Quite pale yellow in the glass with fine grained legs belying it’s 13% alcohol. On the nose I get lemon zest, minerality and slate. I’m expecting a cutting wine versus a sweet version of this varietal. On the palate I was wrong, it’s not tart, bracing or edgy. It has a warmth that surrounds yellow apples with lemon curd. The acidity is well in check but still obviously present. There’s a raw lemon component that appears on the midpalate and there is a nuttiness too. The mouthfeel transitions to a racier version with some nice honeyed notes on the mid-length finish. Very tasty and flexible, this one is going to pair nicely with my blackened salmon. Drink till 2030. 90 points and 4 stars for this $25 effort. (The pro’s went way higher BTW). Salut….
Very pale yellow, probably the lightest colored wine I have ever seen. The nose has pineapple, quince, peach and nectarines. On the palate it is enticing- mainly peaches to begin with. There’s a petroleum note that typifies the varietal alongside some yellow apples. Super tasty mind you, with some focused acidity to keep things sharp. The midpalate has some enjoyable flab, a weightiness that fills the mouth and adds to the body. The finish gets all serious with some flinty minerality, a resurgence of the apple theme as well as the nectarines and is medium in length and smooth. Overall this is a terrific wine that gets 92 points from me. Drink till 2025. $45 is rather steep, but this one’s a keeper that gets 4 stars. Salut….
It’s been a while since I had this brand, always dependable in the white arena. The wine starts off very pale yellow in the glass. The nose offers up peach, pineapple and some pecan nut. It is really a different profile, but enjoyable nonetheless. The palate shows off lemon curd, stone fruit, cardamom and a crisp green apple note. The wine is juicy, like mouth watering. The acidity is ever so present and persistent yet not obtrusive. The mid palate is more of the star fruit meets pineapple variety. It is unique and tasty. The finish is rather short and tart with some more of the lemon hints. I pulled this wine out for the Blackened Salmon with Garlic infused Kale that I am preparing. I’m onto something with this pairing. If you haven’t read my Evolution of a wine drinker, now is a good time to go back to 2014 when I wrote it. The same rings true today. Drink this wine now and for the next 5 years. 90 points and 5 stars for this $14 perennial go-to Riesling. Salut….
I am a big fan of this wine, it’s cheap, tasty and fills in for many different occasions. I reviewed the 2011 Kung Fu Girl and gave it 89 points. This version is better!
Pale yellow in the glass. Lemon zest, pineapple peel and some green apple come to mind. On the palate, much fuller weight than I was expecting, almost waxy. Lemon curd, sweet pink grapefruit and bee pollen (yes, bee pollen, I eat it every day and this wine has a corresponding note). The mouthfeel is delightful, albeit not what I was looking for to quench my thirsty on this 92 degree day. I like it though, a lot. The mid palate is very smooth with more of the same theme while the finish exhibits some lemon spritz, interesting. 90 points from me and for 9 bucks this is a must have 5 star wine for every fridge, buy it by the case. Salut….
Very pale yellow, almost surreal. On the nose a really fresh expression of lemon, grapefruit, lanolin. On the palate- very fresh with a tartness of lemons, zesty acidity and a certain minerality I am quite enjoying. On the mid palate I get some more grapefruit, more like pomelo. The finish is very tart, which keeps this wine interesting, on a fine edge. It would pair really well with some spicy dishes methinks. The acidity would cut right through Thai beef salad. Oysters Rockefeller come to mind as does Moules with a heavy cream broth. My mouth is watering. 90 points. It is a steal at $12 which make it a 5 star effort. Salut….
The third wine from Jettlynn that I purchased at Costco for about $17. Pale yellow with a citrus nose and perhaps a touch of yeast welcomed me. A creamy mouthfeel of green pear, yellow apple and cardamom. An interesting blend of 65% Grenache Blanc, 15% Muscat, 10% Chardonnay and 10% Riesling. Mild acidity and a decent finish for 87 points make it a solid 3 star wine in my books. 12.9% alcohol was light and refreshing. This wine would rock some blackened fish, perhaps a brick oven white pizza….mmmm. Non-vintage from Paso Robles. Salut….
I figured we needed a treat, so Moxie fixed up some pan seared scallops while I grilled some garlic and lemon infused Lobster tails with Chorizo on the grill. I had one bottle of this outstanding German Riesling left and figured it had spent enough time in the cellar and needed to be unleashed.
Not being very well versed in Rieslings, I had to look a few terms up. Auslese means ‘selected harvest’, I was in for a slightly sweeter wine of a higher quality. Perfecto… The label said 8.5 % alcohol, 72% residual sweetness and 88 g/l fruit acidity (no idea what that means).
In layman’s terms, I shall proceed with my basic notes- Petrol and apricots on the nose, a lovely combination to go with the golden syrupy texture that came pouring out of the bottle. Slightly sweet on the initial attack but with cutting acidity that was amazing. Mid-palate is where it got very interesting with apricots, baked apple and some guava (which I have never sensed in a wine before). The finish is long and the acidity won’t let go. The wine became more unctuous as the night went on and it was an amazing hit with the butter drizzled lobster and seared scallops. I had a small salad on the side but it was mainly a distraction from the three pivotal players.
This wine can be found for about $30, scores 90 with me and gets 4 points. It won’t go with everything due to its sweeter essence, but if you like Foie Gras or perhaps a blue cheese platter this is your wine. Salut….
A cool $10 offering from Washington state that has gotten many accolades. I am drinking it with roast chicken and charred eggplant. It’s working well for me.
A pale yellow/gold in the glass it offers up pear and melon hints on the nose. On the palate, a very delicious and somewhat creamy presentation of green apples, anjou peer and some lemon zest. This is an easy wine to drink, and a good thing it rings in at 11% alcohol because you will want to slurp it all night long. I would say it is off-dry with just a hint of residual sugar that makes it enticing without being cloying. The acidity is marked but not overly sharp. The finish is interesting and long. I am getting a sourness on the back end that makes this a really exciting wine that would pair beautifully with grilled salmon, chicken and perhaps a cheese board. For the price, you need to purchase this wine by the case because I agree with the 89 points that WS gave it and reckon that makes it a 5 star wine. Readily available you will recognize the label right away because it rocks. Salut….
Probably the trickiest decision in wine pairing. Hot, spicy foods detract the essence of wine, stripping the fruit, tannins and nose from underneath you whether it’s an Indian Curry, Jamaican Jerk dish, fiery Thai or Mexican…. That is where I set my challenge.
For dinner tonight, I prepared pulled Chicken and Shrimp Tacos with spicy Prawn Peri Peri. I looked in my toolkit and came up with two options. I tried both- a German Spätlese Riesling and a Californian Zinfandel from Sonoma. Why the Zin you ask, simple. It’s the only varietal I can think of that has an abundance of fruit, low tannins and potentially some high levels of alcohol. I opened the white when I was cooking and found it to be very sweet, almost sickly. The red got the nod after we sat at the table and I had a mouthful of the spice. After dinner, I normalized my tastebuds and gave them both another try. I will start with the white.
Markus Molitor Ürziger Würzgarte Spätlese Riesling 2009
From Mosel and weighing in at 8% alcohol, it was super sweet. Spätlese is technically an off-dry wine with medium body, so I was taken aback by the cloying amount of sugar. I laid it aside until dinner and went about my chores.
After a mouth full of spicy chicken I tried the wine again, absolutely perfect. The combination was magic. The sweetness was offset by the heat, the great acidity of the wine cut through and the peach notes came across nicely. After dinner I started to get more depth, the sweetness subsiding. Fresh grass notes as well as some minerality became apparent. The mouthfeel is exquisite, balanced and long. This is a good wine. Not being well versed in Rieslings, I hesitate to opine, but I would think it is easily a 90 point wine and for $26 you are getting a very enjoyable ‘spice wine’ that I am giving 4 stars to. Ps. Moxie loves this style of wine and helped with the tasting.
Bella Vetta Rockpile Zinfandel ‘Jack’s Cabin Vineyard’ 2008
From Sonoma with a 14.5% punch behind it. With the tastebuds coated in spice, this wine struggled to show itself. Along with dulling your mouth, chili’s tend to throw off your smell as well. I got nothing out of the glass on the nose and the initial taste was muted with notes of blackberry and pepper. The wine’s alcohol was perfectly suited and was not an issue. The acidity was great, cutting the heat down slightly. There were no tannins to discern and the finish was somewhat muted. Overall, a distant second place in the challenge, falling short of expectations.
Post-dinner was a different story. Blackberry, red raspberry and cloves were all over the place. Zins can be very jammy but this one was linear, focused and well balanced. Very little tannins to resolve and a good acidity made this easy to drink. The alcohol started to show unfortunately, but at this level it is hard to hide. I found it for $25 and figure it’s a 90 pointer. At this combination, 4 stars and worthy of cellaring a few bottles. Like I said, it is easy to drink so it will appeal to newbs and the seasoned pros will realize its quality. Salut….