Cheryl Indelicato’s new line of California wines, HandCraft Artisan Collection, is making its debut in Ohio. Affordable and well made, these could serve well as “house” wines for everyday enjoyment. In a personal nod to her family’s heritage each wine is enlivened by a touch of an Italian varietal.
HandCraft Chardonnay, made with small amounts of Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Malvasia Bianca, has a lovely spicy apple aroma, lush flavor and creamy texture.
HandCraft Pinot Noir is lively and versatile, with a vivid berry aroma, vibrant fruit and a touch of cinnamon on the finish. A splash of Sangiovese gives this wine a spicy depth.
HandCraft Petite Sirah has a very deep color with juicy, concentrated ripe boysenberry flavor. This jammy and full-bodied wine has a spicy backbone that begs for BBQ.
HandCraft Cabernet Sauvignon exudes a rich cassis aroma with underlying spice. A bit of Petite Sirah and Sangiovese deepens its color and gives this medium-bodied wine ripe berry and cherry flavors with a touch of mocha.
All are 2010 vintage except the Petite Sirah, which is a 2009. They are priced at $10.99 through April.