Are you one of the many wine drinker who buys the same things over and over again.  There’s a comfort in purchasing familiar items, like Cabernet and Chardonnay.  But, it’s lots of fun to explore, try new bottles, and expand your palate.  Hence, this weeks wines – they are all a bit unusually and all worth a try.  Cheers!

Tahbilk 2017 Marsanne

Grape(s): Marsanne

Region: Australia

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

A lively nose is filled with notes of citrus, white blossoms, and crushed limestone. Lots of peach, lemon, and green apple come forth on the palate, alongside undertones of white flowers and minerals. Quite crisp, with a racy acidity, shrimp cocktail would make for a fine companion.

Rating: 90

Garzon 2017 “Reserve” Albariño

Grape(s): Albariño

Region: Uruguay

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

A bouquet of peaches, Meyer lemons, and limestone rises up from a glass. The palate showcases flavors of peach, apricot, and lemon, alongside nuances cured meat and minerals. Fairly crisp, with a good body and intriguing layers, it will match brilliantly with a light seafood pasta.

Rating: 90

Kepe 2017 Tempranillo & Bobal

Grape(s): 60% Tempranillo % 40% Bobal

Region: Spain

Price: 10-15

Tasting Notes:

Nice fruit on the nose with cherries, plums, and blackberries coming together around accents of floral earth and spice. Ripe dark fruit is complicated by suggestions of white pepper, herbs, and rose petal on the palate. Polished tannins and a balanced acidity make this a wine to open with grilled saucages.

Rating: 88


Weingut Weinreich 2013 Bechtheimer Schwarzriesling

Grape(s): Pinot Meunier

Region: Germany

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

A bouquet of cherries, strawberries, graphite, and vanilla greets the senses. The cherry and strawberry return on the palate, accented by expressions of vanilla and spice. Fairly bright, with a fresh acidity, if you’re looking for something different to try, this is a solid bottle.

Rating: 89


















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