De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay
In my continuing attempt to prove to all the Chardonnay haters that you don't hate Chardonnay, you hate overwrought Chardonnay, I present to you a wine of instantly recognizable quality and equally impressive value. In order to combat the perception of Chard as being over oaked, over ripe, and overly buttery, some producers have switched to stainless steel matured wines with plenty of green apple acidity. The problem is that sometimes this can make the wine shrill and one dimensional. This De Wetshof bottling preserves the clean ripe fruit aspects of the grape and excentuates the richness with a creamy leesy note. The completeness and balance of this wine would be admirable in a wine of twice the price. I liked the wine so much that it was a clear highlight in a recent in store tasting of over 60 wines. -
Leth Roter Vetliner, Terrassen 2016
Roter Veltiner is the Austrian grape that, unfortunately, does not get same headlines of the more famous Gruner Veltiner. Once thought to be a grandparent of Gruner Veltliner, Roter Veltliner is now known to not be related at all but is thought to be from an undetermined past, possibly brought to the upper Danube by the Romans in antiquity.
The Wagram region offers ideal growing conditions for Roter Veltliner and this expression from the Leth family shows great results in a beautifully balanced wine of herbs, citrus, and green apple aromas followed by baked and toasty fruit dancing on your palate, before a stony mineral finish leaves you craving for more.
This wine will be a perfect match with a vegetarian pasta touched with fresh herbs.
Dexter Lake, Handlebar Red Blend 2014
This is an unfined, unfiltered wine that sees 2 years of elevage and is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Graciano, Zinfandel, Merlot and other grapes. This bottle seriously punches above it's weight and it's no wonder that it made Eric Asimov's New York Times List of Top 20 winesunder $20 list. It's delicious, made responsibly, and offers the strength and weight that we're looking for this time of year.
Terra Noble Reserva Carmenere 2013-
Anytime I can find a bottle of wine that makes me say “wow” for $15 or less, I am blow away. As the cost of goods becomes more and more, the cost of wine production naturally increases as well. It will be my weekly standing goal to find <$15 gems for you to get you hands on. I personally find great value in Chile and Argentina, and our first wine is coming from Maule Valley, Chile. This Carmenere has the perfect amount of age on it right now. Showing notes of Blackberry, cigar, fig, and leather, wrapped up in an unctuous mouthfeel, and finished with a bright clean acid that is oh so classic of Chilean wine. Absolutely fantastic and underpriced! -
Patti has been in France for the last five weeks, and when she returns next week, she will be brining you plenty of fun wine reviews!!