Weekly Wine Wednesday (01/17/18)
2018’s First Weekly Wine Wednesday!
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Happy Weekly Wine Wednesday! I hope that 2018 brings you all the wine on your wish list, and then some.
It has been more than an entire month since my last weekly wine post, which means we have lots to catch up on. So many wines and so little time! This week brings wines from Australia, Argentina, California, New Mexico, France and Italy.
I’m really excited because I’ve already knocked out one of the wines on my 300+ long wish list this year, but I won’t be covering it today. In case you missed it, one of the goals I set for myself this year was to drink at least one bottle every month from this list. You can read that post and the rest of my 2018 goals here. You can also check out all of the wines on my wish list by visiting my Vivino page and following me there!
I’d love to hear what wines you celebrated with over the holidays, and what weekly wine (or wines!) you have on your wish list. Make sure to leave me a comment below!
Pana Verdelho 2017
Big Rivers, Australia $15
This Australian Verdelho has wonderful aromas of cantaloupe melons and white florals, with a tangy palate of both dried and fresh apricots. A touch of honey provides a nice balance to the bright, crisp texture of this simple, unpretentious white wine. Australian Verdelho actually originated in Madeira, and this Verdelho is a different grape from the Verdelho from mainland Portugal. Also not to be confused with Italian Verdello or Spanish Verdejo. Cheers to fun wine facts!
Paired this light bodied and fruity Argentinian Pinot Noir with an assortment of tapas for lunch. Aromas of fresh berries and a hint of vanilla, with flavors of raspberry and cherry; a bright, cutting acidity and a tad bit of spice on the medium finish. I’m not well versed in PN, but this was a decent offering considering I never would have associated this varietal with Argentina.
Cosentino Winery The Rosé 2015
Lodi, California $13.99
Loaded with intense cranberry and citrus flavors, this deep red-pink rosé is made from 50% Pinot Noir, 25% Syrah and 25% Zinfandel. The aromas are a bit more subtle, with pink floral, grapefruit and strawberry notes. Pair this with your holiday leftovers, your New Year’s Day brunch, or just when you’re feeling like you need some pink to brighten your dreary winter day.
Jacqueline Leonne Méthode Champenoise Brut NV
New Mexico $10.99
This New Mexican Brut is pale Champagne gold in color with a subtle nose of buttered popcorn and delicate bubbles. The palate shows buttered brioche, sweet lemon mousse, a touch of spiced caramel, some earthiness, and a long, crisp citrus finish. 75% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir. I prefer this a little bit warmer than you would normally serve most sparkling wines, because the flavors really open up beautifully. Amazing QPR, as well – I got this for about $11!
Louis Perdrier Brut Excellence NV
Bourgogne, France $10.99
Green apples with a pleasant, dry minerality. Clean and a bit of a blank canvas, so I’d be more apt to use this for cleaning the palate or mixing a cocktail with. A bit forgettable on it’s own. The winery’s rosé offering is a better bet here.
This Lodi Zin is full of sweet vanilla, oaky spice and fresh wild berry aromas. The medium(+) flavors are fruit forward with ripe cherries, black raspberries, currants, apples and graphite with a medium finish of oak. Firm tannins emerge after some air time, but drink up quick or those flavors will start to lose their beautiful, spicy, juiciness quickly. At $12, this is a great value for a weekday wine, and I definitely recommend picking up a bottle!
Burrasca Sangiovese 2016
Puglia, Italy $15
Upon opening there is a dense, concentrated nose of cinnamon red hot candies and cherry bubble gum. The flavors of red currant and raspberry are thin and acidic, and this wine quickly loses it’s initial decent punch. The aromas all but disappear, as well. But on the bright side, here’s my Great Dane puppy – Gus!
Salmon hue with glimmers of gold, this rosé is sure to brighten your day during the dreary winter months. Aromas heavy with orange, raspberry and strawberry, with flavors of the same. There are also notes of pink grapefruit, lemon, white florals and a crisp minerality. Trust me – you need to try this wine out! It is surprisingly good for the gimmicky black bottle.
I wasn’t expecting much, but if you want an easy drinking weeknight Cab for a few bucks, this isn’t a bad choice. Juicy berry aromas are a good prelude to this fruit bomb of a wine. The medium bodied palate shows deep, dark fruits with the slightest hint of vanilla oak. The tannins are so velvety and easy, but there is no acid or depth to this so it isn’t very balanced in that regard. However, Wine Enthusiast enjoys this wine enough to rate it 90 points! For under $11, you might as well be the judge and try for yourself!
What are you currently sipping on?
Do you have a weekly wine you are curious to try?
Comment below and let me know!