Apple to start with, with some sweet doughiness to ease things along. Rather crisp and dry, which is all very classic. Flavors of white grapefruit and lemon are laser-like, while the finish is tight, almost sharp. Good quality; a little short. Made with Chardonnay and Parellada. Imported by North American Beverage Group.
Here’s a wine that rides heavy with smoked meat and cured ham aromas. The nose is full of bacon, rubber, spice and peppery fruit and then it turns to a palate of basic strawberry and raspberry. Short on the finish, with a touch of vanilla.
Ready as it will ever be, this mildly baked red starts with minty aromas and chocolate. The palate is saturated and full of fruit, but the feel is a touch thin given the color and the lightly cooked aromas. Drink now with food and it will satisfy.
There’s a bit of bramble, hard spice and forest fire smoke on the nose, but the palate is largely fresh, with red-fruit flavors such as plum and wild raspberry. The wine is ripe, a bit sweet and solid on the finish. Imported by Altuve Foods and Beverage.
Sadly, I tasted this only recently, so late in its life. It’s fading—but so beautifully in this case, that it deserves mention. Rather than dry and puckery, this wine is ending its days with an almost profound elegance.—M.M.
A bit foresty and damp at first and then more open, fruity and lush later. The palate offers mostly snappy black cherry and cassis, while the finish is short but sturdy, with mild oak notes and decent tannins. Improves upon airing and will go with most foods.
Light and citrusy on the nose, with hints of spice, sweet cherry and dusty earth. The palate has a drawn, lean feel along with freshness and flavors of red fruits, plum and mild spice. Offers enough good character and power to be worth a go.