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91 • Vigna Dogarina 2004 "Rós de Plana", Veneto IGT $18.99.
Rich aromas of milk chocolate bar, pistachio nougat, rice cake, and goji berries with a juicy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a sour cherry compote, pepper and cedar finish. A tasty crowd pleaser; pair with exotic gourmet mushroom burgers or steak frites. (tasted on Mar-28-2011)
90 • Santa Venere 2008 Gaglioppo, Ciró Rosso DOC $18. Best Buy. Organically Grown Grapes
Bright ruby color. Aromas of waxy honeycomb, dried cherries, and pear butter with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an elegant, mossy river stone and whole almond accented finish with chewy tannins. A wonderful food wine; pair with veal saltimbucco. (tasted on Mar-28-2011)
88 • Vigna Dogarina 2004 "Decano", Veneto IGT $18.99.
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of roasted peppers and apples, turmeric, peppered jerky, and sundried tomatoes in oil with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a tangy cranberry, mint water, leather and earth finish with chewy tannins. A zippy table that will go nicely with roasted duck. (tasted on Mar-28-2011)
88 • La Canosa 2008 "Nummaria", Rosso Piceno Superiore DOC $14.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet black color. Beguiling scents of pistachio nougat, spicy pickled tomatoes, sandalwood, cherry butter and plums with supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, tangerine zest, dusty green apple skin, and mossy stone accented finish. A refreshing table wine to pair with roasted pork tenderloins finished with saffron. (tasted on Mar-28-2011)
88 • La Canosa 2008 "Musé", Marche Rosso IGT $16.99.
Deep purple black color. Lovely aromas of floral plum custard, apricot marmalade, and sweet pickled peppers with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy mulberry-blackberry pie, peppered tomato, baked orange, anise, and earth accented finish. A delightful sipper or table wine to pair with lamb. (tasted on Mar-28-2011)
87 • Feudo Arancio 2009 Nero d'Avola, Sicilia Rosso IGT $9.99. Best Buy.
Lustrous deep ruby red color. Attractive aromas of raspberry tart, cocoa, praline, and cedar with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, baked apple, peppercorn and dusty earth accented finish. Pair with artisan pizza. (tasted on Mar-28-2011)
86 • Mi Amore 2010 Red, Cagnina di Romagna $12.99. Best Buy.
Rich, pure aromas of boysenberries, strawberries, and acacia honey drizzled hazelnuts with a breezy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy orange and peach marmalade finish. A refreshing off-dry sipper with serve with a slight chill, or pair with hot and spicy bbq. (tasted on Mar-28-2011)
83 • Santa Venere 2008 "Vurgadà", Calabria IGT $24. Organically Grown Grapes|Find-a-Wine|
Dark violet color. Aromas of oily char roasted nuts, dried sour cherries and apples, and smoky grilled green tomatoes with a supple, dryish medium body and a crisp, pencil shaving and espresso accented finish with firm fruit pith-like tannins. A bit brutish, needs food. (tasted on Mar-28-2011)