Pale lemon colored with medium intensity aromas of lush tropical fruit- pineapple, papaya and kiwi fruit intermingled with pear, rose petals and bruised red apple. The palate is dry with medium (-) acidity and medium body. Flavors of papaya and pear dominate with kiwi and bruised red apple supporting. The papaya and apple both have a unique, overripe accent that makes this quite interesting and adds to the body of this lush wine. It has a medium length finish with a touch of astringency from almond seed that I find intriguing. This is an interesting varietal that I am thoroughly enjoying. Tonight I am pairing it with Chinese inspired dishes including some spicy chili infused plates. I believe the wine will stand up to the heat and complexity of the fare. 89 points for this $18 wine makes it a 4 star effort to try out. Drink now. Salut….
This is yet another style of wine I have never tried- Retsina from Greece. This one is pale lemon colored and has a very unique set of aromas. Resin, pear drop, wet wood, lemon verbena and dare I say it….vomit? The palate is bone dry with high acidity and a light body. The flavors are also very unique, starting with that resinous note along with freshly sawed green wood, lemon, pine needles and green pear. The finish is short to medium in length and tart. An interesting wine, probably not something I will rush out to replenish but it was worth the try. I can’t score this $11 offering at this point but you should really get one for yourself. I am pairing it with tacos, the spices will do well with the dryness and acidity of this unique wine. Salut….
Pale lemon colored, this wine has medium aromas of lemon/lime, overripe papaya, chocolate (yup, the milky kind), saline, wet slate and juniper. The palate is dry yet shows off ripe fruit sweetness. The acidity is quite high and the body is full. Flavors of citrus and ripe papaya are predominant with some floral/aromatic notes coming through. I don’t get the chocolate on the palate but there is crisp minerality. The finish is full of flavor and mid length- a delicious wine. I would give this bottle 90 points and drink it till 2024. My pairing tonight is with pan roasted scallops over a veggie pasta. A stunner for under $12 that gets 5 stars. Salut….
We kicked off the next series in our Virtual Wine Tasting Company with a varietal I had never tried before- Moschofilero. We first tasted it chilled and then at room temperature. Keep in mind that the tasting notes you read are from a dozen voices!
The wine is pale gold (which was debated back and forth btw) and has pronounced aromas of melon, orange blossom, apricot, almond, peach and had a crispy effervescent hint to boot. The palate was dry (also debated back and fro) with medium (+) acidity. It was crisp and refreshing with flavors of honeydew, orange, lemon, pink grapefruit and nutty almonds. Medium bodied it had a relatively short finish.
Tasted at room temperature the wine had much more floral aromas. Honeysuckle, almonds, grapefruit and raw honey featured on the somewhat tart nose. The palate had more pronounced flavors that consisted of grapefruit, almonds and more florality- there was a sense of sweetness to some…. yet tartness to others (me). The wine felt creamier in the mouthfeel for some and crisper and lighter bodied for others- talk about a see-saw of opinions!
Overall this semi-aromatic grape was enjoyed by all I believe and will feature well at a pool or lake this summer- chilled and enjoyed with a cool, crisp salad with steamed prawns. I would go 91 points for this $15 effort making it a 5 star wine that you need to try. Drink now. Salut….
Note- I discovered post-tasting that it does have some residual sugar, 4 gr/Ltr, which technically makes it Dry, yet there was a hint of sweetness as was noted!
I’m cooking Lamb Chops with olive oil, lemon, garlic and other sundry Mediterranean spices so I figured a Greek wine would pair nicely. I have never tried Agiorgitiko before and am looking forward to this pale ruby colored wine that carries a relatively light 13% ABV. The nose has some interesting spices- nutmeg, crushed black pepper and cinnamon. Red fruit notes from pomegranate, red plum and black cherry try to compete for space but the spices dominate. Some oak is present but very faint. On the palate this wine has sweet fruit and the obvious spices. It’s a dry wine (ie. no residual sugar) that has really smooth, integrated tannins that balance nicely with juicy acidity. Medium (-) body and a svelte finish that is medium in length makes for a delightful mouthfeel. If this is what the varietal is like I am thinking of many possible pairings. Not a blockbuster but well made and enjoyable in the near term. Drink with grilled meat, rich pasta dishes or some charcuterie. 89 points and for $15- 4 stars. Salut….