2011 Tenuta Le Calcinale Chianti Colli Senesi $12.99
Bright, super fresh, and full of exuberant enthusasm. With all of its cheeriness, it is still a real Chianti replete with a griping acidity that manages to be lacy and gregarious at the same time. While far from a serious wine, it is a terrific experience and value.
2010 Lenotti Le Crosare Ripasso $30
Though priced closer to an Amarone than a typical Ripasso, it's in a leauge of its own. An absolute delight of a wine. Charming, gregarious, and outwardly delicious. Universal appeal. Hot damn!
2012 Lenotti Valpolicella Classico $16
Inspired after the experience of it's bigger brother, I picked this one up to see if it could hold a candle to its sibling. It does. While not quite as voluptuous and rich as the Ripasso, this is a terrific Valpolicella with ample richness and smooth, round, friendly fruit. Delish. Dollar for dollar, it's more wine for the buck than the Ripasso. But if I were spending someone else's money...
2013 Laxas Albariño $18 (Sample)
Bright, mouth-puckering tartness dominates this light-bodied Albariño, and its focused acidity demands food. As it happens, it totally delivers along side shellfish with pasta.
Well, hear's something a little special. Neither textbook Cabernet as we know it here in United States, nor textbook Argentinian Cabernet. However, it is well made and has a story to tell. Full of interesting nuance and not-so-subtle nooks-and-crannies of spice and flavor, it also has a subtle tarry undertone going on. A lot happening here for the money.