One of the great defining characteristics of New World wines is their ripeness and capacity to deliver full flavors that satiate and ingratiate.
The winemaking in these regions often highlights this tendency, and the wines we have especially selected for Saturday’s tasting are no exception. Bright and juicy, unapologetically friendly and delivering impeccable value, this quartet of wines offers the taster a collection of bold flavors, exciting style and the consistency that has become known as a hallmark of these regions.
Matua Sauvignon Blanc ($13.99): Refreshingly good! This is classic Marlborough, with bright aromatic herbal notes and all of the aromas that the region is famous for. Think sage and fresh mint, followed by delicious tropicalfruits. This year, the palate has vibrant citrus and pineapple flavors with great length and structure. This is a real doozie.
Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz ($14.99): Inviting aromas of blackberry compote, dark chocolate and mocha. The Shiraz vibrancy is overlaid with supportive oak and roasted meats with mouth-filling dark fruits and fine tannins. Currants, chocolate custard and vanilla sponge adorn the palate, combining with notes of quince, praline and ground coffee.
Stags Leap Petite Sirah ($42.99): Deep and extracted with signature intensity and bold flavors. Aromas of cassis, a touch of leather, full and extracted with an overlay of peppery spice to its dense and ongoing blackberry fruit, and, while it is decidedly sturdy stuff, it is not forbiddingly tough or coarse.
Sterling Cellars Napa Merlot ($19.99): Sterling Vineyards wines express true varietal character—that set of aromas and flavors a grape varietal develops when grown in the terroir that suits it best. Carefully selected winemaking methods highlight each wine’s unique personality and guarantee the high quality that distinguishes their reputation for impeccable taste.