Vino Noceto’s Frivolol, now available in cans, is a veritable spring bouquet for its floral aroma and sunny fruit. Mike Dunne
Vino Noceto’s Frivolol, now available in cans, is a veritable spring bouquet for its floral aroma and sunny fruit. Mike Dunne

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Mike Dunne’s Top 10 wines in a can

By Mike Dunne

Special to The Bee

May 23, 2017 08:00 AM

Wine in cans is widely available in the Sacramento area. We tasted 17 of them, direct from the can as well as from a glass.

Here are our top 10:

• Presto Sparkling Cuvee: Delicate in effervescence and reserved in sweetness, this Italian import actually suggests Champagne in its assertive suggestions of apple and brioche; $4.99 per 187-milliliter can at Whole Foods Market.

• Simpler Wines White Vino Frizzante: Another Italian import, the Simpler Wines stood out for its leanness, dryness, refreshing if light fruit and its note of almonds; $3.99 per four-pack of 187-milliliter cans at Trader Joe’s.

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• Vino Noceto Frivolo Moscato Bianco: Pale in color and just a touch spritzy, Frivolo is a veritable spring bouquet for its floral aroma and sunny fruit; $18 for a four-pack of 187-milliliter cans at the winery.

• Dancing Coyote 2015 Clarksburg White Wine Blend: European in its earthy aroma, Californian in its rich fruit and substantial build, the Dancing Coyote is a complicated blend of unusual Italian and Portuguese grapes, including cortese, falanghina and loureiro; $14.99 per four-pack of 250-milliliter cans at Corti Brothers.

• Alloy Wine Works 2015 California Central Coast Chardonnay: Quietly characteristic and evocative of tropical fruit, with a build round and an acidity refreshing; $4.91 per 500-milliliter can at Nugget Markets.

• Underwood Oregon Pinot Gris: A faithful take on the varietal white wine most closely identified with Oregon. It is lean, dry, crisp and with more sunshine and dry earth than is customarily associated with the state; $5.99 per 375-milliliter can at Nugget Markets.

• Simpler Wines Rose Sparkling Wine: The stand-out among pink candidates for its youthfulness and refreshing fruit; any residual sugar is well masked by the wine’s vibrant acidity; $3.99 per four-pack of 187-milliliter cans at Trader Joe’s.

• Dancing Coyote 2015 Clarksburg Red Wine Blend: Expansive and complex on the palate, with mellow tannins, a trace of sweetness and surprising length, the Dancing Coyote is an easy-going blend of petite sirah, pinot noir and loureiro; $15.49 per four-pack of 250-milliliter cans at Corti Brothers.

• Alloy Wine Works 2014 California Central Coast Pinot Noir: Our overall favorite for its fidelity to the nature of pinot noir – light in color but forward and brambly in aroma, lively and complex in flavor, and solid in structure; $6.99 per 500-milliliter can at Nugget Markets.

• Fiction 2014 Paso Robles Red Wine: A close second to the Alloy Pinot Noir for its developed and layered dark-fruit flavors, ample structure and modest tannins, the Fiction is an intricate blend of seven grape varieties, including zinfandel, mourvedre and grenache; $9.99 per 500-milliliter can at Whole Foods Market.