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Linda Mertes WSET 2

Linda Mertes WSET 2

67 days ago

Linda Mertes scored this wine: 87/100

A medium-bodied Valpolicella, made in the ripasso method to enhance the flavours of the wine, it open with ripe black fruit aromas, with oak influences of leather and chocolate. Dense fruit to the medium finish, the acidity and tannins are medium as well. Serve with beef or lamb.

67 days ago

Linda Mertes scored this wine: 88/100

A full-bodied Amarone with 70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella and 5% Molinara, this wine has aromas of cherry and spice that continue to the dark fruit and berry palate with some herbal notes. It is well-balanced and has a liquorice-flavoured, dry finish. Decant or age further. Serve with beef, tomato dishes, hard cheeses and dry, smoked meat appetizers. Tasted February 2020.

67 days ago

Linda Mertes scored this wine: 89/100

A Primitivo varietal from Manduria, southern Puglia in Italy, this full-bodied wine has ripe fruit aromas that carry through to the palate with cherry and sweet spices. It is well-balanced with medium tannins and a medium, smooth finish. Pair with Italian fare or dare with spicy, Indian food.

67 days ago

Linda Mertes scored this wine: 87/100

A Nebbiolo varietal from d'Alba, northern Italy, this full-bodied wine has aromas of cherry and red berries with a red fruit palate. The tannins are still high so decant or age further. The finish is long and smooth. Serve with red meats. Tasted February 2020.

Famiglia Zingarelli Riserva

Rocca delle Macìe Famiglia Zingarelli Riserva Chianti Classico 2016

Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy
67 days ago

Linda Mertes scored this wine: 88/100

A Tuscan blend of Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, full-bodied after aging in French oak for 24 months. Cherry and oak influence aromas, including leather, lead to a plum and dark berry palate. A medium-long, extra dry finish. Decant or age further. Serve with red meat, cheese-based pastas and savoury dishes. Tasted February 2020.

Linda Mertes WSET 2

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Memorable Wine

Tsantali, a Greek wine enjoyed in the most romantic setting- a terrace in Santorini

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First Wine

Chateau Timberlay in my dating days!

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Unusual Wine Experience

Opening a bottle of red wine in a tiny Paris apartment with a pocket knife. The decor was all white.

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Current Fav Wine

Viognier, Pino Gris and Rhone Red blends

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