‘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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‘Brega’ Wine Review by Larisa Code

Wine of the MonthLarisa Code Note: Create joy, one sip at a time.Featured Wine: BregaGrape Variety: 100% Old Vines Garnacha (planted 1900-1911)Denomination: D.O. CalatayudProduction Zone: Calatayud, SpainVintage: 2015 Vinification: The grapes are handpicked; de-stemmed and whole berries are put in temperature controlled 3,000 L stainless steel vats. Maximum eight days of maceration.Aging: 22 months in 50% new and 50% secondary and tertiary used French […]

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‘El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa’ Wine Review by Larisa Code

Wine of the MonthLarisa Code Note: Create joy, one sip at a time. Featured Wine: El Chaparral de Vega SindoaGrape Variety: 100% Old Vines Garnacha (planted 1890-1960)Denomination: D.O. NavarraProduction Zone: Valley of Valdizarbe, Navarra SpainVintage: 2017 Vinification: The grapes are slightly crushed and cold macerated before primary fermentation, then transferred to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation (MLF). Aging: 7 months in second use French oak […]

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‘Donnafugata Sherazade’ Wine Review by Larisa Code

Wine of the MonthLarisa Code Featured Wine: Donnafugata SherazadeGrape Variety: 100% Nero D’AvolaDenomination: Sicilia DOC Nero D’AvolaProduction Zone: Contessa Entellina Estate, Southwestern SicilyVintage: 2017 Vinification: Stainless steel with maceration on the skins for about 6-8 days at a temperature of 77-82* F.Aging: 4 months in tanks and minimum 3 months in the bottle Color: Ruby-red with hints of violetPrice: Around $20 This has been a doozy of a […]

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