Oct. 10, 2014
Cornaro Pinot Grigio:
Now here’s an inexpensive white to keep in your basement or fridge year around. While the Veneto region is known for it’s red wines the area makes lovely cool climate whites as well. By far the most modern of all the wine regions of Italy Veneto’s adopted the latest technologies to reduce costs, which is easy to see in this wine.
A pale greenish wine in the glass, this Pinot Grigio has a rather herbaceous nose with hints of citrus fruit. The mouth is gentle and delicate with green apple flavors. Great on it’s own as a starter (serve very cold) or with light fair.
Vinaceous Divine Light Verdelho:
STOP SEARCHING! You’ve found as perfect a classic dry white as you’re going to find under $20.00. This wine is sourced form two locations in Western Australia. WA’s regions are renowned for their cool nights and long sunshine hour, and are unique in the world. The region has almost every style covered. This wine comes from near the Margaret River and Manjimup. The former providing lush tropical fruit aromatics and the later adding edge and vibrancy. Because this wine’s fruit profile falls somewhere between Semillon and Chardonnay it’s pretty versatile with food, but it’s a very smart match for asian food in particular.
I really wish they made more Malbecs that taste like, you know, Malbec. Let me explain- for years the MO of many Argentinian producers was to ver extract the wine to produce something more akin to low to mid-tier California Cabernet Sauvignon. The result was to push down Malbec’s natural and lovely acidity. Not the case here. This wine is classic Malbec, and we love it. Now Andeluna has produced a sumptuous wine here, no doubt, but it has a near perfect balance of black fruit (think mulberry) and red fruit (think pomegranate). And of course the classic Malbec acidity makes this wine a treat. Sure your teeth may be blue after a drink of this one, but you’ll be smiling anyway.
Andeluna Cabernet Sauvignon:
Our second Andeluna wine is a Cab. Bottom line is this wine punches way above it’s weight class here. If this were form Cali. we’d be in the mid-20’s, easy. On the nose there are sweet blackberry notes with hints of oak. The palate is soft and ample with red fruits and tobacco spice jumping out. A supple mid-palate leads to surprising length for a wine at this price point.