Mike Madaio

Location: Paoli, PA

Mike is a food & drink writer based in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. His work has appeared in publications such as Epikur, Main Line Today and Main Line Magazine. As a a Snooth mentor, Mike shares his love and passion for Italian wine discoveries.

New World Juicy Juice

I'm an old world wine guy. I love the savory notes, the balance, and the food friendliness. I shy away from those prototypical big, oaky, buttery new world wines. All that said, there's something about the juiciness of a well-made new world style wine.

In particular, I'm drawn to Pinot Noir from New Zealand and Oregon, and hey, from the looks of this list, whites from those very same regions.

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Tarras Estate Pinot Noir (2008)
Comments: Lots of barnyard funk on the nose, mixed with some floral and caramel notes. (Caramel barnyard - what more could you ask for?!?) Palate is very juicy, with roses, cherry fruits, good acidity, and smooth tannins.
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2 Adelsheim Vineyard Pinot Noir Adelseim Vd P Noir Eli Reserve Usa-Or (2009)
Comments: Roses and red fruits dominate the nose, but there's also a touch of barnyard and toasty cinammon. Very juicy on the palate, with both floral and berry elements. Ample acidity on the finish.
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3 Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (2010)
Comments: Juicy, fresh and delicious.
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4 King Estate Winery Pinot Gris Oregon (2011)
Comments: Juicy but crisp.
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5 Mt Beautiful Pinot Noir Canterbury North Canterbury (2009)
Comments: Straightforward and enjoyable Pinot. Good stuff.
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6 Bradford Mountain Dry Creek Zinfandel (2006)
Comments: Good mix of fruit and spice, with vibrant acidity for a Cali zin.
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