Le Monde Friulano ($16.99): This wine from north-eastern Italy shows pears, peaches, and white flowers on the nose. The palate is medium bodied with citrus and honeydew. The finish is long, mineral and refreshing. A great example of one of Fruili’s great grapes.
Au Bon Climat Santa Barbera Pinot Noir ($23.95): Winemaker and owner Jim Clendenen, a pioneer who believed in the potential of CA’s Central Coast, has always favored precision over power, and nuance over extraction. These stylish pinot noirs are light-bodied, delicate, with aromas of red fruits, and meant to be shared with food.
Chateau Maris La Touge Syrah ($16.99):
The nose is open and expressive with great complexity. There are ripe black fruits (blackcurrants, elderberries) alongside more spicy characteristics. Very attractive in the mouth with firm yet silky tannins. Aromatic, spicy with a fabulously generous weight. The finish is long and delicate.
Lanciola Toscana Terriccio Rosso 2000 ($59.99): Predominantly Sangiovese and a dash of Cabernet make up this blend from the heart of Chianti. Bright citrus and dense cranberry carry this wine into its textbook mature state. Library Release, aged at the estate.