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34 VINTAGES

SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 2018

UNCORK SOMETHING GREAT • SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 2018

ITALY

– REDWINE

CONT’D

VENETO

FEUDI SAN PIO

PASSATEMPO 2016

IGT Rosso Veneto

TASTING NOTE: Here’s a wine that’s big on flavour,

but not on price. It’s youthful and vivid with incense,

cherry, plum and fig aromas and flavours. There’s a

robust, mouthfilling quality, yet it’s also got litheness

and lift. Enjoy with meat or cheese ravioli, or an

Asiago risotto. (Vintages panel, Nov. 2017)

Full-bodied & Smooth

528737

(XD) 750 mL

$14.95

2

SPAIN

–WHITEWINE

ABAD DOM BUENO GODELLO 2015

DO Bierzo

TASTING NOTE: The apricot and pineapple flavors

are accented by tarragon and briny notes in this

snappy white. The texture is rich, while the acidity is

crisp and lively, driving the wine through the palate.

Drink now through 2018. Score:

90

(Thomas

Matthews,

winespectator.com

, Nov. 15, 2016)

Light & Crisp

154302

(XD) 750 mL

$14.95

1

SPAIN

– REDWINE

EL PEDROSAL CRIANZA

2014

DO Ribera del Duero

TASTING NOTE: ... pure Tinto Fino (aka Tempranillo)

from15- to 25-year-old, head-pruned vines ... matured

in oak barrels for one year. The nose reminded me

of the Riberas from the 1990s, with those aromas of

orange peel, a touch of aromatic herbs (they always

have a balsamic side), andwild berries with those spicy

notes of the (good) American oak. They consider 2014

among the top five vintages of the last 27 years that

José Manuel Pérez has produced. It’s a year with

elegance, balance and freshness ... They keep their

yields low, so their grapes ripen earlierwithout dropping

the acidity. This could very well be the finest vintage

of El Pedrosal ... Drink Date: 2017-2024. Score:

91

(Luis Gutierrez,

robertparker.com

, Feb. 28, 2017 )

Full-bodied & Firm

540070

(XD) 750 mL

$17.00

2

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