Sunday, June 12, 2011

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: *** $ Cribari Cellars Marsala, California, NV (BEST VALUE)

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Marsala is a city in Italy, associated with a fortified wine, made in the tradition of port. Marsala is now generally considered a type of wine made from a fortified combination of white wine varietals, not necessarily associated with the Italian city.

Original tasting and review : This is Cribari Cellars Marsala, California, NV, fortified and finished at 17.% alcohol.

In the glass: Oxidized light golden in the glass.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows a sweet, nutty, oiliness on the nose.  From the aroma, seems like this will be sweet and slick.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact sweet olives, with a certain brightness.  Clean on the palate, and the finish slowly fades with a nutty slickness.  Some sugar syrup at the close, but generally clean.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a best value at its bargain price.

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