‘Ludovicus Tinto’ Wine Review by Larisa Code

Wine of the MonthLarisa Code Note: Create joy, one sip at a time. Featured Wine: Ludovicus TintoDenominacio’ d’Origen: Terra AltaGrape Variety: 100% GarnachaCountry: SpainRegion: CataloniaSub Region: Terra Alta, SpainVintage: 2017 Vinification: grapes are picked in early morning, de-stemmed and crushed. Prior to fermentation they receive four days of maceration in 10,000-liter tanks at 43’ FAging: once fermentation begins, maceration with skins takes 25 days in stainless steel tanks. Then […]

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‘Envinate Lousas Vinas de Aldea’ Wine Review by Larisa Code

Wine of the MonthLarisa Code Note: Create joy, one sip at a time. Featured Wine: Envinate Lousas Vinas de AldeaDenominacion: Ribeira SacraGrape Variety: 80-95% Mencia 5-20% Brancellano, Caino, Souson, Garnacha, TintoreiraProduction Zone: Ribeira Sacra, SpainVintage: 2019 Vinification: hand-picked, foot trodden, fermented with wild yeasts using whole clustersAging: aged in old French oak barrels and concrete for 11 monthsColor: CrimsonOrganic Price: $40   The nights are finally cooling off and although it is […]

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‘Zorah Karasi’ Areni Noir’ Wine Review by Larisa Code

Wine of the Month Larisa Code   Appellation: Areni Grape Variety: 100% Areni Production Zone: Vayots Dzor, Armenia Vintage: 2018  Vinification: grapes are fermented with only indigenous yeast in temperature controlled concrete vats. The interior of the vats is kept rough to allow breathing. Aging: wine is aged in traditional clay amphorae ‘Karasi’ for twelve months. After a very light filtration […]

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‘Cottanera Etna Rosso Barbazzale’ Wine Review by Larisa Code

 Wine of the MonthLarisa Code Note: Create joy, one sip at a time. Featured Wine: Cottanera Etna Rosso BarbazzaleDenominazione: Etna DOCGrape Variety: 90%. Nerello Mascalese  10%. Nerello CappucioProduction Zone: Etna, SicilyVintage: 2018 Vinification: Destemming and temperature-controlled maceration on the skins for 20-25 days. Temperature-controlled fermentation at 79’F in stainless steel with frequent pump overs and pressingAging: Five months in stainless steelColor: Velvety RedPrice: Around $20 (worth a lot more)  People, I […]

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‘La Ferme Rouge’ Wine Review by Larisa Code

Wine of the Month Larisa Code   Note: Create joy, one sip at a time.  Featured Wine: La Ferme Rouge, Terre Rouge Appellation: Les Cotes De Rommani Grape Variety: 80% Syrah and 20% Tempranillo Production Zone: Zaer, Morocco Vintage: 2017  Practice: Organic Vinification: manual harvesting, grapes are de-stemmed followed by native yeast fermentation, pressed, (not crushed), in small open thermo-regulated concrete vats Aging: aged in […]

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‘Ramitello’ Wine Review by Larisa Code

Wine of the MonthLarisa Code Note: Create joy, one sip at a time. Featured Wine: RamitelloAppellation: Molise Rosso DOCGrape Variety: 85% Motepulciano 15% Aglianico (the bottle says 85%/15% but the website says 80%/20%)Production Zone: Campomarino, ItalyVintage: 2014 Vinification: maceration in contact with peels for about one monthAging: malolactic fermentation complete, aged part in barrels and part in steel vats for 18 months and 6 months in […]

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‘Dafnios Red Wine’ Wine Review by Larisa Code

Wine of the MonthLarisa Code Featured Wine: Dafnios Red WineGrape Variety: 100% LiatikoProduction Zone: Crete, GreeceVinification: Alcohol fermentation lasts for three days at 20’C and then continues at 25’C in stainless steel tanks. Aging: The wine is matured for up to 12 months in French oak barrels.Vintage: 2018Color: Deep GarnetPrice: Under $20 I am a sucker for most things Greek; the food, the […]

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‘Palacios Remondo La Montesa’ Wine Review by Larisa Code

Wine of the Month Larisa Code   Note: Create joy, one sip at a time. Featured Wine: Palacios Remondo La MontesaAppellation: DOCGrape Variety: 92% Granacha 8% Tempranillo & MazueloProduction Zone: Alfaro, Spain (Rioja)Vintage: 2016 Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested, de-stemmed and crushed, maceration for 35 daysAging: malolactic fermentation in stainless steel, then 12 months in French and American oak barrelsFiltration: unfiltered but fined with egg whites […]

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‘Cusumano Nero d’Avola Sicilia’ Wine Review by Larisa Code

Wine of the MonthLarisa Code Note: Create joy, one sip at a time. Featured Wine: Cusumano Nero d’Avola SiciliaAppelation: Sicilia DOCGrape Variety: 100% Nero D’AvolaProduction Zone: San Giacomo, SicilyVintage: 2018 Vinification: manually selected grapes, cold maceration for two days, fermentation with frequent re-circulation.Aging: malolactic fermentation in stainless steel, contact with lees for five monthsColor: Deep Ruby RedPrice: Around $12  Well, what do we have here? A new year? 2021, holy […]

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‘Vietti’s Barbera D’Asti’ Wine Review by Larisa Code

Wine of the MonthLarisa Code Note: Create joy, one sip at a time. Featured Wine: Vietti ‘Tre Vigne’ Barbera D’Asti D.O.C.G.Grape Variety: 100% BarberaProduction Zone: Piedmonte, ItalyVintage: 2017 Vinification:  Grapes are selected from three vineyards (Tre Vigne) in Agliano Terme, the hills surrounding Asti. First there is a cold maceration in stainless steel for three weeks. The wine is then moved to oak barrels […]

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