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Fontezoppa 2009 Marche Bianco

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

I picked this up at Whole Foods the other weekend on sale for 8 or 9 bucks. I don’t tend to drink a lot of white wine in the winter, but I like to have plenty around anyway since there are always meals that call for it. This is an Italian wine from the Tipica classification; the grape varietals aren’t listed on the bottle, but apparently it’s mostly maceratino.

While this is a very well balance and approachable wine, it’s not terribly memorable. It’s almost as if someone mixed together a bunch of different wines — a little pinot grigio, some sauvignon blanc, a dash of viognier, even a hint of riesling. This produces a wine well balanced in terms of sweetness and acidity, and there are some nice notes of melon and pear. On the other hand, nothing really leaps out you, so I can’t call it a great wine. It would make a great choice as a house white, but I can’t give it more than 84 points.


La Loggia Barbera D’Alba 2009

Friday, November 12th, 2010

I wanted to grab a bottle of ballsy Italian red and noticed this on the shelf at Trader Joe’s for $7 (I think). I was a bit suspicious of the bottle’s claim that it goes well with seafood, but decided to forge ahead nonetheless.

We opened this bottle with a very basic pasta dish, and I was a bit worried at first – the cork was very moist, and the nose was a bit acidic. The first taste, however, revealed that my concerns were unfounded. The wine is young, bold, and jammy with a strong note of raspberry and a pleasingly long finish. It was great with pasta and would go well with red meat as well, and I can even see, with it’s strong flavor but relatively light body, how it could pair well with heartier seafood dishes. This is a nice, versatile wine that recalls some of the better sangioveses I’ve had and will definitely look for again. 88 points.