A New World Albariño, I’m excited! Medium lemon colored, it has fast moving legs belying its modest 13% ABV. The nose has medium intensity aromas of pineapple, lemon zest, bruised apple, geranium and baking spice. On the palate it is dry, really dry, with high acidity and a tart opener. Lemon, underripe pineapple, green apple and spice. There is a piercing minerality on the mid palate that I am really enjoying. The body is fairly light whilst the finish is medium in length and refreshing with the cut I got initially. A nicely crafted wine that gets 90 points from me and 4 stars for it’s $37 sticker price. I am pairing it with Thai beef salad and some Szechuan fried veggies. Drink now. Salut….
Peach colored with small bubbles. The nose gives me fresh baked bread, yellow apples and faint pineapple. On the palate the mousse is fine, smooth and refreshing. Flavors of Brioche, Bartlett pear and more yellow apple are present with a touch of lithe acidity. The mouthfeel is very soft thanks to the finesse of the bubbles and the modicum of zest. Yummy stuff that gets 90 points from me. At $37 it’s a very good sparkler worthy of 4 stars. Drink till 2024 with Oysters, Ceviche or even grilled Trout. This is a Pinot and Chardonnay blend. Salut….
I do love me some dessert wines… I couldn’t resist this one, it got high marks and the price was right.
It started with an interesting nose of cork (not in a bad way), apricot jam and tangerine peel.
An initial taste of orange marmalade, honey and almond seeds. Golden color was intriguing. Orange peel and candied almonds hit on the middle palate and the finish gives way to the same marmalade notes I sensed on the front end. A definite botrytis tinge throughout. Best described as orange treacle. I’m going 90 points on this wine versus the pros. It’s decent, but not my favorite sticky. Pro ratings up to 93 points and costing $37, I was somewhat caught off-guard. This is a 3 star wine in my opinion and needs to be drunk before 2022. Salut….