Summer is still here.  Here are some of our favorites for sitting by the pool or having some BBQ. 



2017 Chateau Guiot Rose, Costieres de Nimes, France
$13.50
 
We have a new dry Rose. We think it is exceptional, the 2017 Chateau Guiot Rose. The Guiot is very dry and crisp with an abundance of strawberry infused with hints of wilder berries and minerally pomegranate.  The Guiot is a "Craig Baker Selection". We first tasted the Guiot last month.  We hosted Craig at The Classic Café for a tasting of his new spring releases. The Rose was a hit, so much so we had to bring more in before we could release an offer. The Guiot is very fresh and extremely refreshing as a stand- alone, but try it with something spicy. We paired it with spicy sausages at the tasting, the Guiot has very structured minerality which melted the spice immediately.  We consider the Guiot to be priced well below its quality level at $13.50.  This Rose is reordered by all who have purchased!!  It is awesome.
 
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Restrained crisp yellow peach and red cherry aromas build on the palate of this dry, very pale-pink rosé. Full bodied yet freshly balanced, it's juicy and intensely peachy, with a delightfully textured cling and a clean, minerally finish.

2016 Chateau Puyanche Cotes de Bordeaux Blanc
 
We grilled a bit this weekend. Included in that endeavor were spicy Italian sausage and BBQ chicken. To match we opened a bottle of the
2016 Chateau Puyanche Cotes de Bordeaux Blanc. The Puyanche is comprised of 55% Sauvignon Blanc with 45% Semillion.
The flavor profile of the Puyanche is that of lemon drop citrus from the Sauvignon Blanc accompanied by creamy apricot and honey dew melon, contributions of the Semillion. The outcome is a wine which is very refreshing with the spice of the Italian Sausage, yet viscous enough to compliment the richness of BBQ sauce. We consumed a bottle quickly, so quickly a second was opened in order to take proper notes. 
The 2016 Puyanche Blanc is $18.75, and delightful.


2016 Pazo de Rubianes 1411 Albariño         $27.50 per
 
 Production: 1411 bottles from a Vineyard planted in 1830
 
We are tasting the 2016 Pazo de Rubianes Alborino. This is a bright, extremely focused white with a voluptuous middle and a haunting finish. The flavor profile is driven with apricot, apricot pit and tangerine and with incredible depth. The finish is crisp but with extraordinary length. The reviewer below mentions grapefruit, THERE IS NONE. But he is right in that it has exceptional pop. So far the Pazo de Rubianes is sensational with both Cheddar and aged Gouda. We woked some prawns with soy, Worchester, spring onions, jalapenos  white wine, butter and garlic. Wow, enough weight for the rich sauce, enough crispness to refresh the spice and with prawns this wine is divine. 
 
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This Albariño's floral aromas are a bit misleading, because it packs pop. The palate is full and textured, with mature grapefruit and orange flavors that finish in peak condition. It's bold, staunchly acidic and still fresh; drink through  2019.
 
 
For anyone in need, we have found what we think is an exceptional poolside and summer food white wine. By the way it costs $15.00. The wine is the  2015 Earl Ferret "Cuvee Louis".  This wine is from the French Cotes de Gascogne and is made from 81% Colombard and 20% Uni Blanc. The flavors are a combination of white peaches with vibrant apricot infused with both lemon and orange zest. All very fresh. Though it is an unassuming wine, Michele thought many of the flavors reminded her of GOOD MEURSAULT.  This wine is great with Asian, BBQ -pork and chicken, perfect for a crawfish boil, etc.  The alcohol content is less than 12% so you will not get way to ripped in the sun.


 
2014 Castello di Sonnino Chianti Riserva Montespertoli 
 
Normal retail is $35.00, while it lasts you can purchase at $23.75 per bottle.  
 
 
Castello di Sonnino has been owned and cultivated by the same family for over 200 years. Decanter lists the Sonnino Chianti Riserva in the top 10 of the category, vintage after vintage. This is not your typical Chianti. The blend is 80% Sangiovese with 10% Cabernet Savignon and 10% Merlot. Both the Sangio and the Bordeaux varietals have an average vine age in excess of 70 years. The flavors pop and  this wine is spicy. The vineyard combines limestone and volcanic ash which contributes to signature spice  ( black pepper, orange zest) which compliments, in this case, raspberry and blueberry components. If it is fair to call a Chianti,
Chateauneuf du Pape like, this is the one. Sonnino uses very small, older French barrels in order to achieve velvety tannins without interfering with the spices produced by the old vine vineyard. The 2014 Sonnino Chianti Riserva shows tremendous quality and is very easy to drink, very clean, the Baron requires that his wines exude  "no old world funk." The Sonnino Riserva is a great red for summer. The structure and flavor profile work for both the heat and the food.

We are here to add to your summer festivities,
With all of the very best,
Rex & Michele
Rex Perry, 972-904-9917 rex@masutawineconsulting.com
Michele Mercy 214-906-5251  michele@masutawineconsulting.com
Francis Silmon 817-271-2720  francis@theclassiccafe.com
 
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