Il Bastardo Sangiovese di Toscana 2015: label inspired by sculptor Fernando Botero; 100% Sangiovese macerated on the skins in stainless steel for 10 days; cherry, blackberry and cranberry aromas, with the same showing as tastes on the palate; lighter mouthfeel with nice acidity leading into a slightly tannic finish; screw cap closure.
La Bastarda Pinot Grigio Terre di Siciliana 2015: fermented at cool temps in stainless steel; orchard fruit, honeysuckle, and citrus aromas; starfruit, subtle citrus and peach flavors; underlying saline and mineral aspects lead into a nice crisp, acidic finish; screw cap closure.
These are nice, well-priced wines that would work well as daily drinkers or at a party. While their lighter weight suggests them to be summer drinkers, the quality carries them through any time of the year.
*Wines provided for editorial purposes - all opinions are my own.
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