Ciù Ciù Arbinus Classico 2016 is the wine sample of the week. It is made from Verdicchio grapes and comes from the Castelli di Jesi Classico wine region in the Marche in central Italy. This dry white wine has a full-body feel with bright acidity and a rich, rounded texture. It has fresh aromas of lemon verbena and lemon zest with a sweet lemon taste and a slightly bitter almond-skin note in the finish. Deliciously drinkable, food friendly and anytime affordable at approximately $15 a bottle. Highly recommended for your spring time sipping, it is available locally at Spec's as well as on-line. 13% ABV.
The Ciú Ciú Oppidum 2012 also hails from the Marche. This easy-drinking red wine is made from 100% Montepulciano grapes a portion of which spends some time in wooden barrels. Dry and full-bodied with soft tannins and balanced acidity, this wine has fruity aromas and flavors of dark cherry with vanilla and a slight earthiness in the smooth finish. Also recommended, this wine works with all your Italian-American favorites and is priced at about $18 a bottle. 15%ABV.
Both of these wines were sent to me as media samples for review purposes.
My opinions are my own.