2008 Corzano e Paterno “Il Corzanello” Tuscany Rosso IGT ($15). Warm, lush cherry fruit with a lean finísh. Delicious. Buy
2006 Corzano e Paterno “Tre Borri” Chianti Riserva ($44). My favorite of the three tasted here – great smooth tannins with vanilla and tart cherry flavors. Buy
2006 Corzano e Paterno “Il Corzano” Tuscany Rosso ($44). Great food wine with good finishing acidity, but not as rich or complex as the Tre Borri. Consider
2006 Clos la Chance “Hummingbird Series” Monterey County Chardonnay ($15). The oak isn’t well integrated, so the wine comes across as too aggressive on the palate. Pass
2005 Marcari North Fork of Long Island Merlot Reserve ($36). Very nice. Dark cherries with a touch of spice. Try.
2007 Estancia “Keyes Canyon” Central Canyon Merlot ($12). Estancia has been through so many owners and iterations through its history that it’s nice to pull a cork and find that the wine is still quite enjoyable – creamy and juicy cherry fruit, a deep purple coloring, but not too extracted or overly fruit forward. Buy.
2005 Chaddsford Pennsylvania "Merican" ($40). A Bordeaux blend mainly of Cab Sauv (60%) with portions of Merlot, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot. It has welcoming aromas and flavors of warm, slightly caramelized oak mingled in with firm fruit and a nice, lean finish. Consider.
Until next time...