Wednesday, March 4, 2009


My first review of the month is a terrific new white wine from the folks at Mezzacorona of Italy, the Tolloy Sauvignon Blanc 2007. Jen Thieman, our current RNDC-Cumberland Division sales rep (and my former assistant/protege - is that a narcissist thing for me to say - protege?), brought this wine by Wednesday afternoon, a small recess from an otherwise hyperbolean day.

While we tasted several wines - including the Tolloy counterparts Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir - I have to say that this one stood out simply because it is not often you get to taste a really good SB from Italy for under $15. So the grade: OUTSTANDING. And the mojo? Here is a stunning effort in SB from the Dolomiti area of Northern Italy. There are notes of fresh peach, pineapple and star anise, with fresh cut orchids and hints of mint and basil. The flavors are crisp but not piercingly so, with delicate citrus and elements of tropical fruits and mineral leading to a vibrant and sassy finish. Look for this wine in our stores soon.

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