Bottle Roundup – April
Our short notes on wines we tried in March.
Rocca dei Sanniti Greco di Tufo 2011 ($8.99)
Part of the deep discount CS sale, there’s still some availability throughout the state. Stone fruits, rich, yet crisp, clean. Nice wine, especially for $9. Glad I bought a few. (Review by Mike)
Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2012 ($13.99)
One we’ve called out before. Enviable balance, if not dry enough for some tastes. At 11%, it’s in the zone that affords “semi” qualities – the sweet and the dry. Powerful acidity, apple flavors, a little honey. For the price and perennial consistency, one of the better West Coast Rieslings in the biz.
Furlan Giuliano Prosecco Treviso DOC NV ($14.99)
Billed as extra dry, this frothy white wine has a lot to celebrate, notably an expressive nose and crisp fall fruit flavors. Green apple and pear fill the first sip, yielding effortlessly to the dry, lingering finish. Sharp and mineral, with just enough residual sugar (and requisite balance) to be habit-forming.
Dr. H. Thanisch Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett 2012 ($21.99)
Ripe, forward and intense. Vibrant fruit, quite sweet, with a balance of aggressive acid. Mineral, tropical and full. I’m finding less acceptance of the sweet lately but a good effort nonetheless. The 2011 offering is available online in Pennsylvania.
Chateau de Montfaucon Les Gardettes Vin de Pays du Gard 2011 ($9.99)
An easy-drinking Rhone red that hits all the marks for a wine under $10: smooth, satisfying, food-friendly. On the lighter side for a Rhone, features notes of violet, garrigue and red berries. (Review by Mike)
Sokol Blosser Evolution Red 2nd Edition NV ($14.99)
Labelled a “Staff Pick”, this was a disappointment. Fruity, almost fruit juicy, with lots of floral notes. So simple though, and banal. At half the price I paid, I might have been ok with it. (Review by Mike)
Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 ($26.99)
From first register of the beautiful deep purple hue and bold nose, the experienced Montes drinker will recognize familiar territory here. There’s a velvety texture to the wine and layers of smoke, black and blue fruit, the slightly vegetal outline of bell pepper and low key vanilla notes. As the flavors break, a fine tannic firmament grips the palate as the generous finish sunsets. Structured and smooth, this new world winner is a perennial standard. A natural for plates of protein. Overpriced in PA (the 2010 is available now), but readily available across the borders for around $20.
Laurel Glen “Counterpoint” Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Mountain 2011 ($27)
A second label wine with lots of bell pepper right off, on the nose and palate. A rich, chewy mix of chocolate, earth, vegetal, menthol and darkish fruit. Moderate tannins, a little thin on the finish. Perfectly serviceable but short of special at a price of around $27, which it can be found for online.
Laurel Glen Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 ($60)
Hyper-smooth Cali effort. Lacks a true distinguishing characteristic but that’s likely a testament to the polish of the winemakers. Easy tannins, rich and earthy fruit, rounded and mellow. Mild acidity and complexity. Lovely if not overly exciting. One to drink now but you won’t find it instate. The SRP is a hefty $60.