July Roundup

bridge-lane-roseShort notes on wines we tried last month.

Indigenous Selections verdee Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2013 ($11.99)
A simple, fresh and crisp summertime quaffer. Not much else to say about this one, but for more about Verdicchio, check out Frank’s piece from last summer.

La Kiuva Rose De Vallee 2013 ($13.98)
My favorite Rose/Rosato of the summer so far. A lovely balance of feminine (floral, bright) and masculine (firm fruit, tannin) characteristics. Great with food. Wines from the Valle d’Aosta, Italy’s smallest and least populous region, are not exactly easy to find, so it’s always fun to try them. Available at Wine Library.

Bridge Lane Rosé 2013 ($15.99)
Pretty salmon color and fresh aromas make a promising entrée for this dry, broad shouldered blush. There’s an expansive and bold form to the wine but its undercurrent of strawberries remains in check, accented by a light herbal quality. Fully aged in stainless steel, it brings zippy acidity. Nearly two-thirds Cab Franc with Merlot, Pinot Blanc, Riesling and Gewurztraminer rounding out the blend. Bridge Lane is the second label of Long Island’s Lieb Cellars. Stelvin closure and 11.9% alcohol by volume. (Review by Jeff)

Collazzi Liberta Toscana 2012 ($12.99)
A SuperTuscan blend of mostly Bordeaux grapes (with a little Sangiovese) that usually goes for closer to $20, which – though I haven’t had previous ones – tastes perhaps like a bad vintage dump. One note all the way, dark and low, but also thin, hollow, and ultimately unsatisfying, even at a tempting price.

A Casa Solopaca Rosso Superiore 2008 ($15.99)
A fruit-forward blend of Sangiovese and Aglianico from Campagna that also features notes of anise, leather, earth and warm spices, and enough acid to play nicely with food. For as much as Sangiovese is planted across the boot, this particular blend is somewhat rare… but it works well here.

Antonelli San Marco Montefalco Rosso 2010
I suppose you can tell a lot about a people by the way the market their wine. The fact that Umbrians promote young Montefalco Rosso as a “summer red” says to me that they are $%&#ing hardcore. It’s not that this wine won’t do nicely with a slab of beef fresh from the grill, just that from another region it’d probably be recommended for a chilly fall or winter evening. But here’s another thing I know about Umbrians: they make damn fine wine. This one in particular is rustic, hearty and delicious, but probably best cellared for a year or two. (Availability unknown)

 

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