Clear, brilliant, gold color. Clean, medium to medium-full intensity aromas of prickly pear, pear, mango, tropical fruit, mineral, floral, and lime. Dry, medium-high acidity, and flavors of pear, lemon, lime, citrus peel, tart peach pit, tropical fruit, mango, medium-long finish. Pair with a bright salmon ceviche. Recommended.
Clear, bright, water white color. Clean, light intensity aromas of crisp pear. Dry, light body, medium-low acidity and flavors of pear, yellow apple, white peach, with medium-short finish; simple but refreshing. Enjoy on its own on a warm summer evening. Recommended.
I was introduced to Altos de Luzón, a wine from Jumilla, this past winter and was entranced by a small, relatively unknown wine region in southeast Spain that has been growing grapes and making wine for over 5,000 years. When I was planning a holiday in Spain, Jumilla was my go-to destination.
Nose seems a bit confused. Notes of eucalyptus, fresh leather, and spinach. Not terribly complex on the palate, and a tad chewy, but still nice, with blueberry, nut, white pepper, and cassis. Finishes evenly and nicely. Would pair nicely (although clash geopolitically) with eggplant parmesan. Recommended.
I have to thank the slow process of getting wines to the Société des alcools du Québec, or Québec Alcohol Corporation—the wine and spirits monopoly in Québec—and the little-known status of Finger Lakes wine in the province for the opportunity to taste an older vintage of riesling from Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard. The 2009 is the current release of this dry riesling produced at this winery on the western shore of Seneca Lake, but the 2006 shows just where these terrific rieslings, made with care and what is probably the most natural winemaking approach in the region, can go with a little time in the bottle. The complexity and range of aromas is just remarkable. A seductive nose of lime, apple, clover and acacia, with notes of hot stone and the slightest touch of petrol brought on by aging. Though it wouldn’t be out of place in the Mosel (I tasted it side by side with a S.A. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett riesling, and there were many points of comparison), it certainly has its own personality and definition. The mouth, sustained by still lively acid, has gained roundness and richness with age, moving from candied lemon to pine tree and beeswax, with exceptional length and a finish that just keeps going. Mature and extremely enjoyable now, it should remain so for many years to come. Highly Recommended.
Clear, medium intensity straw yellow. Clean nose with medium intensity aromas of honeysuckle, orange zest, baked yellow apples, pear, and clean linen sheets. Dry on the palate with medium acidity, full body, and flavors of apple, pear, white flowers, sweet hay, honeycomb and orange tea. Long finish. Pair with a summer salad dressed in an orange-fennel vinaigrette. Highly recommended.
Whether or not the “proletariat” housed in the Côtes will storm Bordeaux’s figurative Bastille is yet to be determined. It happened most recently in Champagne with the rise of the grower-producers who have since staked a claim in the market and introduced a new more value-driven and terroir-sensitive element to the region. If it were to happen in Bordeaux, Castillon wouldn’t be a bad place to start a revolution.