Published September 23, 2013

The spot for Italian wine lovers in Fair Play is Palissandro. They take the traditional Italian varietals like Sangiovese and Barbera and give them that California pizzazz. Their Pinot Grigio jump starts your taste buds with a slight floral flavor and fresh green bananas. It opens in your mouth with pear and pineapple that would pair wonderfully with chips and salsa or anything slightly spicy.  Then, Rosa is a rose made out of Barbera and Grenache, which was barrel fermented to give it a little vanilla and slight cinnamon with hazelnuts.

The reds were the most impressive in the flight. Sangiovese has big strawberry and hints of red cherry and raspberry. Mild tannins and high acids make it easy to pair with just about any food and the strong fruit characteristics make it easy to sip on its own. Their super Tuscan has many layers of berry and cherry with hazelnuts and firm chewy tannins that match its acidity. Their Barbera has a lovely mocha quality along with berry and cherry characteristics and a long warm finish. It is the one you can still taste after you drive out of the tasting room. Bellissimo!

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