Thursday, December 29, 2016

Rubio and Blanca

While I have nothing against wine being treated seriously, at the end of the day it can and should be a source of joy and at times, amusement. Enter Rubio and Blanco. Made by Renzo Masi (a family run company that has been making wine for three generations), whose mission is to produce wines with an excellent quality/price relationship. With Il Bastardo Sangiovese di Toscana and La Bastarda Pinot Grigio Terre di Siciliana both retailing for about $8, they seem to be backing up their aims.

Rubio and Blanca

Tasting Notes:
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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