Sometimes you try a wine that you think will be one thing, and before it has even hit your lips you know, just by the aroma, it is something very different. I have tasted Riesling wines from all over the world that claim to be “dry” and balanced, which inevitably have the sweetness that residual sugar gives to a wine. Residual sugar, or RS, is common and often needed to create a balanced, palatable wine, especially when producing wine from varieties extremely high in acid, like Riesling. The RS isn’t overwhelming, but for those of us who like a very dry wine, it is noticeable. I recently opened a bottle of Spectral Cellars Lone Star Vineyard Riesling ($24) from the Eola-Amity Hills sub-AVA in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Gorgeous! Highly refreshing, balanced, lush, mineral-driven, and perfect for pairing now, or allowing the wine to age in the bottle the next few years. Every glass certainly can deliver an adventure. #Cheers
From a love story comes one of the finest Albarino wines from Rias Baixas, Spain. In the mid-1990s, English wine buyer, Andrew McCarthy, visited the region looking for a quality Albariño he could sell to his English customers. He met Angela Martin, winemaker for Bodegas Castro Martin, and the rest is history. A romance bloomed, and the two traveled back and forth between Spain and England until Andrew eventually relocated to Rias Baixas in 2002. Since then, the two have created one of the highest quality Albarino wines from the region, expanding to various tiers, showcasing the quality of the premium fruit and gorgeous region. These wines are light, zesty, and approachable to any palate.
From 50-year-old vineyards, grown in sand and granite-filled soils in the Salnes sub-zone of the region, Bodegas Castro Martin Family Estate Albarino ($20) is harvested and then fermented in stainless steel in their gravity-flow facility to capture the freshness of the fruit. The wine is then aged for around 6 months on the lees (yeast) which adds depth and texture to the stone fruit notes of peach, nectarine, and soft herbs lingering throughout the luscious wine.
The coastline of California offers a Pacific Ocean influence that nurtures delicate Pinot Noir fruit with maritime climates that create complex wines with character. Winds off the ocean in the evening, fog in the morning, and sunshine-filled days create a long growing season that results in simply delicious wines. MacRostie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($34) highlights the gifts of nature in their vibrant, lush selection with an acid-forward palate, evenly balanced with nicely integrated tannins, creating freshness and structure. Layer in ripe red cherry, berry, cola, and fresh nutmeg and you have a wine that is easily enjoyed with anything from poultry to seafood to slow-roasted pork shoulder.
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