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Wines from "A Taste of the Americas"

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By Greg Thompson/Special to LAist

It was a beautiful day and a great turnout for the San Antonio Winery's "A Taste of the Americas" Festival Sunday. The 200 plus people in attendance seemed pleased with the quality of these reasonably priced New World wines. Let's look at the wines in greater detail. We'll start with our host winery and our home state.

Alta California- San Antonio Antonio Winery & Riboli Family Wine Estates

Since 1917, the Riboli family have owned and managed the historical San Antonio Winery. The only producing winery in Los Angeles, it is the last of over one hundred that once dotted the LA area. They still have a tasting room, restaurant, banquet locations and an international wine shop.

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Maddalena is a premium line named for the matriarch and wife of Steve Riboli, nephew of the founder. The grapes are mainly from the Montery area.

2007 Maddalena Chardonnay showed ripe fruit aromas, including citrus, guava, and orange peel. The flavor showed depth and body with nice forward fruit. Hints of butter and vanilla from the malolactic fermentation were noticed by many. Spicy oak added complexity. Balanced acidity gives structure with a long, complex finish.

2008 Maddalena Riesling showed classic flowery aromas of apricot and honey, followed by fresh fruit flavors of pear and green apple. This wine showed a good balance of natural acidity and sweetness.

2007 Maddalena Zinfandel showed bright fruit flavors of raspberry and cherries. Barrel aging adds hints of cinnamon and spice (and everything nice)