Contesa Pecorino ($18.99): Pale yellow with golden flecks and a stunning crystalline quality. Gifted with a remarkably intense nose of citrus fruits, hints of hawthorn, a slight oxidative quality and orange blossom. Soft, clean, but persistent palate texture, with a pleasing mineral complexity on the fresh, lengthy finish. Beautiful wine for a song.
Azienda Agricola Brigaldara Valpolicella ($16.99): Looking for that next great mid-week pizza wine? Look no further. An ability to show beautifully when slightly chilled makes this medium bodied wine a red for all seasons. Mouth-watering aromas and flavours of tart cherries with a touch of toasty oak and mocha leap from the glass. Terrific food wine, especially with grilled, roasted or smoked meats. This wine is a blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes, typical for the region, yet of atypical quality that exceeds both price-point and expectation.
Caruso & Minini Nero d’Avola ($16.99): This Nero d’Avola is from the Marsala region of Sicily on the west coast. It displays aromas of blackberries and black cherries. It is medium-bodied with plums and dark berries and just a hint of spice, leading into a finish which is clean and bright.
Fontodi Chianti Classico ($42.99): Sporting a not-too-shabby 93 point rating from Wine Spectator, this Chianti is definitely something to write home about. Aromas of ripe blackberry, crushed violet, freshly tilled earth and a hint of tobacco leaf, lead on the demonstrative nose of this generous, exceedingly lovely wine. The chewy palate offers juicy Morello cherry, ground white pepper, clove and anise alongside ripe, velvety tannins in a finish that just doesn’t quit.