Whether you call it wine-thirty, wine-o-clock or cocktail hour, its always time for wine in our book. Saturday should be no exception, with some great offerings on tap for our fellow oenophiles. From all around the world this random, budget minded but delicious quartet of quaffers are virtually guaranteed to please.
Verso Rosso Salento ($16.99): Verso is a very full-bodied, luscious wine made with a small percent of ‘appassimento’, or raisined, grapes. The grapes are grown on two non-contiguous crus, with about 10,000 cases total made, which is, of course, very small for Puglia. Rich and dark in color, with vibrant spice flavors, it is a hedonistic experience that captures the polished side of Negroamaro and Primitivo.
Jeff Carrel ‘Les Darons’ Languedoc ($16.99): Consistently scoring in the nineties from critics, this wine offers thrilling notes of black and blue fruits, violets, and peppery spice to go with a medium to full-bodied, elegant, seamless profile on the palate. A blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Carignan and 10% Syrah that was fermented and aged all in concrete tank, it has striking purity, integrated acidity and a great finish.
Cambria Pinot Noir Clone #4 ($23.99): The Clone 4 Pinot Noir, a gorgeous expression of the grape, from Santa Maria in California, produces generous aromas and rich flavors of ripe grapes, cherries, pomegranates, cinnamon and understated yet supple vanilla. Even with the fresh, fruit-forward nature of the wine, the underlying earthy character is present and a silky texture in the mouth flows into a long vanilla and oak spice finish.
Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc ($17.99) Made from several different blocks, each individually harvested, fermented, evaluated and cared for before blending. Aromas of grapefruit, white nectarine, lemon thyme, honeycrisp apples and a hint of lemon zest. A crisp, textural mouthfeel with bright acidity, smooth texture and a lingering finish.