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The Weekly Dozen - Superior Soave

Soave made well can be a delightful, refreshing, complex wine to sip or take to the table. Too often, though, they are made on the cheap and turn out to be relatively dull with no inspiration. But there are still Soave producers who have the skill and pride to produce the real deal. We have one here for a mere $15.

We also have an affordable Barossa Shiraz – a blast from the recent past – and a couple of lovely Tuscans, not to mention a couple of enjoyable and affordable Pinot Noirs from the West Coast.

Drink on!

2018 Amalaya Salta Torrontes Riesling ($12).  A quaffing wine – fragrant and spicy with good finishing crispness.

2019 Colomé Salta Torrontes ($13). Clean flavors, quite spicy, a little plump on the palate.

2017 Inama Soave Classico ($15). A killer of a wine – buy a case – refreshing yet with complex flavors of fragrant stone fruits at the beginning and a finish of peach and tart orange – yet very dry and food enhancing.

2017 Hahn Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay ($25). Very mellow mature apple fruit and a savory touch at the finish.

2012 Il Bolle di Borro Toscana Classic Method Rosé (about $55). From Sangiovese grapes, the bubbly has nice intensity, lots of citrus flavors and a metallic minerality.

2015 Ruffino Santedame Chianti Classico ($22). Very nice and very typical, with warm cherry fruit and a Sangiovese raspiness in the finish.

2016 Colombé Salta Malbec ($24). Lovely creamy and smooth cherry flavors – but just a tad hot and could use a savory balance.

2015 Ruffino “Modus” Toscana IGT ($24). Good marriage of fruit and oak with plump cherries and an accent of mature wood barrels.

2018 Yalumba Barossa Shiraz ($28). Good cassis flavors that are the backbone of the best of the region’s Shiraz wines. Good mouth feel and a long finish.

2017 Hahn Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir ($30). Juicy, red and Bing cherry flavors and a hint of cola and moderate acidity in the finish.

2017 Rex Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir ($30). Smooth and rounded dark-cherry flavors, some savory oak in the finish and a roundness on the palate.

2014 Ruffino “Reserva Ducale Oro” Chianti Classico Gran Selezione ($36). The top selection – mellow fruit, but a mouthful of cherries followed by a hint of mineral chalkiness and a finishing rasp.


Prices listed are generally SRP or from wine-searcher.com.

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