to offer cherries, plums, dried herbs and balsamic to this intensely flavoured wine. Try with pasta and bolognese or strong cheeses. Cin-cin!

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