Casa Ferreirinha Vinha Grande Douro Tinto - 2016, Portugal
Like most Portuguese reds, this is a blend of local varietals you have never heard of. It has a deep ruby colour. Its aroma is intense and complex, with predominance of floral and violet notes, together with red fruits such as strawberry and raspberry, aromas of spices such as pepper and discreet, very well integrated oak. On the palate, it has good volume, well integrated acidity, velvety tannins, together with notes of red fruits, some minerality and spices. Its finish is elegant and persistent.
Civello - 2014, California
The website says, "Civello is sexier than Pinot Grigio and naughtier than Chardonnay, something Pinot Grigio never learned and Chardonnay forgot a long time ago." Civello is unique in the wine world - a blend of Vermentino, Verdelho, Albarino, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Sophisticated and playful aromas. Fresh flowers, citrus and honey suckle burst out of each glass. on the palate each sip will linger with great minerality and fruit.
Vina Eguia Rioja - 2017, Spain
This 100% Tempranillo from the Rioja region of Spain is dark cherry in color. It boasts a lovely bouquet of dark berries, burnt toast, mature oak and hints of licorice. The palate is full, elegant and well balanced with lithe tannins leaving a very pleasant, fresh sensation in the finish.
91 Points The Wine Advocate