This may only be a medium-bodied red, but it crackles with the exciting flavors of the northern Rhône, marrying freshly cracked peppercorns with a hint of meatiness and bright blueberry fruit. Drink now.
I really liked this white newcomer, and its fancy Bonny Doon-meets-film noir packaging. The wine displays light bread-flour and white-peach aromas, as well as yellow stone-fruit flavors and a lingering, minerally feel. A welcome addition to the few Oz Pinot Gris that we see here in the States. Imported by Old Bridge Cellars.
This nicely balanced, medium-bodied white offers a tasty array of peach, pear and melon aromas and flavors. It’s pure and fruity, finishing clean and crisp, a satisfying addition to the range of apéritif wines.
Marked by modest apple and pear fruit on the nose, this is a fairly richly textured but dry example of Pinot Gris. It’s not the most complex wine, but it fills the mouth with ripe tree fruits and a slightly warm finish. Drink now. 500 cases imported.
Innocent Bystander has been ahead of the Moscato curve, making this wine for a number of years, and it has always been among the best from Australia. The 2011 is perfumed and spicy, with ample strawberry and cherry fruit and a soft, frothy feel in the mouth. Drink it over the next six months or so.
This wine provides plenty of drinking pleasure for a moderate tariff. Smoke, toast and vanilla aromas speak to barrel fermentation and aging, while the apple, pear, pineapple and citrus flavors show off top-notch fruit. It’s all put together in a balanced, medium-weight package that finishes clean and fresh.