Wines for June: 9 wines to taste from Sicily to Spain
CLEVELAND, Ohio – For the month of June, we tried nine wines ranging from $17 to $25. Note: Our monthly reviews focus on wines $25 and under, and all should be available on local store shelves. We list the flavors we detect and offer our favorites at the end.
This month’s wines come from four countries. Two are from Sicily.
Here is what we tasted:
Canteen ErmesSicily, Grillo, 2019, $17
Salinity and lime on the nose and acidity on the palate. Stands up to asparagus mixed with pasta. Very dry finish. It would be good with a salad. The Sicilian grape was once used in making Marsala and is experiencing a resurgence.
Canteen ErmesSicily, Nero D’Avola Riserva, 2016, $18
Smoky, dried cherry, lightly spiced, a bit of saltiness and Kalamata olive form the flavors here in this medium-bodied wine.
Domain Laetitia, Santa Barbara County, Calif.; Pinot Noir, 2018, $24.99
Spicy and fresh flavors of cherry, very tasty with hints of tomato. Solid Pinot Noir from a 40-year-old producer.
BeroniaSpain, Tempranillo, 2017, $24.99
Bramble, vegetal, dry spices, dried cherry notes with lingering tannins on the finish.
This Rioja wine is said to go well with roasted and cured meats as well as aged cheeses. We’ve also seen this in a split, for those who only want one drink.
Tenuta Perano Chianti Classic
fresco baldiItaly, Sangiovese, 2017, $24.99
A touch of salinity here, with a refined fresh cherry on the palate. Starts fruity, then evolves into a savory sip with sour cherry on the drying out finish. Oddly enough, it didn’t go well with ham and au gratin potatoes, but would be better suited to pasta and red sauce.
Vina Echeverria, Maipo Valley, Chile; Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016, $25
Decent tannins emerge in this wine, which has notes of blackberries and blueberries with gooseberry and a dry finish. The fruit is there, definitely not jammy, full bodied and worth the price. Incredibly heavy bottle.
Terra Noble Gran Reserve
Terra NobleChili, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018, $20
Slightly vegetal, fresh cherry, medium bodied with hints of mocha and blueberry. Versatile cooking wine that pairs well with red sauce, beans and pasta. The cellar is 29 years old.
Windsor Pinot Grigio
Windsor VineyardsCalifornia, Pinot Grigio, 2019, $18
A bit of petrol on the nose, followed by notes of peach, lime, honey, orange and flowers. Slightly dry finish.
Mettler Old Vine Zinfandel
Mettler Family Vineyards, Lodi, Calif.; Old Vine Zinfandel, 2019, $24.99
Raspberry, chocolate, cocoa and eucalyptus with light tannins on the finish. Holds up well to grilled ribs.
Filmed wine: The 2012 documentary “Somm” takes viewers through the process of being an aspiring sommelier. It is available for rental or purchase on line.
Do you like wine? Options vary for purchasing wine. Online retailers provide the ability to choose what you want, manage cases, and find discounts.
Here is a selection to consider:
brightcellars.com: The monthly club puts you in touch with wines after having answered a “quiz on the palate”.
caveswineclub.com: Allows you to choose the number of bottles required.
vinexotique.club.com: Offers subscription wine boxes from wineries located in less accessible markets.
splashwines.com: Choose an organized case or create your own.
winc.com: Four wines adapted to your tastes are sent monthly. Has a review component.
wine.com: A large online seller often offers discounts to new customers.
wineawesomeness.com: Organized shipments of three and six bottles.
wineenthusiast.com: Complete site of accessories – shelves, glasses, door openers, storage, gifts.
wineonsale.com: Allows you to select by grape variety or region.
zachys.com: Includes a variety of ways to search/buy, as well as auction information.
Wine reviews 2022
Wines of May: 11 different wines from 5 countries – $25 and under
Wines of the Month for April: 11 to consider sipping from Indiana (yes) to Italy
Wines for March: 10 wines for $10 to $25
Wines for February: A dozen different wines from 4 countries
January wines: 9 different wines from $9 to $22
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