Revelry Riesling 2011, Columbia Valley, Washington
I am going to skip right over my whole, ‘no, not every Riesling is a sweet Riesling’ speech, and just tell you about the wine. I have no doubt I will be reciting it numerous times over the next two weeks. Revelry is a relatively young winery and this is their first vintage of Riesling. A pretty good little effort if you ask me. But you didn’t. Juicy with white peach, grapefruit, fresh lime, a load of fresh minerality, and bright acidity to balance it all out.
Plansel Selecta 2010, Alentejano, Portugal
Alentajano is a rather large region in the south of Portugal. It is better known for it’s vast cork forests rather than the wine the cork protects. That reputation is slowly changing as more and more producers are turning their focus to quality rather than quantity and creating great blends like this one. Here we have a blend of Aragonez (Tempranillo), Trincadeira, and Touriga Nacional. It is spicy and bright with liquorice, cherry, raspberry, and wild fruit.
Lo Nuevo Garnacha 2010, Calatayud, Spain
You may recognize this winery, only a few short weeks ago I featured the Monastrell which was a hit to say the least. This time we have the Garanacha (Grenache) from a different area of Spain – Calatayud. A higher elevation DO (wine region) in the northwest. The fruit comes from the highest vineyards in the area from vines 60 – 80 years old. Intense cherry, raspberry, blueberry yogurt, so rose notes, juicy and very easy drinking.