Short notes on wines we tried last month.
Vera Vinho Verde 2013 ($9.99)
Zippy, alive stuff from northern Portugal. Lean and mineral with a light citric-grapefruit-fizzy quality. An easy one for the patio or light fare like salads and sushi. A refreshing blend of 60% Arinto, 30% Azal and 10% Loureiro grapes, with 11% ABV. 2011 currently available in PA.
MSH Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2013 ($12.99)
Heavy aromatics in this peach-soaked pour. Additionally, it’s melon-y, herbaceous and grassy. All in all, kind of fat for a SB which may come from light exposure to oak. Slightly bitter on the finish, medium acidity and a touch alcoholic. A marginal warm weather white.
Evening Land Pouilly Fuisse 2011 ($17.99)
A very approachable Burgundian Chardonnay with intense fruit, clean mineral elements, light spice and an enticing mouth feel. Subtler touches on the nose and medium finish but, overall, a well-crafted Chairman’s Selection.
Ravines Dry Riesling 2012 ($17.99)
Sometimes there’s not a lot to say about a well-made Riesling. This is brisk and clean drinking with a petrol nose. Nice and dry and mineral. 2012 was a very hot vintage in the Finger Lakes, and Ravines shows its skillful hand with this balanced effort.
Montes Cherub Rosé of Syrah 2013 ($18.99)
This fruit-forward rosé brings big flavors of cherry and strawberry in a smooth, easy-to-gulp package, and it’ll go well with a variety of summertime foods. I can’t help but but feel, however, that $18.99 is asking a bit much. A quick look look online confirms my suspicions; though a different vintage, Saratoga Wine’s $14.64 price seems far closer to fair. (review by Mike)
Finca Don Leta Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 ($10.99)
For the CS price, a tightly fruit-focused everyday drinker. Cherry aromas, lighter bodied, candied – almost Beaujolais-like. Pleasantly uncomplicated.
Bodegas Heredad de Aduna Reserva Rioja 2008 ($15.99)
Lacks typical Rioja aromatics. Tested blind, I would have guessed California. It smells hot. Highly tannic, with black fruit and light spice. 100% Tempranillo, yet it honestly could be from anywhere. Chalk it up to “modern winemaking.”
Eola Hills Pinot Noir 2012 ($17.49)
From Oregon: Red fruit galore, with a healthy dose of baking spice. Reminded me of a cherry pie, with some strawberries sprinkled on top. Light grip of tannins, pronounced acidity. Quite easy to get along with. Available as SLO, minimum order quantity of 12. Code 542918.
Napa Angel by Montes Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 ($49.99)
An able California power Cab from Chilean standard-bearer Montes. Colored black-purple, with a stinging combo of spice and acidity from the gate. Well balanced between the aforementioned acid, abundant black fruit (with a peck of red), licorice, leather and traces of green pepper. A special occasion wine that will handle itself with grace up against a filet or aged cheese. Best with at least 30 minutes of decanting. 14.9% ABV.