Bottle Roundup – May 2016

Notes on some recent bottles from PLCB Stores:

White / Rose

Aime Roquesante Cotes de Provence Rose 2015 ($11.99)
Early leader for Rose for the season. Crisp and fruity, with a great minerality.

Donna Alma Pinot Grigio Vignetti Delle Dolomiti 2014 ($11.99)
One of the richer Pinot Grigio bottles I’ve ever tried. Honey, peaches, apples, bright and fresh. Very nice.

Abad Dom Bueno Godello 2015 ($13.99)
Admittedly, I often find the whites of northwest Spain to be too harsh. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some acidity, but these can be sledgehammers with no quarter. This one, on the other hand, pairs that trademark salinity with a lovely brace of fruit, perfectly balancing it for repeated warm-weather drinking.

Red

Domaine Vetriccie Red Corse 2013 ($9.99)
This is a gloriously rustic, old world bombshell of a wine, and an absolute steal at $10. Is it for everyone? Hell no. It’s rash and rugged, but also beautiful, elegant and wonderful. Nose of earth and tar precedes tart plums, mandarin orange, herbs and minerals on the palate. Mostly indigenous Corsican varieties you’ve never heard of, with a dash of Syrah. Drink through 2020. (Pictured above)

Botter Vineyards Alto Passo Primitivo Salento 2014 ($8.99)
This wine isn’t very good, but it sure is yummy. While not particularly complex, it’s the type of simple juice that hits the spot after a long day. Big fruit, jammy, chocolate. A solid buy, as long as you know what you’re getting.

Vignobles Bulliat Cuvee du Colombier Morgon 2014 ($13.99)
A mixed bag. Starts out with a lovely nose of earth and wet stone, but the weird medicinal note (cherry tobacco?) on the mid-palate (alongside some lovely florals) and the flat finish are downers.

Domaine les Verrieres Les Pierres Plantees Coteaux du Languedoc 2008 ($15.99)
A well-aged Syrah from Southern France, nicely balanced between fruit and savory notes. What could possibly go wrong? Thing is, there’s something off here. Hard to put my finger on it, other than to say it’s disjointed and, in the end, dissatisfying.

Antidoto Ribera del Duero 2013 ($24.99)
Featuring fervent rusticity, this definitely trends towards the earth first, fruit second style of Spanish winemaking (as opposed to the oak first, fruit second style that’s so prevalent). Although enjoyable, $25 seems like a lot for this.

Colli Ripani Rupe Nero Rosso Piceno 2014 ($7.99)
For eight bucks, your new go-to pizza wine.

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