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Gina Nero D’Avola

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2010
Sicily, Italy

The light cherry bouquet wafting up from my glass was an auspicious start to this Sicilian charmer, which didn’t let me down when it hit my tongue. Tart and sassy she is, making the most of a simple boysenberry and oak core with a gentle but lingering finish. Sometimes, all you want is a glass of decent wine after a long day–this one fits the bill nicely.

%15 at BevMo…but just $10 for ClubBev members–a much better price match.

Vigilance Cimarron

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Vigilance Cimarron 20102010
Lake County, California

Fruit and spice, earth and oak–there’s something for everyone in this sparkling red blend, perfect for the holidays and sustainably farmed in Lake County. Berries and plums dance in the bouquet, and the pallet is full and lively with tart blackberry and allspice. There’s a chewy core of leathery oak, too, to back up those exuberant top notes. The finish is deep, rich and creamy. A seasonal celebration in every glass!

On sale now at BevMo! Stock up for Christmas and beyond! (I certainly intend to.)

Da Vinci Chianti, 2008

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Da Vinci Chianti2008
Italy

Ah, chianti…that unassuming pizza and pasta standard best drunk from an old fashioned glass. Well, break out the Riedel, because Da Vinci elevates the light and lively varietal to an impressive level of sophistication. Smells so good — berries and plums and spice. It’s a study in contrasts, too. Deep, dark red color…but light legs. Medium bodied…but chewy tannins and a dry, leathery finish. Lush with strawberry and bittersweet chocolate flavors. Surprisingly luscious and balanced. A Renaissance masterpiece!

Da Vinci 2006 Riserva Chianti – Sangiovese Red Wine Note, this is a different vintage.

7 Deadly Zins 2007

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7 Deadly Zins 2007Lodi Appellation
Zinfandel 2007
Old Vine

This wine is not particularly envious, greedy, slothful, lustful, enraged, vain or gluttonous. But it IS made from grapes that come from seven different growers in the Lodi region. A dirty little whore of a wine, dry and spicy from the get-go; almost medicinal, actually. Loads of allspice and cardamon balance out that cough syrup-esque tinge. Not particularly fruity, which is surprising for a zin. There’s a nice blackberry character in the middle, which quickly gives way to a tobacco edge and a smoky finish that wisps away like the one that got away…leaving your tongue waiting for more. With that deep-scarlet color, the lady is a tramp.

wine.com: Seven Deadly Zins 2008