Alanera Rosso Veronese - 2015, 2016, Italy
Alanera is a seductive wine that derives extra richness from an innovative variation on the traditional appassimento method practiced throughout the zone. 50% of all the grapes harvested to produce this wine are partially dried for 45-60 days. The blend is 55% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 10% Corvinone, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Brilliant ruby in color, Alanera delights the senses with a variety of aromas and flavors that include fresh and dried cherries and prunes, sweet spice, and hints of coffee and tobacco. On the palate, Alanera is full-bodied with elegant and velvety tannins. Vibrant acidity brings balance and freshness, and supports a long and harmonious finish.
Mastroberardino Falanghina - 2017, Italy
The Mastroberardino family is dedicated to making wine from ancient varieties that are indigenous to the region. Falanghina is the primary grape for the Sannio appellation and is named after falangae, a Latin term for supporting stakes. Many believe this grape to have been the basis of the legendary Falernian wine, the most prized wine of ancient Rome, due to its unique profile and fragrance. Pale lemon-green in color, aromas of ripe pineapples and citrus fruits are complemented by undertones of white flowers. On the palate, zesty acidity and persistent notes of honeysuckle and toasted almond make for a definite crowd-pleaser.
Priest Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon - 2016, Napa Valley, USA
The historic Priest Ranch is located high in the Vaca Mountains of the eastern side of Napa Valley. The grapes are all estate grown. What defines and distinguishes the estate are the dramatic elevations of the vineyards, ranging from 800 ft. to 1,600 ft. This Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied wine \balanced acidity and tannins. The nose is full of chocolate, black cherries, cassis and a touch of earth. The rounded mouthfeel is persistent in the long and lingering rich finish. Critical Acclaim:
James Suckling 91 Points
Herb-laced blueberry and blackcurrant aromas here with a gently grainy texture on the palate and finishing with ripe blackberry and cassis flavors. Drink or hold.
Wine Enthusiast 91 Points
Plummy red fruit is softly layered around rich toasted notes of cinnamon and cedar in this 100% varietal wine. Well put together, it has a dense heartiness to it that shines in complexity and over delivers on its price point.