Famiglia Cotarella Sodale Merlot - 2015, Lazio, Italy
2015 was an excellent vintage in Lazio and central Italy in general and a delight for producers. The growing season was warm with sunny skies and plenty of heat and cool night-time temperatures that helped keep the Merlot grapes balanced with good color, optimum fruit and good acidity. The 2015 Sodale has a deep purple color and a gentle swishing of the glass reveals elegant black fruit, cassis and sweet spice aromas. And with lots of seductive blueberry and black cherry flavors the taste certainly doesn’t disappoint. Ripe acidity and abundant but smooth tannins add vibrancy and structure that nicely balance the rich, lush fruit flavors of the Merlot.The Wine Advocate 90 points
Olianas Vermentino - 2017, Sardinia, Italy
This wine is 100% Vermentino. Hand-harvested in the first week of September, about 20% of the are harvested slightly earlier and fermented with maceration on the skins, partly in stainless steel and partly in amphora. 70% of the wine ages in stainless steel “sur lie” and 30% in oak barrels for 5-6 months. Intense notes of pink grapefruit and lemon with hints of spices and bread crust. It is refreshing and round on the palate with a very pleasant finish.
Vina Eguia Rioja - 2017, Rioja, 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