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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pianetta Winery 2009 Barbera

The Award-Winning Wine:
Pianetta Winery 2009 Barbera

Reason for Reviewing:
Pianetta Winery 2009 Barbera won the Best of Class award for Best Barbera at the 2012 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.

Noteworthy:
The Pianetta farming family spans four generations.

Winery Notes:
Blackberry pops from the glass. Olive oil and violet floral notes take a backseat to pomegranate flavors mixed with a hint of spice.. subtle hints of vanilla...

AlaWine Notes:
Pianetta Winery 2009 Barbera pours in the glass as a deep ruby color. Vibrant bouquet of dark berries in a floral context on the nose. Lots of berry flavors on the palate, framed by bright acidity, leading to a long dry toasty finish.

Bottom Line:
Pianetta Winery 2009 Barbera is a hearty, medium-bodied, Barbera with ripe fruit flavors, some complexity, and moderate tannins. A quaffable wine that would pair well with a wide range of dinner menus. Unlike lighter Barberas, this wine likely would deepen with some cellaring. Suggested retail price is $28. Overall composite score: 91 points.


Friday, February 17, 2012

2012 Newport Seafood & Wine Festival Wine Competition Winners

The results are in from last weekend's Newport [OR] Seafood & Wine Festival’s Commercial Wine Competition. More than 150 wines were entered; 24 earned Gold Medals. The Ponzi Vineyards 2008 Chardonnay won Best of Show honors, ahead of Gold Medal winners Troon Vineyard 2009 Red Blend and Silver Falls Vineyard 2009 Sparkling. The other Gold-Medal wines are:

* Anthony Dell Cellars 2009 Pinot Noir
* Domaine Ste. Michelle NV Sparkling
* Eola Hills Wine Cellars 2006 Dessert
* Eola Hills Wine Cellars 2009 Pinot Noir
* Flying Dutchman Winery 2007 Cabernet Franc
* Girardet 2011 Pinot Gris
* Hawkins Cellars 2009 Syrah
* Henry Estate Winery 2008 Merlot
* Misty Oaks Vineyard 2008 Red Blend
* Ponzi Vineyards 2008 Chardonnay
* Pyrenees Vineyards & Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
* Pyrenees Vineyards & Cellars 2010 Sauvignon Blanc
* Red Diamond 2009 Chardonnay
* Soloro Vineyard 2010 White Blend
* Spangler Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
* Spangler Vineyards 2008 Red Blend
* Sweet Earth Vineyards 2011 Rose
* Troon Vineyard 2008 Syrah
* Vitis Ridge NV Dessert
* Willamette Valley Vineyards 2008 Pinot Noir
* Zerba Cellars 2007 Syrah
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