Four Wines Under $60

Charles Dupuy Sauvignon Blanc
Apologies for no picture. At the end of the day though it is all about what’s in the glass. And what this is folks is declassified Sancerre from the heart of one of Loire’s best regions for Sauvignon Blanc. You’ll remember a few tastings back we tried a Sancerre and Pouilly Fume. These wines are known for their great acidity, and a minerality you don’t find really anywhere else. Declassifying this particular wine allows Dupuy and us to introduce this kind of quality Sauvignon Blanc to a whole new audience. This Sauvignon Blanc has the classic minerality you’re looking for was present but subdued fruit aromas and flavors. Crisp and clean with a linear structure keeps you coming back to the glass.

 

August Kesseler Riesling

August Kesseler took over the estate the forms his vineyard in 1977. As a young man he trained learned about wine working in the USA and France. Today he has expanded his original holdings by 18 hectares. The grapes for his ‘R’ Riesling come from Rüdesheimer Berg. Kesseler believes that here Riesling finds its best growing conditions. The groups are quite porous which cause the finds to grow deep. This helps protect quality and consistency because the vines are not hurt in wet seasons but can finds ground water when it’s dry. You’ll notice this wine is a little more lush than your typical Mosel Riesling. This is because the slopes are steep and it’s warmer here than Mosel. The resulting wine gives flavors that are familiar to Riesling (apple, peaches, some citrus) but the body and weight will appear more full here.

 

Ernest Catena Padrillos Malbec

August Kesseler took over the estate the forms his vineyard in 1977. As a young man he trained learned about wine working in the USA and France. Today he has expanded his original holdings by 18 hectares. The grapes for his ‘R’ Riesling come from Rüdesheimer Berg. Kesseler believes that here Riesling finds its best growing conditions. The groups are quite porous which cause the finds to grow deep. This helps protect quality and consistency because the vines are not hurt in wet seasons but can finds ground water when it’s dry. You’ll notice this wine is a little more lush than your typical Mosel Riesling. This is because the slopes are steep and it’s warmer here than Mosel. The resulting wine gives flavors that are familiar to Riesling (apple, peaches, some citrus) but the body and weight will appear more full here.
Rivarey Rioja Crianza

09 Crianza under $11? Yep. This really is what Tempranillo should taste like. This wine has seen a minimum of 12 months in oak and 12 months in bottle before release. This wine is right where it needs to be in terms of drinkability and shows quite well even at this price. The palate has generous blackberry and cherry fruit, with hints of herbs and smoke. The palate is slightly plump but certainly not extracted feeling on the palate. The tannins are cool but well integrated at this point.