05 September 2006

Featured wines as of Sept 05

~in this case~

These are some interesting wines I've come across lately.

red wine
Conde de Valdemar 2002
Rioja Crianza, Spain
True, I took away the tempranillo that so many people enjoyed but only so that I could offer something new and exciting yet similarly themed. Rioja is like a Spanish Bordeaux in that it's a region that produces blends. In this case, tempranillo is the major grape with a little mazuelo (known in France as carignan.) This has a clean, oaky nose with earth and cherry flavors. Medium to full bodied with a velvety tannic finish.

½glass 5.50 glass 7.95 / bottle 33

white wine
Höpler 2004 Grüner Veltliner
Burgenland, Austria
A light touch of grapefruit and apricot on the nose and a nice, crisp yet broad mouth-feel with the grape's signature peppery quality. It's a very difficult wine to describe, actually. You get some sauvignon blanc nose, a little French chardonnay body and mineral. The clean crispness of, say, pinot blanc. It holds up well to the curries but really shows its personality with lighter dishes.

½glass 5.50 glass 7.95 / bottle 33

Pétale de Rose 2004
Provence, France
A wonderfully dry and crisp rosé made with Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvédre. Up until I tried this I'd been grudgingly accepting of the style but, I'll tell you, if this was the first rosé I'd ever tried I never would've thought negatively of them. A nice, light and red berry nose, vibrantly acidic and focused on the tongue. Versatile with our food and very easy drinking.

½glass 4.50 glass 6.95 / bottle 27.95

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