At its best, wine carries an unmistakable sense of place. The practice of naming appellations dates back to antiquity, with wines from certain lieu-dit’s being called out in the bible and the works of ancient poets. In our modern world, there are often complex rules that govern what can carry the name of an appellation. Whether AVA or AOC, the end result is wine that is consistent and stylistically correct. Join us on Saturday for four examples of wines that carry their designated origin with pride and distinction.
August Bonhomme La Forcine Sancerre ($19.99): Pale and glittering, like candied lemon peel, this wine dazzles the eyes as understated yet precise fruit and floral aromas flirt with your sense of smell. On the palate, ripe and rounded yet retaining elegance and finesse with lush lychee, juicy apple and tart lemon curd notes enhancing the base note of grapefruit. Ultimately, quite generous and complex yet subtle, sophisticated and clean.
Bodegas Ego Goru Monastrell ($11.99): Intense dark cherry, with purple edges, lightly staining the glass. On the nose it is powerful, very intense and quite fresh. Initially, the elegant notes of the Crianza appear in the form of toasted balsamic but when opened, powerful black fruit with a touch of very ripe red fruit, with a delightful hint of anise and confectionery assert themselves. Elegant and subtle on the finish where more secondary notes make themselves known.
Antiche Terre Amarone ($29.99): Amarone is made from the finest, hand-selected grapes which are then dried on straw mats before being vinified. The result, in this case is an intensely aromatic, ruby-garnet colored medium-bodied wine with an alluring bouquet of baking spice and dried fruit, leading to a rich palate of plum, raspberry and morello cherry.
Esser Cabernet Sauvignon ($17.99): This gorgeous, value Monterey Cabernet Sauvignon contains mouth filling flavors of black fruits, eliciting black cherry, plum, cocoa and vanilla, all balanced with integrated tannins and a lingering finish of sweet fruit and subtle spices. A fantastic wine for drinking with friends or pairing with grilled or roasted meats.